Writing Blog Treasures 10~20

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*


From Alexandra Sokoloff: 1) The Index Card Method and Structure Grid. 2) Story Elements Checklist. 3) The Hero’s Journey, The Writer’s Journey and Narrative Structure Cheat Sheet.

From Jami Gold: 1) How Do You Get in Touch with Your Muse? 2) Should Pantsers be Plotters?

From Cate Russell-Cole: NaNoWriMo Novel Planning and Preparation.

From Aliventures (Ali Luke): How Much Should You Plan Before Starting a Novel?


Gabriela Pereira has given DIY MFA a smart new look including added features and some amazing (and free) resources for writers. I strongly encourage you to stop by and peruse the excellent offerings such as the FREE E-Book and Inspiration Igniter.

New Features at DIY MFA

On Publishing

Writing on Ether: Transmedia by Porter Anderson.

5 Facts about Publishing that could Change Your Writing Career by Jeff Goins.

The New World of Publishing: Maybe You Wrote a Good Book by Dean Wesley Smith.

Self-Publishing with an Agent: A Viable Option? by August McLaughlin.

The Business Rusch: Why Writers Disappear (Part 3) by Kristine Rusch. This is a fascinating and well-thought out series written by someone with decades of experience. Highly recommended!

On Aspects of Publishing

How to Add Up Your Ebook Sales in a Snap by Jenny Hansen. Complete with diagrams, excellent resource post!

Counting the Costs of Publication by Susan Spann. Note that this post also leads into links for her entire “business of writing” series – an excellent resource!

Are There Downsides to Giving Away Free EBooks? by Lindsay Buroker.

Q&A on Copyright with Attorney Brad Frazer via Jane Friedman

Special: Publishing SchedulesA moment of serendipity as I went looking for this information and a host of new posts magically appeared to speak to me. Here is what I found.

Publishing Schedule for Indie Writers – Who to Hire and When by Roz Morris.

The Importance of Looking Ahead…And of Not Looking Ahead by Elizabeth S. Craig. Read the above post before the ones below.

Elizabeth includes four excellent links at the end of her post that lead to: Production and Scheduling by Dean Wesley Smith; EBook Production Schedules 101 by D.D. Scott; A Business Plan for Self-Pubbed Authors by Denise Grover Swank; The Incredible Lightness of Being Indie by Susan Kaye Quinn. Normally I do not carry over links like this, but having read and found all of these posts useful – I just had to share and make sure each author was given proper credit (and promotion). My thanks to Elizabeth Craig for sharing these resources with us.

On Social Media

How to Get Unfriended, Ignored, and Blocked on Facebook by Lisa Hall-Wilson. By the way, Lisa is running a Facebook class soon through WANA International – be sure to check out the special offer at the end of the post – pixie sticks included!

Good Fences-Setting Boundaries in a World with No Borders by Kristen Lamb.

On Blogging/Technology

Is Your Author Website Doing It’s Job? Six Things to Check by Laura Pepper Wu via Jane Friedman’s site.

How to Send Self-Destructing Messages with Google Docs via Digital Inspiration.

Also via Digital Inspiration: YouTube to Allow Links to External Websites with Video Annotations.

And one more from DI, the one many writers need… How to Disable the Internet on Your Computer.

Google Liked it but They Wouldn’t Put a Ring on it by Rae Hoffman. What happens when a woman is branded under her single name and then wants to rebrand to a married or hyphenated name? Can it work? Read this and see Rae’s journey attempting it.

On Writing Craft

From the Bookshelf Muse: Physical Trait Entry: Feet. The Bookshelf Muse’s Thesaurus collection a fantastic resource for writers – be sure to check out there other entries.

Emotion in the Three Acts via Edittorrent. This is a fantastic short post, worth the minute to peruse and study.

How to Keep Your Fight Scenes Interesting by K.M. Weiland.

Help Readers Suspend Disbelief (and Avoid Plot Holes) by Elizabeth S. Craig. Also from Elizabeth: Chapter Breaks and Cliffhangers.

Structure Part 6: Getting Primal and Staying Simple by Kristen Lamb.

From Idea to Fully Viable Story Plan…in One Blog Post by Larry Brooks.

How to Kill Characters with Impact by Ava Jae. And the follow up: Reviving Characters: Should it Be Done?

How to Write a Han Solo Hero in Six Easy Steps by Tiffany Reisz via Janice Hardy’s site.

On the Writer’s Life

By Popular Demand: Pantsers, Plotters and – Puzzlers! by Ruth Nestvold. I’m a Puzzler – Which one are you?

What’s Your Writing Personality? by K.M. Weiland.

10 Productivity Tips for Writers by Ben Ellis guest posting on Joanna Penn’s site.

Is Reading the Genre You’re Currently Writing Dangerous? by Roni Loren.

How Much Responsibility Should We Take for Others Actions? by Marcy Kennedy.

The Pro’s and Con’s of Entering Writing Contests by Suzannah Windsor Freeman.

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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6 Responses to Writing Blog Treasures 10~20

  1. Thanks for the fab resources, Gene! I really appreciate the inclusion. 🙂

    I hope your weekend’s off to a great start. *raises coffee mug*

  2. K.B. Owen says:

    Marvelous list, as usual, Gene! Staggering amount of talent and advice out there. Thanks!

  3. angelapeart says:

    Gene, your Blog Treasures lists of awesomeness never fail me! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  4. Jenny Hansen says:

    Thanks for the link, my friend! That Alexandra Sokoloff continues to just blow me away. Happy NaNoWriMo prep. I’ll go over and make sure we’re still friended. 🙂

  5. These links are golden, Gene. I especially appreciated the publishing schedules posts. Man, I have over ten tabs open again 😛

  6. lynnkelleyauthor says:

    Dang! This is another awesome mashup, Gene! Thank you!

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