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1. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e May 15th 2015



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

What If It Can’t Be Taught? (Porter Anderson)
http://writerunboxed.com/2015/05/15/the-dreaded-training-debate-what-if-it-cant-be-taught/

Writers and Self-Torture (Ash Krafton)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2015/05/the-funny-side-of-writing-writers-and.html

Sensitivity at Conferences (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/sensitivity-at-conferences/

Never Stop Learning (Stephanie Kuehnert)
http://yaoutsidethelines.blogspot.com/2015/05/never-stop-learning-stephanie-kuehnert.html

Writing a Book? 3 Reasons to Work in a Noisy Place (David W. Berner)
www.thewritelife.com/writing-noisy-place/

Manners Matter: 15 Etiquette Tips (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/etiquette-tips

That Overused Word “Community”—But Why We Still Have to Talk About It (Jane Friedman)
www.janefriedman.com/2015/05/12/community-platform/

Brilliant Description (Wendy Lawton)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/brilliant-description/

How to flesh out a character (Nathan Bransford)
http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2015/05/how-to-flesh-out-character.html

Balancing Industry and Promo Research and Writing (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
www.elizabethspanncraig.com/3069/balancing-industry-and-promo-research-and-writing/

3 Wrong Assumptions about Agents (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/3-wrong-assumptions-about-agents/

Seven Secret Weapons That Will Make You a Better Novelist (Larry Brooks) Jon’s Pick of the Week
www.storyfix.com/seven-secret-weapons-that-will-make-you-a-better-novelist



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

Where is Jon - compressed


Aside from two days of Fun with Fiction workshops at Millington Elementary School, and my teaching gig at the GCU, I haven't done any speaking events so far this year.

I do have a couple of talks lined up,
and I'll certainly be attending some writing group meetings, but for the most part, I've been keeping my head down, having a great time working on major revisions for Abraham Lincoln Stole my Homework and putting together the beat sheet/outline of Dead Doris (also middle grade).

Here are some of the talks and events I'll be giving/attending during the coming months:

2015 SPRING SEMESTER  
EN215: Creative Writing
Georgian Court University
Lakewood, NJ


2015 June 13th - June 14th   NJ SCBWI Summer Conference (attending)
https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1655217
Plainsboro, NJ

2015 July 11th - 12th   Summer Writer's Workshop (teaching)
Georgian Court University
Lakewood, NJ


2015 Late Summer - date tbc   Autism in the Family (7pm - 8:30pm)
Speaking on the Spectrum (SPotS)
Camden County Library (South County Regional Branch) 35 Cooper Folly Road, Atco, NJ 08004

I'm also likely to turn up at a GSSW or Monmouth Writers meeting throughout the year. They're both good, friendly writing groups. New members are always welcome.

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3. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e May 8th 2015



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

Using Story Structure to Your Advantage (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2010/01/form-fitting.html

What Literary Agents Want to See Before Signing With a Writer (Mally Becker)
http://thewritelife.com/what-literary-agents-want-to-see/
by way of The Author Chronicles

6 Ways to Add Tension (Anna Elliott)
http://writerunboxed.com/2015/05/07/when-your-scene-is-dragging-5-ways-to-add-tension/

5 Tips For Avoiding POV Speedbumps (Diana Hurwitz)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2015/05/5-tips-for-avoiding-pov-speedbumps.html

Finding the Humor: Jokes in the Midst of Tragedy (Rochelle Deans)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2015/05/finding-humor-jokes-in-midst-of-tragedy.html

Change (Donald Maass)
http://writerunboxed.com/2015/05/06/change/

Welcome to the Shark Tank (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/shark-tank/

How Long is a Chapter? (Heidi M. Thomas)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2015/05/how-long-is-chapter.html

Have Publishers Failed Authors? (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/have-publishers-failed-authors/


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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4. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e May 1st 2015



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

How Layers Can Deepen Your Story’s Impact (Kathryn Craft)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2015/05/how-layers-can-deepen-your-storys-impact.html

Self-Publishing a Series after Its Traditional Start (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/3018/self-publishing-a-series-after-its-traditional-start/

7 Secrets of Highly Persistent Writers (Jordan Rosenfeld) Jon’s Pick of theWeek
http://writerunboxed.com/2015/04/30/7-secrets-of-highly-persistent-writers/

How to Find a Literary Agent for Your Book (Jane Friedman)
www.janefriedman.com/2015/04/29/find-literary-agent/

