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This week’s top writing advice from around the web for Dec. 5

By Maria Korolov
(Illustration by Maria Korolov based on image via Pixabay.)

I subscribe to dozens of writing advice sites and new advice articles come into my news reader at a steady pace. You can see some of my favorites at my Writing Advice Sites resource page.

Here are the best writing advice posts from this previous week. Occasionally I include an RSS feed. To subscribe to an RSS feed, add the feed URL to your RSS reader app. The most popular is Feedly, which is the one that I use. It has a website and mobile apps, and it keeps track of which articles you’ve read, synched across all your devices.

You can see all the previous writing advice of the week posts here and subscribe to the RSS feed for this writing advice series here (direct Feedly signup link).

This week, I’ve decided to divide the list into three categories.

The first, for the beginning writer, is about getting the writing process down. Finding time to write, discovering your own writing rituals, learning how to overcome your inner critics, fighting writer’s block, and how to finish what you start. Experienced writers sometimes hit these speedbumps as well, but they can kill a career for a new writer before it even starts.

Second, for the writer who’s already started getting the hang of the mechanics of getting the words down on paper, is improving the quality of the writing. Of course, you can’t improve writing if you don’t have any to improve, so the previous step is critical. But once you’re getting words down, you can start asking yourself if they’re the right words, or maybe you can find better words. And you can even start thinking about sentences, paragraphs, scenes, chapters, plots, character arcs — all that stuff that goes into writing readable work. And even experienced writers probably have areas where they can improve, or new things to learn.

Finally, for the writer who’s finished stories or books that are ready for the public, there’s the question of finding your publishing platform, producing the actual book, finding copyeditors and cover artists, marketing, and advertising. For beginning writers these are mostly theoretical questions, but for experienced writers, they are critical for success. And the answers keep changing as the industry changes, so staying on top of things is critical.

So here we go.

Productivity, mood management, and battling the demons inside

Bringing Acting Technique To Exploratory Writing by Lindsey Trout Hughes

When beginning a new written work, apply acting exercises to explore the intent, sensory experiences, and focus of your writing. Lindsey Trout Hughes is a freelance copywriter and theater maker in New York City. You can find her on Twitter at @lindseythughes. Catapult is an online magazine that publishes fiction and non-fiction and offers writing glasses and an online writing community. For more advice like this, follow them via their RSS feed (direct Feedly link here), on Twitter at @CatapultStory and on Facebook at @catapultstories.

What Can I Add? It’S Already Been Written! by Marilyn L. Davis

Sure it’s been written before, but not from your perspective or your unique style and tone. Keep writing, improving, and publishing.
Marilyn L. Davis is the editor-in-chief at Two Drops of Ink. Follow her on Twitter at @MDavisatTIERS. Two Drops of Ink publishes short stories, poetry, essays, interviews, literary criticism, book reviews, and biographical profiles of authors. Follow them on Facebook at @TwoDropsofInk. Subscribe to them via their RSS feed (direct Feedly signup link here).

What Can You Write In 15 Minutes? by Kelsie Engen

Being a writer in this day and age is all about using the small bits of time that we are given. You can do quite a bit even in just 15 minutes. Kelsie Engen is a writer, editor, and classic book lover. Check out her website, KelsieEngen.com. A Writer’s Path is an advice site for writers. If you want more advice like this, subscribe to their RSS feed (direct Feedly signup link), on Twitter at @TheRyanLanz and on Facebook at @AWritersPath.

What Kind Of Author Do You Want To Be? by Brian Andrews

What kind of published author do you want to be and why? In this post, Brian Andrews provides a decision tree to help inform your expectations for the reality of different publishing options in today’s market. Brian Andrews is a best-selling thriller author. Check out his website, BrianAndrewsAuthor.com or follow him on Twitter@lexicalforge.   Career Authors is one of Writer’s Digest top 101 websites for writers and helps authors write better, get published, and sell more books. For more advice like this subscribe to their RSS feed (direct Feedly signup link), on Twitter at @CareerAuthors and on Facebook at @CareerAuthors.

I Want To Write Thrillers For A Living…Should I Get An Mfa Or Not? by Simon Gervais

What matters the most to agents and acquiring editors alike is the book you’ve written, not the path you took to get it done. Simon Gervais is a best-selling thriller author and a former federal agent who specialized in protective operations and counterterrorism. For more, check out his website, SimonGervais.com, or follow him on Facebook at Simon Gervais or on Twitter at @GervaisBooks. Career Authors is one of Writer’s Digest top 101 websites for writers and helps authors write better, get published, and sell more books. For more advice like this subscribe to their RSS feed (direct Feedly signup link), on Twitter at @CareerAuthors and on Facebook at @CareerAuthors.

