Welcome to Blog Treasures, my weekly roundup of the best of the blogsphere from the last week. I’m working hard, gearing up for NaNoWriMo, so for you NaNoites I’ve added a section of links just for you (although the writing advice contained in them applies to all writers). Enjoy the links!
Four Steps for Organizing Plot Ideas Into a Novel by Jody Hedlund, hosted by the ever-fantastic Jenny Hansen. This is the post that helped me the most during the past week. I hope it helps you as well. My thanks to both of these great ladies.
Larry Brooks continues his 30 days of Nanotips over at Storyfix. Here is a link to get you started: Tip #15 Try This and Move Forward.
Carrie Mumford has a few very helpful NaNo links that I haven’t featured (because you should go look at her site, it’s cool). NaNoWriting Mania!
From Kristen Lamb: Structure Part 3 – Introducing the Opposition
Alexandra Sokoloff: NaNoWriMo: Narrative Structure Cheat Sheet. Alexandra has an entire series of incredible NaNo prep posts that can be found by scrolling down the side column on her site, such as, The Elements of Act One.
On Publishing & Social Media
Catie Rhodes has smart suggestions for net travelers in Catie’s Social Media Do’s & Dont’s.
From Bob Mayer: Readers Rule: The Ultimate Gatekeepers of Publishing
Lynn Kelly explores the many facets of My Options in Publishing. Great information!
Dan Blank interviews Angela James in This is a Great Time to be in Publishing.
From Susan Bischoff: Does Anybody Really Know What Marketing Works?
Jane Friedman hosted Kristen Lamb this week with 3 Blunders That Can Kill Your Author Platform.
From Kristen Lamb, an in-depth look at the the scary part of publishing: Numbers Are Our Friends – Writers and the Wild World of Metrics.
Jami Gold provides a great article on The Insanity Behind the Pressure to Have “Numbers”.
On the Craft of Writing
James Killick takes an interesting (and humorous) look at 5 Ways To Banish Drama From Our Scenes.
From Write It Sideways: 6 Ways to Reconnect With Your Work-In-Progress.
Mystery Writing is Murder author, Elizabeth S. Craig brings us Changing our Routines for Writing and Life
Amy Shojai gives us a purrfectly written post on Traditional Media & The Brave New (Internet) World.
On the Writing Life
How Bad is Plagiarism? Jami Gold explores this topic and its damaging ramifications.
Judy Duarte guests at Writers In The Storm with 9 Lessons for the Publication Road
August McLaughlin tells us about How I Met My Agent (And You Could Too).
Roz Morris brings us: Can I Trust My Agent’s Advice On My Book?
Write It Sideways offers us 5 Tips to Get Inspired when we inevitably hit “The Wall”.
From Writers In The Storm: 10 Power Tips for Critique Groups.
Shea MacLeod provides us with an awesome Author Interview featuring M. Edward McNally in Farscape, Polynesian History & Tillamook Cheese.
From Kait Nolan: An Open Letter to Barnes & Nobles (find out the ups & downs of distribution).
Fun & Interesting Links
Art can inspire thoughts of stories, other realms not seen with the eye and emotion buried deep inside of us. Mary Jo Gibson’s Cabinet of Curiosities always inspires the the imagination while bringing us interesting history and artifacts. Mary Jo also has a great overview (including lots of art) of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
As most of you know, I have teenagers. As parents we all want to protect our kids from the dangers of the modern world. Cate Woods brings us great information and advice on one of the dangers in: The Ultimate Wake-Up Call to Parents: Want to Go Private?
Jen L. Kirchner is back with an exciting Vote Your Own Adventure. Join us for The Mark.
Piper Bayard brings us Bayard/Lamb 2012 – Because Blonde is the New Black. Polls are open.
JM Randolph takes a cool look at an awesome motorcycle in Full-Assed Friday: Ural.
Tiffany A. White has the best TV over views around, like this one: Revenge is Sweet! (yes, yes it is).
Kait Nolan explores the Season of Temptation (beware the holiday crack, er, sugar fest).
We all have our geek points (at least if we are interesting we do). Kathy Owen takes a humorous look at this subject in Get Your Geek On!
That’s all for this week. Join me Wednesday when we take a look at the cryptic meanings of an ancient metal scroll in my Designing from Bones series.