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

Three Things You Have In Common With All Writers (Art Holcomb)
www.storyfix.com/three-things-common-writers

Getting Dialogue Right: How to Use Dialogue Tags and Action Beats (Ali Luke)
https://thewritelife.com/dialogue-tags/

Avoid Common Writing Mistakes (Natalie Hanemann)
https://rachellegardner.com/avoid-common-writing-mistakes/

The Transition From Hobbyist To Aspiring To Professional (Natalie Whipple)
http://betweenfactandfiction.blogspot.com/2018/02/the-transition-from-hobbyist-to.html

Structure Matters: Building Great Stories to Endure the Ages (Kristen Lamb)
www.authorkristenlamb.com/2018/02/great-stories-endure/

Writing Tips 41 Experts Wish They’d Known as Beginners (Jerry Jenkins)
https://jerryjenkins.com/writing-tips/ [Jon’s pick of the Pack]

Steps for Approaching an Agent (Rachelle Gardner)
https://rachellegardner.com/steps-for-approaching-an-agent/

Why the Beginning of Your Novel Is Important (Polly Iyer)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2018/01/why-beginning-of-your-novel-is-important.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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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 22nd - 24th, 2018
THE WRITE STUFF WRITERS CONFERENCE
300 Gateway Drive,
Bethlehem,
Pennsylvania 18017


April 14th, 2018
NJ SCBWI OPENING PAGES BOOTCAMP
Arts Council of Princeton - Paul Robeson Center
102 Witherspoon St,
Princeton, NJ 08542


June, 2018
NJ SCBWI event - tba


How about you?

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


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

The Agony and Ecstasy of Starting Over (P.J. Parrish)

https://killzoneblog.com/2018/01/the-agony-and-ecstasy-of-starting-over.html


There’s still hope for new writers! (Rachel Kent)

www.booksandsuch.com/blog/theres-still-hope-new-writers/


5 Ways That Playing with Pricing Can Sell More Books (Penny Sansevieri)

http://writersinthestormblog.com/2018/01/5-ways-that-playing-with-pricing-can-sell-more-books/


The One Thing That Will Kill Book Sales Dead—And 10 Ways to Avoid it. (Anne R. Allen)

www.annerallen.com/2018/01/kill-book-sales-10-ways/


So What? Making Readers Care About Your Story (Janice Hardy)

http://blog.janicehardy.com/2009/07/why-should-i-care.html


Copyright Infringement By the Internet Archive (and What You Can Do About It) (Victoria Strauss)

http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2018/01/alert-copyright-infringement-by.html


4 Reasons Readers Stopped Caring About Your Story (Janice Hardy)

http://blog.janicehardy.com/2018/01/4-reasons-readers-stopped-caring-about.html


The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2018 (Dana Sitar)

https://thewritelife.com/100-best-websites-for-writers-2018/


The 5 Secrets of Good Storytelling (That Writers Forget All the Time) (K.M.Weiland)

https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/secrets-of-good-storytelling/


Review Your Fiction Fundamentals (James Scott Bell)

https://killzoneblog.com/2018/01/review-your-fiction-fundamentals.html


9 Lessons from Book Signings (Elizabeth Spann Craig)

www.elizabethspanncraig.com/6462/signings-2/


The Success Paradox: Programmed to Fail or Fly? (Kristen Lamb)
www.authorkristenlamb.com/2018/01/success-paradox/ [Jon’s Pick of the Pack]



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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I'm a big fan of writing conferences. Sure, some meet our personal budget and current needs better than others, and not everyone you encounter leaves you feeling all warm and fuzzy about your future potential, but if you go along with an open mind, the positives far outweigh any negatives.

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If you know of a writing conference taking place this year, please share a link to its homepage in a comment. I'll upload it into the main post here.


                 FEBRUARY


SCBWI 2016 SCBWI Winter Conference
Fri-Sun, February 2nd-4th 2018 - New York, New York

zFARP_20th Farpoint Convention
Fri-Sun, February 9th-11th 2018 - Hunt Valley, Maryland


Sleuthfest 2016 Sleuthfest
Thurs-Sun, March 1st-4th 2018 - Boca Raton, Florida




                     MARCH

zlsfw Create Something Magical Writers & Readers Conference
Sat-Sun, March  24th - 25th, 2018 - Iselin, New Jersey

 

writestuff The Write Stuff Conference
Thurs-Sat, March 22nd -24th, 2018  - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania



                                                  APRIL

Z pikespeak conf Pikes Peak Writers Conference
Fri-Sun, April 27th-29th, 2018 - Colorado Springs, CO


malice Domestic Malice Domestic
Fri-Sun, Apr 27th - April 29th, 2018 - Bethesda, Maryland


        MAY

Penn WritersPennWriters Conference
Fri-Sun, May 18th - 20th, 2018 - Lancaster, Pennsylvania


zBalticonLogo Balticon
Fri-Mon, May 25th - 28th, 2018 - Baltimore, Maryland


                      JUNE


Rutgers Rutgers University Writers' Conference
Sat-Sun, June 2nd - 3rd, 2018 - New Brunswick, New Jersey



zdwf conf DFW Writer's Conference
Sat-Sun, June 9th - 10th, 2018 - Dallas, Texas



NJ scbwi   SCBWI NJ Chapter - Summer Conference
Date tba
- New Brunswick, New Jersey


zPWC Philadelphia Writers' Conference
Fri-Sun, June, 2018
(exact dates tba) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Deadly ink Deadly Ink
Fri-Sun, June, 2018 (exact dates tba)  - Rockaway, New Jersey




                       JULY


IWWG logo
IWWG Summer conference
Fri-Fri, July 2018 (exact dates tba) - Allentown, Pennsylvania



Shore Leave Shore Leave
Fri-Sun, July 6th - 8th, 2018 -  Hunt Valley, Maryland



                    AUGUST


Killer Nashville Killer Nashville
Thurs-Sun, August 23rd – 26th, 2018 - Franklin, Tennessee


                  SEPTEMBER
Women Who Write (Men are also welcome at the conference)
Saturday, September, 2018
(exact dates tba) - Madison, New Jersey



                     OCTOBER


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Creatures, Crimes, and Creativity
Fri-Sat, October 5th - 7th  2018 - Columbia, MD


NJRWPut Your Heart in a Book
Fri-Sat, October  2018 (exact dates tba) - Iselin, NJ


Magna Cum Murder Magna Cum Murder
Fri-Sun, October 19th -21st, 2018 - Indianapolis, Indiana




                   NOVEMBER
philcon Philcon
Fri-Sun, November 16th - 18th, 2018 - Cherry Hill, New Jersey


new england crime bake Crime Bake
Fri-Sun, November, 2018 (exact dates tba) - Dedham, Massachusetts


                    DECEMBER


SOME FUN, CONFERENCE-RELATED LINKS:

10 Things You Shouldn’t Say to an Agent During an In-Person Pitch

The Agent Pitch: 10 Responses You Don't Want to Hear



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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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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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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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Wisdom On the Web

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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