Welcome to Writing Blog Treasures! Here you’ll find the best of the blogsphere from the past week. So, grab your coffee, sit back and above all – enjoy *smile*
Yep, it is closing in on that time of year again when millions of voracious writers drive their drafts across the creative plains, an existential word round up – also known as, NaNoWriMo. Watch this section for tips, tricks and NaNotastic posts from now through December.
Alexandra Sokoloff is doing a NaNoWriMo Prep series:
Also – For a limited time only (“this week”) – Alex is offering her workbook “Screenwriting Tricks for Authors” FREE on Kindle (Amazon). Note: While this offer was valid when I checked it a minute a ago, that will change soon. Be sure to seize this great opportunity!
How to Outline Your Novel for National Novel Writing Month by Roz Morris (checklist). Also from Roz: Nail NaNoWriMo-start Now! 3 Old Hands Share Their Tips.
NaNoWriMo Cometh: A TerribleMinds Primer by Chuck Wendig.
Pre-Plot for NaNoWriMo by Martha Alderson (the Plot Whisperer).
NaNo Prep: Making Time for Writing by Jami Gold.
How Do I Get Published? by Chuck Wendig (Ask a Writer series).
The Only Two Things Authors Ought to be Doing by Joel Friedlander.
The Business Rusch: Why Writer’s Disappear (Part 2) by Kristine Rusch. This is a very well written and thought out series of posts well worth the read.
On Aspects of Publishing
From the Editors of EPubGuide: A Business Plan for Self-Published Authors
The 11 Ingredients of a Sizzling Book Description by Catherine Ryan Howard.
Build Your Backlist Faster with Shorter Length Novels by D.D. Scott.
The Biggest Mistakes Self-Published Authors Make-Part 5 via The Savvy Book Marketer.
On Social Media/Marketing
The New World of Publishing: Promotion by Dean Wesley Smith.
The 5 Keys to Pain-Free Book Promotion by Carol Costello via Joel Friedlander’s blog.
Goodreads Giveaways – Part One by Tamara Ward.
How Children’s Authors can Profit from School Visits by the Savvy Book Marketer.
How to Add a Logo or Watermark to YouTube Videos via Digital Inspiration.
How to Write a Press Release Without Tearing Out Your Hair by Natalie Hartford guest posting on Jenny Hansen’s More Cowbell.
3 Steps to Creating a Beautiful Book Site for Less Than $100 by Jeff Goins.
On Writing Craft
Theme as a Touchstone for Writers by Martha Alderson (the Plot Whisperer).
Keeping Focused and Nailing Your Pitch-Understand Your “Seed Idea” by Kristen Lamb.
Keep Your Reader Grounded in Your Story by Fae Rowen (WriterStrong series).
Forcing the Issue: Adding Conflict to Your Scenes by Janice Hardy.
5 Writing Tips from Historical Fiction Author Jody Hedlund via Marcy Kennedy’s blog.
8 Tips to Bring Your Readers Along for the Ride by Susan Squires (WriterStrong series).
On the Writer’s Life
Run. Hide. Fight by K.B. Owen. This post includes a great video on how to survive an “active shooter” event that is a must see for writers (well, and everyone else too).
Reading What You Write by Elizabeth S. Craig.
The Healing Energy of Words: Writing for the Health of it by Cate Russell-Cole.
Plan Ahead with the HiveWord Writing Tool via Angela Ackerman. Hiveword is one of my favorite writing info bases (its the “Writers Knowledge Base” image on my sidebar) – created by Mike Fleming in combination with Elizabeth S. Craig. Be sure to check out this fantastic resource!
Backup Your Files to Amazon Glacier with the Help of Dropbox via Digital Inspirations.
That’s all for this week.