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1. 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

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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2. 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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3. 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


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2013, and last week’s list.

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4. 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


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2013, and last week’s list.

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5. 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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6. 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/


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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7. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e October 3rd 2014



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

How to Create Your Own Galley Proof With Word (Jordan McCollum)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2014/10/how-to-create-your-own-galley-proof.html

When Doubt Niggles (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/doubt-niggles/

How to Request Rights Reversion From Your Publisher (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2014/10/how-to-request-rights-reversion-from.html

10 Terrors for a Writer (Elspeth Antonelli)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/10/10-terrors-for-writer.html

The Legend of the Movie Deal (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/legend-of-the-movie-deal/

Why Genre Matters (Cathy Yardley)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/09/30/why-genre-matters/

Eight Fundamental Steps to being a Professional Writer (Art Holcomb)
http://storyfix.com/eight-fundamental-steps-professional-writer

Crew No-Nos (Lynn Viehl)
http://pbackwriter.blogspot.com/2014/09/crew-no-nos.html

Write Mysteries for Kids…for the Right Reasons (Dori Hillestad Butler)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/2457/write-mysteries-kidsfor-right-reasons/

Creating Characters We Care About (James Scott Bell)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/09/creating-characters-we-care-about.html


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2013, and last week’s list.

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8. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e October 10th 2014



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


Seven Years as an Agent (Rachel Kent)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/seven-years-agent/

With Self-Publishing, We Control the Future of a Series (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/2487/self-publishing-control-future-series/

12 Hardwired Expectations Every Reader Has (Lisa Cron)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/10/09/a-readers-manifesto-12-hardwired-expectations-every-reader-has/

The Changes Go Beyond Publishing (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/changes-go-beyond-publishing/

NaNoWriMo  Prep: Planning Your Novel’s Beginning (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2011/10/nano-prep-planning-your-novels.html

Not This One (Wendy Lawton)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/one/

The Seductive Trap of the Historical Novel (Larry Brooks)
http://storyfix.com/seductive-trap-historical-novel

How Similar is TOO Similar in the Great Agent Hunt? (Jennifer Laughran)
http://literaticat.blogspot.com/2014/10/how-similar-is-too-similar-in-great.html

Naming Emotions (Mary Kole)
http://kidlit.com/2014/10/06/naming-emotions/

Beware of Trolls (Merry Farmer)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/10/beware-of-trolls.html

Take Charge of Your Author Business: 5 Aspects to Consider (Joanna Penn)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/10/05/take-charge-of-your-author-business-5-aspects-to-consider/



If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2013, and last week’s list.

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9. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e October 17th 2014



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

How to Tell If Your Story Idea Is Mediocre—And How to Improve It (Laurie Scheer)  Jon’s Pick of the week
http://janefriedman.com/2014/10/17/story-idea-mediocre/

Between a Blog and a Hard News Cycle (Porter Anderson)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/10/17/between-a-blog-and-a-hard-news-cycle/

Query First? The Query as a Plotting Tool (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2009/07/query-first.html

Getting Published: The Genre-Concept Connection (Larry Brooks)
http://storyfix.com/getting-published-genre-concept-connection

Celebrate yourself (Kathleen McCleary)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/10/15/celebrate-yourself/

Stop Social Media, I Want to Get Off!  (Kerry Gans)
http://authorchronicles.wordpress.com/2014/10/14/stop-social-media-i-want-to-get-off-focusing-your-online-strategy/

Bad Advice (Wendy Lawton)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/bad-advice/

What You Pay for When You Hire a PR Firm (Sharon Bially)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/10/13/what-you-pay-for-when-you-hire-a-pr-firm/

How Not to Register Copyright (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2014/10/how-not-to-register-copyright.html



If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2013, and last week’s list.

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10. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e October 24th 2014



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

Body Talk (Debby Harris)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/10/body-talk.html

This Post is For the Ones You Love (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/for-the-ones-you-love/

Everything I Need to Know About Plot, I Learned From Buffy (Dave King)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/10/21/everything-i-need-to-know-about-plot-i-learned-from-buffy/

Nation or Tribe? (Nyki Blatchley)
http://nyki-blatchley.blogspot.com/2014/10/nation-or-tribe.html

Five Traits to Help You Create Your Character's Personality (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2014/10/five-traits-to-help-you-create-your.html

Deconstructing Micro-Tension (Jan O'Hara)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/10/20/deconstructing-micro-tension/

How to Write Compelling and Balanced Backstory (Jeni Chappelle)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/2515/write-compelling-balanced-backstory/

Writing a Smart Query (Janet Kobobel Grant) http://www.booksandsuch.com/blog/writing-smart-query/

Using Critical Reviews as Resources (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/2528/using-critical-reviews-resources/

How Did I Find My Clients? (Jennifer Laughran)
http://literaticat.blogspot.com/2014/10/how-did-i-find-my-clients.html

Bad Reviews, or How to Hide the Bodies (Dario Ciriello)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2014/10/bad-reviews-or-how-to-hide-bodies.html




If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2013, and last week’s list.