When You Hit A Brick Wall (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/hit-a-brick-wall/

Book Trailers: Purpose and Worth (Kerry Gans)
https://authorchronicles.wordpress.com/2015/04/28/book-trailers-purpose-and-worth/

Inside the Mind of an Author a Week Before Her Book Publishes… (Sarah McCoy) www.writerunboxed.com/2015/04/28/inside-the-mind-of-an-author-a-week-before-her-book-publishes/

Yay! Your Story Was Accepted (or Not). Now What? (Lori Sambol Brody)
www.everydayfiction.com/flashfictionblog/yay-your-story-was-accepted-or-not-now-what/

Playing Around the Edges (Wendy Lawton)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/playing-around-the-edges/

10 ways to tell if your book is ready for publishing (Sarah Juckes)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/3013/10-ways-to-tell-if-your-book-is-ready-for-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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5. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e April 24th 2015



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

Deciding What to Put in Your Query Letter (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2009/08/query-week-step-one-what-heck-do-i-say.html

Wake Up and Stop Writing Dream Sequences (Max Booth III)
https://litreactor.com/columns/wake-up-and-stop-writing-dream-sequences

Be a More Productive Writer While Also Achieving Balance (Jordan Rosenfeld)
http://janefriedman.com/2015/04/23/productive-balance/

Check, Recheck, and Then Check Again (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/check-recheck-and-then-check-again/

10 Tips For Agents (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/tips-for-agents/

When It Feels Like Everyone Is Getting What You Want (Natalie Whipple)
http://betweenfactandfiction.blogspot.com/2015/04/when-it-feels-like-everyone-is-getting.html

Taking Care of Business: The Author Biography (Ash Krafton)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2015/04/taking-care-of-business-author-biography.html

Confessions of a Serial Non-finisher (Jan O'Hara)
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/04/20/confessions-of-a-serial-non-finisher/

Pathetic Level of Optimism (Laurie Boyle Crompton)
http://yaoutsidethelines.blogspot.com/2015/04/pathetic-level-of-optimism-laurie-boyle.html

That Awkward Moment When… (Erika Mitchell)
http://writerunboxed.com/2015/04/19/that-awkward-moment-when-2/



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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6. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e April 17th 2015



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

6 POV Hacks for Fiction (Susan DeFreitas)
https://litreactor.com/columns/the-minds-of-others-6-pov-hacks-for-fiction

Common Writing Pitfalls that Sabotage Your Book (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/common-writing-pitfalls-that-sabotage-your-book/

Sponsorship At Writers’ Conferences: A Question of Awareness (Porter Anderson)
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/04/16/sponsorship-at-writers-conferences-a-question-of-awareness/

Writer's Retreat (Matt Q. McGovern)
https://authorchronicles.wordpress.com/2015/04/15/writers-retreat/

Making “Sense” of Your Characters (Janice Hardy) [Jon’s Pick of the Week]
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/04/description-tip-making-sense-of-your.html

The Story You Tell Yourself (Rachelle Gardner) [Jon's other Pick of the Week]
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/story-you-tell-yourself/

Taking Care of Business: Making Friends (Rochelle Deans)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2015/04/taking-care-of-business-making-friends.html

Amazon Takes On Fake Review Services (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2015/04/amazon-takes-on-fake-review-services.html

Fooling Yourself (Tracy Barrett)
http://yaoutsidethelines.blogspot.com/2015/04/fooling-yourself-april-theme-fools.html

The Key Book Publishing Paths in 2015 (Jane Friedman)
http://janefriedman.com/2015/04/17/key-book-publishing-path/

The Hidden Meaning Behind a Rejection Letter (Rachel Kent)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/the-hidden-rejection/

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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7. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e April 10th 2015



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

Do You Love Your Publisher? (Jane Friedman)
http://janefriedman.com/2015/04/10/author-survey-results/

Eleven Things You Should Know About Query Letters (Colby Marshall)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/2954/eleven-things-you-should-know-about-query-letters/

Writing From A Place of Fear (Catherine McKenzie)
http://writerunboxed.com/2015/04/09/writing-from-a-place-of-fear/

Tips for Healthy Professional Relationships (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/tips-for-healthy-professional-relationships/

The Freelance Scramble (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
http://kriswrites.com/2015/04/08/business-musings-the-freelance-scramble/

