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Productivity, mood management, and battling the demons inside
Every Book Is Its Own Monster by Dea Poirer
Writing successfully often boils down to figuring out what process works best for you. Here, author Dea Poirer shares why every book is its own monster, the technology she uses to help her through the writing process, and more. Dea (D.H) Poirer is the author of Next Girl to Die, which hit #1 in the Amazon charts and the bestselling thriller Find Me in the Dark. She has been nominated for a Bi Book Award and her work has been featured in publications like Writer’s Digest, Publishers Weekly, Crime Reads, Buzzfeed, and more. Follow Writer’s Digest via their RSS feed (direct Feedly signup link), on Twitter at @WritersDigest and on Facebook at @writersdigest.
How To Unstick Your Camp NaNoWriMo Project by Krystal N. Craiker
There are some easy tips in this article — go outside, do a brain dump, or use AI to give that old noggin a quick nudge. Krystal N. Craiker is the author of the Scholars of Elandria fantasy series. For more advice, and book reviews, check out her website KrystalNCraiker.com, or follow her on Facebook at @KrystalNCraiker or on Twitter at @KrystalNCraiker. NaNoWriMo is the official website of the National Novel Writing Month, which happens every November.
Increase Your Writing Productivity With This New Habit by Ginny Cruz
The new habit is using the calendar app on your phone to tell you when to start writing and when to stop. Does it work? Well, it worked for at least one writer. It might work for you. Ginny Cruz is a pediatric physical therapist, early intervention specialist, and award-winning author. The Write Conversation frequently makes the top lists of writing advice blogs. Follow them via their RSS feed (direct Feedly link here).
Other motivational advice this week:
- Community Matters by Martin Johnson for Almost An Author
- Got Fifteen Minutes? You Can Write Your Next 500 Words by KoboWritingLife for Kobo Writing Life
- How An Online Writers’ Community Grows Skill by Jordan Kantey for Now Novel
- How To Choose Which Writing Idea To Pursue When You Have Too Many Options by Edie Melson for The Write Conversation
- I Found My Voice By Blogging To An Audience Of Two by Meg Dowell for A Writer’s Path
- Identify Your Allies by Rochelle Melander for Write Now Coach!
- Video: Lessons From Finishing A Book, From Almost Giving Up To Thriving by Shaelin Bishop for ShaelinWrites
- Procrastination: How To Stay Motivated In Your Writing Task by Cátia Isabel Silva for A Writer’s Path
- The First Draft Is Always The Hardest (And Why You Shouldn’t Fear Starting Over) by Nathan Bransford for Nathan Bransford
- Why Intuitive Writing And Deadlines Don’t Go Together by Lauren Sapala for Lauren Sapala
The art and craft of writing
Where The Trouble Starts by Laurie Schnebly Campbell
Pretty much all of us, whether we’re reading or writing, want a book’s characters to be interesting…and we want them to make us care. One very effective way of accomplishing both those goals is to get them in trouble. Romance writer Laurie Schnebly Campbell is a former counseling therapist and runs writing workshops and, during the day, writes and produces videos for an advertising agency. Check out her website, BookLaurie.com, or follow her on Facebook at @laurieschneblycampbell or Twitter at @booklaurie. 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).
Tell Don’t Show by Terry Odell
While showing might create deeper immersion in a story, there are times when you don’t need to show things. Times when your shouldn’t show things. As Lee Child (and probably others) said, “Write the slow parts fast and the fast parts slow.” Terry Odell is an award-winning author of mystery and romantic suspense. Follow her on Facebook at @AuthorTerryOdell and on Twitter at @authorterryo. The Kill Zone is the home of eleven top suspense writers and publishing professionals. They cover the publishing business, marketing how-tos, and the craft of writing. Follow them on RSS here (direct Feedly signup link). Follow them on Twitter @killzoneauthors.
Podcast: When Harry Met Sally: Quasi Antiplot Huh? by Valerie Francis and Melanie Hill
A “quasi antiplot” subverts the standard plot formula, but only a bit. Nora Ephron used a quasi antiplot to write one of the most successful romcoms of all time. It also boosted her career into the stratosphere and led to a string of other successful movies. This podcast is about what a quasi antiplot story structure is all about, and how to use it for your own stories. Valerie Francis and Melanie Hill are literary editors and writers. The Story Nerd podcast demystifies story theory so writers spend less time studying and more time writing.