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11. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e October 31st 2014



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

There’s Power in the Public Domain (Art Holcomb)
http://storyfix.com/theres-power-public-domain-guest-post-art-holcomb

KAPOW!  Cutting Scenes Like a Superhero (Liz Michalski)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/10/29/kapow-cutting-scenes-like-a-superhero/

Coming To Terms (Joe Moore)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/10/coming-to-terms.html

7 Reasons Twitter Isn’t Building Your Author Platform (And How to Fix It) (Marcy Kennedy)
http://janefriedman.com/2014/10/28/twitter-platform/

What Should Authors Blog About? (Jane Friedman)
http://janefriedman.com/2014/10/27/authors-blog/

Twitter Abuse (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/twitter-abuse/

Bringing Out the Emotion in First Person POV (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2014/10/real-life-diagnostics-bringing-out.html

Writing Unforgettable Villains (James Scott Bell)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/10/sympathy-for-devil-writing.html

Seven Deadly Sins (If You're a First Chapter) (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2010/04/seven-deadly-sins-if-youre-first.html

Basic Formatting of Your Manuscript (Formatting 101) (Jodie Renner)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/10/basic-formatting-of-your-manuscript.html


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2013, and last week’s list.

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12. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e November 7th 2014



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

When What You Don’t Know Trumps What You Do Know (Larry Brooks) Jon’s Pick of the Week
http://storyfix.com/writing-successful-fiction-dont-know-trumps-know

Reading for kids (Matt Q. McGovern)
http://authorchronicles.wordpress.com/2014/11/04/reading-for-kids/

How to Write Horror in a Flash (R. L. Black)
www.everydayfiction.com/flashfictionblog/how-to-write-horror-in-a-flash/

Bad Agent Behavior (Wendy Lawton)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/bad-agent-behavior/

Sometimes You Gotta Suck It Up And Write the Darn Outline (P. J. Parrish)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/11/sometimes-you-gotta-suck-it-up-and.html

Complexity vs. Flip-Flopping (Mary Kole)
http://kidlit.com/2014/11/03/complexity-vs-flip-flopping/

Creating the Dreaded Synopsis (H. L. Dyer)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2014/11/creating-dreaded-synopsis.html

NaNoisms Ten (Lynn Viehl)
http://pbackwriter.blogspot.com/2014/11/nanoisms-ten.html

Fiction Writing Keys for Non-Outliners (Steven James)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/11/fiction-writing-keys-for-non-outliners.html

The Publishing Landscape: What Do You See? (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/publishing-landscape/


If you found these useful, you may also like my personal selection of the most interesting blog posts from 2013, and last week’s list.

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13. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e November 14th 2014



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

Kill What? What to Do When You Need to Cut a Major Part of Your Novel (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2012/07/kill-what-what-to-do-when-you-need-to.html

Amazon and Hachette resolve bitter dispute over price
www.bbc.com/news/business-30044531

When Critiques Conflict (Rachel Kent)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/critiques-conflict/

The Publishing Roller Coaster (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/publishing-roller-coaster/

Plot Motivators (Joe Moore)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/11/plot-motivators.html

The Five Stages of New Writers’ Grief (Keith Cronin) Jon’s Pick of the Week
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/11/11/the-five-stages-of-new-writers-grief/

The One Writer I Will Not Represent (Wendy Lawton)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/one-writer-will-represent/

Managing Eagerness (Mary Kole)
http://kidlit.com/2014/11/10/managing-eagerness/

10 Things to Know About Pitching Agents and Editors (Colby Marshall)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/2561/10-things-know-pitching-agents-editors/

Solicitation Alert: LitFire Publishing (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2014/11/solicitation-alert-litfire-publishing.html


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14. 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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15. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e July 18th, 2014



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

Practice, Persistence, Professionalism (Nancy J. Cohen)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/07/practice-persistence-professionalism.html

How to Find an Agent (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/how-to-find-an-agent/

6 Ways Writers of Any Genre Can Benefit from Science Fiction Conventions (J. Thomas Ross)
http://authorchronicles.wordpress.com/2014/07/15/6-ways-writers-of-any-genre-can-benefit-from-science-fiction-conventions/