When Your Premise is as Vague as a Campaign Promise (Larry Brooks)
http://storyfix.com/case-study-when-your-premise-is-as-vague-as-a-campaign-promise

Mirroring: An Easy Way to Deepen Your Novel (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/04/mirroring-easy-way-to-deepen-your-novel.html

Thoughts on Backstory (Heidi M. Thomas)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2015/04/thoughts-on-backstory.html

Ten Reasons Why You Should Write Historical Fiction (Stacey Lee)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/04/ten-reasons-why-you-should-write.html

Four Questions To Ask When Your Writing Is Stuck (Cathy Yardley)
http://writerunboxed.com/2015/04/03/four-questions-to-ask-when-your-writing-is-stuck/

Some Query Tips from Victoria (Victoria Lowes)
http://jennybent.blogspot.com/2015/03/from-archives-some-query-tips-from.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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8. Guest post by Jennifer R. Hubbard

Jon Gibbs hosts a weekly roundup of links to online resources for writers. What I especially like about the roundup is that the posts cover all aspects of the writing life: business, legal, craft, inspirational, emotional. We need different pieces of information at different times in our careers. It’s not just about tools; it’s also about timing. Sometimes a piece of advice won’t click until the fifth, or twenty-fifth, time I hear it—when I’m finally ready.

In Loner in the Garret: A Writer’s Companion, I focused on all stages of the writing life: from getting up the nerve to face the blank page to dealing with the consequences of publishing. I didn’t want to write a how-to book; there are plenty of good ones already on the market. I wanted to address the mind games that writers often find themselves playing: the mental blocks, the do-I-suck-or-am-I-wonderful roller coaster. I wanted to provide a source of support, the kind of support that my fellow writers and I have given one another as we navigate the tricky line between art and commerce, between the writer’s studio and the marketplace.
And so I took a break from fiction, and came up with this book. It contains all that I continue to remind myself, as I keep writing.



LonerintheGarret_Ebook


Sometimes the most difficult part of writing is not coming up with a plot or the perfect turn of phrase. It’s getting motivated to sit down and start, or having the confidence to go forward, or finding the courage to move past the sting of rejection. Loner in the Garret: A Writer’s Companion provides inspiration and encouragement for that mental and emotional journey. Covering topics as varied as procrastination, the inner critic, fear, distractions, envy, rejection, joy, and playfulness, it charts the ups and downs of the writing life with honesty, gentle suggestions, and a dash of humor.

For more: http://jenniferrhubbard.blogspot.com/p/publications.html

Jenn2

Jennifer R. Hubbard (www.jenniferhubbard.com) is the author of three novels for young adults, several short stories, and a nonfiction book about writing. She lives near Philadelphia with a very understanding husband, a pile of books and chocolate, and a tyrannical cat.

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9. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e April 3rd 2015



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

I've Revised My Novel. Now What? (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/04/ive-revised-my-novel-now-what.html

How to Improve Your Amazon Book Description & Metadata (Penny Sansevieri)
http://janefriedman.com/2015/04/02/amazon-book-description/

No April Fools Here (Elspeth Futcher)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2015/04/no-april-fools-here.html

Book Proposals (Wendy Lawton)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/book-proposals/

It’s Their Party (Sarah Crsyl Akhtar)
www.everydayfiction.com/flashfictionblog/its-their-party/

The 5 Essential Steps to Getting a Literary Agent (PeterHogenkamp)  Jon’s Pick of the Week
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2015/03/the-5-essential-steps-to-getting.html

The 6 Most Common Problems in a Rewrite (Art Holcomb)
http://storyfix.com/art-holcomb-on-rewriting-your-novel-or-screenplay

The Five Stages of Querying Grief (Kim English)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2015/03/the-five-stages-of-querying-grief.html

Second Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Author Solutions Inc. (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2015/03/second-class-action-lawsuit-filed.html

The Basic Components of an Author Website (Jane Friedman)
http://janefriedman.com/2015/03/26/author-website-components/

First Pages that Shine (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/first-pages-that-shine/

Controlling The Creatives (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
http://kriswrites.com/2015/03/25/business-musings-controlling-the-creatives/

7 Ways You’re Giving Away Your Power (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/giving-away-your-power/

Query Lessons Learned the Hard Way (Adriana Mather)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2015/03/query-lessons-learned-hard-way.html

How to Win a Literary Feud (Bill Ferris)
http://writerunboxed.com/2015/03/21/how-to-win-a-literary-feud/


