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Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week:



10 Self-Editing Tips (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2012/02/were-ready-for-revision-pre-flight-top.html

10 Minute Marketing (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
www.elizabethspanncraig.com/5056/10-minute-marketing/

How to Smartly Evaluate a Small Publisher (Jane Friedman)
https://janefriedman.com/evaluate-small-publisher/

Email Marketing: 5 Things Authors Should NEVER Do (Anne R. Allen) [Jon’s Pick of the Week]
www.annerallen.com/email-marketing-5-things-authors-should-never-do/
(by way of Laurie Wallmark)

*Pinch* Are You Awake? (Anne Greenwood Brown)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/11/30/pinch-are-you-awake/

How Agents and Publishers Decide (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/agents-publishers-decide/

8 Steps to Writing a Perfect Scene—Every Time (C. S. Lakin)
www.jerryjenkins.com/8-steps-writing-perfect-scene-every-time/

13 Things Mentally Strong Writers Don’t Do (Kristen Lamb)
https://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2016/11/28/13-things-mentally-strong-writers-dont-do/

The Most Important Aspect of Craft That Gets Almost Zero Airtime (Larry Brooks)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/11/the-most-important-aspect-of-craft-that-gets-almost-zero-airtime.html

Your Novel’s First Scene: How to Start Right (Paula Munier)
https://janefriedman.com/your-first-scene/

10 Things You’ll Find in Every Bestselling Book (Sarah Juckes)
www.elizabethspanncraig.com/5154/10-things-youll-find-in-every-bestselling-book/

How to Identify Your Story’s Premise–and Its Most Important Part (K. M. Weiland)
www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/how-to-identify-your-storys-premise/



If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2015, and last week’s list.


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Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week:

How to Write a Great Story: A Roundup of Best Advice (Jane Friedman)
https://janefriedman.com/write-great-story-roundup-best-advice/

Things That Go Boom (Not Bang) (John Gilstrap)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/11/things-that-go-boom-not-bang.html

The Worst Writing Advice I Ever Heard (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/worst-writing-advice-ever-heard/

Writing Novels that Translate Well Into Film (Kristin Lamb)
https://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2016/11/16/your-novel-as-a-movie-part-2-writing-novels-that-translate-well-into-film/

Your Artist Self and Your Business Self (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/artist-self-business-self/

How to Repair the End of Your Novel (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/repair-end-novel/

How should authors navigate politics on social media? (Nathan Bransford)
http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2016/11/how-should-authors-navigate-politics-on.html

The Act Three Plan (Janice Hardy)
https://feedly.com/i/latest

The “Arrival” of a Mini-Clinic in Storytelling (Larry Brooks)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/11/the-arrival-of-a-mini-clinic-in-storytelling.html

Use Genealogy to Enhance Your Writing (Kim Bullock)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/11/14/use-genealogy-to-enhance-your-writing/

3 Ways to Improve Your Storytelling (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2011/05/tell-me-story-three-ways-to-improve.html

Getting Middle Grade Voice Right (Margaret Dilloway)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/11/11/getting-middle-grade-voice-right/



If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2015, and last week’s list.


If you have a particular favorite among these, please let the author know (and me too, if you have time).  Also, if you've a link to a great post that isn't here, feel free to share.
 


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Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week:

Soundbites vs Story: The Fear Factor (Lisa Cron)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/11/10/how-to-conquer-fear-the-real-story/

Should You Hire a Professional Editor? (Jane Friedman)
https://janefriedman.com/hire-professional-editor/

The Right Angle (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/the-right-angle/

Dealing with Contradictory Feedback (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/dealing-contradictory-feeback/

How to Stay Focused on Writing (Even if You’re Easily Distracted) (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/how-to-stay-focused-on-writing/

Ten Obsessions that Murder Writing Careers (Gabino Iglesias)
https://litreactor.com/columns/ten-obsessions-that-murder-writing-careers

