Writing Blog Treasures 12~15

Welcome to Writing Blog Treasures! Here you’ll find the best of the blogsphere from the past week. Grab your coffee, sit back and above all – enjoy *smile*

I’m testing out a new format with “featured posts” for each of the sections, and reordering things, because writing should be top of mind – let me know what you think. Also, if there is any type of post you’d like to see more of, let me know and I’ll keep an eye out for the subject.



When K.M. Weiland announces that she’s launching a new craft series, I pay attention. When she says it’s going to be a master study of scene structure – well, then I’m all in.

Structuring Your Stories Scenes: Mastering the Two Different Types of Scene

Excerpt: Over the next twelve Sundays, I’d like to share with you a series about the nitty-gritty of scenes. We’re going to explore some concrete facts. We’re going to learn the basic structure of scenes, variations upon that structure, and how to use an understanding of the scene to pack them one upon another until we have a story that’s rock solid from beginning to end. Structuring Your Stories Scenes.

On Writing Craft

7 Strategies Villain’s Use to Trick Their Victims by Marcy Kennedy. Excerpt: Con artists, rapists, or anyone who needs to bring down the guard of their victim for nefarious purposes will use one or all of these seven tricks against their victims. Excellent Post!

The Secret of a Successful Concept by Larry Brooks.

Master Plot for Pacing, Characterization and Action by Darcy Pattison.

Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before You Write a Scene. Any Scene by Larry Brooks.

Cutting the Fat From Your WIP by Gina Conroy – excellent tips.

How to Cut the Filler and Tighten Your Book by Laura Carlson.

Why Your Story Shouldn’t be to Tidy by Dr. John Yeoman.

When Writing: Cannibalize Everything by Ava Jae.

Here is a great new site I found with a ton of excellent writing resources and posts: Cockeyed Caravan: How to Manage Expectations, Plant the Right Questions – is the current post. Be sure to check the side column, if you visit, for the resources.

On the Writer’s Life

Can Writers Reuse Their Own Work by Jami Gold. Excerpt: On the surface, this might seem like a clear-cut question. Unless we’ve turned the copyright over to another entity, it seems like we should be able to reuse our own work. However the issues surrounding what is sometimes termed “self-plagiarism” are more complicated than they might first appear.

25 Gifts for Writers by Chuck Wendig.

Goal-Keeping from the Greats by Bess Weatherby

10 Ways to Sabotage Your Writing – sage advice from a master, James Scott Bell.

Art Isn’t a Result. It’s a Journey. Lessons from Seth Godin’s Icarus Deception by Joanna Penn.

How Do We Handle Rejection and Keep on Pressing? by Kristen Lamb. Also from Kristen: Dealing with Offense-When is it Okay to Lecture Others.

Writing in Small Chunks of Time: Pros and Cons by Elizabeth S. Craig.



My #1 place to go when I want Timely and Engaging insight into the world of Publishing is Porter Anderson’s Ether posts. Porter does a fantastic job of staying on top of the ever-shifting terrain that is publishing and digging into subjects to unearth their realities.

Ether for Authors: Listening to the Industry

This post features: Publisher flexibility, the realities of Discoverability, Self-Publishing survey statistics, a contest by Amazon and explores Bob Mayer’s storyboarding for marketing concept – and more. Ether for Authors.

On Publishing

The New World of Publishing: Goals & Dreams by Dean Wesley Smith. Highly Recommended Read!

Self-Publishing: It’s Not a Backup Plan by Ava Jae.

The Business Rusch: Writing Like It’s 2009 by Kristine Rusch.

Managing Your Epublishing Business as an LLC by S.K. Holmesley.

On Aspects of Publishing

Answers to Ebook Pricing Questions by Lindsay Buroker.

Manuscript Critiques: A Help or a Hindrance? by C.S. Lakin.

How to Ignore an Editor’s Suggestions and Still Fix Your Novel by Roz Morris.

6 Best Marketing Tips for Authors by Heather Webb.

Marketing Your Ebook: Making the Most of Your Time by Lyn Horner.

Ebook Marketing Thoughts: What’s Changed and What’s Still Working by Collin J. Earl.

Are Book Trailers Dead? by Laura Drake.

Want Professional Covers on a Budget? Try Ready-to-go Options by Joanna Penn.

Social Media

On Social Media

The First 7 Steps to a Successful Social Media Plan for Authors by Lori Lynn Smith. Great tips for those just starting out or looking to adjust their social media strategies.

The Future of Goodreads by Tamara Ward.

Getting to Grips With Goodreads: 6 Actionable Ideas by Laura Pepper Wu.

Is it Possible to have too many Twitter Followers? by Janice Hardy.

Hashtags to Connect with Readers by Darcy Pattison. Includes a list of useful and not so useful hashtags to ensure you are wasting your tweets.

On Blogging/Technology

From Joel Friedlander: How to Create Foundation Posts for Your Blog // How to Create an Endless Stream of Blog Post Ideas.

How to Search Google Images by the Exact Image Size via Digital Inspiration.

Getting Started with Dictation by David Allen. What are the benefits of using dictation software for writing?

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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10 Responses to Writing Blog Treasures 12~15

  1. With all these tabs open, I won’t be going to bed any time soon. *grins* Thank you for another round of great links. I’m glad you too found Cockeyed Caravan. Brilliant blog.

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  3. Marcia says:

    I have to say that your Blog Treasures posts provide me with lots of great craft tips and are responsible for a better way of approaching my writing. I pay special attention to the ones you highly recommend. From experience, I now know that they will be so worth reading! Regarding writing, I’m on a way better track than I was just a couple months ago. Your critique, the personal writing experiences you share and these posts have had a lot do with that. Thanks, my friend, for serving up a bounty of goodness!

  4. Great stuff, as always, Gene! I’ve no doubt that Marcia’s remark is shared by many who seldom, if ever, comment. Thanks for all you do for writer-ville. 😉

  5. John Holton says:

    I wanted you to know that I’ve nominated your blog for the “Blog of the Year 2012″ prize. All of the instructions for accepting the award are in this entry:



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  7. fcmalby says:

    These are great links.

  8. hawleywood40 says:

    Haven’t been by in a while and this was quite a treasure trove to come back to – thanks Gene!

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