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Here’s my latest selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing:

And So We Hand The Microphone Over… to You (Larry Brooks)
www.storyfix.com/and-so-we-hand-the-microphone-over-to-you

How to Find the Right Illustrator for Your Children’s Book (Erika Liodice)
www.writerunboxed.com/2017/12/22/how-to-find-the-right-illustrator-for-your-childrens-book/

Little Fixes (Maryann Miller)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2017/12/little-fixes.html

The Deadliest First Page Sin—Plus a Critique of Two Novel Openings (Peter Selgin) [Jon’s Pick of the Crop]
https://www.janefriedman.com/deadliest-first-page-sin/

4 Tips on Writing Action Scenes (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2010/11/making-it-happen-tips-on-writing-action.html

Business Musings: Quitting (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
www.kriswrites.com/2017/12/13/business-musings-quitting/

The Writers’ Journey: Newbie to Mastery (Kristen Lamb)
www.authorkristenlamb.com/2017/12/writingtomastery/

Channeling Your Childhood Heroes (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2017/12/channeling-your-childhood-heroes.html

Four Keys To Creating A Likable Character (Mark Alpert)
https://killzoneblog.com/2017/12/four-keys-to-creating-a-likable-character.html

Tips for Making Writing a Habit (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
www.elizabethspanncraig.com/6487/habit/

Swipe Left, Swipe Right (Cynthia Ruchti)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/swipe-left-swipe-right/

The Elements of a Revise and Resubmit Request from an Agent (Kaitlyn Johnson)
www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/elements-revise-resubmit-request-agent


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2017, and my previous 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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Somewhere, amidst all the interesting happenings of the year, 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 2017:


DECEMBER
How to Write Funny (K.M. Weiland)
https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/how-to-write-funny/


NOVEMBER
10 Things NOT to Say in your Query – Advice from a Children’s Publisher (Rob Broder)
https://writersrumpus.com/2017/11/14/10-things-not-to-say-in-your-query-advice-from-a-childrens-publisher/

OCTOBER
Herd Your CATS (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2017/10/herd-your-cats.html

SEPTEMBER
What a Writer’s Conference Really Buys You (Heather Webb)
www.writerunboxed.com/2017/08/24/what-a-writers-conference-really-buys-you/

AUGUST
How To Get Your Writing Groove Back (Christa Allan)
http://writersinthestormblog.com/2017/07/how-to-get-your-writing-groove-back/


JULY
The Big Lie About Writing Compelling Fiction (Larry Brooks)
www.writerunboxed.com/2017/07/04/the-big-lie-about-writing-compelling-fiction/

JUNE
10 Ways to Make Your Submission Stand Out in the Slush Pile (Meg LaTorre-Snyder)
www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/10-ways-make-submission-stand-slush-pile
by way of Laurie Wallmark

MAY
When Does Writing Get Easier? The 4 Steps to Mastery (K.M.Weiland)
www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/when-does-writing-get-easier/

APRIL
What Does It Mean to Move the Plot? (K.M. Weiland)
www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/mean-move-plot/

MARCH
The 7 Stages of Being a Writer (How Many Have You Experienced?)
(K. M. Weiland)
www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/7-stages-writer-many-experienced/#

FEBRUARY
Generation Butthurt—How Being Constantly Offended (and Offensive) Costs BIG (Kristen Lamb)
https://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2017/01/27/generation-butthurt-how-being-constantly-offended-and-offensive-costs-big/

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


How about you?

What were your favorite blog posts from 2017?


If you found these useful, you may also like:

My personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2016
My personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2015
My personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2014


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Here’s my latest selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing:


Sacrificial Writing (Wendy Lawton)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/sacrificial-writing/

Publishing’s Greatest Challenge Might Surprise You (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/publishings-greatest-challenge-might-surprise-you/

A Scene Template For New Writers (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2017/12/a-scene-template-for-new-writers.html

Why You Need an Author Tagline (Laina Turner)
www.elizabethspanncraig.com/6550/authortaglines/

How to Write Funny (K.M. Weiland)
https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/how-to-write-funny/

Building an Author Website (Joe Bunting)
www.thewritepractice.com/building-an-author-website/
by way of Laurie Wallmark

Why Pursue Traditional Publishing? (Are There Enough Good Reasons?) (Kristen Tsetsi)
https://www.janefriedman.com/why-publish-traditionally/

