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Productivity, mood management, and battling the demons inside
How Much Time Should You Spend Writing? by Daphne Gray-Grant
20 minutes. The answer is 20 minutes. 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.
Vision Your Epic Wins by Rochelle Melander
How to figure out what to do based on imagining yourself in the future. Rochelle Melander is a productivity expert and writing coach. She’s the author of 12 books, including Level Up: Quests to Master Mindset, Overcome Procrastination and Increase Productivity. For more advice like this subscribe to Write Now Coach via their RSS feed (direct Feedly signup link), on Twitter at @WriteNowCoach and on Facebook at @WriteNowCoach.
Writing In The Era Of AI: Balancing Opportunity And Uncertainty by Amanda Winstead
The advice: find and develop your unique author voice and build rapport with your audience. Then use AI as a tool for researching, firming up your blind spots, and marketing. Amanda Winstead is a writer from the Portland area with a background in communications and a passion for telling stories. For more from her, follow her on Twitter at @AmandaWinsteadd. Almost an Author offers writing and publishing advice. For more this this, follow them on Twitter at @A3writers, on Facebook at @A3writers and subscribe to their RSS feed here (direct Feedly signup link).
Other motivational advice this week:
- Video: 5 Ways To Conquer Writers Block And Get Unstuck When Writing A Book by Julie Broad for Book Launchers
- 5 Ways To Survive A Publishing Drought by Katrina Kittle for Career Authors
- 9 Ideas To Get Inspiration Or Beat Writer’s Block by Anna del C. Dye for A Writer’s Path
- Conscious Writing: Confessions And Tips From A Supposed Accountability Expert by Marianne Pantalon for Women Writers, Women’s Books
- How To Escape Imposter Syndrome In Your Writing Life by Lynette Burrows for Writers In The Storm
- How To Handle Writer Jealousy by Kate M. Colby for A Writer’s Path
- How To Recognize A Good Writing Rejection And Use It To Make Your Publishing Dreams Come True by Edie Melson for The Write Conversation
- Types Of Negative Thinking That Hold Back Your Writing by Daphne Gray-Grant for Publication Coach
- Writers Need Mental Toughness—How To Develop A Just Do It Writing Attitude by Larry J. Leech II for The Write Conversation
- Writing Myths: The Solitary Writer by Elizabeth Spann Craig for Elizabeth Spann Craig
The art and craft of writing
Stuck On A Scene? Try This Trick To Get It Moving Again by Janice Hardy
The trick: Go back to the last time the character made a decision and have them choose something else. Fantasy author Janice Hardy has several must-have writing guides up on Amazon and you can follow her on Twitter @Janice_Hardy. Follow Janice Hardy’s Fiction University via RSS feed here (direct Feedly signup link), or follow them on Facebook at @JaniceHardysFictionUniversity. Janice Hardy’s Fiction University is one of the top writing advice sites out there. You can subscribe to their RSS feed here (direct Feedly signup link), or follow it on Twitter or on Facebook.
How Do I Establish A Friendship Across Time Jumps? by Chris Winkle
Trying to build audience attachment in a short period of time – whether to a single character or a relationship – is one of the big challenges of storytelling. In most cases, we don’t have that much time to build emotional investment. Even when we do, it benefits us to get it done as fast as possible. 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 To Use Poetry In Fiction by Arja Salafranca
Including poetry in your fiction can have many benefits and enhance your storyline. We look at ways to include poetry in your stories.
The post How to use poetry in fiction appeared first on Now Novel.
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The More A Character Puts In A Bucket, The More There Is To Spill by Nathan Bransford
People think that having high stakes requires saving the world. But what actually matters most is how much the protagonist is personally invested in the events of the novel. Former literary agent Nathan Bransford is the author of How to Write a Novel and the Jacob Wonderbar series. Follow him on Twitter @NathanBransford and on Facebook at @NathanBransfordBooks. At NathanBransford.com, Bransford offers writing and publishing advice as well as book coaching, editing, and marketing services.
