Welcome to Blog Treasures, my weekly roundup of the best of the blogsphere from the last week. Enjoy the links!
Writers Block. Every writer experiences this phenomenon from time to time. Joanna Penn (The Creative Penn) offers us solid advice on defeating one of writings greatest occupational hazards in Writers Block: The 12-Step Cure.
From Roz Morris: Finishing Your Draft? Don’t Open It Again Until Christmas.
From NYT Best-seller Bob Mayer: NaNoWriMo Conflict: The Fuel of Your Story. Includes Bob’s famous and very helpful Conflict Diagram. Also from Bob, What To Write. Knowing the answer to this is the key to being successful as a writer. What’s your passion?
From Chuck Wendig: 25 Things You Should Know About Your Completed Novel.
From Larry Brooks: Make December Your NaNoWriMo Revision Month.
From Martha Alderson: 4th Annual Plot Writing Month (PlotWriMo). Started December 1.
On Publishing & Social Media
From Carrie Mumford: 10 Lessons Learned from 10 Months of Blogging. Must read for bloggers, excellent advice.
From Ali Luke (Aliventures): 6 Reasons Why I Chose To Self-Publish My Novel.
From Dan Blank: Top Blogs for Writers. Looking for the best resources on the blogsphere? Dan provides links to 5 of my all time fav’s in the above post. Also from Dan, Should Writers Focus on the Craft of Writing or Building Their Audience?
How Hashtags Can Win Friends and Influence Enemies by social media jedimaster Kristen Lamb.
Where Are The Parents in YA? by Kait Nolan. I’ve always wondered about this one.
Writing on the Ether by Porter Anderson via Jane Friedman’s blog. Excellent look at the week in publishing.
On the Craft of Writing
Antagonists – The Alpha & The Omega of the Story by Kristen Lamb. Excellent, must read article for fiction writers.
From Joanna Penn (The Creative Penn): How to Make Sure Your Book is the Best it Can Be.
From Jeannie Campbell: Subtext Revisited.
From DIYMFA: Plot Archetypes: Where Does Your Story Fit?
Creating Secondary Characters by Marie Lu guest posting on Janice Hardy’s site.
From Janice Hardy: Inserting Plot Pieces Into a First Draft.
From Elizabeth S. Craig: Help for Dragging Plots.
On the Writing Life
One of my fellow ROW80 sponsors, Vicki Keire, posted an excellent and insightful piece this week on 5 Ways to Fail at Writing.
From Jami Gold: What Writing Skill Do You Suck At? We all have strengths and weaknesses. We have to know both to improve.
Donna Newton brings us a new installment of Competitions & Writing Opportunities.
From Sarah Baughman posting on Write It Sideways: 5 Reasons to Sign Up for a Writers’ Conference.
On Signings by Elizabeth S. Craig.
How & Why To Write With Power by Larry Brooks.
Writing…Like Decorating a Christmas Tree by K. B. Owen.
Dreamers vs. Goalers: Writers Need to be Both by Sarah Callender via Write It Sideways.
Fun & Interesting Links
The Cloisters Museum is a magical place that now features the Lewis Chessman which were the inspiration for the chess set in Harry Potter. From Mary Jo Gibson.
Paranormal Museums by Catie Rhodes.
Via Shea MacLeod: Indie Chicks: The Phoenix and The Darkness by Lizzy Ford.
Do You Enjoy Fantastical Stories? by Jami Gold.
Charms to Soothe the Savage Beast by Marcia A. Richards.
10 Creative Ways to Express Your Inner F-Bomb by Jen Hansen.