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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10. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e March 20th 2015



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


The Benefits of Smaller Writers’ Conferences (Rachel Kent)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/the-benefits-of-smaller-writers-conferences/

Grappling with the Facts (Elle Carter Neal) http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2015/03/grappling-with-facts.html

4 ways to avoid screenplayizing your novel (Nathan Bransford)
http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2015/03/4-ways-to-avoid-screenplayizing-your.html

Beginner's Luck (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
http://kriswrites.com/2015/03/18/business-musings-beginners-luck/

What Do Your Readers Know and When Do They Know It? (Dave King)
http://writerunboxed.com/2015/03/17/what-do-your-readers-know-and-when-do-they-know-it/

Should you self-publish or traditionally publish? 7 questions to ask yourself (Nathan Bransford)
http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2015/03/should-you-self-publish-or.html

Useless Humor: Fun With Words… (Larry Brooks)
http://storyfix.com/useless-humor-fun-with-words

4 Ways an Agent Helps You–but Makes No Money (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/4-ways-an-agent-helps-you-but-makes-no-money


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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11. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e March 13th, 2015



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


Pros and Cons of Indie Publishing (S.R.Johannes)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/03/pros-and-cons-of-indie-publishing.html

How to Self-Publish Children’s Books Successfully: Notes From the Trenches (Darcy Pattison)
http://janefriedman.com/2015/03/12/self-publish-childrens/

James Scott Bell on Writing Smarter
www.storyfix.com/james-scott-bell-writing-smarter

Writing a Personalized Query Letter (Ash Krafton)
www.querytracker.blogspot.com/2015/03/writing-personalized-query-letter.html

Manuscript Pitch Websites: Do Literary Agents Use Them? (Victoria Strauss)
www.accrispin.blogspot.com/2015/03/manuscript-pitch-websites-do-literary.html

How to Build a Compelling Novel Concept (Something With a Kicker!) (C.S.Lakin)
www.janefriedman.com/2015/03/09/compelling-novel-concept/

Why Aren't I Getting Requests (Kim English)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2015/03/why-arent-i-getting-requests-you-wrote.html

Five Asinine Things Writers Hate to Hear (Ed Sikov)
https://litreactor.com/columns/asinine-things-writers-hate-to-hear

Let’s Talk About Me (Donald Maass)
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/03/04/lets-talk-about-me/

The Business of Self-Publishing Children’s Picture Books: Two Literary Agents Weigh In (Sangeeta Mehta)
www.janefriedman.com/2015/03/04/self-publishing-childrens/

When a Writer Becomes a Target (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/writer-becomes-a-target/

The Rules of Writing … or Not (Larry Brooks)
www.storyfix.com/rules-writing

Five "Show Don't Tell" Danger Zones (Diana Hurwitz)
www.bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2015/03/five-show-dont-tell-danger-zones.html

Why we write (in GIF form) (Nathan Bransford)
http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2015/03/why-we-write-in-gif-form.html

Use Attitude When Introducing Characters (Jodie Renner)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/2818/use-attitude-introducing-characters/

REAL TALK: $ix Figure Book Deal$ (Jennifer Laughran) Jon’s Pick of the Week
http://literaticat.blogspot.com/2015/02/real-talk-ix-figure-book-deal.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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12. What have you got lined up in the coming weeks and months?

Where is Jon - compressed


Aside from two days of Fun with Fiction workshops at Millington Elementary School, and my teaching gig at the GCU, I haven't done any speaking events so far this year.

I do have a couple of talks lined up,
and I'll certainly be attending some writing group meetings, but for the most part, I'm keeping my head down, having a great time working on major revisions for Abraham Lincoln Stole my Homework and the outline/first draft of Dead Doris (also middle grade).

Here are some of the talks and events I'll be giving during the coming months:

2015 SPRING SEMESTER  
EN215: Creative Writing
Georgian Court University
Lakewood, NJ


2015 APRIL 1st (Weds)   Autism in the Family (7pm - 8:30pm)
Speaking on the Spectrum (SPotS)
Camden County Library (South County Regional Branch) 35 Cooper Folly Road, Atco, NJ 08004

2014 APRIL 26th (Sun) Author Lunch

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13. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e February 27th 2015



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

Overcoming Your Distractions (Rachel Kent)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/overcoming-distractions/

Becoming a Student of Your Own Creative Process (Dan Blank)
www.writerunboxed.com/2015/02/27/becoming-a-student-of-your-own-creative-process/

