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

Tips for Writing a Better Picture Book (Kathleen Doherty)
http://rateyourstory.blogspot.com/2016/08/tips-for-writing-better-picture-book-by.html

How to Write 10,000 Words in a Day, and Why You Should Give It a Shot (at least once) (Laura Benedict)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/09/how-to-write-10000-words-in-a-day-and-why-you-should-give-it-a-shot-at-least-once.html

Is Your Story Structure Working? (Janice Hardy)
https://querytracker.blogspot.com/2016/09/is-your-story-structure-working.html

One Reason You Haven’t Finished Your Book Yet (Jerry Jenkins)
https://feedly.com/i/subscription/feed/http://www.jerryjenkins.com/feed/

Pitch Your Novel Perfectly (Susan Spann)
www.writersinthestormblog.com/2016/09/pitch-your-novel-perfectly/

Writing the Crime Scene: Guns (Repo Kempt)
https://litreactor.com/columns/writing-the-crime-scene-guns

Do You Need An Editor? (Diana Hurwitz)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2016/09/do-you-need-editor.html

The Top 10 Ways To Annoy Your Twitter Followers (Annie Neugebauer)
https://litreactor.com/columns/when-writers-do-it-wrong-the-top-10-ways-to-annoy-your-twitter-followers

Beware! [When to Research] (Bill Cameron)
http://yaoutsidethelines.blogspot.com/2016/09/beware-bill-cameron.html

Why Plot is Essential to Character (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/09/why-plot-is-essential-to-character.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:

The #1 Key to Relatable Characters: Backstory (K.M.Weiland)
www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/relatable-characters-backstory/

A Real Book Contract (Contracts/Dealbreakers) (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
www.kriswrites.com/2016/08/31/business-musings-a-real-book-contract-contractsdealbreakers/

The Writing Personalities As Crit Partners (Bonnie Randall)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/08/the-writing-personalities-as-crit.html

The Art of Giving and Accepting Critiques (Kim English)
https://querytracker.blogspot.com/2016/08/the-art-of-giving-and-accepting.html

Should You Pay for a Publicist? (Dorit Sasson)
https://janefriedman.com/should-you-pay-for-a-publicist/

Permission to Begin. Courage to Continue. Forgiveness to Try Again (Dan Blank)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/08/26/permission-to-begin-courage-to-continue-forgiveness-to-try-again/

Revising, Revising, and How to Make it Through (Heather Webb)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/08/25/revising-revising-revising-what/

In Defense of Slow, Thoughtful Writing (Stephanie Raffelock)
www.storyfix.com/defense-slow-thoughtful-writing

Ten Ways To Create Immediate Character Empathy (Brandilyn Collins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/create-character-empathy/

5 Common Plotting Mistakes to Avoid When You’re Writing a Novel (Janice Hardy)
www.thewritelife.com/5-common-plotting-mistakes/



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:


7 Things That Are Ruining Amateur Book Reviews (Peter Derk)
https://litreactor.com/columns/7-things-that-are-ruining-amateur-book-reviews

Gaining Traction on non-Amazon Vendors -  Part 1 (Angela Quarles)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/08/going-wide-gaining-traction-on-non.html

You, Your Agent, and Your Publisher (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/dont-know-can-hurt/

Agent Agreements (Contracts/Dealbreakers) (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
www.kriswrites.com/2016/08/17/business-musings-agent-agreements-contractsdealbreakers/

Having Fun With Structural Revision (Gaëtane Burkolter)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/08/17/me-and-my-excite-o-meter-having-fun-with-structural-revision/

8 Ways to Be a Happy Author (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/8-ways-happy-author/

A Quick Lesson in the Writing Process (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/quick-lesson-writing-process/

The Four Misconceptions of "Show Don't Tell" (Martina Boone)
www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2016/08/the-four-misconceptions-of-show-dont.html

The Unpublished Writer (Wendy Lawton)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/the_unpublished_writer/

5 Story Opening Clichés That Need to Die (Max Booth III)
https://litreactor.com/columns/5-story-opening-cliches-that-need-to-die

How to Find the Right Critique Partner (K.M.Weiland)
www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/how-to-find-the-right-critique-partner/

How to Describe a Character (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/08/how-to-describe-a-character.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:

Understanding Ebook Rights (Susan Spann)
http://writersinthestormblog.com/2016/08/understanding-ebook-rights/

Is This the Single Best Way to Write Powerful Themes? (K. M. Weiland) [Jon’s Pick of the Week]
www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/single-best-way-write-powerful-themes/

Productive Communication (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/productive-communication/

Don't Let Your Characters “Nod” Off (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/08/dont-let-your-characters-nod-off.html

Quit or Press On? Be Willing To Take The Journey (Kevin E. Jackson)
www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2016/08/quite-or-press-on-be-willing-to-take.html

Getting revenge on an agent who rejected you (Jane Lebak)
https://querytracker.blogspot.com/2016/08/getting-revenge-on-agent-who-rejected.html

Why You Should Query Agents For 6 + Months Before Promoting Your Self-Published Book (Sharon Bially)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/08/08/why-you-should-query-agents-for-6-plus-months-before-promoting-your-self-published-book/

The Most Important Tip About Setting Descriptions (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/08/the-most-important-tip-about-writing-setting-descriptions.html

Why most agents use form rejections (The Intern)
https://intheinbox.wordpress.com/2016/08/05/why-most-agents-use-form-rejections/



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:

5 Traits of Successful Writers (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/5-traits-successful-writers/

The Waiting is (One of) the Hardest Part(s) (Liz Michalski)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/07/29/the-waiting-is-one-of-the-hardest-parts/

Don’t Make This Mistake With Your Story Structure (K. M. Weiland) [Jon’s Pick of the Week]
www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/dont-make-mistake-story-structure/