Motivate Yourself with Ten Tips on Self-Motivating Yourself (Bill Ferris)
www.writerunboxed.com/2017/11/18/motivate-yourself-with-ten-tips-on-self-motivating-yourself/

Writers: Be scared of the right things (Nathan Bransford)
https://blog.nathanbransford.com/2017/11/writers-scared-right-things

The Impossible Choice: A Surefire Way to Hook Your Readers (Janice Hardy)
http://ablog.janicehardy.com/2017/11/the-impossible-choice-surefire-way-to.html

Breaking Big: How to Impress Big Five Publishers (Kristen Lamb)
www.authorkristenlamb.com/2017/11/bigfivepublishers/

10 Things NOT to Say in your Query – Advice from a Children’s Publisher (Rob Broder)
https://writersrumpus.com/2017/11/14/10-things-not-to-say-in-your-query-advice-from-a-childrens-publisher/




If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2016, and my previous 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 latest selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing:

Boo! These Are The 10 Monsters Your Book Editor Fears Most (Blake Atwood)

https://thewritelife.com/book-editor-fears/


Writing EXPOSURE—Gamble or Grift? (Kristen Lamb)

www.authorkristenlamb.com/2017/10/writers-working-for-free/


What Exactly is a Short Story? (Bobbi Miller)

www.teachingauthors.com/2017/10/what-exactly-is-short-story.html


5 Tips for Presenting an Engaging Workshop (Julie Glover)

http://writersinthestormblog.com/2017/10/5-tips-for-presenting-an-engaging-workshop/


The Spark That Won’t Die (Kathleen McCleary)

www.writerunboxed.com/2017/10/18/the-spark-that-wont-die/


Avoid These Lines in Your Query Letter (Rachelle Gardner)

www.booksandsuch.com/blog/avoid-in-your-query/


How to Keep Track of All Your Novel’s Details (Jim Dempsey)

www.writerunboxed.com/2017/10/13/how-to-keep-track-of-all-your-novels-details/


Hoops Jumping for Writers: Another Perspective (Cynthia Ruchti)

www.booksandsuch.com/blog/hoops-jumping-writers/


5 Tips on Writing a Cliffhanger (Heather Kaczynski)

http://blog.janicehardy.com/2017/10/5-tips-on-writing-cliffhanger.html


4 Reasons You’re Confused About Scene Structure (With Examples) (K.M. Weiland)

https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/scene-structure-2/


On Empathy (James Scott Bell)

https://killzoneblog.com/2017/10/on-empathy.html


4 Questions to Jumpstart Your Novel (Janice Hardy)

http://writersinthestormblog.com/2017/10/4-questions-to-jumpstart-your-novel/


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2016, and my previous 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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Wisdom On the Web

Here’s my latest selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing:

Boo! These Are The 10 Monsters Your Book Editor Fears Most (Blake Atwood)

https://thewritelife.com/book-editor-fears/


Writing EXPOSURE—Gamble or Grift? (Kristen Lamb)

www.authorkristenlamb.com/2017/10/writers-working-for-free/


What Exactly is a Short Story? (Bobbi Miller)

www.teachingauthors.com/2017/10/what-exactly-is-short-story.html


5 Tips for Presenting an Engaging Workshop (Julie Glover)

http://writersinthestormblog.com/2017/10/5-tips-for-presenting-an-engaging-workshop/


The Spark That Won’t Die (Kathleen McCleary)

www.writerunboxed.com/2017/10/18/the-spark-that-wont-die/


Avoid These Lines in Your Query Letter (Rachelle Gardner)

www.booksandsuch.com/blog/avoid-in-your-query/


How to Keep Track of All Your Novel’s Details (Jim Dempsey)

www.writerunboxed.com/2017/10/13/how-to-keep-track-of-all-your-novels-details/


Hoops Jumping for Writers: Another Perspective (Cynthia Ruchti)

www.booksandsuch.com/blog/hoops-jumping-writers/


5 Tips on Writing a Cliffhanger (Heather Kaczynski)

http://blog.janicehardy.com/2017/10/5-tips-on-writing-cliffhanger.html


4 Reasons You’re Confused About Scene Structure (With Examples) (K.M. Weiland)

https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/scene-structure-2/


On Empathy (James Scott Bell)

https://killzoneblog.com/2017/10/on-empathy.html


4 Questions to Jumpstart Your Novel (Janice Hardy)

http://writersinthestormblog.com/2017/10/4-questions-to-jumpstart-your-novel/


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2016, and my previous 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 latest selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing:

