This Week in Favs – 1.25.2013

Playing on the Zune: Night of the Hunter by 30 Seconds to Mars
 
 

Social Media, Blogging, and Author Websites

A Tip for Getting Readers to Your Blog by Lucille Zimmerman on WordServe Water Cooler

Social Media Just for Writers by Stina Lindenblatt

Character Development: Morals & Ideology by Ava Jae

Writer Wednesday: Goodreads vs. Facebook Ads – an Experiment – Part I and Part II by Angela Quarles

The Power of a Reader’s Word of Mouth by Jody Hedlund

 

 

On Writing Craft

 
Three Steps for Creating Believable Character Emotions by Marcy Kennedy

Researching Your Novel: Dos and Don’ts by Carolyn Kaufman

13 Writing Lessons from Stephen King’s On Writing on Writers Write

Why Cliffhangers Keep Your Readers in Your Raft by J.E. Fishman on Men With Pens

Will Omniscient POV Ever Be Popular Again? by Jami Gold

What I Learned While Writing My First Sequel by Amy Christine Parker

How Can We Avoid Cookie-Cutter Writing? by Jody Hedlund

 
 
 
Inspiration for Writers 

 
On Editing, Critiquing, and Querying
 
 Naked in the Mud Puddle: on the Vulnerability of Critique by Amber Belldene

I Love Writing Synopses! by Gina Conroy 

  
 
The Industry and More…
 

E-Books Destroying Traditional Publishing? The Story’s Not That Simple by Zoe Chance on NPR

Deciding Between Traditional and Self-Publishing by Rachelle Gardner

25 Hard Truths About Writing and Publishing by Chuck Wendig

8 Ways to Help Your Favorite Author by Rachelle Gardner

Enemies of Art Part 1 – Approval Addiction and Enemies of Art Part 2 – Psychic Vampires by Kristen Lamb

The Wrong Goodbye of Barnes and Noble on The Passive Voice

A Rejection Doesn’t Mean the Industry Is Out to Get You by Scott Eagan

Self-Publishing Success Stories: The Anatomy of a Kindle Bestseller on The Creative Penn

A Few Posts Every Writer Should Read
 
 

 

Other Weekly Round-Ups
 

 The Author Chronicles’ Top Picks Thursday

Roni Loren’s Fill-Me-In Friday

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

 
 
 
This Week on the Blog…
 
Photo Credit

 

 
 
 
Happy Reading & Writing, Everyone!
-Melinda

This Week in Favs – 1.18.2013

Playing on the Zune: Haunted by Kelly Clarkson
 
 

Social Media, Blogging, and Author Websites

Passionate Characters to Counteract the Passive Inciting Incident by Martina Boone

The Most Powerful Social Media Tool for Building an Author Platform – Part 1 & Part 2 – by Kristen Lamb

 

 

On Writing Craft

 
Four Ways to Pre-Write Your Scenes on The Otherside of the Story with Janice Hardy

Five Quick Tips for Better Dialogue in Fiction on The Creative Penn

5 Examples of Misplaced Modifiers on Daily Writing Tips

How to Cure the Sagging Middle on Hugs and Chocolate

The 100 Best Blogs for the Modern Writer on LiveHacked.com

How to Find the Right Title for Your Book – A Brainstorming Workshop by Roz Morris

Writing an Outline by Sophie Masson on Writer Unboxed

Kurt Vonnegut Can Bite Me by Tiffany Reisz on The Other Side of the Story with Janice Hardy

How to Engage Your Reader – A Guest Post by Matthew Turner on Storyfix.com

 
 
 
Inspiration for Writers 

 
On Editing, Critiquing, and Querying
 
 
 
 
 
The Industry and More…

 
 

Other Weekly Round-Ups
 

 The Author Chronicles’ Top Picks Thursday

Roni Loren’s Fill-Me-In Friday

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

 
 
 
Just for Laughs
 
My Bestie shared this pic on Facebook. Hope it brings a smile to your face like it did mine. 🙂 
 
 

 
 
 
Happy Reading & Writing, Everyone!
-Melinda

This Week in Favs – 1.11.2013

Playing on the Zune: Gasoline by The Living Daylights
 
 

Social Media, Blogging, and Author Websites

How to Think of Blog Post Ideas by Ava Jae on Writability


 

