Welcome to Blog Treasures, my weekly roundup of the best of the blogsphere from the last week. We are in the final days of 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!
Keeping our priorities straight is the main key to finding success as writers or in any endeavor in life. Here is a fantastic post by Christina Katz (hosted by Jane Friedman) that reminds us that Platform and Social Media Must Not Be Your Center.
NaNoWriMo: The Third-Quarter Drop Dead by Alexandra Sokoloff.
Structure Part 8 – Balancing the Scenes that Make Up Your Novel by Kristen Lamb. Excellent article for post-NaNo restructuring.
On Publishing and Social Media
I Self-Published – Should You Too? by Roz Morris.
The Future of Books & Publishing by Joanna Penn (The Creative Penn).
Twitter: One Size Does Not Fit All by Jane Friedman.
Why Do You Need A Platform? by Lisa Gail Green.
On the Craft of Writing
When it comes to the craft, I spend more time on one site then any other: Janice Hardy’s The Other Side of the Story. Here are some samples from the past week that I found helpful. Plotting through “What’s Next” Part 2 & Writing a Selling Query or Pitch in Four Easy Steps (guest post by Elle Strauss).
From the Bookshelf Muse: Character Trait: Ruthless (Think Michael Corleone).
4 Steps for Organizing Plot Ideas Into A Novel by Jody Hedlund (guest posting on Writers In The Storm).
On the Writing Life
Competitions and Writing Opportunities by Donna Newton. Awesome resource!
Six Common Writing Excuses (and how to overcome them) by Ali Luke (Aliventures).
Larry Brooks (Storyfix) hosted Art Holcomb this week with something every writer and every human being has: A Personal Story Arc. What stories are waiting in your past?
Staying on the above thought is an excellent article by Jane Friedman: What Scene From Your Past Would You Revisit?
Hearing Voices? Maybe You’re a Writer by Susan Bearman guest posting on Write It Sideways.
Fun & Interesting Links
Mary Jo Gibson’s Cabinet of Curiosities features museums, art and history from the past, present and future. Before the advent of the printing press painted artwork, tapestries and artistically fashioned items served as the novels of the day, telling stories and acting as points of inspiration for modern day writers (like Dan Brown). Mary Jo always has a fantastic array of information and resources. Give her a look, you’ll be glad you did.
The funniest post of the week goes to Leanne Shirtliffe with A Twisted Guide to the Worst Toys of 2011.
The Ultimate Gift Guide for Writers by Jami Gold. Pens with free chocolate?
The World’s Sexiest Superhero by Shea MacLeod. Fun Read!
The Jane Austen Video Game!? by Susan Bischoff. Love this one!
Free E-books from Jeannie Campbell the Character Therapist.
Books & Reviews: Books I’m Crazy Grateful For by August McLaughlin. J.S. Marlo’s Unscripted by Carrie Mumford. Jessica Park’s Flat-Out Love by Jeannie Campbell. The Best Literary Fiction Blogs & Websites by Jane Friedman. Nathaniel Philbrick’s The Mayflower by Jess Witkins.
Movies & Television: The Long-Lost Family Dramas & DVR Priorities de Casa Blanca by Tiffany A. White; A review of Immortals by Gloria Oliver; Why Grimm has a Grim Future by Kait Nolan; We Want To Believe in X-Files 3 by Amanda Rudd; movies Timer by Susan Bischoff.