The real solution to Amazon vs. Hachette (Nathan Bransford) http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2014/07/the-real-solution-to-amazon-vs-hachette.html

Picture Book Wisdom From Without vs. Within (Mary Kole)
http://kidlit.com/2014/07/14/picture-book-wisdom-from-without-vs-within/

When the Happily-Ever-After Ends… (Stina Lindenblatt)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2014/07/when-happily-ever-after-ends.html

12 Tips for Writing Blog Posts That Get Noticed (Jodie Renner)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/07/12-tips-for-writing-blog-posts-that-get.html

Writing Doesn't Make You a Better Writer (James Scott Bell)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/07/writing-doesnt-make-you-better-writer.html

Twitter Etiquette 101 (AnnieNeugebauer)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/07/12/twitter-etiquette-101/

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16. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e July 25th, 2014



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

A Better Way to Open Your Novel (Larry Brooks)
http://storyfix.com/better-way-open-novel

The Art of Microfiction (Gayle Towell)
http://litreactor.com/columns/the-art-of-microfiction

Prologue and Epilogue (Diana Hurwitz)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/07/prologue-and-epilogue.html

Warning: Green Shore Publishing (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2014/07/warning-green-shore-publishing.html

Why I Left My Mighty Agency and New York Publishers (for now) (Claire Cook)
http://janefriedman.com/2014/07/21/i-left-my-agent/

11 Grammar Mistakes That Label You “Amateur” (Janet Kobobel Grant)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/11-grammar-mistakes-label-amateur/

One Way to Connect DIRECTLY To Your Fans? *Yawn* Email. Boring Old Email. (Dan Blank)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/07/25/one-way-to-connect-directly-to-your-biggest-fans-yawn-email-boring-old-email/


Watch out for writing ruts (Rachel Kent)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/watch-writing-ruts/

Resources for Writers—Industry News (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/2311/resources-writers-industry-news/

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17. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e August 1st, 2014



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

How Can Authors and Publishers Partner Better on Book Marketing?  (Jane Friedman)
http://janefriedman.com/2014/07/31/authors-publishers-marketing/

Writing on a Full Tank (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/writing-full-tank/

The Epidemic and Systemic Sabotage via Brainwashing of Aspiring Novelists (Larry Brooks)
http://storyfix.com/epidemic-systemic-sabotage-via-brainwashing-aspiring-novelists

The 4 Different Types of Conflict in Dialogue (K. M. Weiland)
http://janefriedman.com/2014/07/30/conflict-in-dialogue/

The Magic Trick to Landing an Agent at a Conference (Liz Michalski)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/07/30/the-magic-trick-to-landing-an-agent-at-a-conference-hint-theres-no-magic-involved/

Write Emails that Don’t Drive People Crazy (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/write-emails/

A Marketing Pitch from Author Solutions (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2014/07/a-marketing-pitch-from-author-solutions.html

Understanding Your Contract (Stina Lindenblatt)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2014/07/understanding-your-contract.html

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

Walking the walk (Jennifer R. Hubbard)
http://yaoutsidethelines.blogspot.com/2014/07/walking-walk-jennifer-r-hubbard.html


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18. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e August 8th, 2014



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

8 Writer Tips To Keep Your Butt in the Chair (Jordan Dane)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/08/8-writer-tips-to-keep-your-butt-in-chair.html

Avoid Backstory Plot Holes (Diana Hurwitz)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/08/avoid-backstory-plot-holes.html

Writer Beware's Self-Publishing Page Renovated and Updated (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2014/08/writer-bewares-self-publishing-page.html

The Reader’s Emotional Journey (Donald Maass)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/08/06/the-readers-emotional-journey/

Balancing Your Writing Career (Stina Lindenblatt)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2014/08/balancing-your-writing-career.html

Keep an offhand remark on hand (Joe Moore)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/08/keep-offhand-remark-on-hand.html

13 Ways to Impress an Agent (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/impress-an-agent/

Character Buy-In (Mary Kole)
http://kidlit.com/2014/08/04/character-buy-in/

Agents Behaving Badly (James Scott Bell) Jon’s Pick of the week
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/08/agents-behaving-badly.html

Where is the best place to put worldbuilding exposition in my story? (Juliette Wade)
http://talktoyouniverse.blogspot.com/2014/08/where-is-best-place-to-put.html

The fight over Sherlock Holmes and how copyright changes pop culture (Alyssa Rosenberg)
www.washingtonpost.com/news/act-four/wp/2014/08/05/the-fight-over-sherlock-holmes-and-how-copyright-changes-pop-culture/
By way of Christopher Roden


