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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 2018:

DECEMBER
Finding Your Place in the Writing Community (Rebecca Ketling)
https://writersrumpus.com/2018/12/04/finding-your-place-in-the-writing-community/

NOVEMBER
Make Your Characters Memorable (Jordan Dane)
https://killzoneblog.com/2018/11/make-your-characters-memorable.html

OCTOBER
3 Principles for Finding Time to Write (Jane Friedman)
https://www.janefriedman.com/finding-time-to-write

SEPTEMBER
This is Gonna Leave a Mark: What Makes a “Real” Writer? (Kristen Lamb)
https://authorkristenlamb.com/2018/08/tips-real-writer/

AUGUST
Start Your Novel with a Bang! 12 Ways to Hook Readers (Sara Shepard)
https://insights.bookbub.com/start-novel-bang-hook-readers/
by way of Laurie Wallmark

JULY
Judge Yourself Less, Trust Yourself More, and Write Better Stories (K.M. Weiland)
https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/writing-perfectionism

JUNE
Everything writers need to know about pitching their book (Nathan Bransford)
https://blog.nathanbransford.com/2018/05/everything-authors-need-to-know-about-pitching

MAY
Want to Stand Apart from Countless Other Books? Write a Better Story (Kristen Lamb)
https://authorkristenlamb.com/2018/05/write-better-story/

APRIL
Good Advice, Bad Advice: Writing through the “Shoulds” (Heather Webb)
www.writerunboxed.com/2018/04/26/good-advice-bad-advice-writing-through-the-shoulds/

MARCH
Is Your Concept Really More Scene Than Story? (Larry Brooks)
http://storyfix.com/concept-really-scene-story

FEBRUARY
Writing Tips 41 Experts Wish They’d Known as Beginners (Jerry Jenkins)
https://jerryjenkins.com/writing-tips/

JANUARY
The Success Paradox: Programmed to Fail or Fly? (Kristen Lamb)
www.authorkristenlamb.com/2018/01/success-paradox/


How about you?

What were your favorite blog posts from 2018?


If you found these useful, you may also like:

My personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2017
My personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2016
My personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2015


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Where is Jon - compressed



I'm looking forward to crossing state lines in a couple of months, when I'll be visiting my friends at the Greater Lehigh Valley Writing Group in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. I'm attending this year's WRITE STUFF Conference.


March 21st - 23rd, 2019
THE WRITE STUFF WRITERS CONFERENCE
300 Gateway Drive,
Bethlehem,
Pennsylvania 18017


April 14th, 2019
NJ SCBWI event - tba

June, 2019
NJ SCBWI event - tba


How about you?

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


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Wisdom On the Web

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

How to Format Your Manuscript (Even If You Hate Computers) (Jerry Jenkins)
https://jerryjenkins.com/manuscript-format/

Why Didn’t I Say Yes to Your Novel? (Rachelle Gardner)
https://rachellegardner.com/why-didnt-i-say-yes-to-your-novel/

How to raise the stakes in a novel (Nathan Bransford)
https://blog.nathanbransford.com/2018/11/how-to-raise-the-stakes-in-a-novel

Three Ways to Add Tension to a Scene During Revisions (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2013/02/three-ways-to-add-tension-during.html

Heinlein’s Rules for Writers (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2018/12/heinleins-rules-for-writers.html

Finding Your Place in the Writing Community (Rebecca Ketling)
https://writersrumpus.com/2018/12/04/finding-your-place-in-the-writing-community/

5 Ways to Write Stronger Opening Scenes (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2018/12/5-ways-to-write-stronger-opening-scenes.html

Revising a Novel: The Five Stages of Death, Dying & Drama (Kristen Lamb)
https://authorkristenlamb.com/2018/12/revising-novel/

A Hook that Breaks the Rules (Dave King)
https://writerunboxed.com/2018/12/18/a-hook-that-breaks-the-rules/

The Powerball of First Page Resources (Becca Publisi)
https://writershelpingwriters.net/2018/11/the-powerball-of-first-page-resources/
by way of Laurie Wallmark



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

Business Musings: Copyright Savvy (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
https://kriswrites.com/2018/10/24/business-musings-copyright-savvy/

Resurrecting an Unfinished Book (Polly Iyer)
https://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2018/10/resurrecting-unfinished-book.html

Dare To Change Your Point Of View (Laura Fineberg Cooper)
https://writersrumpus.com/2018/10/26/dare-to-change-your-point-of-view/

Too Much of a Good Thing: Over Plotting Your Novel (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2011/03/too-much-of-good-thing-over-plotting.html

Query Letter Format (Mary Kole)
https://kidlit.com/2018/10/29/query-letter-format/