#5onfri: Five Ways To Silence Your Inner Critic by J. L. Doucette

Here are the writers and the wisdom and methods they offer that helped J.L. Doucette silence her inner critic and stay in creative writing mode, presented in the order she found them. J.L. Doucette is a mystery writer. For more, check out her website at JLDoucette.com or follow her on Twitter at @JldoucetteBooks or on Facebook @JLDoucetteBooks . DiyMFA offers classes, advice articles and other training materials for writers. For more advice like this, follow them on Twitter at @DIYMFA and on Facebook at @DIYMFA or subscribe to their RSS feed (direct Feedly signup link).

Strategies For Reframing Rejection by LA Bourgeois

As authors, surviving rejection is one of our top challenges. However, by reframing rejection, we can bolster our dedication instead of allowing it to chip away at our souls.
LA Bourgeois is a creativity coach. For more advice like this, check out her website, LABourgeois.biz. DiyMFA offers classes, advice articles and other training materials for writers. Or follow them on Twitter at @DIYMFA and on Facebook at @DIYMFA or subscribe to their RSS feed (direct Feedly signup link).

Speculations: Recapture Joy In Your Writing by Melanie Marttila

Melanie Marttila has learned through bitter experience that pushing through isn’t the answer to recapturing joy in her writing. Melanie Marttila is a science fiction author. For more, check out her website at MelanieMarttila.com, or follow her on Twitter at @MelanieMarttila or on Facebook at Melanie Marttila. DiyMFA offers classes, advice articles and other training materials for writers. For more advice like this, follow them on Twitter at @DIYMFA and on Facebook at @DIYMFA or subscribe to their RSS feed (direct Feedly signup link).

Your Massively Transformative Purpose by Randy Ingermanson

Writing fiction is hard work for low pay. If you’re going to succeed, you need to know why you’re doing it. Randy Ingermanson is a theoretical physicist, award-winning sci-fi author, and writing coach. He is best known for the snowflake method of story structure, see How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method for more info. You can follow him on Twitter at @SnowflakeGuy. Advanced Fiction Writing offer writing advice tools, books and writing courses. Follow them via their RSS feed (directly Feedly link) or on Facebook at @Advanced Fiction Writing.

Writer Burnout: 19 Tips For Recovery And Prevention by Jason Hamilton

Have you suffered from burnout in your writing? Don’t know what to do? Check out these tips to prevent and recover from writer burnout. Jason Hamilton is a fantasy author. Check out Hamilton’s site, MythBank, full of reading and viewing guides to the most popular sci-fi and fantasy works. You can also follow him on Twitter at @StoryHobbit and on Facebook at Jason Hamilton. Kindlepreneur is pretty much the top site out there for self-published authors who want to sell more e-books on Amazon. The RSS feed is here (direct Feedly signup link). Follow them on Facebook at @KindlePreneur and founder Dave Chesson on Twitter at @DaveChesson.

Best Focus Apps For Writers: 9 Tools For Distraction-Free Writing by Dave Chesson

Looking to improve your focus while you write? These focus apps have the ability to help you sit down, get focused, and write well. Dave Chesson is the founder of Kindlepreneur which is pretty much the top site out there for self-published authors who want to sell more e-books on Amazon. The RSS feed is here (direct Feedly signup link). Follow them on Facebook at @KindlePreneur and Chesson himself on Twitter at @DaveChesson. And make sure to subscribe to his podcast, The Book Marketing Show.

The art and craft of writing

The Two Halves Of The Midpoint by K.m. Weiland | @Kmweiland

The midpoint is unique among the major structural turning points. Not only is it made up of its own two individual halves working together to create a scene arc but the midpoint also marks the dividing line between the two halves of the entire story arc. K.M. Weiland is the award-winning author of acclaimed writing guides such as Structuring Your Novel and Creating Character Arcs. She also writes historical and speculative fiction and mentors authors. Helping Writers Become Authors is one of our favorite writing advice sites. Follow it via its RSS feed (direct Feedly signup link), on Twitter, and on Facebook.