When Your One Year Plan Looks Nothing Like It Had On Your Five Year Plan Four Years Ago (Ash Krafton)
https://querytracker.blogspot.com/2016/11/when-your-one-year-plan-looks-nothing.html

7 Things to Remember When Giving (or Receiving) Feedback on a Manuscript (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/11/7-things-to-remember-when-giving-or.html

A Boring Edit (Mary Kole)
www.kidlit.com/2016/11/07/a-boring-edit/

Taking it to the Streets (Brandi Megan Granett)
http://writersinthestormblog.com/2016/11/taking-it-to-the-streets-lessons-learned-from-creating-a-multi-author-event/

How to Set Achievable and Meaningful Goals (Nina Amir)
https://janefriedman.com/do-you-have-intention/



If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2015, and last week’s list.


If you have a particular favorite among these, please let the author know (and me too, if you have time).  Also, if you've a link to a great post that isn't here, feel free to share.


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Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week:

9 Questions Writers Hate to be Asked (Annie Neugebauer)
https://litreactor.com/columns/9-questions-writers-hate-to-be-asked

Audiobooks 101 (Anna Elliott)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/11/03/audiobooks-101-a-beginners-look-at-the-process-of-getting-an-audiobook-made/

Want to finish your novel? Try talking to yourself (Kendra Levin)
http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2016/11/want-to-finish-your-novel-try-talking.html

Writing Basics: The Act Two Disaster (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/11/writing-basics-act-two-disaster.html

How to Write Short Stories: 3 Uncommon Tips to Captivate Your Readers (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/how-to-write-short-stories/

In defense of personalized queries (and five tips!) (Nathan Bransford)
http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2016/11/in-defense-of-personalized-queries-and.html

Wanted: Appropriate Filters (Wendy Lawton) [Jon’s Pick of the Week]
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/wanted-appropriate-filters/

4 Ways to Write Backstory That Matters (K.M.Weiland)
www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/nanowrimo-outlining-how-much-backstory/

Have Trouble Getting That Book Done? Try Doing Less. (Ginger Moran)
https://janefriedman.com/have-trouble-getting-that-book-written/




If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2015, and last week’s list.


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Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week:


5 weak words you should avoid and what to use instead (Andrea Ayres)
https://crew.co/backstage/blog/5-weak-words-to-avoid/

What We Can Learn About Fiction from Cute Videos on Social Media (Heather Webb)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/10/27/what-we-can-learn-about-fiction-from-cute-videos-on-social-media/

3 Things Your Traditional Publisher Is Unlikely to Do (Jane Friedman)
https://janefriedman.com/3-things-traditional-publisher-unlikely/

TKZ Classic: No, That’s NOT The Smell Of Cordite In The Air (John Ramsey Miller)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/10/tkz-classic-thats-not-the-smell-of-cordite-in-the-air.html

What To Do When Your Book Jumps the Shark (Leah Rhyne)
https://litreactor.com/columns/what-to-do-when-your-book-jumps-the-shark

5 Ways to Restart Your Writing After a Break (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/10/5-ways-to-restart-your-writing-after.html

3 Reasons Your Manuscript Gets Rejected by Agents (Sierra Godfrey)
http://writersinthestormblog.com/2016/10/3-reasons-your-manuscript-gets-rejected-by-agents/

4 Things Real Authors Have That Amateurs Don’t (Jeff Goins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/4-things-real-authors-amateurs-dont/

What To Expect From An Agent (Mary Kole)
www.kidlit.com/2016/10/24/what-to-expect-from-an-agent/

How to Sell Books: Get Offline and Meet Your Readers IRL (Emily Westrom)
www.thewritelife.com/how-to-sell-books-get-offline-and-meet-your-readers-irl/



If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2015, and last week’s list.