How to Put More Drive in Your Plot (Brent Hartinger)
www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2016/07/author-brent-hartinger-on-how-to-put.html

Three Words That Are Killing Your Manuscript (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/07/three-words-that-are-killing-your.html

Warning: Before You Self-Publish (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/warning-self-publish/

Keep at it. (Jane Lebak)
https://querytracker.blogspot.com/2016/07/keep-at-it.html

I'm the Bad Guy? (Cara Lopez Lee)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2016/07/im-bad-guy.html

A Definition of Author Platform (Jane Friedman)
https://janefriedman.com/author-platform-definition/

Today’s query batch: how I replied and why (The Intern)
https://intheinbox.wordpress.com/2016/07/23/todays-query-batch-how-i-replied-and-why/



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:

Creating voice in the query (The Intern)
https://intheinbox.wordpress.com/2016/07/20/creating-voice-in-the-query/

Making Clichés Work for You (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2011/10/you-spin-me-round-making-cliches-work.html

When in doubt, bury someone alive (Joe Moore)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/07/when-in-doubt-bury-someone-alive.html

5 Ways to Develop Your Writer’s Voice (Jennifer Louden)
https://janefriedman.com/5-ways-develop-writers-voice/

10 Questions for Outlining a Scene smack-dab-in-the-middle (Marcia Thornton Jones)
http://blogspot.com/2016/06/marcias-10-questions-for-outlining.html

Saving the Sagging Middle (Clare Langly-Thorne)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/07/saving-the-sagging-middle.html

4 Ways to Verify Your Story Concept Is Strong Enough (K. M. Weiland)
www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/story-concept-2/

First Line Winners and Losers (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/first-line-winners-losers/

So Your Self-Published Novel is Just Sitting There (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/07/so-your-self-published-novel-is-just-sitting-there.html

Is Your Query Letter Ready (The Intern)
https://intheinbox.wordpress.com/2016/05/20/is-my-query-letter-ready-for-submission/
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:

Discount Abuse (Contracts/Dealbreakers) (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
www.kriswrites.com/2016/07/13/business-musings-discount-abuse-contractsdealbreakers/

Write Book One, Not Book Two (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/07/write-book-one-not-book-two.html

The Long and the Short of Stories (or advice on short fiction) (James R. Tuck)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/07/the-long-and-short-of-stories-or-advice.html

5 Tips to Finish Your First Draft (Amy E. Reichert)
http://writersinthestormblog.com/2016/07/5-tips-to-finish-your-first-draft/

Four Major Stumbles by Newer Writers (Larry Brooks) [Jon’s Pick of the Week]
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/07/four-major-stumbles-by-newer-writers.html

Writing Fiction for Middle-Grade Readers (Sophie Masson)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/07/11/writing-fiction-for-middle-grade-readers/

Helpful Tools and Sites for Writers (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
www.elizabethspanncraig.com/4563/helpful-tools-sites-writers/

How to Write an Eating Scene (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/07/how-to-write-an-eating-scene.html

Query Letters Part 1: The Pitch (Annie Neugebauer)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/07/09/query-letters-part-1-the-pitch/

In An Interesting Twist, B&N to Sell Self-Published Books In Stores (Thad Mcllroy)
www.bookbusinessmag.com/post/interesting-twist-bn-sell-self-published-books/


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:

“Busting” Some Popular Copyright Myths (Susan Spann)
http://writersinthestormblog.com/2016/07/busting-some-popular-copyright-myths/

There’s No Wrong Way (Anna Elliott)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/07/07/theres-no-wrong-way/

Ideas to Improve Your Writer’s Group (Jordan Dane)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/07/ideas-to-improve-your-writers-group.html

Long-Term Thinking: Rights Reversions (Contracts/Dealbreakers) (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
www.kriswrites.com/2016/07/06/business-musings-long-term-thinking-rights-reversions-contractsdealbreakers/

Getting Ahead of Yourself…and Your Reader (Donald Maass)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/07/06/getting-ahead-of-yourselfand-your-reader/

5 Pieces of Writing Advice You Should Ignore (James Scott Bell)
https://janefriedman.com/writing-advice-to-ignore/

#thingspeoplesaytoYAauthors (Bill Cameron)
http://yaoutsidethelines.blogspot.com/2016/07/thingspeoplesaytoyaauthors-bill-cameron.html

Overcoming False Starts on Your First Chapter (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2010/01/re-write-wednesday-false-starts.html

Don’t Overdo it! Examples of Overwriting (Rachel Kent)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/dont-overdo-examples-overwriting/

How to Make Boring Story Parts Exciting (Kristen Lamb)
https://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2016/04/22/how-to-make-boring-story-parts-exciting/

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.



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


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

10 Fun Writing Ideas to Help You Get Creative This Summer (Jessica Lawlor)
www.thewritelife.com/10-fun-writing-ideas-help-get-creative-summer/

The Very First Page (Rachel Kent)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/27240/

When You Don’t Want to Write (Heather Webb)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/06/23/when-you-dont-want-to-write/

Vonnegut’s Rule #5 (Joe Moore)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/06/vonneguts-rule-5.html

If We Wrote Men Like We Write Women (Jim Hines)
http://jimhines.livejournal.com/846150.html

When Less Is More on Social Media (Chris Syme)
https://janefriedman.com/less-is-more-social-media/

Should You Self-Publish or Traditionally Publish? (Jane Friedman)
https://janefriedman.com/should-you-self-publish-traditional/

Social Media Etiquette (Clare Langley-Hawthorne)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/06/social-media-etiquette.html

The Doctor Will See Your Novel Now (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/06/the-doctor-will-see-your-novel-now.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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