 

On Writing Craft

 
What Writers Can Learn From Classic Television on Left-Brain Business for Write-Brained People

Inspired Openings by Kay Honeyman on Adventures in YA & Children’s Publishing

 

The Paradox by Donald Maass

 

The Finishing Touches by Jael McHenry
 
Series of Events or Plot? on the Behler Blog

 

When Do You Start the Story? by Shannon Donnelly on Writers In the Storm blog
 
 
 
 
Inspiration for Writers/New Year’s Resolutions for Writers 

Reassuring Facts for the Creatively Compulsive by August McLaughlin

Carrie Arcos on The Discipline of Dream Making on Adventures in YA & Children’s Publishing
 

Resolutions for Writers on W.I.P. It: An Author’s Journey
 
What Will You Write in 2013? Ten Mini-Resolutions to Get You Started on Aliventures

 
On Editing, Critiquing, and Querying
 
Fifty Shades of Editing by Stina Lindenblatt on the QueryTracker.net blog
 
 
 
 
The Industry and More…

Interview with an Editor and Giveaway on Dear Author (Interview’s with Shauna Summers)
 
Don’t Feed Your Discount by Rachelle Gardner

 

 
 

Other Weekly 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 writing links she’s shared this week – updated on Sundays)

 
 
 
This Week on Muse, Rant, Rave
 

 
 
 
Happy Reading & Writing, Everyone!
-Melinda

This Week in Favs…


Playing on the Zune:  Follow Me by Muse

Social Media and Author Websites


9 Amazing Blogs for Writers on Mythic Scribes


On the Craft

How to Keep Your Audience Interested by Writing Long-Term Story Arcs on Copyblogger

What Does It Really Take to Be a Die-Hard Writer? by Jody Hedlund

The Writing Toolbox on Thinking Through Our Fingers

5 Things a Writer Can Do to Evolve by Angela Ackerman on W.I.P. It

My Favorite Writing Advice – Write Like a Mother****er by Shelli Johnson

Choosing a Story Idea: 4 Questions Every Romance Writer Should Ask Themselves by Courtney Carpenter

When It’s Time to Let Go: Abandoning a Novel by Jordon McCollum


Writerly Inspiration

Inspiration and Costs by Scott Tracey

Ten Tips for Taking Time Off by Wendy Lawson

Living on the Edge of Confidence and Self-Doubt by Nathan Bransford

5 Ways to Deal With Failure by Rachelle Gardner


On Editing, Critiquing, Querying, Publishing and more…

10 Crazy Things People Say to Writers on Fiction Notes

The More You Learn, The More You Realize You Have a Long Way to Go by Scott Eagan

10 New Year’s Resolutions for Writers by Keith Cronin

How Do We Handle Rejection and Keep on Pressing? by Kristen Lamb

Can Writers Reuse Their Own Work? by Jami Gold

What Genre Will be Red Hot in 2013? on Smexy Books Romance Reviews

10 Writing (and Life) Lessons I Learned From My Dog by Jenny Hansen

Perfecting the Query Letter Part 4 by Lynette Labelle

Are Ebooks Changing How We Write? by Kevin McLaughlin

How Do You Find a Literary Agent? by Rachelle Gardner

Gifts for Writers by Nephele Temptest

Five Tips to Determine If Your Manuscript is Ready to Send Out or “But My Mother Loves My Book…” on Where Writers Win

Fan Fiction to Published Book: A Case Study by Jami Gold

Tips for Greater Productivity, Part 2 by Annie Neugebauer

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


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)


Just For Laughs:
 
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Happy Reading and Writing, everyone!!!