Avoiding the Pitfalls of ‘The Chosen One’ in Children’s Literature (Dianna Sanchez)
https://writersrumpus.com/2018/10/30/writing-for-every-child-avoiding-the-pitfalls-of-the-chosen-one-in-childrens-literature/

Description: Fiction Without the Fillers (Kristen Lamb)
https://authorkristenlamb.com/2018/10/description-fiction-without-the-fillers/

6 Reasons Authors Still Want Publishers (Rachelle Gardner)
https://www.booksandsuch.com/blog/reasons-authors-want-publishers/

Make Your Characters Memorable (Jordan Dane)
https://killzoneblog.com/2018/11/make-your-characters-memorable.html

How to Use Swag to Support Your Book Marketing (Dawn Reno Langley)
https://www.janefriedman.com/book-swag/



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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Wisdom On the Web

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

3 Principles for Finding Time to Write (Jane Friedman)
https://www.janefriedman.com/finding-time-to-write

How To Publish a Book: My Ultimate Guide From 40+ Years of Experience (Jerry Jenkins)
https://jerryjenkins.com/how-to-publish-a-book/

Writing the Authentic Modern Woman (especially if you’re a man) (Heather Webb)
https://writerunboxed.com/2018/09/27/writing-the-authentic-modern-woman-especially-if-youre-a-man/

Sometimes You Hit a Brick Wall (Rachelle Gardner)
https://www.booksandsuch.com/blog/sometimes-you-hit-brick-wall/

Five Edits to Strengthen Your Writing, Right Now (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2013/02/five-edits-to-strengthen-your-writing.html

Writing Steampunk (Diana Hurwitz)
https://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2018/10/writing-steampunk.html

The Weight (Donald Maass)
https://writerunboxed.com/2018/10/03/the-weight/

Mastering the Four Modes of Fiction (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2018/10/mastering-the-four-modes-of-fiction.html

How Can You Tell Legitimate Publishers from the Bad Guys? (Anne R. Allen)
https://annerallen.com/2018/10/legitimate-publishers-or-bad-guys/

Writing the Cozy Mystery: Series Tropes and Rituals (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
https://elizabethspanncraig.com/uncategorized/writing-the-cozy-mystery-series-tropes-and-rituals/


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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Wisdom On the Web

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

To Pitch or Not to Pitch (Wendy Lawton)
https://www.booksandsuch.com/blog/to-pitch-or-not-to-pitch/

Field Guide to the North American Beta Reader (Cait Reynolds)
https://authorkristenlamb.com/2018/08/beta-field-guide/

This is Gonna Leave a Mark: What Makes a “Real” Writer? (Kristen Lamb) [Jon’s pick of the Pack]
https://authorkristenlamb.com/2018/08/tips-real-writer/

How to Create an Unforgettable Author Visit (Erika Liodice)
https://writerunboxed.com/2018/08/25/how-to-create-an-unforgettable-author-visit

3 Ways to Tell if a Manuscript Is Worth Going Back to (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2018/08/3-ways-to-tell-if-manuscript-is-worth.html

How to Write a Novel Synopsis (Mary Kole)
https://kidlit.com/2018/08/27/write-novel-synopsis

Moving from CreateSpace to KDP Print (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
https://elizabethspanncraig.com/uncategorized/moving-from-createspace-to-kdp-print

9 Pieces of Bad Publishing Advice New Writers Should Ignore (Anne R. Allen)
https://annerallen.com/2018/09/bad-advice-writers

How Writers Can Overcome Their Fear of Public Speaking (Betsy Graziani Fasbinder)
https://www.janefriedman.com/how-writers-can-overcome-their-fear-of-public-speaking

Stuck (Donald Maass)
https://writerunboxed.com/2018/09/05/stuck


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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Wisdom On the Web

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

But Does It Sell Books? (John Gilstrap)
https://killzoneblog.com/2018/07/but-does-it-sell-books.html

4 Signs You Might Be Confusing, Not Intriguing, in Your Opening Scene (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2018/07/4-signs-you-might-be-confusing-not.html

Author Newsletters: The Good, the Bad & the PLEASE JUST STOP! (Kristen Lamb)
https://authorkristenlamb.com/2018/07/newsletters-books-sales-good-bad/

Start Your Novel with a Bang! 12 Ways to Hook Readers (Sara Shepard)
https://insights.bookbub.com/start-novel-bang-hook-readers/
by way of Laurie Wallmark

It Helps If You Can Write (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2018/07/it-helps-if-you-can-write.html

The Indiana Jones Rule (Eileen Dreyer)
www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/2018/07/the-indiana-jones-rule-by-author-eileen.html

4 Steps for How to Turn an Idea Into a Story That Rocks (K.M. Weiland)
https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/turn-an-idea-into-a-story/

