Welcome to Writing Blog Treasures! Here you’ll find the best of the blogsphere from the past week. So, grab your coffee, sit back and above all – enjoy *smile*
This weeks Featured post, by the incredible, multidimensional August McLaughlin speaks for itself…
We hear a lot about creating a sense of urgency in our writing. But do you have it in your writing life?
A recent ADOBE study showed that 8 in 10 people see unlocking creativity as vital to economic growth and nearly two-thirds consider creativity an asset to society. Yet only 1 in 4 people worldwide believe they are living up to their creative potential. Yipes. Though it’s refreshing to hear that creativity is valued, those results are frightening. And I couldn’t help but wonder how many writers feel similarly.
…The following steps have helped me ignite it when the swing set seems slightly out of reach… Read more of August’s brilliant post at…
Urgency to Write: How to Keep the Fire Burning by August McLaughlin
Using Your Self-Publishing Success to Find an Agent with Elizabeth Mock via Lindsay Buroker.
Making a Living with Your Short Fiction by Dean Wesley Smith.
Self-and-Indie Publishing as Business (An Overview) by Susan Spann. Excellent post!
2012 Book Sales Strong for Both E-book and Print by Joel Friedlander.
Myths About Traditional Publishing by Gemma Halliday.
On Aspects of Publishing
Are You Making This Marketing Mistake? by Jason Kong via Jane Friedman.
The 8 Steps on my Publishing Journey by Alan Shelton via Joel Friedlander.
Two Books a Year? by Alexandra Sokoloff.
Can Writing in Multiple Genres Hurt Your Sales Potential? by Lindsay Buroker.
Trademark is NOT a Verb: Guidelines from a Trademark Lawyer by Brad Frazer via Jane Friedman.
Lines in the Sand: The Business Rusch by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.
Being Your Own Literary Agent: Negotiating Your Own Contract by Theresa Ragan.
On Social Media & Platform
Fight Hate with Love, Not More Hate by Kait Nolan.
The Great Twitter Experiment. What Does “More Tweets” Really Get You? by Janice Hardy. This is a beautiful post full of excellent insight and much of it I personally agree with from my own Twitter observations. Absolutely worth the read if you use Twitter as part of your Author Platform.
7 Networking Tips for Authors by Joanna Penn.
Insulting Your Writer Friends by Dean Wesley Smith.
How to Keep Your Twitter Account Safe by Carrie Mumford.
Developing Your Writing Presence on the Web by Susan Bearman.
Author Blogging 101: Keyword Basics by Joel Friedlander.
Hundred Zeros for FREE E-books via Digital Inspiration. Excerpt: Hundred Zeroes is a comprehensive collection of free e-books on all subjects from History to Arts to Computers.
On Writing Craft
Suspense vs. Thrillers – Easy-Peasy, Right? by Stacy Green.
Simple Ways to Create Page-Turning Conflict by Kristen Lamb.
Fixing Episodic Chapters by Janice Hardy.
What’s the Worst that Can Happen? Your Characters Biggest Fear by Laura Drake.
Do Your Characters Fight in a way that Advances Your Story? by Jenny Hansen.
25 Things You Should Know About Writing Fantasy by Chuck Wendig.
Janice Hardy On Style, a blog takeover at the Bookshelf Muse with Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi.
On the Writer’s Life
The Beauty of Something New by August McLaughlin.
30 Dr. Seuss Quotes that can Change Your Life and 5 Fun Links by Marcia A. Richards.
It’s Not My Job to Convince You by Mhairi Simpson. Great post!
Letter to a Writer who is Losing Confidence by Roz Morris. Beautifully said!
Summer Writing – Writing Around Children by Elizabeth S. Craig.
Why I Love Beta Reading by Jami Gold.
Jillian Dodd reviews Rock of Ages.
Gloria Oliver reviews Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.