Writing Blog Treasures 10~13

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.

Alexandra Sokoloff is doing a NaNoWriMo Prep series:

First You Need an Idea //  What’s Your Premise

The Three-Act Eight-Sequence Structure

Also – For a limited time only (“this week”) – Alex is offering her workbook “Screenwriting Tricks for Authors” FREE on Kindle (Amazon). Note: While this offer was valid when I checked it a minute a ago, that will change soon. Be sure to seize this great opportunity!

How to Outline Your Novel for National Novel Writing Month by Roz Morris (checklist). Also from Roz: Nail NaNoWriMo-start Now! 3 Old Hands Share Their Tips.

NaNoWriMo Cometh: A TerribleMinds Primer by Chuck Wendig.

Pre-Plot for NaNoWriMo by Martha Alderson (the Plot Whisperer).

NaNo Prep: Making Time for Writing by Jami Gold.

On Publishing

How Do I Get Published? by Chuck Wendig (Ask a Writer series).

The Only Two Things Authors Ought to be Doing by Joel Friedlander.

The Business Rusch: Why Writer’s Disappear (Part 2) by Kristine Rusch. This is a very well written and thought out series of posts well worth the read.

On Aspects of Publishing

From the Editors of EPubGuide: A Business Plan for Self-Published Authors

Part 1 // Part 2 // Part 3

The 11 Ingredients of a Sizzling Book Description by Catherine Ryan Howard.

Build Your Backlist Faster with Shorter Length Novels by D.D. Scott.

The Biggest Mistakes Self-Published Authors Make-Part 5 via The Savvy Book Marketer.

On Social Media/Marketing

The New World of Publishing: Promotion by Dean Wesley Smith.

The 5 Keys to Pain-Free Book Promotion by Carol Costello via Joel Friedlander’s blog.

10 Questions You Need to Answer Honestly if You Want to Sell More Books by Joanna Penn.

Goodreads Giveaways – Part One by Tamara Ward.

How Children’s Authors can Profit from School Visits by the Savvy Book Marketer.

How to Add a Logo or Watermark to YouTube Videos via Digital Inspiration.

How to Write a Press Release Without Tearing Out Your Hair by Natalie Hartford guest posting on Jenny Hansen’s More Cowbell.

On Blogging/Platform

How I Doubled my Blog Traffic (and got a Bigger Audience) in 3 Weeks by Rae Hoffman.

3 Steps to Creating a Beautiful Book Site for Less Than $100 by Jeff Goins.

On Writing Craft

Theme as a Touchstone for Writers by Martha Alderson (the Plot Whisperer).

Keeping Focused and Nailing Your Pitch-Understand Your “Seed Idea” by Kristen Lamb.

Keep Your Reader Grounded in Your Story by Fae Rowen (WriterStrong series).

Forcing the Issue: Adding Conflict to Your Scenes by Janice Hardy.

Are You Skipping the Best Parts? by K.M. Weiland (Most Common Mistakes series). Also from K.M.: Revising Your Story: Do’s and Don’ts.

5 Writing Tips from Historical Fiction Author Jody Hedlund via Marcy Kennedy’s blog.

8 Tips to Bring Your Readers Along for the Ride by Susan Squires (WriterStrong series).

On the Writer’s Life

Run. Hide. Fight by K.B. Owen. This post includes a great video on how to survive an “active shooter” event that is a must see for writers (well, and everyone else too).

Reading What You Write by Elizabeth S. Craig.

The Healing Energy of Words: Writing for the Health of it by Cate Russell-Cole.

Plan Ahead with the HiveWord Writing Tool via Angela Ackerman. Hiveword is one of my favorite writing info bases (its the “Writers Knowledge Base” image on my sidebar) – created by Mike Fleming in combination with Elizabeth S. Craig. Be sure to check out this fantastic resource!

Backup Your Files to Amazon Glacier with the Help of Dropbox via Digital Inspirations.

That’s all for this week.

Peaceful Journeys.

About Gene Lempp

Gene Lempp is a writer blending elements of alternate history, the paranormal, fantasy, science fiction and horror for dark and delicious fun. He unearths stories by digging into history, archeology, myth and fable in his Designing from Bones blog series. “Only the moment is eternal and in a moment, everything will change,” sums the heart of his philosophy. You can find Gene at his Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, WANATribe, Google+, Pinterest and StumbleUpon.
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9 Responses to Writing Blog Treasures 10~13

  1. K.B. Owen says:

    Oh, Gene, you crack me up! …”when millions of voracious writers drive their drafts across the creative plains” LOL! Even though I’m not doing NaNo, I’ll be getting ready fairly soon to start planning the third book in my series (squee!), so the Sokoloff links look fab.

    By the way, thanks for the linky-love! 😀

  2. jbw0123 says:

    Thank you Gene. By Saturday, my writer’s spirits often flag and there you are with a boatload of links to lift the weary soul. Good luck with NaNo.

  3. Debra Eve says:

    Gene, even though I don’t comment every week, I just want you to know that I really depend on Blog Treasures to keep me caught up. I know you have day job, too, and I just don’t know how you do it!

  4. Alexandra Sokoloff is fabulous! I met her last week at Bouchercon.
    Great picks, as always, Gene! Thanks for the super resources. Hope you’re having a brilliant weekend. 🙂

  5. Thanks again for the blog love, Gene, from both Susan Squires and myself at Writers in the Storm. As usual, you’ve worked hard to bring us some amazing links. Thank you for all your time and effort.
    -Fae Rowen

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  7. I hope you never stop putting together these mash-ups. I may not comment every week, but I’m here every week checking out the valuable links. Thank you so much!

  8. Lynn Kelley says:

    Thank you, Gene, for another great mashup! Woot! I need to type up my post for tomorrow, then come back and read some of these that are calling my name! Take care!

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