When Do You Know The Story Is Complete?  by Randy Kraft

Why do so many novels seem to end unsatisfactorily or not actually end at all? Even the best fiction will be disappointing if the ending comes too soon, or too late, or doesn’t make sense. After a career in journalism and communications, Randy Kraft writes fiction, pens book reviews for a culture and entertainment website, and blogs here and there on reading and writing. She holds a Masters in writing and occasionally coaches. For more information, check out her website, RandyKraftWriter.com. Women Writers, Women’s Books is an online literary magazine by and about contemporary women writers from around the world. Follow them via their RSS feed (direct Feedly link here).

Why Writing Second Person POV Appeals To Marginalized Writers by Valerie Valdes

Of all the points of view available to writers when choosing how to tell a story, second person seems to be the most maligned. But in recent conversations about this topic, an interesting trend emerged: many marginalized writers, especially BIPOC ones, expressed that they had written second person POV stories and found the form quite natural, even desirable for their specific purposes. Valerie Valdes’s work has been featured in Uncanny Magazine, Time Travel Short Stories, and Nightmare Magazine. Her debut novel Chilling Effect was named one of Library Journal’s best science fiction and fantasy novels of 2019, and was shortlisted for the 2021 Arthur C. Clarke Award. The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America exists to promote, advance, and support science fiction and fantasy writing. For more advice, follow them via their RSS feed (directly Feedly link here) or follow them on Facebook at @SFWA.org or on Twitter at @sfwa.

How To “Go Deeper” Into A Character’s Emotions by Lisa Hall-Wilson

Writing character emotions is tricky, but an effective way to bring your writing to life. Emotions serve three specific purposes: to inform us, to protect us, to warn us. All of this is true in real life as in fiction. Lisa Hall-Wilson is a writing teacher and award-winning writer and author. She also has two courses on writing in deep point of view that you might want to check out: Writing in Emotional Layers and Deep Point Of View Foundations can help you learn the effects the tools used in deep POV aim to create, so you can use those tools to best serve your story and your voice. Follow her on Twitter at @LisaHallWilson or on Facebook at @lisahallwilson. Her website is LisaHallWilson.com. Writers in the Storm is another great site for writing advice, with a group of regular contributors and guest writers who post frequently. It is very well worth following on RSS (direct Feedly signup link here).

Imagination by David Farland

You may not realize it, but the most common problem with stories is that they’re tepid. David Farland is the 11-time New York Times bestselling sci-fi author with over 100 million books sales. And he’s a writing instructor who’s mentored dozens of dozens of New York Times bestselling authors, including Brandon Sanderson and Stephenie Meyer. Follow him on Twitter at @davidfarland, on Facebook at @DavidFarlandAuthor or subscribe to his YouTube channel. MyStoryDoctor offers writing advice, editing, coaching, online courses, and live workshops. Subscribe to them via their RSS feed (direct Feedly signup link here).

Working With A Cast Of Millions by David Farland

David Farland says that many bestselling stories share a common trait: they appeal to broad audiences—old and young, male and female. David Farland is the 11-time New York Times bestselling sci-fi author with over 100 million books sales. And he’s a writing instructor who’s mentored dozens and dozens of New York Times bestselling authors, including Brandon Sanderson and Stephenie Meyer. Follow him on Twitter at @davidfarland, on Facebook at @DavidFarlandAuthor or subscribe to his YouTube channel. MyStoryDoctor offers writing advice, editing, coaching, online courses, and live workshops. Subscribe to them via their RSS feed (direct Feedly signup link here).

When To Stop Polishing A Manuscript by David Farland

Many new writers don’t know when to stop polishing a manuscript and move on to the next. David Farland is the 11-time New York Times bestselling sci-fi author with over 100 million books sales. And he’s a writing instructor who’s mentored dozens and dozens of New York Times bestselling authors, including Brandon Sanderson and Stephenie Meyer. Follow him on Twitter at @davidfarland, on Facebook at @DavidFarlandAuthor or subscribe to his YouTube channel. MyStoryDoctor offers writing advice, editing, coaching, online courses, and live workshops. Subscribe to them via their RSS feed (direct Feedly signup link here).

The First Draft: Curse Or Hidden Gift? by Ross Hartmann

The consensus for over half of people asked is that the first draft isn’t their best work and, as I write these words, I can’t help but think: of course not, because that’s not what the point of the first draft is. Ross Hartmann is the author of The Structure of Story and the creative director at Kiingo, a storytelling school dedicated to teaching the fundamental principles of successful storytelling with online courses and how-to articles. Follow them on RSS here (direct Feedly signup link), on Twitter hereon Facebook here, or support them on Patreon. And you can follow Hartmann personally on Twitter here. Kiingo is a writing and story telling school with online courses, how-to articles, and the book The Structure of Story. Follow them on their RSS feed (direct Feedly signup link), on Twitter here, on Facebook here, or support them on Patreon.