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Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week:


Passion: The Best Fuel for Your Writing (Kathleen McCleary)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/10/19/passion-the-best-fuel-for-your-writing/

3 Ways Writers Can Instantly Spot Telling (Janice Hardy)
https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/3-ways-writers-can-instantly-spot-telling/

The Myth of the Lone Wolf (Jonah Lisa Dyer)
www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2016/10/the-myth-of-lone-wolf.html

Questions to Ask an Agent (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/questions-ask-agent/

Participating in NaNoWriMo 2016? Caution! (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/nanowrimo-2016/

That uncomfortable feeling when writers don't write (Nathan Bransford)
http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2016/10/that-uncomfortable-feeling-when-writers.html

Titles, Titles, Titles!!!! (Jane Lebak)
https://querytracker.blogspot.com/2016/10/titles-titles-titles.html

Revise or Give Up? (Mary Kole)
www.kidlit.com/2016/10/17/revise-or-give-up/

What it Takes to Be a “Real” Writer (Kristen Lamb)
https://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2016/10/17/what-it-takes-to-be-a-real-writer/

3 Steps to Find the Heart of Your Story (K.M. Weiland)
www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/nanowrimo-guide-outlining-find-heart-of-your-story/



If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2015, and last week’s list.


If you have a particular favorite among these, please let the author know (and me too, if you have time).  Also, if you've a link to a great post that isn't here, feel free to share.


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Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week:

Understanding “Advances” in Publishing Deals (Susan Spann)
http://writersinthestormblog.com/2016/10/understanding-advances-in-publishing-deals/

Solving Fiction Problems: Three Kinds of Story Arcs (Becca Puglisi)
www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2016/10/solving-fiction-problems-three-kinds-of.html

Writers, Please Eat a Snickers and Chill the Hell OUT—Sincerely, Readers (Kristen Lamb)
https://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2016/10/13/writers-please-eat-a-snickers-and-chill-the-hell-out-sincerely-readers/

A Book Reviewer's Bill Of Rights (Peter Derk)
https://litreactor.com/columns/a-book-reviewers-bill-of-rights

The Dreaded Synopsis—How to Get Started & Why We Need One BEFORE Writing the Book (Kristen Lamb)
https://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2016/10/12/the-dreaded-synopsis-how-to-get-started-why-we-need-one-before-writing-the-book/

Forget Rewriting Your Book Rewrite Your Attitude (P.J.Parish)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/10/forget-rewriting-your-bookrewrite-your-attitude.html

Giving Characters Too Little Information (Mary Kole)
www.kidlit.com/2016/10/10/giving-characters-too-little-information/

30 Minutes, 30 Days: This Practice Can Help You Become a Better Writer (Erin Sturm)
www.thewritelife.com/30-minutes-30-days-practice-can-help-become-better-writer/

Start Your Outline With These 4 Questions (K.M.Weiland)
www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/start-your-outline-with-these-4-questions-nanowrimo/

Finding Your Character's HOOK (Angela Ackerman)
www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2016/10/finding-your-characters-hook-special.html



If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2015, and last week’s list.


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Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week:

The Dreaded Synopsis—What It REALLY Reveals About Our Writing (Kristen Lamb) [Jon’s Pick of the Week]
https://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2016/10/06/the-dreaded-synopsis-what-it-really-reveals-about-our-writing/

10 Reasons Why Social Media Doesn't Do A Damn Thing For Writers (Peter Derk)
https://litreactor.com/columns/10-reasons-why-social-media-doesnt-do-a-damn-thing-for-writers

Four Kinds of Pace (Donald Maass)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/10/05/four-kinds-of-pace/

What Writers Too Often Overlook: Having a Call to Action (Jane Friedman)
https://janefriedman.com/call-to-action/

When You’ve Lost Your Passion for Writing (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/youve-lost-passion-writing/

Are You a Push Marketer or a Pull Marketer? (Chris Syme)
https://janefriedman.com/push-marketer-pull-marketer/

The Two Minute Writing Workshop Already At Your Fingertips (Larry Brooks)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/10/the-two-minute-writing-workshop-already-at-your-fingertips.html

Stop Explaining Your Story (And Start Showing It) (Janice Hardy)
https://querytracker.blogspot.com/2016/10/stopexplaining-your-story-and-start.html?spref=tw

A Ten-Step Guide to Plotting a Practice Novel (Janice Hardy)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/10/02/a-ten-step-guide-to-plotting-a-practice-novel/

The Kind of Style That Turns Readers Into Fans (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/10/the-kind-of-style-that-turns-readers-into-fans.html

5 Reasons Your Revision Isn’t Working (Janice Hardy)
www.writersinthestormblog.com/2016/09/5-reasons-your-revision-isnt-working/


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2015, and last week’s list.