Could You Benefit From a Website Redesign? (Chris Jane)
http://janefriedman.com/2015/02/27/website-redesign/

Writer Productivity Tip: Healthy Competition (Rochelle Deans)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2015/02/writer-productivity-tip-healthy.html

Two Video Tutorials on Nailing Your Concept (Larry Brooks)
http://storyfix.com/two-video-tutorials-nailing-concept

The Dark Side of Digital (Dario Ciriello)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/02/the-dark-side-of-digital.html

Wrules to Liv By (Dani Greer)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2015/02/wrules-to-liv-by.html

When You’re Missing the Mark (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/missing-the-mark/

Multitasking is Death to Creative Writing (Michael McDonagh)
www.querytracker.blogspot.com/2015/02/writing-productivity-tip-multitasking.html

The Seven Deadly Sins of Dialogue (Susan DeFreitas)
https://litreactor.com/columns/the-seven-deadly-sins-of-dialogue




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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14. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e February 20th 2015



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

Mentally Preparing for Revisions (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2011/01/re-write-wednesday-revisionist-attitude.html

Test Your Observation Skills (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/test-observation-skills/

4 tips for handling multiple perspectives in a third person narrative (Nathan Bransford)
http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2015/02/4-tips-for-handling-multiple.html

7 Ways Writers Live in Paradox (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/live-in-paradox/

The Mini-Outline (Adriana Mather)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2015/02/writing-productivity-tip-mini-outline.html

Avoid Overwriting – Subtle is More Sophisticated (Jodie Renner)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/02/avoid-overwriting-subtle-is-more.html

Fatal Submission Mistakes (Wendy Lawton)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/fatal-submission-mistakes/

How to Self-Publish Your Book (Jane Friedman)
http://janefriedman.com/2015/02/16/self-publish-your-book/


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15. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e February 6th 2015



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

Four Reasons Your Query Might Be Rejected (Rachel Kent)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/four-reasons-queryrejected/

Editing Clauses in Publishing Contracts: How to Protect Yourself (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2015/02/editing-clauses-in-publishing-contracts.html

Writing Characters Whose Loyalty is Uncertain (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/02/writing-characters-whose-loyalty-is.html

Give Them What They Want (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/give-want/

So What Do I Do Now? (Wendy Lawton)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/now/

How to Become a Traditionally Published Author (Carrie Jones) aka carriejones
http://carriejones.livejournal.com/401423.html

Call Your Book By its Name (Sharon Bially)
http://writerunboxed.com/2015/02/09/simple-promo-tip-call-your-book-by-its-name/

The Quintessential Paradoxical Pantser Conundrum (Larry Brooks)
http://storyfix.com/quintessential-paradoxical-pantser-conundrum

Have a Routine (Michael Mcdonagh)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2015/02/writer-productivity-tip-have-routine.html

Yanking Readers Out of a Story (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/2748/yanking-readers-story/



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16. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e February 13th 2015



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

My GRAVITY lawsuit and how it affects every writer who sells to Hollywood (Tess Gerritsen)
www.tessgerritsen.com/gravity-lawsuit-affects-every-writer-sells-hollywood/

How to Slash Your Word Count by 20-40% (Jodie Renner)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/02/how-to-slash-your-word-count-by-20-40.html

Why Authors Walk Away From Good, Big 5 Publishers (Harry Bingham)
http://janefriedman.com/2015/02/05/walk-away-good-big-5-publishers/

Business Musings: Following The Crowd (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
http://kriswrites.com/2015/02/04/business-musings-following-the-crowd/

The World According to You (Donald Maass)
http://writerunboxed.com/2015/02/04/the-world-according-to-you/

Subplots (Joe Moore)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2015/02/subplots.html

Novelists: Two Empowering Little Mind-Models That Just Might Change Everything For You (Larry Brooks) JON’S PICK OF THE WEEK
http://storyfix.com/novelists-two-empowering-little-mind-models-just-might-change-everything

Picture Book Plotting 101 (Sarah Frances Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/02/picture-book-plotting-101.html

Who's Running Your Writers' Group? Why You Should Be Careful (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2015/02/whos-running-your-writers-group-why-you.html

Learning to Love the Synopsis (Jael McHenry)
http://writerunboxed.com/2015/02/02/learning-to-love-the-synopsis/



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17. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e January 30th 2015



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

:

The Hunt is On! How to Find an Agent (Janice Hardy)

http://blog.janicehardy.com/2009/10/hunt-is-on.html

Do Contest Wins Boost Sales? (Maryann Miller)

http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2015/01/do-contest-wins-boost-sales.html

Red Ink In the Trenches: A Copyeditor’s Perspective (Dario Ciriello)

http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/01/red-ink-in-trenches-copyeditors.html

Your Inner Author Nagging (Mary Keeley)

http://www.booksandsuch.com/blog/inner-author-nagging/

Is it Time to Quit Your Day Job? (Rachelle Gardner)

http://www.booksandsuch.com/blog/quit-your-day-job/

How Are You Going To Succeed As a Writer? (Cathy Yardley)

http://storyfix.com/going-succeed-writer

Characters Who Care (Mary Kole)

http://kidlit.com/2015/01/26/characters-who-care/

Working With a Cover Designer: Time-Saving Techniques (Elizabeth Spann Craig)

http://elizabethspanncraig.com/2726/working-cover-designer-time-saving-techniques/

Why an Agent’s List is Never Full (Janet Kobobel Grant)

http://www.booksandsuch.com/blog/is-an-agents-list-never-full/

How Not to Fumble Your Social Media Presence (James Scott Bell) JON’S PICK OF THE WEEK

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

Two Red-Flag Sentences in Publishing Contracts (Victoria Strauss)

http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2015/01/two-red-flag-sentences-in-publishing.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.



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18. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e January 23rd 2015



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

Working from Home as a Writer—Some Truths (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/2718/working-home-writer-truths/

The Holy Trinity of Character: Goals, Obstacles and Stakes (Art Holcomb)
http://storyfix.com/holy-trinity-character-goals-obstacles-stakes

What Makes a Good Podcast? (Jeremy Szal)
http://www.everydayfiction.com/flashfictionblog/what-makes-a-good-podcast/

First Steps: Situation or Story? (Diana Hurwitz)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2015/01/first-steps-situation-or-story.html

Do You Have Impostor Syndrome? (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/impostor-syndrome/

Forthwringing Tonguishness (Dave King)
http://writerunboxed.com/2015/01/20/forthwringing-tonguishness/

Stuck Emotions (Mary Kole)
http://kidlit.com/2015/01/19/stuck-emotions/

Should You Set Limits with Your Readers? (Jan O'Hara)
http://writerunboxed.com/2015/01/19/should-you-set-limits-with-your-readers/

Dealing with Publishing Blues (Stina Lindenblatt)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2015/01/dealing-with-publishing-blues.html

10 Common Fiction Problems and How to Fix Them (Jack Smith)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/2715/10-common-fiction-problems-fix/

The 5 Laws of the Fiction Reader (James Scott Bell)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2015/01/the-5-laws-of-fiction-reader.html

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19. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e November 21st 2014



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

To Free or Not To Free (Terry Odell)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/11/to-free-or-not-to-free.html

Conquering the Cliché (Ash Krafton)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2014/11/conquering-cliche.html

Gerunds Be Gone (Nancy J. Cohen) http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/11/gerunds-be-gone.html

Think YOU Don’t Like Pass Letters? (Rachelle Gardner)
http://www.booksandsuch.com/blog/pass-letters/

Positive and Negative Motivation (Mary Kole)
http://kidlit.com/2014/11/17/positive-and-negative-motivation/

Rising Expectations, Daily Pages, and Having Fun (Kristan Hoffman)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/11/16/rising-expectations-daily-pages-and-having-fun/

Your Friends Won’t Tell You—But Your Editor Will (Sarah Crysl Akhtar)
www.everydayfiction.com/flashfictionblog/your-friends-wont-tell-you-but-your-editor-will/

Literary Fiction and Self-Publishing (James Scott Bell)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/11/literary-fiction-and-self-publishing.html

Story Structure for Dummies (Larry Brooks)
http://storyfix.com/story-structure-dummies

I'm Outraged! (Mark Alpert)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/11/im-outraged.html

The Submission Process, from an Agent's POV (Jennifer Laughran)
http://literaticat.blogspot.com/2014/11/an-epic-post-about-submission-process.html


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20. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e December 5th 2014



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

Making the Most of Editing "What Not to Use" Lists (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2012/05/crossing-words-off-your-list-making.html

Beyond the Basic Questions for “The Agent Call” (Martina Boone)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2014/12/guest-post-beyond-basic-questions-for.html