Planning Fictional Gatherings With Purpose by Ross Hartmann

We have the opportunity to make our fictional characters feel that they are a part of something. This is where fictional gatherings come in. Here’s to gathering our characters with purpose. Ross Hartmann is the author of The Structure of Story and the creative director at Kiingo, a storytelling school dedicated to teaching the fundamental principles of successful storytelling with online courses and how-to articles. Follow them on RSS here (direct Feedly signup link), on Twitter hereon Facebook here, or support them on Patreon. And you can follow Hartmann personally on Twitter here. Kiingo is a writing and story telling school with online courses, how-to articles, and the book The Structure of Story. Follow them on their RSS feed (direct Feedly signup link), on Twitter here, on Facebook here, or support them on Patreon.

Managing Attributions In Dialogue Scenes: Who Said That? by Lee Gramling

Attributions are those cues used to orient the reader about which of the characters is speaking. But “he said” and “she said” contribute nothing extra to the reader’s perception of what’s happening during the scene and this is a terrible waste of opportunities for character development, plot advancement, and mood creation. Lee Gramling is an author writes Westerns that are set in Florida. Check out his website, LeeGramling.com. The Florida Writers Association is a great resource for writers, with a very active advice blog. Follow the Florida Writers Association via their RSS feed (direct Feedly link here), on Facebook at Florida Writers Association and on Twitter at @FloridaWriters1.

How To Come Up With Story Ideas: 6 Foolproof Strategies For Any Writer by Sarah Gribble

You’re a writer. You want to write a story—but for whatever reason, you’re not inspired right now. Or maybe you are, but you just can’t think of a story idea that really interests you. You need some strategies that can teach you how to come up with story ideas. Sarah Gribble is a horror and fantasy author. Check out her website at Sarah-Gribble.com. The Write Practice is an advice site from a group of writers. They also have a writing critique community and a newsletter. Follow The Write Practice on Twitter, on Facebook, or subscribe to their RSS feed (direct Feedly signup link).

How To Use Vivid Verbs To Bring Your Scenes To Life by J. D. Edwin

Have you ever felt your writing is flat, despite how many beautiful words you use? You might be overusing adjectives and adverbs. Luckily, there is an easy fix—use vivid verbs instead. J.D. Edwin is a sci-fi author. Follow Edwin on Facebook @JDEdwinAuthor, and on Twitter @JDEdwinAuthor. Her website is JDEdwin.com. The Write Practice is an advice site from a group of writers. They also have a writing critique community and a newsletter. Follow The Write Practice on Twitter, on Facebook, or subscribe to their RSS feed (direct Feedly signup link).

Master List Of Actions That Show Fear by Bryn F Donovan

How to show fear in writing through the things that the character actually does. Bryn Donovan is an author, the executive editor at a publishing company, a writing coach, and the author of Blank Page to Final Draft: How to Plot, Write, and Edit a Novel, Step By Step. And check out her free video course, How to write a novel. You can also follow her on Twitter at @BrynDonovan and on Facebook at Bryn Donovan. BrynDonovan.com offers writing and publishing advice and resources. For more advice like this, subscribe to them via their RSS feed (direct Feedly link here).

Do Revising Or Outlining Prevent A Work From Feeling Fresh? by Peter Rey

It doesn’t matter the process you choose, but whether or not you can adopt it consistently without ending up hating it. Peter Rey writers horror, fantasy and science fiction. Follow him on Twitter at@Peter_Rey_and on Facebook at@peterreyauthor . PeterRey.com offers writing and editing advice. For more like this, follow them via their RSS feed (direct Feedly link here).

Starke Is Not A Real Doctor For Elves by Michael Schwarz

What are the possible brain injury-related complications if an elf is knocked unconscious? Michael Schwarz offers advice about fighting and battles. Advice on how to create realistic fight scenes and characters from a third-degree Black Belt. This site is mostly in an Q&A style, with more than 500 fight-related questions answered. If you like the site, you can support them on Patreon. Their RSS feed is here (direct Feedly signup link).

