This week’s top writing advice from around the web for Jan. 15, 2023

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I subscribe to more than 150 writing advice sites and gather the best posts for you every single Sunday. 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).

Productivity, mood management, and battling the demons inside

Podcast: How To (Finally) Finish Your Book With Roz Morris by Joanna Penn

What are the most common reasons why writers don’t finish their books —and how can you overcome them in order to finish yours this year? Roz Morris gives practical writing and mindset tips. 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.

Need A Writing Buddy? Find One Right Here! by K. M. Weiland

Check out the comments section in this post for writers — many of them writing speculative fiction — who are looking for someone to partner up with for motivation and accountability. K. M. Weiland is one of my favorite writing advice people, and the award-winning author of acclaimed writing guides such as Structuring Your Novel and Creating Character Arcs. If you want more advice like this, subscribe to her blog, Helping Writers Become Authorsvia its RSS feed (direct Feedly signup link). You can also follow her on Twitter @KMWeiland and on Facebook @kmweiland.author. 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.

Other motivational advice this week:

The art and craft of writing

Podcast: Back To The Future: Plot Holes, Schmot Holes by Melanie Hill and Valerie Francis

Back to the Future is a great example of the three-act structure and the hero’s journey, so if you need an excuse to rewatch this 1985 classic, here it is! Melanie Hill and Valerie Francis are literary editors and writers. The Story Nerd podcast demystifies story theory so writers spend less time studying and more time writing.

Podcast: Movement by Oren Ashkenazi, Chris Winkle, and Wes Matlock

In this episode, the Mythcreants gang discusses movement — the feeling that the story is making progress toward some kind of endpoint. Oren Ashkenazi is the speculative fiction manuscript editor, Chris Winkle is the founder and editor-in-chief, and Wes Matlock is a content editor 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.

Who Wins: Severance, Andor, Or Interview With The Vampire?  by Oren Ashkenazi

It’s time to get dark. Darker. Even darker than that. Oren Ashkenazi is a speculative fiction manuscript editor 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.

Twelve Sources Of Wish Fulfillment For Your Story by Chris Winkle

Even dark stories can add a little escapism. Here are 12 easy ways to add wish fulfillment, such as giving your protagonist a fun pet, a cool job, or a great group of friends. 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.

Is There A Number One Writing Element? by Karen Cioffi

The most important element to writing fiction is the WHY. Your story can have everything else, but if the why is missing, the story will fall flat. The reader won’t bother turning the pages. Karen Cioffi is an award-winning children’s author, a successful children’s ghostwriter with 300+ satisfied clients worldwide, and an author online platform instructor with WOW! Women on Writing. For more from Cioffi, check out her website at KarenCioffiWritingForChildren.com or follow her on Twitter @KarenCV or Facebook at @Writing for Children with Karen Cioffi.

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Other writing advice this week:

The business side of writing

Video: The New Kindle Storyteller Award Winner by Mark Dawson and James Blatch

After winning the 2022 Kindle Storyteller Award, Peter Gibbons joins the show to share his inspiring and insightful approach to writing, publishing, and marketing that has propelled him to a full-time income. Mark Dawson is a USA Today bestselling author who teaches courses about book production and marketing. Check out his website at MarkJDawson.com. James Blatch writes military thrillers. For more, check out his website, JamesBlatch.com. On the Self Publishing Formula show, Mark Dawson and James Blatch talk about building a career as a self-published author.

Other business advice this week:


Am I missing any writing advice sites? Email me at [email protected] or leave a note in the comments below.

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.

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