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

Your Scene Needs a Problem (Ken Hughes)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2014/09/your-scene-needs-problem.html

Winging it (Jennifer R. Hubbard aka writerjenn) http://writerjenn.livejournal.com/396025.html

Setting the Stage: How I Hook Readers From Page One (Stafanie Gaither)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2014/09/setting-stage-how-i-hook-readers-from.html

How to be a more productive writer (April Henry aka aprilhenry)
http://aprilhenry.livejournal.com/1127610.html

Book to Screen: Seeing Your Book as a Visual Story (Shonell Bacon)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/09/book-to-screen-seeing-your-book-as.html

Screenwriting: The Emotional Spine (Karina Wilson)
http://litreactor.com/columns/screenwriting-the-emotional-spine

Social Media for Authors 101 (Gary Parkes)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2014/09/social-media-for-authors-101.html

Why You Need To Write a Series (Bill Ferris)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/09/20/why-you-need-to-write-a-series/

Blessing or Curse? The Modern Writer’s Dilemma (Dario Ciriello)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2014/09/blessing-or-curse-modern-writers-dilemma.html

5 Things Literary Writers Can Learn from Sci-Fi Writers (Susan DeFreitas)
http://litreactor.com/columns/what-literary-writers-can-learn-from-speculative-fiction-writers


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2013, 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:

Making Conference Connections (Rachel Kent)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/making-conference-connections/

Case Study: When Your Concept Disappears (Larry Brooks)
http://storyfix.com/case-study-concept-disappears

Prewriting (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/2435/prewriting/

Be Diligent and Let Your Agent Do the Talking (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/diligent-let-agent-talking/

The Seven Deadly Sins of Prologues (Kristen Lamb)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-seven-deadly-sins-of-prologues.html

The Challenges of Writing a Sequel (Sttina Lindenblatt)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-challenges-of-writing-sequel.html

The Evolving Role of the Literary Agent (Jane Friedman)
http://janefriedman.com/2014/09/16/evolving-role-literary-agent/

Multiple Offers (Wendy Lawton)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/multiple-offers/

Plot Your Novel With Mini Arcs (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2014/09/plot-your-novel-with-mini-arcs.html

On Rejection and Renewal: A Note to Aspiring Novelists (Warren Adler)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/09/14/on-rejection-and-renewal-a-note-to-aspiring-novelists/

Writers as Casualties of Commerce (James Scott Bell)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/09/writers-as-casualties-of-commerce.html


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2013, 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:

What is “Word of Mouth” in Today’s World? (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/2421/word-mouth-todays-world/

Heroes: A "Dive into Worldbuilding!" (Juliette Wade)
http://talktoyouniverse.blogspot.com/2014/09/heroes-dive-into-worldbuilding-hangout.html

8 Marketing Don'ts: Get Real or Get Lost! (S. R. Johannes)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2014/09/8-marketing-donts-get-real-or-get-lost.html

What It Really Takes (Sarah Callender)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/09/10/33237/

How and when to revise your manuscript (David Zelster)
http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2014/09/guest-post-and-giveaway-how-and-when-to.html

Why Children’s Books Can’t Be All Rainbows and Light (Kerry Gans)
http://authorchronicles.wordpress.com/2014/09/09/why-childrens-books-cant-be-all-rainbows-and-light/

Anatomy of a Showdown (Paul Anthony Shortt)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2014/09/anatomy-of-showdown.html

Listening to Your Characters (P. J. Parrish)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/09/listening-to-your-characters.html

What Is a Developmental Editor and What Can You Expect? (Katherine Pickett)
http://janefriedman.com/2014/09/08/developmental-editor/

On Stage: Talking about Writing (Sophie Masson)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/09/08/on-stage-talking-about-writing/

Stop That Fighting! Conflicts Aren’t all About the Punches (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2011/11/stop-that-fighting-conflicts-arent-all.html

If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2013, 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:

I’d Know That Voice Anywhere (Katrina Kittle)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/09/05/id-know-that-voice-anywhere/

How Not to Burn Your Critique Group to the Ground (Jim Heskett)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/09/critique-group.html

Making the Payoff Scene Count (Stina Lindenblatt)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2014/09/making-payoff-scene-count.html

Backstory with Bite (Diana Hurwitz)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/09/backstory-with-bite.html

