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1. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e April 29th, 2016

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

Writing Suspenseful Fiction: Reveal Answers Slowly (Jane K. Cleland)
https://janefriedman.com/suspense-slow-reveal/

Best Use of Story Flashbacks (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/care-treatment-flashbacks/

Getting Your Novel to the Finish Line (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/04/getting-your-novel-to-finish-line-part.html

9 Ways to Rock Your Query Letter (Maria Vicente)
www.mariavicente.com/post/143475957432/9-ways-to-rock-your-query-letter

Give your manuscript a running start (Joe Moore)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/04/give-your-manuscript-a-running-start.html

5 Ways to Smash Through and Finally Start Writing (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/5-ways-smash-finally-start-writing/

What I’d Like To Say To Young Writers, Part Two (Chuck Wendig)
www.terribleminds.com/ramble/2016/04/26/what-id-like-to-say-to-young-writers-part-two/

How to Weave a Message Without Pummeling Your Readers (James Scott Bell)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/04/26/how-to-weave-a-message-without-pummeling-your-readers/

An Ambivert Walks Into A Writing Conference... (Carla Lopez Lee)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2016/04/an-ambivert-walks-into-writing.html

Life isn’t Fair—A Classic Problem (Kathryn Craft)
http://writersinthestormblog.com/2016/04/life-isnt-fair-a-classic-problem/

The Five Modes of A Writer’s Life (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/04/the-five-modes-of-a-writers-life.html


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2. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e April 22nd, 2016



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

Small Press Storm Warnings (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2016/04/small-press-storm-warnings-pegasus_22.html

Five Comparisons NOT to Make for Your Book (Chuck Sambuchino)
www.writersinthestormblog.com/2016/04/five-comparisons-not-to-make-for-your-book/

Creating Promotional Copy That Works (Marcy Kennedy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/04/creating-promotional-copy-that-works.html

Know Your Rights (Contracts/Dealbreakers) (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
www.kriswrites.com/2016/04/20/business-musings-know-your-rights-contractsdealbreakers/

What Makes a Great Villain? (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/makes-great-villain-checklist-writing-good-bad-guy/

It's a High Stakes Game (Michael McDonagh)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2016/04/its-high-stakes-game.html

Are You Being Taken Advantage of as a Writer? (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/04/are-you-being-taken-advantage-of-as.html

The Little Dialogue Ditty That Always Makes You Look Bad (Larry Brooks)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/04/the-little-dialogue-ditty-that-always-makes-you-look-bad.html

Why an Agent’s List is Never Full (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/why-an-agents-list-is-never-full/

Writing Lessons From The Masters (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/04/writing-lessons-from-the-masters.html


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3. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e April 15th, 2016



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

Safety Tips for Writers (Rachel Kent)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/26880/

16 of Our Favorite Kindle-Publishing Resources for First-Time Authors (Marisol Dahl)
www.thewritelife.com/favorite-kindle-publishing-resources/

What “Let It Go” Really Means (Lisa Cron)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/04/14/what-let-it-go-really-means/

Necessary Adjustments with A Forward View (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/necessary-adjustments-with-a-forward-view/

How your personality type wreaks havoc with your writing (Kelly Simmons)
http://writersinthestormblog.com/2016/04/how-your-personality-type-wreaks-havoc-with-your-writing-and-10-things-you-can-do-about-it/

Coloring Inside the Lines (Wendy Lawton)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/coloring-inside-the-lines/

Answering Questions about Queries (Rachelle Gardner)
www.rachellegardner.com/answering-questions-queries/

But What’s the Story? (Marie Lamba)
https://marielamba.wordpress.com/2016/04/11/agent-monday-but-whats-the-story/

You Can Fool Some of the People . . . (Tracy Barrett)
http://yaoutsidethelines.blogspot.com/2016/04/you-can-fool-some-of-people.html


Submissions & Queries (L. Diane Wolfe)
www.elizabethspanncraig.com/4203/4203/

The Urge to Avoid Risk (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/urge-avoid-risk/

All You Need To Know About Character Transformation (James Scott Bell) [Jon’s Pick of the Week]
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/04/all-you-need-to-know-about-character-transformation.html

Writing an Email Query That Actually Gets Read, All the Way Through. (Jeanne Kisacky)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/04/09/basic-tips-for-writing-an-email-query-that-actually-gets-read-all-the-way-through/



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4. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e April 8th, 2016



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


2016 Publishing Trends (Jordan Dane)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/04/2016-publishing-trends.html

Contract Basics (Contracts/Dealbreakers) (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
www.kriswrites.com/2016/04/06/business-musings-contract-basics/