Editors Dish: What They Want New Freelance Writers to Understand (Jamie Cattanach)
https://thewritelife.com/what-editors-wish-freelance-writers-knew/

Herd Your CATS (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2017/10/herd-your-cats.html

Fabulous First Lines (Laura Fineberg Cooper)
https://writersrumpus.com/2017/09/29/fabulous-first-lines/

8 Things to Know If You Want to Write a Picture Book (Amy Fellner Dominy & Nate Evans)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2017/09/8-things-to-know-if-you-want-to-write.html

Historical Novels—Your Research To-Do List (Lydia Kang)
www.writerunboxed.com/2017/09/22/historical-novels-your-research-to-do-list/

The 3 Biggest Pitch Mistakes This Editor Sees Every Day (Nicole Dieker)
https://thewritelife.com/biggest-pitch-mistakes/

5 Tips for Organizing Subplots (K.M.Weiland)
https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/5-tips-organizing-subplots/

How Your Flexibility is Actually Hurting Your Writing Career (Adam Hughes)
https://thewritelife.com/flexibility-in-your-writing-career/

The Villain Reveal: Three Different Approaches (Jonathan Vars)
www.elizabethspanncraig.com/6186/the-villain-reveal-three-different-approaches/

The Power of Decency in Fiction (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2017/09/the-power-of-decency-in-fiction.html

Business Musings: Rip Van Winkle Syndrome (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
www.kriswrites.com/2017/09/06/business-musings-rip-van-winkle-syndrome/

10 Steps to Creating Memorable Heroes (Jerry Jenkins)
https://www.jerryjenkins.com/character-development/



If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2016, and my previous 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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Wisdom On the Web

Here’s my latest selection of interesting (and sometimes amusing) posts about writing:

5 Ways to Create Strong Internal Conflict (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2017/08/on-road-5-ways-to-create-strong.html

Weaving Backstory Into Frontstory (James Scott Bell)
www.writerunboxed.com/2017/08/30/weaving-backstory-into-frontstory/

Pet Peeve: Bad Advice (Wendy Lawton)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/bad-advice-2/

4 Tips for Translating Critique-Speak (Kathryn Craft)
www.writersinthestormblog.com/2017/08/4-tips-for-translating-critique-speak/

What a Writer’s Conference Really Buys You (Heather Webb) [Jon’s pick of the Week)]
www.writerunboxed.com/2017/08/24/what-a-writers-conference-really-buys-you/

Writing Secondary Characters That Pop—And Sell More Books (Jennifer Probst)
https://janefriedman.com/writing-secondary-characters/

Common Misconceptions: Conflict = Tension (Janice Hardy)
http://marcykennedy.com/2017/08/common-misconceptions-about-conflict-2-conflict-tension/

When Bad Stuff Happens to Good Writers (Cynthia Ruchti)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/bad-stuff-happens-good-writers/

Stephen King’s 6 Tips for Character Description (Pamela Hodges)
www.thewritepractice.com/character-description/?hvid=1QVCbJ
by way of Laurie Wallmark

3 Hard Truths Every New Author Faces (Erika Fitzgerald)
https://thewritelife.com/hard-truths-for-authors/

When the Obvious is Golden (Larry Brooks)
https://killzoneblog.com/2017/08/when-the-obvious-is-golden.html

Thoughts on Getting Rights Back (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
www.elizabethspanncraig.com/6045/rights/

What Drives an Agent Crazy? Poaching (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/what-drives-an-agent-crazy-poaching/

How to Talk Tough (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2017/08/how-to-talk-tough.html



If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2016, and my previous 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 to Edit a First Draft (Alison Potoma)
https://writersrumpus.com/2017/08/18/how-to-edit-a-first-draft/

Emotional Etiquette for the Writer Seeking an Agent (Kristen Tsetsi)
https://janefriedman.com/emotional-etiquette-writer-seeking-agent/

Rejection-Free Writing (Cynthia Ruchti)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/rejection-free-writing/

Non-advice for Writers (Kathleen McLeary)
www.writerunboxed.com/2017/08/16/non-advice-for-writers/

5 Quick Proofreading Tips That Have Massive Payoffs (Gabrielle Van Welie)
https://thewritelife.com/quick-proofreading-tips/