10 Ways to Annoy a Literary Agent (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/ways-to-annoy-a-literary-agent/

Don't Belabor Your Prose (Clare Langley-Hawthorne)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/09/dont-belabor-your-prose.html

What I’m Looking For. . . (Wendy Lawton)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/im-looking/

Avoiding the Tar Pits of Fiction (James Scott Bell)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/08/avoiding-tar-pits-of-fiction.html

Beginning Over (Ellen Jensen Abbott) 
http://yaoutsidethelines.blogspot.com/2014/08/beginning-over-by-ellen-jensen-abbott.html



If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2013, 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:

Keeping Yourself Motivated to Write (Rachel Kent)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/keeping-motivated-write/

Keeping Our Books Current (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/2383/keeping-books-current/

Gatekeepers - you're one, too (Juliette Wade)
http://talktoyouniverse.blogspot.com/2014/08/gatekeepers-youre-one-too.html

Getting through a Creative Dry Spell (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/getting-creative-dry-spell/

The Basics of Starting a Writing Group (Daniel Hope)
http://litreactor.com/columns/the-basics-of-starting-a-writing-group

A sense of urgency: beginnings (Jennifer R. Hubbard)
http://yaoutsidethelines.blogspot.com/2014/08/a-sense-of-urgency-beginnings-jennifer.html

Character Archetypes (Nancy J. Cohen)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/08/character-archetypes.html

The Year Of Trying (Natalie Whipple)
http://betweenfactandfiction.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-year-of-trying-or-introverts-feeble.html

False Promises (Wendy Lawton)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/false-promises/

What to write about when it feels like everything has already been written (Nathan Bransford)
http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2014/08/what-to-write-about-when-it-feels-like.html

Laying the Groundwork for a Series (Mary Kole)
http://kidlit.com/2014/08/25/laying-groundwork-for-series/

POV 101: Get into Your Protagonist’s Head and Stay There (Jodie Renner)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/08/pov-101-get-into-your-protagonists-head.html

How to Use Backstory to Keep Readers Reading (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/2375/use-backstory-keep-readers-reading/


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2013, 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:

Who Can Effectively Challenge Amazon in the Book Business? (Jane Friedman)
http://janefriedman.com/2014/08/21/challenge-amazon/

The Perfect Title (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/perfect-title/

Narrowing the Gap (Terry Odell)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/08/narrowing-gap.html

In obscurity, butterflies (Jennifer R. Hubbard aka writerjenn)
http://writerjenn.livejournal.com/393462.html

How Technology Affects the Way We Write (Dean Fetzer)
http://litreactor.com/columns/how-technology-affects-the-way-we-write

Dealing with Reader Expectations (Stina Lindenblatt)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2014/08/dealing-with-reader-expectations.html

You’ve Got the Power (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/you-got-the-power/

Finding Your Voice (Clare Langley-Hawthorne)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/08/finding-your-voice.html

Kill Your Darlings? (Elle Carter Neal)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/08/kill-your-darlings.html

The Six Archetypes Every Novel Needs (Bill Ferris)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/08/16/the-six-archetypes-every-novel-needs/

Back It Up (Joe Hartlaub)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/08/back-it-up.html



If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2013, 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:

When Your Beginning Isn't Your Beginning (Amy K. Nichols)
http://yaoutsidethelines.blogspot.com/2014/08/when-your-beginning-isnt-your-beginning.html

What Does It Mean to Protect Authors’ Interests?  (Jane Friedman)
http://janefriedman.com/2014/08/14/authors-interests/

How to Listen to a Famous Author Talk About Writing (Lisa Cron)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/08/14/how-to-listen-to-a-famous-author-talk-about-writing/

10 Things to Know About Speakers Bureaus (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/speakers-bureaus/

How Not to Seek a Literary Agent: The Perils of "Middleman" Services (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2014/08/how-not-to-seek-literary-agent.html

Better than They Know Themselves (Keith Cronin)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/08/12/better-than-they-know-themselves/

The Art of Writing Back Copy:Boiling Your Book to its Essence (P.J. Parrish)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-art-of-writing-back-copy-boiling.html

Bridging Conflict (Mary Kole)
http://kidlit.com/2014/08/11/bridging-conflict/

How to Get Your Short Stories Published in Lit Mags (Suzannah Windsor Freeman)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/08/10/how-to-get-your-short-stories-published-in-lit-mags/