What a Haiku is (Kelly R. Fineman)
http://kellyrfineman.livejournal.com/875143.html

When It’s Time to Stop Querying Your Manuscript (Maria Vicente)
www.mariavicente.com/post/142344213586/when-its-time-to-stop-querying-your-manuscript

Relevant (Donald Maass)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/04/06/relevant/

Simultaneous Submissions (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/simultaneous-submissions/

This Simple Story Structure Changed My Life (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/simple-story-structure-changed-life/

Basic Errors (Mary Kole)
www.kidlit.com/2016/04/04/basic-errors/

5 Reasons You Need a Writing Mentor — And How to Find One (Leigh Shulman)
www.thewritelife.com/5-reasons-you-need-a-writing-mentor/

Good Writers are Consummate Liars (Gregory Frost)
https://marielamba.wordpress.com/2016/04/04/agent-monday-writers-should-learn-from-liars/

Part 2: 10 Myths That Sabotage Unsuspecting Novelists (Larry Brooks) [Jon’s Pick of the Week]
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/04/part-2-10-myths-that-sabotage-unsuspecting-novelists.html

Finish Your Doggone Story! (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/04/finish-your-doggone-story.html



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

Where is Jon - compressed


I'm looking forward to this weekend's Write Stuff Conference. It'll be my seventh time there (and second as a presenter).
In addition to Friday night's Page Cuts session, I'm giving three talks on Saturday: The 3 Cs of Conflict; Writing for YA/Tweens, and a dialogue presentation, Say it again, Sam (using dialogue to maximum effect).

I'm also attending NJ SCBWI's summer conference.


2016, April 8th - 9th  
Write_Stuff_2016_logo_with dates below whiteThe Write Stuff Conference, Best Western, 300 Gateway Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18017

2016, June 4th - 5th
NJ SCBWI Summer Conference
(attending)
Crowne Plaza/Holiday Inn Express, 900 Scudders Mill Rd, Plainsboro Township, New Jersey 08536



How about you?

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6. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e April 1st, 2016



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

The Myth of the Average Reader (Cathy Yardley)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/04/01/the-myth-of-the-average-reader/

The Four Classic Conflict Types (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2010/07/enemy-mine.html

Business Musings: Introductory Remarks (Dealbreakers/Contracts) (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
www.kriswrites.com/2016/03/30/business-musings-introductory-remarks-dealbreakerscontracts/

What Are Your Characters Not Saying? (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/03/what-are-your-characters-not-saying.html

Do You Have the Right Critique Partners? (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/critique-partners/

The Deadly Description Mistake You Must Avoid (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/deadly-description-mistake-must-avoid/

5 Tips to Sustain You in the Query Trenches (Kathryn Craft)
http://writersinthestormblog.com/2016/03/5-tips-to-sustain-those-in-the-query-trenches/

The Publisher’s Going to Change the Title Anyway (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/the-publishers-going-to-change-the-title-anyway/

Dealing With Self-Doubt: Tips from 7 Popular Authors (Michael David Wilson)
https://litreactor.com/columns/dealing-with-self-doubt-tips-from-7-popular-authors

An Author’s Giveaways: of Time and Books (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
www.elizabethspanncraig.com/4145/an-authors-giveaways-of-time-and-books/



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7. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e March 25th, 2016



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

The Pros and Cons of Using a Facebook Profile But Not an Official Page (Jane Friedman)
https://janefriedman.com/facebook-profile-use/

The Matter of Talent (Barbara O’Neal)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/03/23/the-matter-of-talent/

Do You Know Your Reader? (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/know-reader-youd-better-want-book-really-make-impact/

The Elasticity of Language (Patty Blount)
http://yaoutsidethelines.blogspot.com/2016/03/the-elasticity-of-language-by-patty.html

Why Attend a Writer’s Conference? (Michelle Ule)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/why-attend-a-writers-conference/

Starting your Pitch (Marie Lamba)
https://marielamba.wordpress.com/2012/09/17/agent-monday-starting-your-pitch/

Ten Myths That Sabotage Unsuspecting Novelists (Larry Brooks)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/03/ten-myths-that-sabotage-unsuspecting-novelists.html

Five (Dirty Little) Truths about Proofreading (Susan DeFreitas)
https://litreactor.com/columns/5-dirty-little-truths-about-proofreading


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.


