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!
Ennui: weariness, discontent, lack of interest, boredom. The blogging life is prone to moments of ennui where it all blurs together and the muse becomes disinterested. Occupational Hazard.
There were quite a few posts on this subject this week. Here are a few thought-provoking ones for your consideration. The Blogging Cycle: How Do You Stay Sane? by Jami Gold. Social Media Ennui by Kait Nolan. Blog Ennui and Platforms Built of Bodies by Susan Bischoff. The Life Cycle of a Blogger – Ten Stages by Roni Loren.
We are five days into NaNoWriMo and some of us are flying along while others are less so. If your looking for a creative burst to get the NaNo flowing try Larry Brooks NaNoWriMo tips series. NaNoWriMo #31: Into the Abyss will get you started.
Alexandra Sokoloff rounds up her NaNo prep series with Ready, Set, NaNo! Tips & Tricks Galore!
Jenny Hansen brings us 6 Easy Tips to Increase Your NaNo Word Count.
Kathy Owen explores 3 Things Yoda Can Teach NaNo Writers.
On Publishing and Social Media
Amy Shojai brings us tips and hints for Media Training Pitch-Craft.
Roz Morris reveals a few of the websites that Review Indie Authors Alongside Mainstream.
Jami Gold explores the subject of E-Publishers vs. Agents.
Kristen Lamb discusses How to Win the Hearts of Bloggers.
Dan Blank relates how People Deliver Higher ROI Then Technology. (For those not familiar, ROI = Return On Investment).
On the Craft of Writing
Agent extraordinaire Don Maass is featured this week on Writers In The Storm with It’s Not About The Cougar. Must read post!
Carrie Mumford offers us 5 Grammar Resources to Keep Our Skills Top-Notch.
Write It Sideways explores the question: Are Ambiguous Endings Powerful or Frustrating?
Kristen Lamb brings us Structure Part 5: Understanding your Seed Idea.
Janice Hardy guest posts on Pen & Parchment with tips & suggestions for mixing our Plotter and Pantser sides.
On the Writing Life
Debra Eve (a.k.a. Later Bloomer) brings us the Festival of Later Bloomers: 12 Days of Giveaways. Free PDF of the first book in her new series profiling some of the greatest late bloomers of all time. I’ve been reading it between NaNo sessions this week and Debra did a fantastic job. Highly recommended.
Shea MacLeod profiles some of the hottest indie chicks in Is Your Life Whispering to You?
Catie Rhodes brings us an incredible list of writing resources in The Learning Curve.
Life is subject to change. Laura Drake of Writers in the Storm offers us tips on how to handle Critique Group Changes.
Kristen Lamb baits the unsuspecting James Scott Bell with free chocolate and brings us a fantastic interview that won James his freedom in: Pay me in Flesh.
Jess Witkins hosts the fabulous Pam Hawley who offers us a Holiday Sanity Survival Kits for Writers.
Fun & Interesting Links
Who Are the Best Guitarists (and Writers) of All Time? Weigh in with your suggestions at my ROWbro Kerry Meacham’s site.
Need a break? There were quite a few movie and TV reviews this week that might help you target in on a relaxing time. Kait Nolan: Thoughts on the Grimm Pilot; Tiffany A. White: Creeping Through the Murder House, Grimm vs. Evil & Dazed & Confused; Piper Bayard & Holmes: the movie Ides of March;
Renee Jacobson takes a look at the recent “Occupy” protests in an Opportunity for Dialogue.
Jenny Hansen wraps up her Undie Chronicles with The Final Episode.
Ellie Soderstrom brings us a fun post on Why Meth Dealers Are the Best Boyfriends.
Kate Wood offers us tasty treats in Easy & Yummy Thanksgiving Recipes.