What Types Of Editing Does A Book Need? by Sarah Rexford
A nice overview of the six major types of editing, starting with developmental editing and ending with proofreading. Sarah Rexford is a marketing content creator and writer. Rexford helps authors build their platform through branding and copywriting. She also writes fiction and nonfiction and offers writers behind-the-scenes tips on the publishing industry through her blog ItsSarahRexford.com. for more advice like this, follow her on Twitter at @sarahjrexford. The Book Designer, part of SelfPublishing.com, offers hundreds of articles about book design and marketing.
Podcast: Interactive Fiction by Oren Ashkenazi and Chris Winkle
Interactive narratives have to balance player agency, coherent storytelling, and engaging gameplay. Readers — or players — can be more engaged in these stories. But balancing coherent storytelling with the unpredictability of reader choices can be tricky. 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:
- Podcast: 10 Tips For Writing Better Dialogue by Savannah Gilbo for Fiction Writing Tips
- Video: 5 Best AI Writing Tools For Fiction (+ The Combo I Use) by Jason Hamilton for The Nerdy Novelist
- 5 Tips For Adding Otherworldly Elements Into Your Novel by Hailey Piper for Writer’s Digest
- 5 Tips For Using Genre Tropes To Generate New Work by Halley Sutton for Writer’s Digest
- 7 Types Of Conflict To Master In Writing by Scott McCormick for BookBaby Blog
- 9 Best Ai Writing Tools: Amazing Options For Fiction And Nonfiction by Jason Hamilton for Kindlepreneur
- 9 Great Fantasy Novel Opening Examples by Bryn Donovan for Bryn Donovan
- Podcast: Are There Additional Characters With Distinct Metaphor Families, Default Personality Traits, And Default Argument Strategies Distinct From The Hero’s? by Matt Bird for The Secrets of Story
- Crafting Characters Who Make Your Readers care By Shannon Hollinger by Shannon Hollinger for Women Writers, Women’s Books
- Creating Believable Magic by Nan Fischer for Writer’s Digest
- Darkest Moment: Why Losing Everything Matters by Kristen Lamb for Kristen Lamb
- Does The Dialogue Capture The Jargon And Tradecraft Of The Profession And/Or Setting? by Matt Bird for The Secrets of Story
- Does The Dialogue Have More Personality Than Real Talk? by Matt Bird for The Secrets of Story
- Five Stories That Would Be Better Without Cops by Oren Ashkenazi for Mythcreants
- Give Your Characters Memories by James Scott Bell for Killzoneblog.com
- How Are They Talking? by Terry Odell for Killzoneblog.com
- Video: How To Outline Effortlessly: 5 AI Tips by Jason Hamilton for The Nerdy Novelist
- How To Start A Story That Captures A Reader’s Interest by Philip Kinsher for BookBaby Blog
- How To Use Chekhov’s Gun To Enhance Your Story by Philip Kinsher for BookBaby Blog
- How To Write A Book In ChatGPT: My Complete Process by Jason Hamilton for Kindlepreneur
- How To Write A Book In Claude: My Complete Process by Jason Hamilton for Kindlepreneur
- How To Write A Book In OpenAI’s Playground: A Step By Step Process by Jason Hamilton for Kindlepreneur
- Video: How To Write Great Epilogues by Brandon McNulty for Writer Brandon McNulty
- If Your Character Is An Angel, Should You Give Them Flaws? by Glen C. Strathy for How to Write a Book Now
- Implied Dialogue: 4 Reasons To Use It In Fiction by for Louise Harnby | Fiction Editor & Proofreader – Blog
- Internal vs. External Conflict In Writing by Philip Kinsher for BookBaby Blog
- Podcast: Is The Dialogue More Concise Than Real Talk? by Matt Bird for The Secrets of Story
- Making Clichés Work For You by Janice Hardy for Writers In The Storm
- My 6-Point Character-Building Process by Karen Rose for Writer’s Digest
- Video: Paradoxical Characters? Unforgettable Stories! by Stavros Halvatzis for Get Writing
- Quelling Those Writerly Quirks by Barbara Linn Probst for Writer Unboxed
- Rhetorical Devices You Should Use In Your Writing by Janna Lopez for BookBaby Blog
- Video: Save The Cat Writes A Young Adult Novel Review by Nicole Wilbur for Nicole Wilbur
- Splicing Time: Handling Multiple Storylines by N.L. Holmes for Florida Writers Association Blog
- Video: Strong Female Characters Will Ruin Your Novel by Jed Herne for Jed Herne
- Symbols — Your Secret Power by Stavros Halvatzis for Stavros Halvatzis
- Podcast: The One Where Josh Malerman Explains Why Every Story Needs A Good Beat by J.D. Barker, Christine Daigle, JP Rindfleisch, Kevin Tumlinson, and Patrick O’Donnell for Writers, Ink.