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8. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e March 18th, 2016



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

How Do We Maintain Believability in Our Writing? (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2011/07/nope-not-buying-it-how-do-we-maintain.html

Deepen a Reader’s Emotional Connection to Your Story (Angela Ackerman)
www.writersinthestormblog.com/2016/03/deepening-a-readers-emotional-connection-through-shared-experiences/

The Dreaded Synopsis (Mary Keeley) [Jon’s Pick of the Week]
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/the-dreaded-synopsis/

Action vs. Suspense (Joe Moore)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/03/action-vs-suspense.html

The Author’s Voice (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/authors-voice/

How to Survive the Marathon of the Middle and Finally Finish Your Novel (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/survive-marathon-middle-finally-finish-novel/

Other People’s Heads (Dave King)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/03/15/other-peoples-heads/

Socializing at Conferences – How to Come Out of the Box (Piper Bayard)
www.writersinthestormblog.com/2016/03/25512/

4 Lessons for Authors on the Current State of Publishing (Jane Friedman)
https://janefriedman.com/4-lessons-publishing/

The 5 Questions I Ask Every Writer When I’m Considering Offering Literary Representation (Maria Vicente)
www.mariavicente.com/post/140327179587/the-5-questions-i-ask-every-writer-when-im



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.

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9. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e March 11th, 2016



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

Pinning KidLit to the Mat (Margaret Dilloway)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/03/11/pinning-kidlit-to-the-mat/

The Worst Part of an Agent’s Job: Rejections (Rachel Kent) www.booksandsuch.com/blog/the-worst-part-of-my-job-rejections/

Getting Readers to the End and Making Them Glad They Came (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2011/07/its-over-getting-readers-to-ending-and.html

The Shocking Truth About Info Dumps (Lisa Cron)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/03/10/the-shocking-truth-about-info-dumps/

Surviving Submissions: Donning Your Chain Mail (Sarah Callender)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/03/09/donning-your-chain-mail/

Writing a Novel: 5 Lessons From One Author’s First Book Deal (Karan Bajaj)
www.thewritelife.com/writing-a-novel-5-lessons/

Ten Tips on How to Pitch Your Book to Review Bloggers and Not Get Ignored (Riki Cleveland)
https://litreactor.com/columns/ten-tips-on-how-to-pitch-your-book-to-review-bloggers-and-not-get-ignored

That All-Important First Line (Rachelle Gardner)
www.rachellegardner.com/that-all-important-first-line/

Query No-Nos (Marie Lamba)
https://marielamba.wordpress.com/2016/03/07/agent-monday-query-no-nos/

Literary Agents: 10 important things to know (Linda Epstein)
http://theblabbermouthblog.com/2016/03/07/literary-agents-10-important-things-to-know/
by way of Marie Lamba

The Trouble With Reactive Protagonists (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/03/the-trouble-with-reactive-protagonists.html

192 Publications That Actually Pay Freelance Writers (Marisol Dahl)
www.thewritelife.com/publications-that-pay/


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.

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10. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e March 4th, 2016



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

How Much Should Writers Pay To Be Published? (Chuck Wendig)
www.terribleminds.com/ramble/2016/03/02/how-much-should-writers-pay-to-be-published/

Rethinking the Mentor (Donald Maass)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/03/02/rethinking-the-mentor/

Plot Elements Matter (Joe Moore)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/03/plot-elements-matter.html

Secrets to Writing a Captivating Ending (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/secrets-writing-captivating-ending/

A Successful Writer’s Many Roles (Kerry Gans)
https://authorchronicles.wordpress.com/2016/03/01/a-successful-writers-many-roles-how-to-have-it-all/

Dig Deeper for Ideas (Marie Lamba) 
https://marielamba.wordpress.com/2016/02/29/agent-monday-dig-deeper-for-ideas/

10 Tips on How To Find or Form the Critique Group of Your Dreams (Riki Cleveland)
https://litreactor.com/columns/10-tips-on-how-to-find-or-form-the-critique-group-of-your-dreams

Being a Stickler for Rhythm and Rhyme (Mary Kole)
www.kidlit.com/2016/02/29/being-a-stickler-for-rhythm-and-rhyme/

Bestselling Feet And Other Thoughts (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
www.kriswrites.com/2016/03/02/business-musings-bestselling-feet-and-other-thoughts/

Top 10 Reasons to Publish Through Amazon (Diana Hurwitz)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2016/03/top-10-reasons-to-publish-through-amazon.html

Why Pay Authors for School Visits Anyway? (Caroline Starr Rose)
www.carolinestarrrose.com/why-pay-authors-for-school-visits-anyway/
by way of Donna Galanti

Behind the Scam: What Does It Take to Be a ‘Best-Selling Author’? $3 and 5 Minutes (Brent Underwood) [Jon’s Pick of the Week]
www.observer.com/2016/02/behind-the-scam-what-does-it-takes-to-be-a-bestselling-author-3-and-5-minutes/


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.