Plotting the Non-Plot-Driven Novel (Donald Maass)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/12/03/plotting-the-non-plot-driven-novel/

Indie Authors and the Question of Kindle Unlimited (Jane Friedman)
http://janefriedman.com/2014/12/02/indie-authors-kindle-unlimited/

Multiple Projects at Once (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/2610/multiple-projects/

What I Wish Publishers Would Do Differently (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/wish-publishers-differently/

Profits of Doom? (James Scott Bell)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/11/profits-of-doom.html

Adding More White Space To Your Life (Dan Blank)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/11/28/adding-more-white-space-to-your-life/

13 Things You May Not Know About Agents (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/things-about-agents/

Should Children’s Book Authors Self-Publish? (Sangeeta Mehta)
http://janefriedman.com/2014/11/24/childrens-book-self-publish/

What You Need to Know about Facebook’s Latest Revamp (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/facebooks-latest-revamp/

Outlining: Why I Made the Switch and Tips for Trying It (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
www.writerunboxed.com/2014/11/23/outlining-why-i-made-the-switch-and-tips-for-trying-it/

What “going with the flow” Really Means (Larry Brooks)
www.storyfix.com/story-structure-going-flow-really-means


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21. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e December 12th 2014



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

Alert: Questionable Terms of Use in HBO's Game of Thrones Compendium (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2014/12/alert-questionable-terms-of-use-in-hbos.html

Identifying Your Unique Brand (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/identifying-unique-brand/

How To Become a Writer (Lisa Cron)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/12/11/how-to-become-a-writer/

Even More New Year’s Resolutions for Writers (Keith Cronin)
www.writerunboxed.com/2014/12/09/even-more-new-years-resolutions-for-writers/

Spam, self-promotion, and the thin, jellyfish-covered line between (Seanan McGuire)
http://seanan-mcguire.livejournal.com/600634.html

Will you ever buy mostly e-books? The results! (NathanBransford)
http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2014/12/will-you-ever-buy-mostly-e-books-results.html

Small Changes in Your Writing Process Can Lead to Big Results (Janice Hardy)
www.blog.janicehardy.com/2014/12/small-changes-in-your-writing-process.html

What Your Writer’s Resume Says About Your Chances for Recognition (Sharon Bially)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/12/08/what-your-writers-resume-says-about-your-chances-for-recognition/

Facebook for Authors: Getting Started Guide (Jane Friedman)
http://janefriedman.com/2014/12/08/facebook-for-authors/

The Role of Concept in a Real-World Story (Larry Brooks)
http://storyfix.com/role-concept-real-world-story


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22. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e December 19th 2014



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

What Traditional Publishing Learned in 2014 (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
http://kriswrites.com/2014/12/17/business-musings-what-traditional-publishing-learned-in-2014

Resist the Urge to Explain (Terry Odell)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/12/resist-urge-to-explain.html

The Ethical Author (Dean Fetzer)
http://litreactor.com/columns/the-ethical-author

Requesting Permissions + Sample Permissions Letter (Jane Friedman)
http://janefriedman.com/2014/12/17/sample-permission-letter/

Rights Grab: Transferring Copyright (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2014/12/rights-grab-transferring-copyright.html

Ten Things I Hate About Your Holiday Story (Lynn Viehl)
http://pbackwriter.blogspot.com/2014/12/hohohum-ten.html

Great Quotes about Writing (Jodie Renner)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/12/great-quotes-about-writing.html

Writing a Convincing Culprit (Harrison Demchick)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/2636/writing-convincing-culprit/

How Facebook Changes for 2015 Could Affect Authors (Edie Melson)
by way of Keith Keffer
http://thewriteconversation.blogspot.com/2014/12/social-media-mondayhow-facebook-changes.html


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23. Interesting blog posts about writing: Jon's Pick of 2014

2014 was another great year for finding wisdomous words on the web. As always, I had a hard time narrowing the list down to just twelve, but I finally managed it.

