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1. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e August 19, 2016





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


7 Things That Are Ruining Amateur Book Reviews (Peter Derk)
https://litreactor.com/columns/7-things-that-are-ruining-amateur-book-reviews

Gaining Traction on non-Amazon Vendors -  Part 1 (Angela Quarles)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/08/going-wide-gaining-traction-on-non.html

You, Your Agent, and Your Publisher (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/dont-know-can-hurt/

Agent Agreements (Contracts/Dealbreakers) (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
www.kriswrites.com/2016/08/17/business-musings-agent-agreements-contractsdealbreakers/

Having Fun With Structural Revision (Gaëtane Burkolter)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/08/17/me-and-my-excite-o-meter-having-fun-with-structural-revision/

8 Ways to Be a Happy Author (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/8-ways-happy-author/

A Quick Lesson in the Writing Process (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/quick-lesson-writing-process/

The Four Misconceptions of "Show Don't Tell" (Martina Boone)
www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2016/08/the-four-misconceptions-of-show-dont.html

The Unpublished Writer (Wendy Lawton)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/the_unpublished_writer/

5 Story Opening Clichés That Need to Die (Max Booth III)
https://litreactor.com/columns/5-story-opening-cliches-that-need-to-die

How to Find the Right Critique Partner (K.M.Weiland)
www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/how-to-find-the-right-critique-partner/

How to Describe a Character (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/08/how-to-describe-a-character.html


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2. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e August 12, 2016



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

Understanding Ebook Rights (Susan Spann)
http://writersinthestormblog.com/2016/08/understanding-ebook-rights/

Is This the Single Best Way to Write Powerful Themes? (K. M. Weiland) [Jon’s Pick of the Week]
www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/single-best-way-write-powerful-themes/

Productive Communication (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/productive-communication/

Don't Let Your Characters “Nod” Off (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/08/dont-let-your-characters-nod-off.html

Quit or Press On? Be Willing To Take The Journey (Kevin E. Jackson)
www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2016/08/quite-or-press-on-be-willing-to-take.html

Getting revenge on an agent who rejected you (Jane Lebak)
https://querytracker.blogspot.com/2016/08/getting-revenge-on-agent-who-rejected.html

Why You Should Query Agents For 6 + Months Before Promoting Your Self-Published Book (Sharon Bially)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/08/08/why-you-should-query-agents-for-6-plus-months-before-promoting-your-self-published-book/

The Most Important Tip About Setting Descriptions (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/08/the-most-important-tip-about-writing-setting-descriptions.html

Why most agents use form rejections (The Intern)
https://intheinbox.wordpress.com/2016/08/05/why-most-agents-use-form-rejections/



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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3. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e July 8th, 2016



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

“Busting” Some Popular Copyright Myths (Susan Spann)
http://writersinthestormblog.com/2016/07/busting-some-popular-copyright-myths/

There’s No Wrong Way (Anna Elliott)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/07/07/theres-no-wrong-way/

Ideas to Improve Your Writer’s Group (Jordan Dane)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/07/ideas-to-improve-your-writers-group.html

Long-Term Thinking: Rights Reversions (Contracts/Dealbreakers) (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
www.kriswrites.com/2016/07/06/business-musings-long-term-thinking-rights-reversions-contractsdealbreakers/

Getting Ahead of Yourself…and Your Reader (Donald Maass)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/07/06/getting-ahead-of-yourselfand-your-reader/

5 Pieces of Writing Advice You Should Ignore (James Scott Bell)
https://janefriedman.com/writing-advice-to-ignore/

#thingspeoplesaytoYAauthors (Bill Cameron)
http://yaoutsidethelines.blogspot.com/2016/07/thingspeoplesaytoyaauthors-bill-cameron.html

Overcoming False Starts on Your First Chapter (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2010/01/re-write-wednesday-false-starts.html

Don’t Overdo it! Examples of Overwriting (Rachel Kent)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/dont-overdo-examples-overwriting/