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11. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e February 26th, 2016



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

5 Common Problems With Endings (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/02/5-common-problems-with-endings.html

28 Resources, Tools and Tips for Self-Publishing Your Next Book (Marisol Dahl)
www.thewritelife.com/28-resources-tools-and-tips-for-self-publishing/

Get Me Rewrite! 4 Tips to Start (Michelle Ule)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/get-me-rewrite

Your Ultimate Guide to Writing Contests (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/writing-contests/

A Former Book Publicist’s Advice to Traditionally Published Authors (Andrea Dunlop)
https://janefriedman.com/prepare-to-launch/

5 Mistakes That Will Kill Your Query Letter (Kathryn Lilley) [Jon’s Pick of the Week]
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/02/5-mistakes-that-will-kill-your-query-letter.html

How Much Will You Give Away? (Kathryn Craft) http://writersinthestormblog.com/2016/02/how-much-will-you-give-away/

Let’s Address a Common Misunderstanding About Author Websites (Jane Friedman)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/02/22/author-websites/

Pinterest for Authors: A Beginner’s Guide (Kirsten Oliphant)
https://janefriedman.com/how-authors-can-use-pinterest/

A Kinder, Gentler Perspective on Story Structure (Larry Brooks)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/02/a-kinder-gentler-perspective-on-story-structure.html

Four Keys To Writing A Publishable Novel (Mark Alpert)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/02/four-keys-to-writing-a-publishable-novel.html

What is Your Character’s Driving Force? (Laurie Schnebly Campbell)
http://writersinthestormblog.com/2016/02/the-driving-force/


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12. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e February 19th, 2016



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

Scream It Until Their Ears Bleed: Pay the [expletive] Writers (Chuck Wendig) [Jon’s Pick of the Week]
www.terribleminds.com/ramble/2016/02/18/scream-it-until-their-ears-bleed-pay-the-fucking-writers/

Part 5 [The First lot Point] (Larry Brooks)
www.storyfix.com/part-5-of-a-10-part-101-on-the-craft-of-writing-a-novel-that-works

Is it true you have to write what you know? (April Henry)
http://aprilhenry.livejournal.com/1153797.html

5 Common Problems With Middles (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/02/5-common-problems-with-middles.html

Sell-in, Sell-through, Earn-out, and Returns (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/sell-in-sell-through/

High Stakes Are Tricky (Mary Kole)
www.kidlit.com/2016/02/15/high-stakes-are-tricky

Great Book Promo Tips (Miriam Glassman)
https://marielamba.wordpress.com/2016/02/15/agent-monday-great-book-promo-tips/

A Trick That Will Tame Your Crazy Writing Stress (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/02/a-trick-that-can-tame-your-crazy-writing-stress.html

Termination Fees in Publishing Contracts: Why They're Not Just Bad for Authors (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2016/02/termination-fees-in-publishing.html

5 Famous Bestsellers That Were Rejected (And 50 More) (Michael David Wilson)
https://litreactor.com/columns/5-famous-bestsellers-that-were-rejected-and-50-more


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13. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e February 12, 2016



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

Where Real Drama Comes From (Lisa Cron)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/02/11/where-real-drama-comes-from/

Author Earnings Report: Amazon’s Ebook, Print, and Audio Sales (Writer unknown)
www.authorearnings.com/report/february-2016-author-earnings-report/

Secondary Characters (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/the-power-of-a-secondary-character/

5 Common Problems With Beginnings (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/02/5-common-problems-with-beginnings.html

Sure, you can do your own thing, but not if you want to sell books (Kathryn Lilley)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/02/sure-you-can-do-your-own-thing-but-not-if-you-want-to-sell-booksyou-can-write-it-the-way-you-want-but-if-you-want-to-actually-sell-books.html

7 Steps to Writing Success (Marie Lamba)
https://marielamba.wordpress.com/2016/02/08/agent-monday-7-steps-to-writing-success/

Before You Pitch Literary Agents, Watch Out For This One Dangerous Trait (Aine Greaney)
www.thewritelife.com/before-you-pitch-literary-agents/

Are Paid Book Reviews Worth It? (Jane Friedman)
https://janefriedman.com/paid-book-reviews/

The Most Important Moment in Your Story (Larry Brooks)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/02/the-most-important-moment-in-your-story.html

Ten Penalties All Writers Must Avoid (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/02/ten-penalties-all-writers-must-avoid.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.