- Video: The Only 7 Prompts AI Authors Need To Write Their First Book by Jason Hamilton for The Nerdy Novelist
- Using Turning Points To Nail Exposition by September C. Fawkes for September C. Fawkes
- Verb.ai Review: A Better Tool For AI Discovery Writers? by Jason Hamilton for Kindlepreneur
- What ‘Show, Don’t Tell’ Actually Means by Chris Winkle for Mythcreants
- What Are Plot Devices? (Why You Should Be Cautious) by K. M. Weiland for Helping Writers Become Authors
- What Is Cosmic Horror In Fiction? by Moriah Richard for Writer’s Digest
- Writing Clean Sentences by Linda S. Clare for Linda S. Clare
- Your Reader Needs You To Dive Deep By Melanie Dickerson by Melanie Dickerson for Women Writers, Women’s Books
The business side of writing
Why Is YA No Longer Booming? by Janet Reid
TLDR: Young adult fiction is no longer booming like it once was because there is now a large backlist of books filling the shelves that new readers are discovering. That means fewer spots on the shelf for new authors. Janet Reid is a literary agent in New York City specializing in crime fiction and narrative non-fiction including history and biography. Her professional site is JetReidLiterary.com. At Janet Reid, Literary Agent, Reid blogs about the publishing industry.
Video: Written In Melanin & Brand Identity With C.M. Lockhart by S.D. Huston
C.M. Lockart talks about why she built her brand identity around Written in Melanin and how she has evolved as both a writer and a champion for Black authors. She also shares tips that she wished she would have known when she first began publishing Fantasy author S. D. Huston is also a military war vet and a former college literature professor and writing coach. Check out her website at SDHuston.com. The S.D. Huston YouTube channel features interview and advice related to writing and publishing.
Video: AI Predictions For Creators: The Disruption Has Just Begun (And It’s Accelerating) by Jason Hamilton
The predictions are: Increased regulation, job losses, advancements in secotrs like education and healthcare, personalized entertainment, overall adopters flourishing, and more. Jason Hamilton is a fantasy author. Check out Hamilton’s site, MythHQ. You can also follow him on Twitter at @StoryHobbit and on Facebook at Jason Hamilton. The Nerdy Novelist is a YouTube channel focusing on using AI to write and market books.
Series vs. Standalone: Cage Match by Chuck Wendig
The marketing challenges of writing in a series, and why standalones can be better. Charles David Wendig is an author, comic book writer, screenwriter, and blogger, best known for his 2015 Star Wars novel trilogy Aftermath, a New York Times best-seller. Terribleminds is a blog where Wendig talks about all things writing-related.
Video: Book Publishing Catch Up Q&A by Julie Broad
Should you do a separate launch for your audiobook? Should you publish an exclusive on Amazon? Has AI ruined Amazon and publishing? And other publishing questions are answered in this video. Julie Broad heads up a team of self-publishing experts at Book Launchers. Book Launchers is mostly aimed at non-fiction book authors, but with useful advice for fiction authors as well. You can also follow them on Facebook at @booklaunchers and on Twitter at @booklaunchers. And, of course, subscribe to their YouTube channel.