Does Your Villain Twirl Their Mustache? by Chris Winkle

In unpublished works, one problem is by far the most common: the villain is twirling their mustache. Chris Winkle is the founder and editor-in-chief of Mythcreants, Mythcreants is my all-time favorite writing advice site. Get their RSS feed here (direct Feedly signup link) or follow them on Twitter @Mythcreants and on Facebook at @mythcreants.

How Do I Fill Time While My Characters Are Traveling? by Chris Winkle

Is this travel sequence an important obstacle in the story, or is it just a logistical necessity to keep the plot moving? Chris Winkle is the founder and editor-in-chief of Mythcreants, Mythcreants is my all-time favorite writing advice site. Get their RSS feed here (direct Feedly signup link) or follow them on Twitter @Mythcreants and on Facebook at @mythcreants.

The business side of writing

Start Here: How To Write A Book Proposal + Book Proposal Template by Jane Friedman

Everything you need to know to start writing a book proposal for your nonfiction book. Jane Friedman is an expert in digital media strategy for authors and publishers and publishes The Hot Sheet, the essential newsletter on the publishing industry for authors. She is also a professor with The Great Courses, which released her 24-lecture series, How to Publish Your Book. Her book for creative writers, The Business of Being a Writer, received a starred review from Library Journal. Follow her on Twitter at @JaneFriedman. For more advice from Jane Friedman, subscribe to the site’s RSS feed (direct Feedly signup link here).

Marketing with Goodreads by Jan Sikes

Goodreads isn’t usually thought of as a marketing avenue but there are over 125 million readers who regularly interact on Goodreads.. Jan Sikes is a multi-award winning author. For more, check out her website, JanSikes.com, or follow her on Twitter at @ or on Facebook at @AuthorJanSikesBooks. For more advice like this, follow the Story Empire Blog on Facebook at @StoryEmpire5 or on Twitter at @StoryEmpire or get their RSS feed here (direct Feedly signup link).

The Kindle Vella Experience: Is It For You? by Audrey Kalman

For authors who may be considering distribution via Kindle Vella, here are a few of the considerations that went into Audrey Kalman’s decision, what tipped her over the edge, and some thoughts about her experience so far. Audrey Kalman is the author of three novels, one of which is available on Kindle Vella. Follow her on her website, AudreyKalman.com, on Facebook at @AudreyKalmanAuthor or on Twitter at @audreykalman. For more advice from Jane Friedman, subscribe to the site’s RSS feed (direct Feedly signup link here).

Contracts For Creatives: A Glossary by Kathryn Goldman

Writers are good with words, but when it comes to contracts, they’re big, long documents with loads of legal jargon. Kathryn Goldman has created a contracts for creatives glossary. Kathryn Goldman is an intellectual property and internet law attorney. Find out more about her on her website Creative Law Center and on Twitter at @KathrynGoldman. Self Publishing Advice is the advice center of the Alliance of Independent Authors. If you want more advice like this, subscribe to their RSS feed (direct Feedly signup link).

Earn More Royalties With Bookshop: My Self-Publishing Experience by Scott McCormick

This is a cautionary tale born from a decision to promote a book’s Amazon page instead of Bookshop for a self-published title. Scott McCormick is the author the Audible bestselling Rivals! series and the hit fantasy novel The Dragon Squisher. BookBaby bills itself as the nation’s leading self-publishing services company. For more advice like this, subscribe to their RSS feed (directly Feedly link here), or follow them on Facebook at @BookBaby or on Twitter at @BookBaby.

The Secret To Selling More Books: Book Marketing Podcast Recap by Penny Sansevieri

Gratitude is a huge piece of being a successful author. And we’re not just talking about saying thank you– we’re talking about appreciation marketing, reader gratitude, and vendor gratitude. Penny Sansevieri is the CEO and founder of Author Marketing Experts, an adjunct professor at NYU, and a best-selling author and internationally recognized book marketing and media relations expert. Follow her on Twitter at @Bookgal and on Facebook at @therealbookgal. Her book, How to Sell Books by the Truckload on Amazon, has just been updated for 2021 and is in Kindle Unlimited. Author Marketing Experts is a book promotion company. For more advice like this subscribe to their RSS feed (direct Feedly signup link).