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19. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e August 15th, 2014



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

When Your Beginning Isn't Your Beginning (Amy K. Nichols)
http://yaoutsidethelines.blogspot.com/2014/08/when-your-beginning-isnt-your-beginning.html

What Does It Mean to Protect Authors’ Interests?  (Jane Friedman)
http://janefriedman.com/2014/08/14/authors-interests/

How to Listen to a Famous Author Talk About Writing (Lisa Cron)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/08/14/how-to-listen-to-a-famous-author-talk-about-writing/

10 Things to Know About Speakers Bureaus (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/speakers-bureaus/

How Not to Seek a Literary Agent: The Perils of "Middleman" Services (Victoria Strauss)
http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2014/08/how-not-to-seek-literary-agent.html

Better than They Know Themselves (Keith Cronin)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/08/12/better-than-they-know-themselves/

The Art of Writing Back Copy:Boiling Your Book to its Essence (P.J. Parrish)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-art-of-writing-back-copy-boiling.html

Bridging Conflict (Mary Kole)
http://kidlit.com/2014/08/11/bridging-conflict/

How to Get Your Short Stories Published in Lit Mags (Suzannah Windsor Freeman)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/08/10/how-to-get-your-short-stories-published-in-lit-mags/



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20. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e August 22nd, 2014



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

Who Can Effectively Challenge Amazon in the Book Business? (Jane Friedman)
http://janefriedman.com/2014/08/21/challenge-amazon/

The Perfect Title (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/perfect-title/

Narrowing the Gap (Terry Odell)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/08/narrowing-gap.html

In obscurity, butterflies (Jennifer R. Hubbard aka writerjenn)
http://writerjenn.livejournal.com/393462.html

How Technology Affects the Way We Write (Dean Fetzer)
http://litreactor.com/columns/how-technology-affects-the-way-we-write

Dealing with Reader Expectations (Stina Lindenblatt)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2014/08/dealing-with-reader-expectations.html

You’ve Got the Power (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/you-got-the-power/

Finding Your Voice (Clare Langley-Hawthorne)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/08/finding-your-voice.html

Kill Your Darlings? (Elle Carter Neal)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/08/kill-your-darlings.html

The Six Archetypes Every Novel Needs (Bill Ferris)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/08/16/the-six-archetypes-every-novel-needs/

Back It Up (Joe Hartlaub)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/08/back-it-up.html



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21. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e August 29th, 2014



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

Keeping Yourself Motivated to Write (Rachel Kent)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/keeping-motivated-write/

Keeping Our Books Current (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/2383/keeping-books-current/

Gatekeepers - you're one, too (Juliette Wade)
http://talktoyouniverse.blogspot.com/2014/08/gatekeepers-youre-one-too.html

Getting through a Creative Dry Spell (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/getting-creative-dry-spell/

The Basics of Starting a Writing Group (Daniel Hope)
http://litreactor.com/columns/the-basics-of-starting-a-writing-group

A sense of urgency: beginnings (Jennifer R. Hubbard)
http://yaoutsidethelines.blogspot.com/2014/08/a-sense-of-urgency-beginnings-jennifer.html

Character Archetypes (Nancy J. Cohen)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/08/character-archetypes.html

The Year Of Trying (Natalie Whipple)
http://betweenfactandfiction.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-year-of-trying-or-introverts-feeble.html

False Promises (Wendy Lawton)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/false-promises/

What to write about when it feels like everything has already been written (Nathan Bransford)
http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2014/08/what-to-write-about-when-it-feels-like.html

Laying the Groundwork for a Series (Mary Kole)
http://kidlit.com/2014/08/25/laying-groundwork-for-series/

POV 101: Get into Your Protagonist’s Head and Stay There (Jodie Renner)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/08/pov-101-get-into-your-protagonists-head.html

How to Use Backstory to Keep Readers Reading (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/2375/use-backstory-keep-readers-reading/


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22. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e September 5th, 2014



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

I’d Know That Voice Anywhere (Katrina Kittle)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/09/05/id-know-that-voice-anywhere/

How Not to Burn Your Critique Group to the Ground (Jim Heskett)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/09/critique-group.html

Making the Payoff Scene Count (Stina Lindenblatt)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2014/09/making-payoff-scene-count.html

Backstory with Bite (Diana Hurwitz)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/09/backstory-with-bite.html

10 Ways to Annoy a Literary Agent (Rachelle Gardner)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/ways-to-annoy-a-literary-agent/