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14. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e February 5th, 2016



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

13 Productivity Apps to Help Keep Your Writing Goals on Track (Jett Farrell-Vega)
www.thewritelife.com/13-productivity-apps-writing/

Adding Conflict to Your Scenes (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2010/11/find-your-plot-fridays-forcing-issue.html

Filling the Silence (Donald Maass)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/02/03/filling-the-silence/

Why These 6 Catchy Headlines Work — And How to Re-Create Them (Nicole Dieker)
www.thewritelife.com/why-these-6-catchy-headlines-work/

How Research Amps Up Your Story (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/how-research-amps-up-your-story/

Reading the Market (Wendy Lawton)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/reading-the-market/

Finding Comparable Books (Rachelle Gardner)
www.rachellegardner.com/finding-comparable-books/

Research is the Spice of Life (Aimie K. Runyon)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/01/31/research-is-the-spice-of-life/

The Ten Events of the Highly Successful Writer (James Scott Bell) [Jon’s Pick of the week]
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/01/the-ten-events-of-the-highly-successful-writer.html

The Fair Contract Initiative (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2016/01/the-fair-contract-initiative.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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15. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e January 29th, 2016



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

Finding Your Best Beta (Liz Michalski)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/01/29/finding-your-best-beta/

10 Places to Find Awesome Free Stock Photos for Your Blog (Marian Schembari)
www.thewritelife.com/7200-2/

Surviving Writer Envy (Heather Webb)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/01/28/the-haves-and-the-have-nots-surviving-writer-envy/

Stay Focused (Meg Dowell)
www.thewritelife.com/stay-focused-4-ways-to-delete-writing-distractions-from-your-life/

Indie Contracts (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
www.kriswrites.com/2016/01/27/business-musings-indie-contracts/

When to stop redoing (Jennifer R. Hubbard)
http://yaoutsidethelines.blogspot.com/2016/01/when-to-stop-redoing-jennifer-r-hubbard.html

How to Talk with Publishers and Agents (Rachelle Gardner)
www.rachellegardner.com/talk-with-publishers-and-agents/

25 More Hard Truths About Writing And Publishing (Chuck Wendig)
www.terribleminds.com/ramble/2016/01/25/25-more-hard-truths-about-writing-and-publishing/

Self Publishing as a Lemonade Stand (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/01/self-publishing-as-a-lemonade-stand.html

10 Mistakes (Almost) Every Rookie Writer Makes (Susan DeFreitas)
https://litreactor.com/columns/10-mistakes-almost-every-rookie-writer-makes



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.

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16. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e January 22nd, 2016



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

Amazon Pushing Quality Control (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
www.elizabethspanncraig.com/3877/amazon-pushing-quality-control/

To Blog or Not To Blog, That is the Question (Rachelle Gardner)
www.rachellegardner.com/to-blog-or-not-to-blog-2/

Writing Advice for Children and Teens (Jane Friedman) [Jon’s Pick of the Week]
https://janefriedman.com/writing-advice-for-children-and-teens/

What to Expect From Your First Writing Residency (Ben Shattuck)
www.thewritelife.com/what-to-expect-first-writing-residency/

Should Published Authors Attend Conferences? (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/authors-attend-conferences/

The Perils of Self-Publishing (Dave King)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/01/19/the-perils-of-self-publishing/

10 Ways to Do Over Your Story or Novel (Alissa Grosso)
http://yaoutsidethelines.blogspot.com/2016/01/10-ways-to-do-over-your-story-or-novel.html

What Are Your Characters Ashamed Of? (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/01/what-are-your-character-ashamed-of.html

How to Find and Work with Beta Readers (Kristen Kieffer)
https://janefriedman.com/find-beta-readers/

A Day in the Life of an Agent (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/a-day-in-the-life-of-an-agent-2/

Who Are You Trying To Delight? (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/01/9150.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.

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17. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e January 15th, 2016



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

6 Common Punctuation Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them) (Laurisa White Reyes)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/01/6-common-punctuation-mistakes-and-how.html

How to Start Writing a Book: Use This Trick to Find the Time (Anita Evensen)
www.thewritelife.com/7080-2/

Edit Your Book to Perfection (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/edit-your-book-to-perfection/

Business Musings: Authors Guild 2016 Letter (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
www.kriswrites.com/2016/01/13/business-musings-authors-guild-2016-letter/

Five Storytelling Lessons From The Force Awakens (Chuck Wendig)
www.terribleminds.com/ramble/2016/01/13/five-storytelling-lessons-from-the-force-awakens/

Pardon Me, But Your Modifier is Dangling (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/01/writing-basics-pardon-me-but-your.html

Instead of Bugging Your Family and Friends, Try These Writing Critique Groups (Meryl Williams)
www.thewritelife.com/instead-of-bugging-your-family-and-friends-try-these-writing-critique-groups/

What You Need to Know About Show, Don't Tell (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/01/what-you-need-to-know-about-show-dont.html

The $30* Four Hour Writing Workshop (Larry Brooks)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/01/the-30-four-hour-writing-workshop.html

Obtaining Reversions of Publishing Rights: the Good, the Bad, & the Ugly (Susan Spann)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/01/10/obtaining-reversions-of-publishing-rights-the-good-the-bad-the-ugly/

Blog Basics: 5Ws and an H (Michelle Ule)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/blog-basics-5ws-h/


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.