Melinda

This Week in Favs…

Playing on the Zune: Had Enough by Breaking Benjamin

Social Media and Author Websites


The Forest Gump Guide to Attracting Readers and Becoming a Legend by Stanford on Pushing Social

Hashtags to Connect With Readers on Fiction Notes


On the Craft


Knowledge is Power But Story is King by Mooderino

Creativity Advice from CRACKED.com by Mike Mullin

Could You Write the Next ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’? on Write to Done

Adapting Story Structure for Any Project on The Bookshelf Muse

Writing the Heart of Your Story by Joanna Penn

Actions and Reactions: The End-All-Be-All of Storytelling by Jami Gold

The Secret To a Successful Concept by Larry Brooks

How to Write Smart, Not Fast on Write to Done

NaNo Wrap-up, Part 2: Can Slow Writers Win Too? by Jami Gold


Writerly Inspiration


NaNoWriMo Next Steps: Bringing Books to Life by Cate Russell-Cole

Healing Creative Injuries by Cate Russell-Cole


On Editing, Critiquing, Querying, Publishing and more…


Procrastination: Don’t Put Off Dealing With It on The Writer’s Relief

21 Ways to Support Your Favorite Authors, Bloggers and Artists by Janet Boyer

The Fine Art of Conquering Impatience by C.S. Lakin

Why The End Isn’t The End by Tawna Fenske

Change is Not the Enemy on Writer Unboxed

The Victims of the Penguin & Random House Merger: Literary Agents by Ella Delany

From Debut to Multi-Published: What I’ve Learned In My 1st Year as a Published Author by Roni Loren

How to Survive a Critique by Marcy Kennedy


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:
 




 Happy Reading and Writing, everyone!!!

Melinda

This Week in Favs….

Playing on the Zune: You Call Me a Bitch Like It’s a Bad Thing by Halestorm

Social Media and Author Websites
 

How to Use Google+ as an Author Platform on Write to Done

3 Social Media Myths that Can Cripple Our Author Platform by Kristen Lamb

Which is the Best Social Media for Connecting With Readers? by Jody Hedlund

Are Writers Too Insulated from Their Readers? guest post by Mike Duran on Rachelle Gardner’s blog


On the Craft
 
 

“When” Are You Telling? The Trouble with When Statements by Janice Hardy

In Storytelling, Emotion Trumps All by S.P. Sipal

Hiding in the Writing Closet: Good or Bad? by Jody Hedlund

Characters We Love to Write (and Read!) by Martina Boone

Who to Write Compelling Antagonists by K.M. Weiland

Three Commons Dialogue Challenges and How to Beat Them by Marcy Kennedy

Guest Author Paul Anthony Shortt: First Steps on The Other Side of the Story with Janice Hardy


Writerly Inspiration
 

Why It’s Not the Critic Who Matters by Shelli Johnson

Life Lessons from the “Epic Road Trip” by Jami Gold

Losing Perspective on Your Writing: Does This Sing or Suck? by Roni Loren


On Editing, Critiquing, Querying, Publishing and more…
 
 

Why I Signed With a Traditional Publisher by Livia Blackburne

Learning to Love the Pitch by Sara Pinneo

Manners Matter: 13 Etiquette Tips by Rachelle Gardner

Writer’s Roadmap – Using Excel to Keep Your Novel Organized by Laura Drake

Most New Authors Sell Fewer than 100 Books – But You Can Sell Much, Much More! on Write to Done

2 Ways Your Brain is Wired to Undermine Your Story – And What To Do About It by Lisa Cron

Write Strong – Is Your Dialogue Doing Double Duty? by Shannon Donnelly


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:
 
 

 



Happy Reading and Writing, everyone!!!

Melinda

This Week in Favs…

Playing on the Zune: Peace of Mind by Boston

Social Media and Author Websites


Is Blogging Important for Novelists Considering Self-Publishing? by Jody Hedlund

Should All Authors Blog? by Rachelle Gardner


On the Craft

Why It’s More Important Than Ever to Master Your Craft by Rachelle Gardner

Technical Tuesday Writing Tips Presents Outlining: Characters, Creating the Protagonist, Hir or Her Character Sketch and Backstory by Kim Cox

Add a Pinch – or a Pound – of Poetry to Your Prose by Janice Hardy

ABC’s of Writing – (L)ayering Adds Depth by Scott Eagan

9 Tips for Creating a Compelling Novel by Jody Hedlund
 
Structure Part 8 – Balancing the Scenes that Make Up Your Novel by Kristen Lamb
 
My Favorite Points of View – Guest Post by Bill Hopkins on Mystery Writing is Murder
 