The Challenges of First-Person POV (Jane Friedman)
https://janefriedman.com/challenges-first-person-pov/

7 Questions to Ask When You Lose Desire to Finish Your Book (Denise Jaden)
https://janefriedman.com/when-you-lose-desire-finish/

Online Author Etiquette: 12 Laws of the Amazon Jungle (Anne R. Allen)
www.annerallen.com/2017/08/online-author-etiquette/

The Ten Commandments for Detective Fiction (1929): A Brief History and Update (Gretchen Mullen)
www.elizabethspanncraig.com/6121/ten-commandments-detective-fiction-1929-brief-history/

How to Hook a Reader and Leave Them Hungry for More (Mary Kole)
https://kidlit.com/2017/08/07/how-to-hook-a-reader/

Six Simple Reasons Our Story Sucks & How to Fix It (Kristen Lamb)
www.authorkristenlamb.com/2017/08/six-simple-reasons-our-story-sucks-how-to-fix-it/

Elevate Your Novel By Infusing Your Premise With Something Conceptual (Larry Brooks)
https://killzoneblog.com/2017/08/elevate-your-novel-by-infusing-your-premise-with-something-conceptual.html

5 Types of Clunky Dialogue (K. M. Weiland)
www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/common-writing-mistakes-goody-goody-characters/


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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Never-Fail Formula for Writing a Book That Won’t Become a Bestseller (Cynthia Ruchti)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/never-fail-method-nonbestseller/

Stealing from Aesop (Donald Maass)
www.writerunboxed.com/2017/08/02/stealing-from-aesop/

Why Did I Get a ‘No’? – The Do’s and Don’ts of Query Letter Writing (Mark Gottlieb)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2017/08/why-did-i-get-no-dos-and-donts-of-query.html

How To Get Your Writing Groove Back (Christa Allan)
http://writersinthestormblog.com/2017/07/how-to-get-your-writing-groove-back/

5 Tips for Writing a Likable “Righteous” Character (K.M.Weiland)
www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/writing-a-righteous-character/

The Great American Novel That Wasn’t (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2017/07/the-great-american-novel-that-wasnt.html

How to Make A Grand Opening (Tina Ann Forkner)
http://writersinthestormblog.com/2017/07/how-to-make-a-grand-opening/

5 Questions Smart Writers Ask (Cynthia Ruchti)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/5-questions-every-writer-ask/

Branding/Discoverability (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
www.kriswrites.com/2017/07/26/business-musings-expand-your-target-audience-2-slow-growth-brandingdiscoverability/

Infringement by Galaktika Magazine: Authors Guild and SFWA Reach Settlement (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2017/07/infringement-by-galaktika-magazine.html

How to Give and Receive Constructive Feedback as a Writer (Kimberly Cole)
https://thewritelife.com/tips-for-writing-critique/

Tips For Crediting Photos Used In Blogs (Kathryn Lilley)
https://killzoneblog.com/2017/07/crediting-photos-used-in-blogs.html



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:

The Broken Query System (Wendy Lawton)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/broken-query-system/

Five Rules for Proofreading Your Own Work (Leila Cruickshank)
www.scottishbooktrust.com/blog/writing/2017/05/five-rules-for-proofreading-your-own-work
by way of Laurie Wallmark

Using Personal Vows To Increase Story Tension (Kristen Lamb)
www.authorkristenlamb.com/2017/07/deep-pov-using-personal-vows-to-increase-story-tension/

Act First, Explain Later (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2017/07/act-first-explain-later.html

How to Write a Blog Post People Actually Want to Read (Bella Pope)
https://thewritelife.com/how-to-write-a-blog-post-people-want-to-read/

Raise a Question, Earn the Backstory (Kathryn Craft)
www.writerunboxed.com/2017/07/13/raise-a-question-earn-the-backstory/

How to Pitch Agents at a Writers Conference (Jane Friedman)
https://janefriedman.com/pitch-agents-writers-conference/

How to Write Dazzling Dialogue (Gabriela Periera)
https://www.jerryjenkins.com/dazzling-dialogue/

Make sure your query is fully baked (Nathan Bransford)
http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2017/07/query-critique-71117-make-sure-your.html

Your Picture Book Manuscript Questions Answered (Jenna Gavigan)
https://theblabbermouthblog.com/2017/07/10/your-picture-book-manuscript-questions-answered/



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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