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!
Metrics. Numbers. Ratings. This topic seems to be constantly bouncing around the blogsphere. Is it just another way to drive ourselves insane? Do the number actually have any useful meaning? This week I’m featuring two posts that explore both sides of this topic.
Coming to us from Social Media Jedi Master of Writers, a.k.a. Kristen Lamb:
The Bright Side: Numbers Are Our Friends – Writers and the Wild World of Metrics.
The Dark Side: Metrics: Writer Friend or Ticket to Crazy Town?
Larry Brooks continues his 30 days of NaNo Tips with #22 thru #29. These are fantastic resources. Here is one to get you started: Tip #22: Stare Down Your Limiting Beliefs. Links to the rest of the tips can be found halfway down Larry’s side column.
All writers have rituals. This week Cate Woods opened up with one of her NaNo rituals in Essential Writing Tools: Totems. What sees you through the long NaNo run?
While not directly related to NaNo this post will definitely apply during last night writing sessions: What Food Fuels Your Writing? by my friend Jami Gold.
Alexandra Sokoloff continues her NaNo Prep series with The Elements of Act 2, Part 1. This is an in-depth look what many writers find to be the most difficult section of any novel. Masterfully written.
Amanda Rudd explores the topic: Outline as Roadmap in Planning for NaNoWriMo.
On Publishing & Social Media
I had a few questions this week on how to get the most out of Tweetdeck. Pat Thunstrom has designed an excellent Tweetdeck Learning Guide that I highly recommend if you have any questions about this valuable tool.
Aliventures takes a look at the Digitalisation of Reading & Writing this week.
Amy Shojai offers us tips on Media Training & Finding Targets. Great resource!
Clay Morgan asks all of you Word Press bloggers: Are You Ready to be Freshly Pressed?
Bob Mayer asks Can You Write In More Than One Genre? Should You?
On The Craft of Writing
Should you tie up all the ends when you type “The End”? is a question Roz Morris explores for us this week.
Maryrose Wood explores the quest for craft in How Do You Learn To Write? (guest post for Janice Hardy).
Kristen Lamb brings us Structure Part 4 – Testing Your Idea – Is it Strong Enough To Make an Interesting Novel?
Predating the MRU: Was Swain a Fan of Psychological Theory? is a question Jeannie Campbell explores this week.
On the Writing Life
Debra Eve (a.k.a. Later Bloomer/Elle B.) has a FREE e-book on Late Bloomers That Found Their Passion and Purpose. This resource is incredibly well-written. Be sure to get your copy and say “Hi” to Debra while your there.
Dan Blank hooks up with advice from Eric Ries (The Lean Startup) on How To Become A Best-Selling Author. In-Depth and Highly Informative Information.
Writers in the Storm explores Critique Groups: How to Find Your Dream Team.
Write It Sideways takes an in-depth look at How to Write a Bio for Your Bi-Line or Query. Tons of added resources attached to this post.
James Killick takes a look at Four Lies the Internet Tells You About Writing.
Publishing Debates: Should We Take Sides? is a powerful question explored by Jami Gold this week.
Fun & Entertaining Links
Mary Jo Gibson recently visited the Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio in Chicago and provides us with a picture-studded review.
Holmes (of Piper & Holmes) says a final Good Riddance to Qaddafi.
Shea McLeod explores reincarnation and the story possibilities the subject holds in Deja Vu All Over Again.
Gloria Oliver loves watching movies and brought us a cool reviews this week of Three Musketeers.
Ellie Soderstrom interviews actor Neil Brown Jr. (The Walking Dead & Battle: LA).
Carrie Mumford reviews Snowball, Dragonfly, Jew by Stuart Ross.
RECIPES: Halloween inspired a few recipes this week. Here are my favorites: Fudge Pie from Kerry Meacham (his mom’s recipe); Pumpkin Fudge from Kathy Owen; Pumpkin Bread from Marcia A. Richards; Blueberry Banana Bread from August McLaughlin.
That’s all for this week. Join me Wednesday when we go looking for evil little people in my Designing from Bones series. For those of you that are interested, my Designing from Bones post on the Silk Road was featured on the Tour d’Afrique blog. Total coolness!