Don’t Send Me Everything You’ve Got (Rachelle Gardner)
https://rachellegardner.com/dont-send-me-everything/

So You Want to Self-Publish (Polly Iyer)
https://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2018/07/so-you-want-to-self-publish.html

How Predatory Companies Are Trying to Hijack Your Publisher Search (Victoria Strauss)
https://accrispin.blogspot.com/2018/07/how-predatory-companies-are-trying-to.html


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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Wisdom On the Web

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

The ‘Maverick Friend’ As a Plot Device (Bonnie Randall)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2018/06/the-maverick-friend-as-plot-device.html

The No. 1 Rule for Flashbacks in a Story Opening (Peter Selgin)
https://www.janefriedman.com/flashbacks-story-opening/

3 Signs You Might Be Ignoring Writing Advice That Can Help You (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2018/06/3-signs-you-might-be-ignoring-writing.html

The Difference Between Editing and Revising a Novel (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2011/01/edits-vs-revisions-one-on-one-death.html

Building Characters Layer by Layer (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2018/07/building-characters-layer-by-layer.html

I Am Not a Gatekeeper (Rachelle Gardner)
https://rachellegardner.com/i-am-not-a-gatekeeper/

Writing the Dreaded Novel Synopsis? These 2 Simple Hacks Will Help (Anne R. Allen)
www.annerallen.com/2018/07/novel-synopsis-hacks/

Judge Yourself Less, Trust Yourself More, and Write Better Stories (K.M. Weiland)
https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/writing-perfectionism

13 Ways to Promote Before Publication (Therese Walsh)
www.writerunboxed.com/2018/07/03/13-ways-to-promote-before-publication/

12 Mistakes Authors Make in Connecting with Readers (Rachelle Gardner)
https://rachellegardner.com/connecting-with-readers/

5 Conflict-making Choices Characters Can Make (Fae Rowen)
http://writersinthestormblog.com/2018/07/five-conflict-making-choices-characters-can-make/

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Writing Critique Groups (Ryan Van Cleave)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2018/07/the-7-habits-of-highly-effective.html


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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Wisdom On the Web

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

Breaking Down 2017 (Natalie Lakosil)
www.adventuresinagentland.com/2018/06/breaking-down-2017.html

How Much Do You Need to Describe Your Characters? (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2011/01/tall-dark-handsome-how-much-do-you-need.html

How to get the most out of writers conferences (Nathan Bransford)
https://blog.nathanbransford.com/2018/06/how-to-get-the-most-out-of-writers-conferences

When to Put Your Best Writing Forward (Kathryn Craft)
www.writerunboxed.com/2018/06/12/when-to-put-your-best-writing-forward/

Business Musings: Learned Helplessness (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
https://kriswrites.com/2018/06/13/business-musings-learned-helplessness

How to Write a Terrific Author Bio (Rachelle Gardner)
https://rachellegardner.com/how-to-write-a-terrific-author-bio/

Five Things Your Editor Hates About You (Cait Reynolds)
https://authorkristenlamb.com/2018/06/five-things-editor-hates/

Tips To Make Sure You Receive Agent Replies (Patrick McDonald)
https://querytracker.blogspot.com/2018/06/tips-to-make-sure-you-receive-agent.html

7 Tips for Avoiding Publisher’s Remorse (Erika Liodice)
www.writerunboxed.com/2018/06/23/7-tips-for-avoiding-publishers-remorse/



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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Wisdom On the Web

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

Writing Middle-Grade (Erin Entrada Kelly)
www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/6-golden-rules-of-writing-middle-grade
by way of Laurie Wallmark

Your Writing Sweet Spot (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2018/05/your-writing-sweet-spot.html

Writing a Strong Beginning (Dorothy A. Winsor)
http://dawinsor.com/blog/2018/05/28/writing-strong-beginning

Authors Beware! 6 New Writing Scams to Watch Out For (Anne R. Allen)
www.annerallen.com/2018/06/new-writing-scams/

4 Ways to Write a Better Antagonist (K.M.Weiland)
https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/write-a-better-antagonist

Dealing With Book Promotion Fatigue (Jael McHenry)
www.writerunboxed.com/2018/06/05/dealing-with-book-promotion-fatigue/

The Reason to Build a Box (Donald Maass)
www.writerunboxed.com/2018/06/06/the-reason-to-build-a-box

Give Your Readers What They Want (Fae Rowen)
www.writersinthestormblog.com/2018/06/give-your-readers-what-they-want

5 Ways Repetition Is Hurting Your Novel (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2018/06/5-ways-repetition-is-hurting-your-novel.html

Pixar Storytelling – 20 Points Writers Can Learn From Animated Stories (Jordan Dane)
https://killzoneblog.com/2018/06/pixar-storytelling-20-points-writers-can-learn-from-animated-stories.html


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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