How to Make Boring Story Parts Exciting (Kristen Lamb)
https://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2016/04/22/how-to-make-boring-story-parts-exciting/

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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4. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e July 15th, 2016



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

Discount Abuse (Contracts/Dealbreakers) (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
www.kriswrites.com/2016/07/13/business-musings-discount-abuse-contractsdealbreakers/

Write Book One, Not Book Two (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/07/write-book-one-not-book-two.html

The Long and the Short of Stories (or advice on short fiction) (James R. Tuck)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/07/the-long-and-short-of-stories-or-advice.html

5 Tips to Finish Your First Draft (Amy E. Reichert)
http://writersinthestormblog.com/2016/07/5-tips-to-finish-your-first-draft/

Four Major Stumbles by Newer Writers (Larry Brooks) [Jon’s Pick of the Week]
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/07/four-major-stumbles-by-newer-writers.html

Writing Fiction for Middle-Grade Readers (Sophie Masson)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/07/11/writing-fiction-for-middle-grade-readers/

Helpful Tools and Sites for Writers (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
www.elizabethspanncraig.com/4563/helpful-tools-sites-writers/

How to Write an Eating Scene (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/07/how-to-write-an-eating-scene.html

Query Letters Part 1: The Pitch (Annie Neugebauer)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/07/09/query-letters-part-1-the-pitch/

In An Interesting Twist, B&N to Sell Self-Published Books In Stores (Thad Mcllroy)
www.bookbusinessmag.com/post/interesting-twist-bn-sell-self-published-books/


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5. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e July 22nd, 2016



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

Creating voice in the query (The Intern)
https://intheinbox.wordpress.com/2016/07/20/creating-voice-in-the-query/

Making Clichés Work for You (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2011/10/you-spin-me-round-making-cliches-work.html

When in doubt, bury someone alive (Joe Moore)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/07/when-in-doubt-bury-someone-alive.html

5 Ways to Develop Your Writer’s Voice (Jennifer Louden)
https://janefriedman.com/5-ways-develop-writers-voice/

10 Questions for Outlining a Scene smack-dab-in-the-middle (Marcia Thornton Jones)
http://blogspot.com/2016/06/marcias-10-questions-for-outlining.html

Saving the Sagging Middle (Clare Langly-Thorne)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/07/saving-the-sagging-middle.html

4 Ways to Verify Your Story Concept Is Strong Enough (K. M. Weiland)
www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/story-concept-2/

First Line Winners and Losers (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/first-line-winners-losers/

So Your Self-Published Novel is Just Sitting There (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/07/so-your-self-published-novel-is-just-sitting-there.html

Is Your Query Letter Ready (The Intern)
https://intheinbox.wordpress.com/2016/05/20/is-my-query-letter-ready-for-submission/
by way of Laurie Wallmark



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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6. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e August 05, 2016



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

5 Traits of Successful Writers (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/5-traits-successful-writers/

The Waiting is (One of) the Hardest Part(s) (Liz Michalski)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/07/29/the-waiting-is-one-of-the-hardest-parts/

Don’t Make This Mistake With Your Story Structure (K. M. Weiland) [Jon’s Pick of the Week]
www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/dont-make-mistake-story-structure/

How to Put More Drive in Your Plot (Brent Hartinger)
www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2016/07/author-brent-hartinger-on-how-to-put.html

Three Words That Are Killing Your Manuscript (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/07/three-words-that-are-killing-your.html

Warning: Before You Self-Publish (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/warning-self-publish/

Keep at it. (Jane Lebak)
https://querytracker.blogspot.com/2016/07/keep-at-it.html

I'm the Bad Guy? (Cara Lopez Lee)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2016/07/im-bad-guy.html

A Definition of Author Platform (Jane Friedman)
https://janefriedman.com/author-platform-definition/

Today’s query batch: how I replied and why (The Intern)
https://intheinbox.wordpress.com/2016/07/23/todays-query-batch-how-i-replied-and-why/



