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*
Yep, it is closing in on that time of year again when millions of voracious writers drive their drafts across the creative plains, an existential word round up – also known as, NaNoWriMo. Watch this section for tips, tricks and NaNotastic posts from now through December.
Another NaNoWriMo…Will This Year Be Different? by Larry Brooks.
October is NaNoWriMo Prep Month by Alexandra Sokoloff.
My Self-Publishing Thoughts After 50,000+ Ebook Sales by Lindsay Buroker. This is a MUST READ for all Self-Pub authors with lots of excellent ideas for any writer looking to go the indie route.
How Do Self-Publishing and Traditional Publishing Compare by Ali Luke. This post has a video and transcript of Ali’s presentation to the Society of Young Publishers in Oxford, England.
‘Rogue’ Authors on a New Route: Writing on the Ether by Porter Anderson. Also from Porter, Discoverability – The Maiden Voyage.
On Aspects of Publishing
The Business Rusch: Why Writers Disappear by Kristine Rusch. This is a fascinating article – well worth the read, enlightening.
A Business Plan for Self-Published Authors by Bestseller Denise Grover Swank via EPubGuide.
Amazon Self-Promotion Bear Trap Update: Further Carnage by Cate Russell-Cole.
A Professional Editor Takes on Self-Editing by Linda Jay via Joel Friedlander’s site.
Self-Publishing and Marketing Tips with Catherine Ryan Howard via The Creative Penn.
Rejection and a Teflon Mind by August McLaughlin.
On Social Media
Why Evernote is Great for Writers by Ava Jae. This is the single most useful app on my phone, without exception.
What Are the Important Elements of a Constructive Book Review? by Angela Orlowski-Peart.
Twitter Unveils New People Directory by Digital Inspirations. The people aren’t new, but the ways to connect to them are always expanding.
Also from Digital Inspirations: Your Facebook Pages Have a Resume.
Author Blogging: The Evolution of SPAM by Joel Friedlander.
4 Painless Ways to Come Up With New Blog Post Ideas by Rae Hoffman. Also from Rae, How to Create Targeted Sidebar Ads (Without Using Code).
When and How Should You Start Marketing Your Book? by Yesenia Vargas.
On Writing Craft
Organizing a Book and a Time-Saving Technique for Editing by Elizabeth S. Craig. Also from Elizabeth: Taking Characters on a Voyage of Self-Discovery.
Be sure to check out Kristen Lamb’s Structure Series! Part 3 – Introducing the Opposition & Part 4 – Testing Your Idea: Is it Strong Enough to make an Interesting Novel?
Writing as Sculpture: Do You Build or Carve? by Jami Gold.
Raising the Tension and Conflict in a Scene by Janice Hardy.
How to Pick Up the Pace in Your Story by Kara Lennox via Writer’s in the Storm.
Writing Historical Romance, Not History Lessons by Lyn Horner guest posting on Writer’s in the Storm.
5 Tips for Creating Characters Readers Can’t Wait to get back to by Jen Blood via The Creative Penn.
7 Things that make a Chronic Finisher Put Down a Book by Roni Loren. A “chronic finisher” is someone that always completes book – why didn’t they finish this one?
9 Easily Preventable Mistakes Writers Make With Dialogue by Ali Luke guest posting on The Creative Penn.
On the Writer’s Life
Using Strangers in Photos for Creative Inspiration by Roz Morris.
Gotta Have Java! Debunking Caffeine Myths by August McLaughlin. If you are a coffee drinker (if, right) then you will want to read this post. Excellence!
Professional Resources for Writers by K.M. Weiland.
The Top 3 Reasons to Get Out of Your Office by Marcia A. Richards.
Be the Change You Wish to See in the World by Mhairi Simpson.
25 Ways to Get Your Creative Groove Back As A Writer by Chuck Wendig.
Sensation Fiction, Le Fanu’s “The Murdered Cousin” by K.B. Owen. Excerpt: “What fictional forms were the precursors to mystery stories? Many point to Edgar Allan Poe’s (1809-1849) work, especially his August Dupin short stories. While his influence is huge, there’s more to the origins of the modern mystery.”