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


Negotiating Options in Publishing Deals (Susan Spann)
www.writersinthestormblog.com/2017/01/negotiating-options-in-publishing-deals/

15 of the Best YouTube Channels for Writers (Kelly Gurnett)
https://thewritelife.com/youtube-channels-for-writers/

Why writing is like the pyramids (Nathan Bransford)
http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2017/01/why-writing-is-like-pyramids.html

Choosing What to Put in Your Outline (and Your Plot) (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2017/01/choosing-what-to-put-in-your-outline.html

How to Get Your Writing Noticed by a Publisher (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/get-you-writing-noticed/

Selling Books—The Struggle is REAL but Not New & What to DO! (Kristen Lamb)
https://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2017/01/10/selling-books-the-struggle-is-real-but-not-new-what-to-do/

Should You Submit Your Work to Agents or Editors? (Jane Friedman)
https://janefriedman.com/query-agents-editors/

The Perfect Back Cover Blurb (Sophie Masson)
www.writerunboxed.com/2017/01/09/the-perfect-back-cover-blurb/

Ten Essential Picture Book Elements (Kathryn Evans)
https://mrsbung.wordpress.com/2012/12/17/ten-essential-picture-book-elements/
(by way of Laurie Wallmark)



If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2016, 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:



How Bad Times and New Starts Affect Our Writing (Janice Hardy)
http://writersinthestormblog.com/2017/01/how-bad-times-and-new-starts-affect-our-writing/

We Will Always Be Beginners (Natalia Sylvester)
www.writerunboxed.com/2017/01/06/we-will-always-be-beginners/

A Checklist For Writing A Great Ending (Jordan Dane)
https://killzoneblog.com/2017/01/a-checklist-for-writing-a-great-ending.html

7 Tips to “Level Up” Your Writing Career (Fae Rowen)
http://writersinthestormblog.com/2017/01/seven-tips-to-level-up-your-writing-career/


A Literary Agent’s Guide to Publishing Terms Authors Should Know (Mark Gottlieb)
https://thewritelife.com/book-publishing-terms/

An Insider’s Look at the Querying Process, Part I (Kim English) [Jon’s Pick of the Week]
https://querytracker.blogspot.com/2017/01/an-insiders-look-at-querying-process.html

All Compelling Stories Contain This Secret Ingredient (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/compelling-stories-ingredient/

When You Get Good Enough And Yet... (Natalie Whipple)
http://betweenfactandfiction.blogspot.com/2017/01/when-you-get-good-enough-and-yet.html

Getting Back At It (Wendy Lawton)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/back-at-it/

The Good Old Days (Mary Kole)
www.kidlit.com/2017/01/02/the-good-old-days/

Beginning Your Story Too Late (K. M. Weiland) [Jon’s other Pick of the Week]
www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/common-writing-mistakes-pt-55/

Important Publishing Developments Authors Should Know (Jane Friedman)
https://janefriedman.com/looking-back-2016-important-publishing-developments-authors-know/



If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2016, and last week’s list.


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Somewhere amidst all the interesting happenings of 2016 were some great blog posts containing wisdomous words about writing.

As always, I had a hard time narrowing the list to just twelve, but I finally managed it. Here's my personal selection of the best writing-related blog posts from 2016:
DECEMBER
Email Marketing: 5 Things Authors Should NEVER Do (Anne R. Allen)
www.annerallen.com/email-marketing-5-things-authors-should-never-do
 (by way of Laurie Wallmark)

NOVEMBER
Wanted: Appropriate Filters (Wendy Lawton)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/wanted-appropriate-filters

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

SEPTEMBER
Learn How to Set Up the Potential for Change in Character Arcs (Usvaldo de Leon, Jr)
www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/learn-set-potential-change-character-in-arcs

AUGUST
Is This the Single Best Way to Write Powerful Themes? (K. M. Weiland)
www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/single-best-way-write-powerful-themes/

JULY
Four Major Stumbles by Newer Writers (Larry Brooks)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/07/four-major-stumbles-by-newer-writers.html

JUNE
I am not your Plot Device (Stephen Spohn) www.terribleminds.com/ramble/2016/06/02/steven-spohn-i-am-not-your-plot-device/

MAY
Concept vs. Premise (Larry Brooks)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/05/concept-vs-premise-the-inherent-opportunity-in-understanding-the-difference.html

APRIL
Part 2: 10 Myths That Sabotage Unsuspecting Novelists (Larry Brooks)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/04/part-2-10-myths-that-sabotage-unsuspecting-novelists.html

MARCH
Behind the Scam: What Does It Take to Be a ‘Best-Selling Author’? $3 and 5 Minutes (Brent Underwood)
www.observer.com/2016/02/behind-the-scam-what-does-it-takes-to-be-a-bestselling-author-3-and-5-minutes/

FEBRUARY
5 Mistakes That Will Kill Your Query Letter (Kathryn Lilley) https://killzoneblog.com/2016/02/5-mistakes-that-will-kill-your-query-letter.html

JANUARY
The Ten Events of the Highly Successful Writer (James Scott Bell)  
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/01/the-ten-events-of-the-highly-successful-writer.html


How about you?

What were your favorite blog posts from 2016?


If you found these useful, you may also like:

My personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2015
My personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2014
My personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2013




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

5 Ways to Fight Your End-of-Year Writer’s Fatigue (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/12/5-ways-to-fight-your-end-of-year.html

How to Make Readers Deeply Connect to Your Characters (Jeff Gerke)
https://janefriedman.com/connect-characters/

Why Backstory Is Better Than Flashback (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/backstory-better-flashback/

How to Make "Write What You Know" Work for You (Kristina Riggle)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/12/how-to-make-write-what-you-know-work.html

A New Way to Think About Scene Structure (K.M.Weiland)
www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/scene-structure/

The Three Stooges of Writing (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/12/the-three-stooges-of-writing.html

Trouble at Tate: Could it be End of Days for America's Most Prolific Vanity Publisher? (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2016/12/trouble-at-tate-could-it-be-end-of-days.html

How to Find Your Agent Match (Susan Spann)
http://writersinthestormblog.com/2016/12/how-to-find-your-agent-match/



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:


The Value of Writing Retreats (Melanie Bishop)
https://janefriedman.com/value-writing-retreats/

Knowing Your Ending From the Beginning (Kimberly Sabatini)
http://yaoutsidethelines.blogspot.com/2016/12/knowing-your-ending-from-beginning-by.html

The Tragedy I See At Starbucks Every Day (Art Holcomb)
www.storyfix.com/tragedy-see-starbucks-every-day-new-post-art-holcomb

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

The Wound—Because Damaged People Make the BEST Stories (Kristen Lamb)
https://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2016/12/05/the-wound-because-damaged-people-make-the-best-stories/

A Surefire Way to Add Conflict to Your Story (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/12/a-surefire-way-to-add-conflict-to-your.html

3 Ways Agents Negotiate a Deal (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/3-ways-agents-negotiate-deal/

Social Media is Eating Your Brain (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/12/social-media-is-eating-your-brain.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.


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:



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.


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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.


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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