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18. Care to promote your writing conference?






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.

writing conference - compressed


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 12-14 2016 - New York, New York

zFARP_20th Farpoint Convention
Fri-Sun, February 12-14 2016 - Timonium, Maryland



                               MARCH

zlsfw Create Something Magical Writers & Readers Conference
Sat-Sun, March  19th - 20th, 2016 - Iselin, New Jersey



                             APRIL

writestuff The Write Stuff Conference
Thurs-Sat, April 9th - 11th, 2016  - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Z pikespeak conf Pikes Peak Writers Conference
Fri-Sun, April 15th-17th, 2016 - Colorado Springs, CO


malice Domestic Malice Domestic
Fri-Sun, Apr 29th - May 1st, 2016 - Bethesda, Maryland

zdwf conf DFW Writer's Conference
Sat-Sun, April 23rd-24th, 2016 - Dallas, Texas

                            MAY

Penn WritersPennWriters Conference
Fri-Sun, May 20th - 22nd, 2016 - Lancaster, PA

zBalticonLogo Balticon
Fri-Mon, May 27th - 30th, 2016 - Baltimore, Maryland


                                JUNE

zPWC Philadelphia Writers' Conference
Fri-Sun, June, 2016
(exact dates tba) - Philadelphia, PA


NJ scbwi   SCBWI NJ Chapter - Summer Conference
Sat-Sun, June, 2016
(exact dates tba) - Plainsboro , New Jersey

                                 JULY



IWWG logo
IWWG Summer conference
Thurs-Mon, July 15th - 22nd, 2016 - Litchfield, CT



Shore Leave Shore Leave
Fri-Sun, July 15th - 17th, 2016 - Hunt Valley, Maryland


                              AUGUST
Deadly ink Deadly Ink
Fri-Sun, August 5th – 7th, 2016 - New Brunswick, New Jersey




Killer Nashville Killer Nashville
Thurs-Sun, August 18th – 21st, 2016 - Nashville, Tennessee


                            SEPTEMBER
Women Who Write (Men are also welcome at the conference)
Saturday, September, 2016
(exact dates tba) - Madison, NJ


                               OCTOBER


NJRWPut Your Heart in a Book
Fri-Sat, October  2016 (exact dates tba) - Iselin, NJ


Magna Cum Murder Magna Cum Murder
Fri-Sun, October 2016 (exact dates tba) - Indianapolis, Indiana



                             NOVEMBER
philcon Philcon 2016
Fri-Sun, November 2016 (exact dates tba) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey


new england crime bake Crime Bake
Fri-Sun, November 2016 (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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19. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e November 13th, 2015



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

Time Savers for Writers (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
www.elizabethspanncraig.com/3703/time-savers-for-writers/

The Dark Side Of The Publishing Industry: How To Avoid Scams (Rob Hart) Jon’s Pick of the Week
https://litreactor.com/columns/the-dark-side-of-the-publishing-industry-how-to-avoid-scams

5 Common Reasons Agents Give for Rejecting Novels (And What They Really Mean) (Susan DeFreitas)
https://litreactor.com/columns/rejection-letters-deciphered-5-reasons-common-reasons-agents-give-for-rejecting-novels-and-w

Your Self-Published Book Needs a Cover. Here’s How to Create It (Kristen Pope)
www.thewritelife.com/your-self-published-book-needs-a-cover-heres-how-to-create-it/

What Grabs Readers: The Inside Story (Lisa Cron)
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/11/12/what-grabs-readers-the-inside-story/

The Basics of Point of View for Fiction Writers (Joseph Bates)
https://janefriedman.com/point-of-view/

3 Qualities of Writers Who Finally Get ‘er Done (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/how-to-finish-a-book/

Suspense: To Be Exciting,You Need To Be A Little Dull (P. J. Parrish)
https://killzoneblog.com/2015/11/suspense-to-be-excitingyou-need-to-be-a-little-dull.html

What Not to Share (Wendy Lawton)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/what-not-to-share/

Help! Someone Is Publishing Your Idea! (Mary Kole)
www.kidlit.com/2015/11/09/help-someone-is-publishing-your-idea/

Can You Promote a Book without Making Yourself Miserable? (Ed Cyzewski)
https://janefriedman.com/can-you-promote-a-book-without-making-yourself-miserable/