When Not to Use Your Antagonist’s POV by K.M. Weiland
 
Always Write Terrible First Drafts by Carolyn Kaufman
 
Write Romance? Get Your Beat Sheet Here! by Jami Gold
 
How to Write Dialogue Unique to Your Characters by Marcy Kennedy


Writerly Inspiration

If You Write What You Know, Where Do You Get Ideas? by Roz Morris
 
9 Reasons to Quit Writing by Rachelle Gardner
 
Beginning at the End by Biljana Likic
 
21 Unexpected Places to Find Your Writer’s Muse on Write to Done


On Editing, Critiquing, Querying, Publishing and more…

Some Things I Didn’t Know About Self-Publishing by Mhairi Simpson

Getting Your Book Noticed in Today’s Changing Marketplace by Stina Lendenblatt

Field Report From the E-Book Revolution #2 by James Scott Bell

Reason Why Your Non-Writer Friends Think You’re Crazy by Veronica Roth

About Copywriting Ideas and Titles on The Behler Blog
 
Should Authors Stalk Review Sites? by Jody Hedlund
 
Adventures in Editing: A Tale of Wonderment by Lydia Sharp
 
Do Publishers Need to Offer More Value to Authors? by Jane Friedman


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:







Happy Reading and Writing, everyone!!!

Melinda

This Week in Favs….

Playing on the Zune: Nada. Catchin’ up on some TV shows…finally!  ;0)

Social Media and Author Websites

Would Hemingway Blog? by Kristen Lamb

5 Top Tips for a Great Author Platform by Rachel Thompson

5 Simple But Powerful Tips for Building Your Blog’s Brand on Pushing Social

Politics, Religion, Social Media & How Great Writers Change the World by Kristen Lamb


On the Craft

Anatomy of a Best-Selling Novel – Structure Part One by Kristen Lamb

Writing Craft: How the Spunky Heroine Fights by Nadine Tomlinson

What Do I Look Like, a Protagonist? Describing Your First Personal Narrator by Janice Hardy

Cliffhangers for Unscrupulous Writers on Moody Writing

Write Tighter, Write Smarter by Ash Krafton on the QueryTracker.net blog

Just Say No to Melodrama, guest post by Becca Puglisi on the Putting Words Down on Paper blog

Breakaway Body Parts: Are Your Characters’ Body Parts Acting on Their Own? by Janice Hardy

Building Deep Conflict into Novel Structure on Adventures in YA & Children’s Publishing


Writerly Inspiration

Take These Broken Wings and Learn to Fly by Becca Puglisi on The Bookshelf Muse blog

Guilt-Free Creativity: Stop Kicking Yourself & Start Producing by Elizabeth Grace Saunders

Meeting a Troll… by Leo Traynor


On Editing, Critiquing, Querying, Publishing and more…

How to Ruin a Perfectly Good Writing Career by Janet Kobobel Grant on the Books & Such Literary Agency Blog

How to Give a Fair Critique by Ava Jae on Writability

If Your Are a Published Author, You Are a Public Figure – Watch What You Say in Public by Scott Eagan

Working With Our Publicist, guest post by Justine Dell on Seeing Creative

The New Adult Genre: Here to Stay This Time? by Roni Loren

Tips N Tricks: A Checklist for Self-Publishing by Susan Kaye Quinn

How Fake Reviews Hurt Everyone by Jami Gold

7 Steps to Writing an Author Business Plan by Susan Spann on the Writers in the Storm blog

What Should Newbie Writers Focus On? by Jami Gold


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:

Picture by Chalkboard Manifesto

Happy Reading and Writing, everyone!!!

Melinda

This Week in Favs…

Playing on the Zune: Love Bites (So Do I) by Halestorm

Social Media and Author Websites

 Branding: Know Thy Audience by Jean Oram

Facebook vs. Twitter: Where the Readers Are by Roni Loren

How to Be a Good Commenter by John Scalzi

How “Personal” Should Writers Get on Social Media? by Kristen Lamb

Blogs vs. Vlogs by Michelle Gagnon on The Kill Zone

7 Ways Twitter Sharpens Your Writing by David Masters on Write to Done


 On the Craft

Black Swan – The Trick to Inner and Outer Demons by Kristen Lamb

Breaking Story Structure by Mark Landen

Writing a Novel: Focus on Premise from the Writer’s Digest blog

Dialogue Clinic on Moody Writing

Start Me Up: Planning and Writing a First Draft by Janice Hardy

Writing Historical Paranormal – Double Your Worlds, Double Your Fun! by Lisa Kessler on the Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranomal Chapter of RWA’s blog