Turn In Your Badge And Your Gun by Steven Pressfield
Why your story needs that moment where the protagonist is asked to turn in their badge and gun — but continues on, anyway, on their own. Or, if not that exact scene, then something similar. Steven Pressfield is the author of The Legend of Bagger Vance and other novels, as well as The War of Art and other non-fiction books about creative success. Check out his Amazon author page here. StevenPressfield.com offers weekly articles as well as a free mini-course about the business of writing.
Podcast: Magic Systems For Fight Scenes by Oren Ashkenazi and Chris Winkle
How to design your magic system for maximum action entertainment. Oren Ashkenazi is the speculative fiction manuscript editor and Chris Winkle is the founder and editor-in-chief at 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.
Other writing advice this week:
- 10 Tips For Fast-Drafting by Ashley Poston for National Novel Writing Month
- 5 Things Writers Should Know About Writing For Teens by Jennifer De Leon for Writer’s Digest
- Video: 7 Easy Ways To Give Your Characters Instant Chemistry by Abbie Emmons for Abbie Emmons
- Abandon Your Protagonist At The Side Of The Road by Natalie Hart for Writer Unboxed
- Angst: How To Hurt Your Characters And Make It Count by Liz Generally for National Novel Writing Month
- Backstory-As-Story Vs. Alternating Timelines by K. M. Weiland for Helping Writers Become Authors
- Context Is Key: The Three Must-Have Elements In Every Scene by Savannah Gilbo for MyStoryDoctor
- Video: Copy Editing Vs Content Editing – A Case Study To Show The Difference by Julie Broad for Book Launchers
- Detail That Matters And Detail That Doesn’t — What’s Too Much, What’s Not Enough? by Mary Carroll Moore for How to Plan, Write, and Develop a Book
- Do Character Arcs Actually Matter? by Philip Athans for Fantasy Author’s Handbook
- Video: Dramatic Tension, Part Two by Susan MacGregor for Writers’ Rx
- Effective Ways To Use Foreshadowing by Ellen Buikema for Writers In The Storm
- How To Make Your Villain Threatening by Chris Winkle for Mythcreants
- How To Raise The Stakes: The Ultimate Guide To Building Suspense by Joslyn Chase for The Write Practice
- Video: How To Write A Book Better Than AI Can Write by Julie Broad for Book Launchers
- How To Write A Book: The Complete Guide by Joe Bunting for The Write Practice
- How To Write A Good Villain: 6 Scenes Your Story Needs by Jeff Elkins for The Write Practice
- How Well Do These Oppressed Mages Work? by Oren Ashkenazi for Mythcreants
- Putting Real People Into Fiction by Glen C. Strathy for How to Write a Book Now
- Raising The Stakes In Your Story by Susan Koehler for Florida Writers Association Blog
- Red Herrings Near The End Of A Mystery by Elizabeth Spann Craig for Elizabeth Spann Craig
- Setting Research: When You Didn’t Write What You Know by Maya Bairey for Women Writers, Women’s Books
- The Art Of Showing vs. Telling by Liam Cross for A Writer’s Path
- The Decision Scene by Stavros Halvatzis for Stavros Halvatzis
- The Difference Between A Writing Problem, And A “Not For Me” Issue by Janice Hardy for Fiction University
- Tips For Writing Ya Your English Teacher Didn’t Tell You by Kris Maze for Writers In The Storm
- Top 5 Tips For Writing A Near-Dystopian Future by Chana Porter for Writer’s Digest
- Want To Write A Great Story? You Need To Raise The Stakes by Scott McCormick for BookBaby Blog
- What Does Your Story Accomplish? by David Farland for MyStoryDoctor
- What Is A Character Tag? Definition, Purpose, And Examples by September C. Fawkes for September C. Fawkes
- Where The Roads Go: Tips For Creating True-To-Life Settings In Fiction by Emilie-Noelle Provost for Writer Unboxed
- Who Is Telling The Story? by Kenan Orhan for Writer’s Digest
- Who Wins: Prydain, Animorphs, Or The Dragonet Prophecy? by Oren Ashkenazi for Mythcreants
- Video: Writing With Voice: Developing A Unique Style by Stavros Halvatzis for Get Writing
The business side of writing
Business Musings: Living In The Past by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Lovely essay about the nostalgia of the good-old-days of traditional publishing — which never really existed. New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch writes bestselling science fiction and fantasy, award-winning mysteries, acclaimed mainstream fiction, controversial nonfiction, and the occasional romance. At KrisWrites.com, Rusch offers her thoughts about the publishing industry and other topics.