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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7. 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/



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 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



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 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/



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 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


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 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


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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12. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e May 6th, 2016

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

Plumb the Emotional Depth of Your Setting (Kathryn Craft)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/05/06/plumb-the-emotional-depth-of-your-setting/

How to Improve Written Dialogue in 6 Steps (Maria Vicente)
www.mariavicente.com/post/143837003672/how-to-improve-written-dialogue-in-6-steps

7 Quick Journaling Exercises That Will Improve Your Fiction Writing (Danielle Lincoln Hanna)
www.thewritelife.com/journaling-exercises-improve-fiction-writing/

Tips on Query Letters (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/tips-on-query-letters/

The 5 Most Common Mistakes I See in Beginners’ Manuscripts (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/5-common-mistakes-see-beginners-manuscripts/

Vulnerability (Mary Kole)
www.kidlit.com/2016/05/02/vulnerability/

Staying Focused Enough to Write (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2016/05/getting-your-novel-to-finish-line.html

Concept vs. Premise (Larry Brooks) [Jon’s Pick of the Week]
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/05/concept-vs-premise-the-inherent-opportunity-in-understanding-the-difference.html

The 5 Biggest Fiction Writing Mistakes (& How to Fix Them) (James Scott Bell)
www.writersdigest.com/online-editor/the-5-biggest-fiction-writing-mistakes-how-to-fix-them

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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13. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e May 13th, 2016

                                   

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

Royalty Clauses in Publishing Deals (Susan Spann)
http://writersinthestormblog.com/2016/05/royalty-clauses-in-publishing-deals-how-how-much-authors-get-paid/

How to Overcome Imposter Syndrome as a Writer (Margaret Dilloway)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/05/13/how-to-overcome-imposter-syndrome-as-a-writer/

How Important Is Talent to You as a Writer? (Jerry Jenkins)
www.jerryjenkins.com/important-talent-writer/

Don’t Accidentally Give Your Characters a Time Out (Lisa Cron)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/05/12/dont-accidentally-give-your-characters-a-time-out/

The Option Clause (Contracts/Dealbreakers) (Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
www.kriswrites.com/2016/05/11/business-musings-long-term-thinking-the-option-clause-contractsdealbreakers/

How to Avoid Self-Publishing Regrets (Alicia Rades)
www.thewritelife.com/avoid-self-publishing-regrets/

Building Your Professional Author Website (Jane Friedman)
https://janefriedman.com/wordpress-vs-squarespace/

Lean in to Your Fears (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/lean-in-to-your-fears/

Writing When It’s Not Like a Movie (Jo Eberhardt)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/05/07/writing-when-its-not-like-a-movie/


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14. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e June 24th, 2016


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

10 Fun Writing Ideas to Help You Get Creative This Summer (Jessica Lawlor)
www.thewritelife.com/10-fun-writing-ideas-help-get-creative-summer/

The Very First Page (Rachel Kent)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/27240/

When You Don’t Want to Write (Heather Webb)
www.writerunboxed.com/2016/06/23/when-you-dont-want-to-write/

Vonnegut’s Rule #5 (Joe Moore)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/06/vonneguts-rule-5.html

If We Wrote Men Like We Write Women (Jim Hines)
http://jimhines.livejournal.com/846150.html

When Less Is More on Social Media (Chris Syme)
https://janefriedman.com/less-is-more-social-media/

Should You Self-Publish or Traditionally Publish? (Jane Friedman)
https://janefriedman.com/should-you-self-publish-traditional/

Social Media Etiquette (Clare Langley-Hawthorne)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/06/social-media-etiquette.html

The Doctor Will See Your Novel Now (James Scott Bell)
https://killzoneblog.com/2016/06/the-doctor-will-see-your-novel-now.html


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15. 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?

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16. 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


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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/


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18. 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



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19. 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



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20. 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


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21. 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


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22. 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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23. 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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24. 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/


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25. 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



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