If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2013, 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:

8 Writer Tips To Keep Your Butt in the Chair (Jordan Dane)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/08/8-writer-tips-to-keep-your-butt-in-chair.html

Avoid Backstory Plot Holes (Diana Hurwitz)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/08/avoid-backstory-plot-holes.html

Writer Beware's Self-Publishing Page Renovated and Updated (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2014/08/writer-bewares-self-publishing-page.html

The Reader’s Emotional Journey (Donald Maass)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/08/06/the-readers-emotional-journey/

Balancing Your Writing Career (Stina Lindenblatt)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2014/08/balancing-your-writing-career.html

Keep an offhand remark on hand (Joe Moore)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/08/keep-offhand-remark-on-hand.html

13 Ways to Impress an Agent (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/impress-an-agent/

Character Buy-In (Mary Kole)
http://kidlit.com/2014/08/04/character-buy-in/

Agents Behaving Badly (James Scott Bell) Jon’s Pick of the week
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/08/agents-behaving-badly.html

Where is the best place to put worldbuilding exposition in my story? (Juliette Wade)
http://talktoyouniverse.blogspot.com/2014/08/where-is-best-place-to-put.html

The fight over Sherlock Holmes and how copyright changes pop culture (Alyssa Rosenberg)
www.washingtonpost.com/news/act-four/wp/2014/08/05/the-fight-over-sherlock-holmes-and-how-copyright-changes-pop-culture/
By way of Christopher Roden


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2013, and last week’s list.

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JonGibbs


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

How Can Authors and Publishers Partner Better on Book Marketing?  (Jane Friedman)
http://janefriedman.com/2014/07/31/authors-publishers-marketing/

Writing on a Full Tank (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/writing-full-tank/

The Epidemic and Systemic Sabotage via Brainwashing of Aspiring Novelists (Larry Brooks)
http://storyfix.com/epidemic-systemic-sabotage-via-brainwashing-aspiring-novelists

The 4 Different Types of Conflict in Dialogue (K. M. Weiland)
http://janefriedman.com/2014/07/30/conflict-in-dialogue/

The Magic Trick to Landing an Agent at a Conference (Liz Michalski)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/07/30/the-magic-trick-to-landing-an-agent-at-a-conference-hint-theres-no-magic-involved/

Write Emails that Don’t Drive People Crazy (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/write-emails/

A Marketing Pitch from Author Solutions (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2014/07/a-marketing-pitch-from-author-solutions.html

Understanding Your Contract (Stina Lindenblatt)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2014/07/understanding-your-contract.html

6 Qualities That Make an Agent Say Yes (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/finding-literary-representation/

Walking the walk (Jennifer R. Hubbard)
http://yaoutsidethelines.blogspot.com/2014/07/walking-walk-jennifer-r-hubbard.html


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2013, and last week’s list.

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Where is Jon - compressed


I had a great time at the Kateri Day Camp in Morganville, NJ, earlier this month. I did two creative writing sessions. The first was for a group of 9-yr-old girls, in which we worked together to make up a rather fun sequel idea for Disney's Frozen.

The following week, I did a similar workshop for the boys, most of whom were twelve or older. They had a hard time agreeing on which movie sequel to work on (we ended up doing a zombie apocalypse set in a big city), but we managed to put something together.

I'm popping back there on Monday to pick up the entries for a story contest I set up. I've already read a couple of them. They're very good.

As for upcoming events, I've a few things booked and several more in the pipeline, but what with one thing and another, I've eased back a lot this year:

2014 AUGUST 9th (Sat) MONMOUTH WRITERS 10am-noon
Critique group, run by my friend Rick Kelsten


2014 AUGUST 19th (Tues) SUPER SUMMER READER CLUB) 6:30pm
TD Bank Ballpark, 860 E Main St, Bridgewater, NJ 08807

(sponsored by the Somerset Patriots)

2014 SEPTEMBER 20th (Sat) MEET THE AUTHORS 4pm-6pm
Barnes & Noble, 2134 Highway 35, Holmdel, NJ 07733


2014 OCTOBER 15th (Weds) NOVEL WRITING: The First Draft 6:30pm-8:30pm
Ocean County Library (Tom's River)101 Washington St, Toms River, NJ 08753



How about you?

What have you got lined up in the coming weeks and months?


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