This Week in Favs….

Playing on the Zune: Waking the Demon by Bullet for My Valentine

Social Media and Author Websites

Are You’re a Blogging Warrior or Wimp? by Stanford on Pushing Social

Social Media: An Introvert’s Secret Weapon by Jami Gold

Do the Wrong Thing: The Benefits of Writing Unconventional Headlines, guest post by Ollin Morales on Write to Done

WANA Commons – Beautiful Blog Images Without the Worry by Kristen Lamb


On the Craft

The Fuel that Drives Extraordinary Content on Write to Done

Creativity Under Pressure: How to Write Your Way Through Storms by August McLaughlin

High Concept Plots – What Are They and Why Do I Care? by Sally Apokedak on Novel Rocket

How Long Should It Be? by Arthur Plotnik on QueryTracker.net

In the Beginning: Which Type of Opening Works Best? by Janice Hardy

Why Counting Words May be Hazardous to Your Health by C.S. Lakin on Live Write Thrive

Finding Strong Metaphors by Linda Gray on Write of Passage

5 Reasons to Write Your Scenes in Order (and 3 Not to) by K.M. Weiland on Wordplay

Writing Lessons Learned from 50 SHADES OF GREY by Julie Musil

Fridays with Agent Kristin: Episode 8 – Three Reasons Why Prologues Don’t Work, a vlog by Kristen Nelson on Pub Rants

Forget He Said, She Said – Three Easy Tricks for Better Dialogue, guest post by Tiffany Reisz on The Other Side of the Story with Janice Hardy

The Good Seed IV by Donald Maas on Writer Unboxed


Writerly Inspiration

Where to Find Inspiration: 50 Quotes for Writers on Write to Done

Perseverance – Writing Lessons from the Olympics by Julie Eshbaugh on Pub(lishing) Crawl

Four Ways to Untangle Your Writing Life by Karen Jordan on the Wordserve Water Cooler blog


On Editing, Critiquing, Querying, Publishing and more…

3 Reasons to Keep Business Secrets by Janet Kobobel Grant on the Books & Such Literary Agency Blog

5 Tips for Making a Living as a Writer by Shawn Smucker on Rachelle Gardner’s blog

How to Choose an Excerpt to Showcase Your Novel by Roz Morris on Nail Your Novel

After the First Draft: Part 2 by Mooderino on Moody Writing

The Top Ten Query Mistakes by Rachelle Gardner

Remembering Gore Vidal: 10 Quotes on Writing by Zachary Petit on Writer’s Digest

Self-Editing for Self-Published Fiction by Randy Ingermanson on Advanced Fiction Writing

Critique Partners vs. Beta Readers by Tina Moss

The New Publishing Paradigm, Part One: It’s Not About eBook vs. Print by Jami Gold

Publishing Perils – Making the Choice, Part 5 by Susan Spann on Writers in the Storm blog


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)


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Happy Reading and Writing, everyone!!!

Melinda

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