Here's my personal selection of the best writing-related blog posts from 2014:


DECEMBER
Spam, self-promotion, and the thin, jellyfish-covered line between (Seanan McGuire)
http://seanan-mcguire.livejournal.com/600634.html

NOVEMBER
When What You Don’t Know Trumps What You Do Know
(Larry Brooks)
http://storyfix.com/writing-successful-fiction-dont-know-trumps-know

OCTOBER
How to Tell If Your Story Idea Is Mediocre—And How to Improve It
(Laurie Scheer)
http://janefriedman.com/2014/10/17/story-idea-mediocre/

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

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

JULY
The Crushing Weight of Expectations (Robin LaFevers)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/07/11/the-crushing-weight-of-expectations/

JUNE
Secrets to a Good Logline (Mary Kole)
http://kidlit.com/2014/06/02/secrets-to-a-good-logline/

MAY
Do You Suffer From Fragile Writer Ego? (Judy Mollen Walters)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/05/03/do-you-suffer-from-fragile-writer-ego/

APRIL
My Too-Practical Maybe-Blunt Advice To Writers
(Natalie Whipple)
http://betweenfactandfiction.blogspot.com/2014/04/my-too-pratical-maybe-blunt-advice-to.html

MARCH
The Top 10 Reasons I May Have Rejected Your Short Story (Susan DeFreitas)
http://litreactor.com/columns/the-top-10-reasons-i-may-have-rejected-your-short-story

FEBRUARY
The New Class System (Donald Mass)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/02/05/the-new-class-system/

JANUARY
Marketing And Readers (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
http://kriswrites.com/2014/01/29/the-business-rusch-marketing-and-readers-discoverability-part-who-knows/


How about you?

What were your favorite blog posts from 2014?

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24. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e January 9th 2015



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

Basic Elements of Flash Fiction (Kaye Linden)
www.everydayfiction.com/flashfictionblog/basic-elements-of-flash-fiction-a-short-fiction-workshop-handout/

Stirring Higher Emotions (Donald Maass)
http://writerunboxed.com/2015/01/07/stirring-higher-emotions/

All Those Confusing Words! (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/confusing-words/

2014 in Review: The Best of Writer Beware (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2015/01/2014-in-review-best-of-writer-beware.html

The Manuscript Plus. . . (Wendy Lawton)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/manuscript-plus/

Observations from Years of Curating Content for Writers (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/2676/observations-years-curating-content-writers/

Why We Write, Why We Stop, and How We Can Possibly Restart and Keep Going (Julianna Baggott)
http://writerunboxed.com/2015/01/04/why-we-write-why-we-stop-and-how-we-can-possibly-restart-and-keep-going-2/

The Line Forms Where? Knowing Where to Start Your Novel (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2012/01/line-forms-where-knowing-where-to-start.html

Thoughts on Using Dialect (Jim Harrington)
www.everydayfiction.com/flashfictionblog/thoughts-on-using-dialect/

Breaking In As An Illustrator (Mary Kole)
http://kidlit.com/2014/12/22/breaking-in-as-an-illustrator/

Your Publisher Is Your New Best Friend. Not! (Janet Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/publisher-new-best-friend-not/

Beware: The Shady Side of New Publishing Opportunities (Sharon Bially)
www.writerunboxed.com/2014/12/21/beware-the-shady-side-of-new-publishing-opportunities/

Make Next Year the Best of Your Writing Life (James Scott Bell)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/12/make-next-year-best-of-your-writing-life.html

Evaluating Publishing Contracts: Six Ways You May Be Sabotaging Yourself (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2014/12/thoughts-post-toast-or-why-you-should.html

A list of publishing items to take your time on (Rachel Kent)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/list-publishing-items-take-time/


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25. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e January 16th 2015



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

Writing a Synopsis (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2009/04/sum-of-parts.html

How E-Books Have Changed the Print Marketplace (Jane Friedman)
www.janefriedman.com/2015/01/16/ebooks-print-market/

Remember Why Readers Seek You Out Online (Rachel Kent)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/remember-readers-seek-online/

Don't Make Resolutions. Set Goals (Terry Odell)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2015/01/dont-make-resoultions-set-goals.html

How Much Has Changed in 13 Years (Sophie Masson)
http://writerunboxed.com/2015/01/12/how-much-has-changed-in-thirteen-years/

Hooks, Lines and Stinkers In Praise of Great Openings (P. J. Parrish)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2015/01/hooks-lines-and-stinkers-in-praise-of.html

The Business of Writing, the Art of Civility (Kim Vandervort)
http://heroinesoffantasy.blogspot.com/2015/01/the-business-of-writing-art-of-civility.html

The Self-Publishing Sky is Not Falling (James Scott Bell)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2015/01/the-self-publishing-sky-is-not-falling.html

On Perseverance (Eva Lomski)
www.glimmertrain.com/b96lomski.html


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