How to Use Twitter Polls–and Hearts (Janet Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/how-to-use-twitter-polls-and-hearts/


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2014, 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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20. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e November 20th, 2015



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

Is Backstory Killing Your Book’s Plot? (C. S. Lakin)
www.thewritelife.com/is-backstory-killing-your-books-plot-heres-how-to-fix-it/

Further Thoughts On Your Story’s Midpoint, Starring Darth Vader (Chuck Wendig)
www.terribleminds.com/ramble/2015/11/18/further-thoughts-on-your-storys-midpoint-starring-darth-vader/

Signing Away Your Rights: Arbitration Clauses in Book Contracts (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2015/11/signing-away-your-rights-arbitration.html

3 Elements of Every Successful Social Media Post (Michael Rogan)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/11/3-elements-of-every-successful-social.html

Why 9 Out of 10 Writers Quit (And How to Be the 1 Who Finishes) (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/writers-quit/

What a Critique Group Can…and Cannot…Do For You (Kathryn Lilley)
https://killzoneblog.com/2015/11/critique-groups-the-good-and-the-bad.html

3 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Chances with an Agent (Rebecca Faith Heyman)
https://janefriedman.com/sabotaging-your-chance-with-agent/

What You Need to Know About Publicity Before You Self-Publish (Chris Well)
www.thewritelife.com/what-you-need-to-know-about-publicity-before-you-self-publish/

What is “Bad Writing?” (And How Can We Avoid It?) (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/11/what-is-bad-writing-and-how-can-we.html

Public Speaking for Writers (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
www.elizabethspanncraig.com/3718/public-speaking-for-writers/

Your Novel’s Greatest Danger (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2015/11/your-novels-greatest-danger.html

5 MORE Twitter Mistakes Writers Make and How to Avoid Them (Annie Neugebauer)
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/11/14/ask-annie-5-more-twitter-mistakes-writers-make-and-how-to-avoid-them/


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2014, 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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21. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e November 27th, 2015



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

Business Musings: What Market? (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
www.kriswrites.com/2015/11/25/business-musings-what-market/

18 Signs You Were Destined to be a Writer (Marian Schembari)
www.thewritelife.com/18-signs-you-were-destined-to-be-a-writer/

Free Advice for Writers (Joe Moore)
https://killzoneblog.com/2015/11/free-advice-for-writers.html

Elevator Pitches (Wendy Lawton)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/elevator-pitches/

The Big Reason Why Agents and Editors Often Stop Reading (Paula Munier)
https://janefriedman.com/narrative-thrust/

Surviving Submission (Kim English)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2015/11/surviving-submission.html


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2014, 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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22. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e December 4th, 2015



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

Boosting Sales For a Book (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
www.elizabethspanncraig.com/3764/boosting-sales-when-weve-got-only-one-book/

Meanwhile, Back at Square One (John Vorhaus)
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/12/03/meanwhile-back-at-square-one-2/

10 Sneaky Overwriting Traps to Avoid (Daniela McVicker)
www.thewritelife.com/writing-fiction-10-sneaky-overwriting-traps-to-avoid/

The Current (Donald Maass)
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/12/02/the-current/

Timing the Reveal (Wendy Lawson)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/timing-the-reveal/

Why You Should Never Give Up (P. J. Parrish)
https://killzoneblog.com/2015/12/why-you-should-never-give-up.html

Why Agents Don’t Submit Your Proposal Right Away (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/why-agents-dont-submit-your-proposal-right-away/

Spinning Hope From Rejection (Larry Brooks) JON’S PICK OF THE WEEK
https://killzoneblog.com/2015/11/spinning-hope-from-rejection.html

Three Common Mistakes Made by Newer Writers (Leona Hinton)
www.storyfix.com/three-common-mistakes-made-by-newer-writers

The Agent’s Role in the Digital Age: A Conversation with Jessica Faust (Sangeeta Mehta)
https://janefriedman.com/agent-role-self-publishing/


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2014, 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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23. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e December 18th, 2015



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

When should I give up? (Jane Lebak)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2015/12/when-should-i-give-up.html

Writing is Hard (Dave King)
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/12/15/writing-is-hard/

The Myth of the Everyreader (Rebecca Faith Heyman)
https://janefriedman.com/the-myth-of-the-everyreader/

How to Use Facebook Contests & Giveaways to Build a Fan Base (Chris Syme)
https://janefriedman.com/facebook-contests-giveaways/


Do Men Receive Bigger Book Advances Than Women? (Jane Friedman)
https://janefriedman.com/book-advances-by-gender/

"When" Are You Telling? The Trouble with When Statements (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2012/11/when-are-you-telling-trouble-with-when.html

