This Week in Favs…..

Playing on the Zune:  Dear Prudence by The Beatles, but the version from the Across the Universe movie

Social Media and Author Websites

Putting the “Social” Back in Social Media by Jody Hedlund

Want Private Inspiration Boards? Alternatives to Pinterest by Roni Loren

11 Places to Get a Free and Legal Photo for Your Blog by Caitlin Muir on Author Media

How to Legally Use Your Own Photos on Your Blog, guest post by Melinda VanLone on Marcy Kennedy’s blog

Writers, Why It’s Time to Renew Your Love Affair with Pinterest by Kristen Lamb on Warrior Writers


On the Craft

7 Ways to Use Brain Science to Hook Readers and Reel Them In by Lisa Cron on Write to Done

Five Ways to Boost Creativity by Manon Eileen

Warming Up Before Writing, guest post by Paul Carroll on Brooke Johnson’s blog

Michael Hauge’s Worksop: An Antidote to “Love at First Sight” by Jami Gold

Three Signs Your Process Might Not be Working by Michael Haynes on Write Every Day

Hidden Emotion: Telling What Characters Don’t Want to Show, guest post by Angela Ackerman on Strands of a Pattern

Novelists: 10 Great Reasons to Write Non-Fiction (Too) by August McLaughlin

5 Ways to Make Your Characters More Thee-Dimensional on Writer’s Relief

21 Ways to Improve Your Writing by Melissa Donovan on Writing Forward


Writerly Inspiration

Unlocking Your Great Future – 5 Keys to Writing Success by Kristen Lamb on Warrior Writers

The Dark Knight Rises: Is Your Safety Net Hurting You? by Marcy Kennedy

Start Doing What You Love Right Now by Jody Hedlund

25 Ways to Survive as a Creative Person by Chuck Wendig


On Editing, Critiquing, Querying, Publishing and more…

Is the Stigma of Self-Publishing Finally Gone? by C.S. Lakin on Live Write Thrive

The New Publishing Paradigm, Part Two: What Value Do Publishers Add? by Jami Gold

The Rejection Reaction by Keith Cronin on Writer Unboxed

The Value of a Word Census by Michelle Ule on the Books & Such Literary Agency blog

Why the Reclusive Writer Needs People Skills by C. Hope Clark

Synopsis Writing 101 and Query Letters 101 by Scott Eagan


Other Round-Ups

The Author Chronicles’ Top Picks Thursday

Stina Lindenblatt’s Cool Links Friday

Roni Loren’s Fill-Me-In Friday

Elizabeth S. Craig’s Twitterific (compilation of all the writing links she’s shared this week – updated on Sundays)


This week on the blog: 

This beautiful picture is by Lisa Hall-Wilson via WANA Commons

Happy Reading and Writing, everyone!!!

Melinda

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