Other business advice this week:
- Publish A Book With A Family Member by AskALLi Team for Self Publishing Advice
- Comparing Matte vs. Glossy Book Cover Finish by Philip Kinsher for BookBaby Blog
- Don’t Get Left Behind: Revolutionize Your Book Marketing With AI Optimized Metadata by Laurence O’Bryan for #PublishingReinvented
- 5 Things Influencers Look For In A Book by Ryan Steck for Career Authors
- What To Know About Radio And Podcasts by Ann Marie Nieves for Writer Unboxed
- How To Determine The Age Of Your Target Reader by C. S. Lakin for Live Write Thrive
- The Ultimate Guide To Crafting An Irresistible Book Pitch by Penny Sansevieri for Author Marketing Experts, Inc.
- One Stop For Writers Review: 11 Crucial Features To Consider by Sarah Rexford for Make a Living Writing
- 5 Reasons Why Writers Should Consider Podcasting by Jaimi Ryan for Writer’s Digest
- Podcast: Plotting For Pantsers, Synopsis Success, & Answering Your Questions With Agent Taj McCoy by Jessica Sinsheimer and Julie Kingsley for Manuscript Academy
- Podcast: Selling On Amazon With Michaella Parkes by Sacha Black for Sacha Black
- Amazon (Eventually) Tackles Latest Fake Books Scam by Dan Holloway for Self Publishing Advice
- Podcast: NHL BookTok, Publishing Acquisitions, And Amazon Monopoly by Bryan Cohen and H. Claire Taylor for Sell More Books Show
- What To Do To Maximize Your Launch Week And Get Your Book Noticed by Estelle Erasmus for Writer’s Digest
- Amazon Book Categories: My Secret Method To Choose Clear Winners by Dave Chesson for Kindlepreneur
- Getting Your Book On Newsletter Lists by Margot Conor for Writers On The Move
- Podcast: How To Get Book Clubs To Pick Your Book by Thomas Umstattd Jr. for Author Media
- Video: How To Query When You’re Writing In Multiple Genres by Jessica Faust and James McGowan for BookEnds Literary Agency
- The 7 Stages Of The Publishing Process by Philip Kinsher for BookBaby Blog
- How To Publish A Short Story And Grow Your Brand by Philip Kinsher for BookBaby Blog
- Writers Helping Writers: Presenting To Writing Groups by Eldred “Bob” Bird for Writers In The Storm
- All You Need To Know About Paid Influencer Marketing by Penny Sansevieri for Author Marketing Experts, Inc.
- The Ultimate Guide To Email Marketing For Authors by Clayton Noblit for Written Word Media
- SEO For Authors: Keywords, The Long Tail, And Writing For Humans And Robots by Cameron Chapman for The Book Designer
- Dust Jackets, Case-Wraps, And Paperbacks: What’s The Difference? by Joel Friedlander for The Book Designer
- Amazon Book Promotion Options: Do This, Not That by Cameron Chapman for The Book Designer
- Ai Art For Authors: Which Program To Use, Copyright And Use Cases by Jason Hamilton for Kindlepreneur
- Don’t Self-Publish That Book 6 Minutes After You Finish Drafting It! by Morgan Hazelwood for Morgan Hazelwood
- Video: Book Marketing: What Works? Ask Us Anything! by Kevin Tumlinson, Jim Azevedo, and Mark Leslie Lefebvre for Draft2Digital
- Podcast: Ell Audiobooks Direct With BookFunnel by Mark Dawson and James Blatch for Self Publishing Formula
- Video: I Made A Tier List Of Every Fantasy Subgenre by Amy Rosenfeldt for Amy Rosenfeldt
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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.