Editorial Marks, Explained! (Fran Wilde)
www.terribleminds.com/ramble/2015/12/10/fran-wilde-editorial-marks-explained/

Business Musings: Gamblers and Artists (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
www.kriswrites.com/2015/12/09/business-musings-gamblers-and-artists/

Strengths and Weaknesses (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/strengths-and-weaknesses/

Handling Contradictory Feedback (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/contradictory-feedback/

The Redemptive Arc (David Corbett)
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/12/08/the-redemptive-arc/

Control and the Self-Published Writer (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
www.elizabethspanncraig.com/3772/control-and-the-self-published-writer/

Once Again, The Future of Publishing (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2015/12/once-again-the-future-of-publishing.html


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2014, 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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24. Interesting blog posts about writing: Jon's Pick of 2015

2015 was another great year for wisdomous words about writing. As always, I had a hard time narrowing the list of great blog posts down to just twelve, but I finally managed it.
Here's my personal selection of the best writing-related blog posts from 2015:

DECEMBER
Spinning Hope From Rejection (Larry Brooks)
https://killzoneblog.com/2015/11/spinning-hope-from-rejection.html

NOVEMBER
The Dark Side Of The Publishing Industry: How To Avoid Scams (Rob Hart)
https://litreactor.com/columns/the-dark-side-of-the-publishing-industry-how-to-avoid-scams

OCTOBER
Magnanimous (Donald Maass)
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/10/14/magnanimous-2/

SEPTEMBER
Don't be THAT Author Some Things I've Learned at Book Festivals (Alissa Grosso)
www.yaoutsidethelines.blogspot.com/2015/09/dont-be-that-author-some-things-ive.html

AUGUST
I Smell Your Rookie Moves, New Writers (Chuck Wendig)
www.terribleminds.com/ramble/2015/08/26/i-smell-your-rookie-moves-new-writers/

JULY
Surviving the Space Between: A Writer’s Journey (Heather Webb)
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/07/25/surviving-the-space-between-a-writers-journey/

JUNE
The 4 Hidden Dangers of Writing Groups (Jenny Nash)
www.janefriedman.com/2015/06/25/dangers-of-writing-groups/

MAY
Everything You Need to Know About Writing Successfully—in Ten Minutes
(Stephen King)
www.jerryjenkins.com/guest-blog-from-stephen-king/

APRIL
The 5 Essential Steps to Getting a Literary Agent (PeterHogenkamp)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2015/03/the-5-essential-steps-to-getting.html

MARCH
REAL TALK: $ix Figure Book Deal$
(Jennifer Laughran)

http://literaticat.blogspot.com/2015/02/real-talk-ix-figure-book-deal.html

FEBRUARY
Novelists: Two Empowering Little Mind-Models That Just Might Change Everything For You
(Larry Brooks)

http://storyfix.com/novelists-two-empowering-little-mind-models-just-might-change-everything

JANUARY
How Not to Fumble Your Social Media Presence
(James Scott Bell)

http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2015/01/how-not-to-fumble-your-social-media.html

How about you?

What were your favorite blog posts from 2015?

If you found these useful, you may also like:


My personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2014
My personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2013
My personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2012

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25. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e January 8th, 2016



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

The Reactive Business Model (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
www.kriswrites.com/2016/01/06/business-musings-the-reactive-business-model/

How to Become an Author: Your Complete Guide (Jerry Jenkins) [Jon’s Pick of the Week]
www.jerryjenkins.com/how-to-become-an-author/

Have more FUN writing. (Mary Kole)
www.kidlit.com/2016/01/04/new-years-resolution-2016/

Take Your Luck, Make Your Luck (Greer Macallister)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/01/04/take-your-luck-make-your-luck/

Considering Self-Publishing? You Might Want to Do This First (Chuck Sambuchino)
www.thewritelife.com/considering-self-publishing/

Reducing Stress as a Writer (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
www.elizabethspanncraig.com/3818/reducing-stress-as-a-writer/

Overcoming Fear (Jo Eberhardt)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/01/02/overcoming-fear/

The “Why?” Behind the Inevitability of Story Structure (Larry Brooks)   [Jon’s other Pick of the Week]
www.storyfix.com/the-why-behind-the-inevitability-of-story-structure

5 Industry Issues for Authors to Watch in 2016 (Jane Friedman)
https://janefriedman.com/top-5-industry-issues-for-authors/

Bad Advice from Good Authors (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/bad-advice-good-authors/

How to Survive When Discouragement Slaps You in the Face (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/how-to-survive-when-discouragement-slaps-you-in-the-face/

Is Your Description Helping Your Story or Holding it Back? (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2013/03/is-your-description-helping-your-story.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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