If you have a particular favorite among these, please let the author know (and me too, if you have time).  Also, if you've a link to a great post that isn't here, feel free to share.


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Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week:

Learn How to Set Up the Potential for Change in Character Arcs (Usvaldo de Leon, Jr) [Jon’s Pick of the Week]
www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/learn-set-potential-change-character-in-arcs/

Pre-Writing (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
www.elizabethspanncraig.com/4877/pre-writing/

The Cooling Off Period: Handling Criticism Effectively (Mary Lindsey / Marissa Clarke)
https://querytracker.blogspot.com/2016/09/the-cooling-off-period-handling.html

Money and the Writer (Barbara O'Neal)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/09/28/money-and-the-writer/

On Balance vs. Burn-Out (Bonnie Randall)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/09/on-balance-vs-burn-out.html

The End or the Beginning? (Michelle Ule)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/end-just-beginning/

How Do I Make My Familiar Premise Fresh? (Mary Kole)
www.kidlit.com/2016/09/26/how-do-i-make-my-familiar-premise-fresh/

Knowing When to Walk Away from a Publishing Deal (Susan Spann)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/09/26/knowing-when-to-walk-away-from-a-publishing-deal/

What Authors Need To Know About the Publishing Industry Today (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/09/what-authors-need-to-know-about-the-publishing-industry-today.html

Why Your Book Isn’t Selling (Kristen Lamb)
https://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2016/08/22/why-your-book-isnt-selling/
(by way of Laurie Wallmark)


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2015, and last week’s list.


If you have a particular favorite among these, please let the author know (and me too, if you have time).  Also, if you've a link to a great post that isn't here, feel free to share.


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Here’s my selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing from the last week:

Nail That First Line! (Laura Drake)
http://writersinthestormblog.com/2016/09/nail-that-first-line-2/

Why Sales Numbers Don’t Matter (Much) for Your First Novel (Emily Wenstrom)
www.thewritelife.com/sales-numbers-dont-matter-much-first-novel/

5 years, 6 books, 7 lessons (Lisa Janice Cohen)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/09/22/5-years-6-books-7-lessons/

3 Ways to Hook Your Reader From Page One (Joanna Meyer)
www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2016/09/3-ways-to-hook-your-reader-from-page.html

Writing Your Middle Grade Character (Ron Estrada)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/09/21/writing-your-middle-grade-character-aka-the-center-of-her-universe/

The Difference Between Tricking Your Reader and Surprising Your Reader (Janice Hardy) [Jon’s Pick of the Week]
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/09/the-difference-between-tricking-your.html

When Outlines Make Revisions Easier (Cara Lopez Lee)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2016/09/when-outlines-make-revisions-easier.html

The Secret to Writing Dynamic Characters: It’s Always Their Fault (K. M. Weiland)
www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/secret-writing-dynamic-characters-always-fault/

What New Authors Need to Know About Library Systems (Karen McCoy)
www.thewritelife.com/new-authors-need-know-library-systems/

Revisiting the Middle (Clare Langley Hawthorne)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/09/revisiting-the-middle.html

Query Letters Part 2: The Extras (Annie Neugebauer)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/09/10/query-letters-part-2-the-extras/



If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2015, and last week’s list.


If you have a particular favorite among these, please let the author know (and me too, if you have time).  Also, if you've a link to a great post that isn't here, feel free to share.


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