22 Must-Have Resources For Book Marketers In 2022 by Penny Sansevieri

A collection of resources and tools related to writing and marketing books. Penny Sansevieri is the CEO and founder of Author Marketing Experts, an adjunct professor at NYU, and a best-selling author and internationally recognized book marketing and media relations expert. Follow her on Twitter at @Bookgal and on Facebook at @therealbookgal. Her book, How to Sell Books by the Truckload on Amazon, has just been updated for 2021 and is in Kindle Unlimited. Author Marketing Experts is a book promotion company. For more advice like this subscribe to their RSS feed (direct Feedly signup link).

Podcasts

114 Understanding Money As An Indie Author With Mj Fievre by Sacha Black

In this episode, Sacha Black talks to novelist MJ Fievre all about money as an indie author. Sacha Black is a fantasy author and writing coach, with several writing advice books including 13 Steps to Evil: How to Craft Superbad Villains (Better Writers Series) May 9, 2017. Follow her on her website, Sacha Black, on Facebook at @Sacha Black or on Twitter at @sacha_black. Sacha Black is a site that offers writing advice, courses, and podcasts. Follow the site via their RSS feed (direct Feedly link here).

Patience, Ambition, And Financial Independence With Mk Williams by Joanna Penn

How can you cultivate patience for your long-term author career? How can you figure out your personal, creative and financial goals and make choices toward them? MK Williams talks about these questions, as well as podcast marketing and turning a blog or transcript into a book. Joanna Penn has been sharing writing and publishing advice since 2008 at The Creative Penn and is the author of Successful Self-Publishing and many other writing and publishing advice books. She also has one of my favorite writing advice podcasts, and you can subscribe to it on Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotify, or Stitcher. The Creative Penn offers articlesvideosbookstools, and courses for independent authors.

Sfa 110 – Lessons Learned From The Romance Author Mastermind Conference by Lindsay Buroker

How authors are making money on Kidle Vella, Radish, and Wattpad, and tons of other good info from romance writers. Those guys know their book marketing. Lindsay Buroker writes fantasy and science fiction. Check out her website at Lindsay Buroker.com or follow her on Facebook at @Lindsay Buroker or on Twitter at @GoblinWriter. Six Figure Authors is a podcast about taking your writing career to the next level.

355 – Developing Character Relationships by Oren Ashkenazi, Chris Winkle And Wes Matlock

What if I just take most of my characters and replace them with animal companions? Mythcreants is my all-time favorite writing advice site. Get their RSS feed here (direct Feedly signup link) or follow them on Twitter @Mythcreants and on Facebook at @mythcreants.

Videos

What Is An Option In Book Contracts? by Bookends

Contracts can be one of the most confusing parts of any industry. BookEnds is a literary agency that represents more than 300 authors and illustrations, both fiction and non-fiction, including several New York Times and USA today bestsellers. They are currently open to submissions. If you want more advice like this, subscribe to their RSS feed (direct Feedly signup link) or follow them on Twitter at @bookendslit or on Facebook at @BookEndsLiterary.

How To Critique Another Writer by David Farland

In this video, David Farland explains how to give proper criticism and how to receive it as well! David Farland is the 11-time New York Times bestselling sci-fi author with over 100 million books sales. And he’s a writing instructor who’s mentored dozens and dozens of New York Times bestselling authors, including Brandon Sanderson and Stephenie Meyer. Follow him on Twitter at @davidfarland, on Facebook at @DavidFarlandAuthor or subscribe to his YouTube channel. MyStoryDoctor offers writing advice, editing, coaching, online courses, and live workshops. Subscribe to them via their RSS feed (direct Feedly signup link here).

Should You Have Your Own Website? by Daphne Gray-Grant

If you’re going to the trouble of writing, you want as many people as possible to read your words. Daphne Gray-Grant is a writing coach, author of Your Happy First Draft, and host of The Write Question show on YouTube. Publication Coach offers books, courses, videos, and one-on-one coaching for authors. If you want more advice like this, subscribe to their RSS feed (direct Feedly signup link) or follow them on Twitter at @pubcoach or subscribe to their YouTube channel.


Am I missing any writing advice sites? Email me at [email protected].

Edited by Melody Friedenthal

MetaStellar editor and publisher Maria Korolov is a science fiction novelist. During the day, Maria Korolov is an award-winning freelance technology journalist who covers artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and enterprise virtual reality. See her Amazon author page here and follow her on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn. Email her at [email protected]. Her first virtual world novella, Krim Times, made the Amazon best-seller list in its category. Her second novella, The Lost King of Krim, is out now. She is also the editor and publisher of Hypergrid Business, one of the top global sites covering virtual reality.