Don't Belabor Your Prose (Clare Langley-Hawthorne)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/09/dont-belabor-your-prose.html

What I’m Looking For. . . (Wendy Lawton)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/im-looking/

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

Beginning Over (Ellen Jensen Abbott) 
http://yaoutsidethelines.blogspot.com/2014/08/beginning-over-by-ellen-jensen-abbott.html



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23. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e September 12th, 2014



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

What is “Word of Mouth” in Today’s World? (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/2421/word-mouth-todays-world/

Heroes: A "Dive into Worldbuilding!" (Juliette Wade)
http://talktoyouniverse.blogspot.com/2014/09/heroes-dive-into-worldbuilding-hangout.html

8 Marketing Don'ts: Get Real or Get Lost! (S. R. Johannes)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2014/09/8-marketing-donts-get-real-or-get-lost.html

What It Really Takes (Sarah Callender)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/09/10/33237/

How and when to revise your manuscript (David Zelster)
http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2014/09/guest-post-and-giveaway-how-and-when-to.html

Why Children’s Books Can’t Be All Rainbows and Light (Kerry Gans)
http://authorchronicles.wordpress.com/2014/09/09/why-childrens-books-cant-be-all-rainbows-and-light/

Anatomy of a Showdown (Paul Anthony Shortt)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2014/09/anatomy-of-showdown.html

Listening to Your Characters (P. J. Parrish)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/09/listening-to-your-characters.html

What Is a Developmental Editor and What Can You Expect? (Katherine Pickett)
http://janefriedman.com/2014/09/08/developmental-editor/

On Stage: Talking about Writing (Sophie Masson)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/09/08/on-stage-talking-about-writing/

Stop That Fighting! Conflicts Aren’t all About the Punches (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2011/11/stop-that-fighting-conflicts-arent-all.html

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24. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e September 19th, 2014



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

Making Conference Connections (Rachel Kent)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/making-conference-connections/

Case Study: When Your Concept Disappears (Larry Brooks)
http://storyfix.com/case-study-concept-disappears

Prewriting (Elizabeth Spann Craig)
http://elizabethspanncraig.com/2435/prewriting/

Be Diligent and Let Your Agent Do the Talking (Mary Keeley)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/diligent-let-agent-talking/

The Seven Deadly Sins of Prologues (Kristen Lamb)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-seven-deadly-sins-of-prologues.html

The Challenges of Writing a Sequel (Sttina Lindenblatt)
http://querytracker.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-challenges-of-writing-sequel.html

The Evolving Role of the Literary Agent (Jane Friedman)
http://janefriedman.com/2014/09/16/evolving-role-literary-agent/

Multiple Offers (Wendy Lawton)
www.booksandsuch.com/blog/multiple-offers/

Plot Your Novel With Mini Arcs (Janice Hardy)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2014/09/plot-your-novel-with-mini-arcs.html

On Rejection and Renewal: A Note to Aspiring Novelists (Warren Adler)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/09/14/on-rejection-and-renewal-a-note-to-aspiring-novelists/

Writers as Casualties of Commerce (James Scott Bell)
http://killzoneauthors.blogspot.com/2014/09/writers-as-casualties-of-commerce.html


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25. Interesting blog posts about writing – w/e September 26th, 2014



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

Your Scene Needs a Problem (Ken Hughes)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2014/09/your-scene-needs-problem.html

Winging it (Jennifer R. Hubbard aka writerjenn) http://writerjenn.livejournal.com/396025.html

Setting the Stage: How I Hook Readers From Page One (Stafanie Gaither)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2014/09/setting-stage-how-i-hook-readers-from.html

How to be a more productive writer (April Henry aka aprilhenry)
http://aprilhenry.livejournal.com/1127610.html

Book to Screen: Seeing Your Book as a Visual Story (Shonell Bacon)
http://bloodredpencil.blogspot.com/2014/09/book-to-screen-seeing-your-book-as.html

Screenwriting: The Emotional Spine (Karina Wilson)
http://litreactor.com/columns/screenwriting-the-emotional-spine

Social Media for Authors 101 (Gary Parkes)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2014/09/social-media-for-authors-101.html

Why You Need To Write a Series (Bill Ferris)
http://writerunboxed.com/2014/09/20/why-you-need-to-write-a-series/

Blessing or Curse? The Modern Writer’s Dilemma (Dario Ciriello)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/2014/09/blessing-or-curse-modern-writers-dilemma.html

5 Things Literary Writers Can Learn from Sci-Fi Writers (Susan DeFreitas)
http://litreactor.com/columns/what-literary-writers-can-learn-from-speculative-fiction-writers


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