Throwing It Away and Starting Over by C. Hope Clark

Texture: Using Details to Make Your World Unique by Nephele on The Knight Agency blog

Five Key Ways to Make Your Characters Memorable by Jordan Dane on The Kill Zone

7 Tricks to Add Variety to Your Dialogue by Marcy Kennedy


 Writerly Inspiration
Why Does Fear Exist? by Marcy Kennedy
5 Tips to Overcome Fear of Rejection by Lori Freeland on Novel Rocket
I Get Knocked Down But I Get Up Again by PJ Parrish on The Kill Zone


 On Editing, Critiquing, Querying, Publishing and more…
 How NOT to Pitch by Marji Laine

The High Bar of Finding an Agent or Publisher by Jami Gold

New Adult by Meredith Barnes

The Paid Reviews Scandal and What It Means for the Future by James Scott Bell on The Kill Zone

The Editor Will See You Now: Harper Voyager to Accept Unagented Manuscripts by Kimberly Turner on Lit Reactor


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: 

Write
Photo by Kristin Nador

Happy Reading and Writing, everyone!!!

Melinda

This Week in Favs…

The Winner of a E-Book copy of NORMALISH by Margaret Lesh is *drumroll*………….
Sharon Ledwith!!!!!!
Congratulations, Sharon Ledwith! *throws confetti*
Please shoot me an email and MelindaCollins82@hotmail.com, and I’ll ensure your info is sent over to Susan Sipal with Euterpe (Musa Publishing). You’ll receive your e-book copy of NORMALISH upon it’s release on October 5th!

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Now, onto this week’s weekly round-up of writerly blogs!

Playing on the Zune: Madness by Muse <—I’m super-excited for Muse’s new album to come out at the end of the month!  :0)

Social Media and Author Websites

How to Write an Author Bio When You Don’t Feel Like an Author…Yet by Anne R. Allen

How Much Are We Responsible for our Guest Posters? by Jami Gold

Is Your Website at Risk from Hackers? 8 Ways to Protect Your Blog by Marcy Kennedy

Social Media Fitness for Authors: Happy Findings by August McLaughlin

Why Write Blog Posts Consistently? by Ava Jae on Writability


On the Craft

Writing Advice May Lead to Blindness by Amber West on A Day Without Sushi

Little Darlings & Why They Must Die…for REAL by Kristen Lamb

Without Delay by Donald Maass on Writer Unboxed

Keeping it Fresh by Alexis Morgan on RWA: Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Chapter blog

Building Suspense: Meeting Readers in the Middle, guest post by Donna Galanti on The Bookshelf Muse blog

Words for Your Writing Toolbox: Get Rid of “Get” by Sharla Rae on the Writers In The Storm Blog


Writerly Inspiration

Writing Saved My Life by Tina Moss

Ugh, What Do I Write About? The Struggle for Ideas by Janice Hardy

10 Excuses for Not Writing – and How to Smash Them by K.M. Weiland on Wordplay

For Writers. On Towards THE END by Amy K. Sorrel


On Editing, Critiquing, Querying, Publishing and more…

How to Be a Writer: 201 Compelling Tips by Mary Jaksch on Write to Done

Small Publishers: Tips for Success – Guest: Musa Publishing on Jami Gold’s blog

How a Traditional Publisher Could Harm a Writer’s Career by Mark Coker on The Digital Reader

Sue Quinn: It’s a Great Day to Be a Writer on The Bookshelf Muse blog

How Do You Make a Living as a Novelist? by Randy Ingermanson

Revising to Raise the Stakes, guest post  by Aimee Salter on The Other Side of the Story with Janice Hardy

Mythbusting – Three Lies That Could Sabotage Your Writing Success by Kristen Lamb

Big-6 Publisher Jumps on the Indie Bandwagon by Alan Rinzler

Writing With Passion and Purpose by Joanna Penn on The Creative Penn

How to Meet Your Writing Deadlines (Every Time) by Krissy Brady on Write It Sideways


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: 




Happy Reading and Writing, everyone!!!

Melinda


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