Podcast: How To Find Your Timothy by Thomas Umstattd Jr.
Authors typically don’t have the money to do the market research it takes to figure out who their target reader is. Instead, they imagine their ideal reader — usually, someone just like themselves. But this might not actually help with writing books. Instead, many bestselling authors pick their ideal reader among the people they actually know, such as their son, or their wife, or a close friend, and write books that that person would like. This specificity promotes clarity and focus, and actually makes the book more approachable for more people. Thomas Umstattd Jr. is the CEO of Author Media, literary agent, author, podcaster, and marketing expert. For more, check out his website ThomasUmstattd.com. The Novel Marketing Podcast is all about the business side of being a successful author.
Other business advice this week:
- Podcast: Book Marketing: How To Get Publicity For Your Book With Halima Khatun by Joanna Penn for The Creative Penn
- Go Woke, Go Broke? Yeah, Go F Yourself (And More Adventures In Diverse Storytelling) by Lucy V Hay for Bang2write
- Podcast: The One Where #1 Nyt Bestseller Dennis Lehane Explains Why Working In The Absolute Worst Hell Is Not As Bad As Writing The Middle Of A Novel by J.D. Barker, JP Rindfleisch IX, Kevin Tumlinson, and Patrick O’Donnell for Writers, Ink.
- Giving Yourself An Authorly Performance Review by Doug Lewars for A Writer’s Path
- Bookbub For Authors: Tips From A Veteran Writer by Christina Dodd for Author Marketing Experts, Inc.
- Five Pieces Of Book Blurb Advice You Should Avoid by Jessie Cunniffe for Written Word Media
- Podcast: 5 Lessons From Four Years Of Writing Full-Time by Sacha Black for Sacha Black
- Testimonial Examples: What 9 Credible Authors Say by Sarah Rexford for The Write Life
- Podcast: Imprinttok, Social Media Stats & Improving Crucial Skills by Bryan Cohen and H. Claire Taylor for Sell More Books Show
- What Is A Hook? by Jessica Faust and James McGowan for BookEnds Literary Agency
- Video: How To Relaunch Your Book & Build Your Personal Brand With Andrew Biernat by Chandler Bolt for Self Publishing School
- Video: You Must Market Your Book by Mark Dawson and James Blatch for Self Publishing Formula
- Podcast: Things You Must Know How To Do As An Author by Penny Sansevieri for Author Marketing Experts, Inc.
- How You Share Is A Craft by Dan Blank for WeGrowMedia
- Video: How To Launch A Book With Emma Dhesi by Kevin Tumlinson for Draft2Digital
- Video: Unlocking A Killer Kdp Cover Design by Dale L. Roberts for Self-Publishing with Dale
- How To See Your Amazon Followers Number: 2 Methods by Jason Hamilton for Kindlepreneur
- How To Increase Amazon Followers [3 Easy Steps] by Jason Hamilton for Kindlepreneur
- Create A Theme For Your Author Platform by Linda Wilson for Writers On The Move
- Podcast: Why I Moved My Newsletter Of 18 Years To Substack by Dan Blank for WeGrowMedia
- Podcast: Launching An Author Newsletter by Mary Robinette Kowal, DongWon Song, Erin Roberts, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler for Writing Excuses
- Video: IngramSpark Is Free! …Sort Of? by Mandi Lynn for Mandi Lynn
Am I missing any writing advice sites? Email me at [email protected] or leave a note in the comments below.
Edited by Melody Friedenthal
MetaStellar editor and publisher Maria Korolov is a science fiction novelist, writing stories set in a future virtual world. And, during the day, she 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]. She is also the editor and publisher of Hypergrid Business, one of the top global sites covering virtual reality.