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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
A Powerful Resource For Moving Past Writer’s Block by Lisa E. Betz
A review of the book Overcoming Writer’s Block: The Writer’s Guide to Beating the Blank Page by Marcy Pusey. An engineer-turned-mystery-writer, Lisa E. Betz infuses her novels with authentic characters who thrive on solving tricky problems. Her debut novel, Death and a Crocodile, won several awards. For more from her, check out LisaEBetz.com, follow her on Twitter at @LisaEBetz or on Facebook at @LisaEBetzWriter. Almost an Author offers writing and publishing advice. For more like this, follow them on Twitter at @A3writers, on Facebook at @A3writers and subscribe to their RSS feed here (direct Feedly signup link).
The Dunning-Kruger Effect, Or, Dealing With Author Despair Syndrome by Tiffany Yates Martin
The Dunning-Kruger Effect is where a person tends to overestimate their knowledge early in learning something new, and underestimate it as they gain more knowledge and skill. In other words, the more you learn, the better you get — and yet the more you realize how much there is still to learn. You’ve moved along the axis of knowledge, but dropped on the axis of confidence. Otherwise known as impostor syndrome. Those times when you may begin to despair about your talent or skill or accomplishments are indicators of just how far you’ve progressed in those very areas. Tiffany Yates Martin has spent nearly thirty years as an editor in the publishing industry, working with major publishers and the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling and award-winning authors, as well as indie and newer writers. She is the founder of FoxPrint Editorial and author of the bestseller Intuitive Editing: A Creative and Practical Guide to Revising Your Writing. FoxPrint Editorial offers online courses, workshops and presentations, and advice to authors.
Writing Goals And Intentions: 25 Prompts by Amy Jones
Make this year your most successful writing year ever by considering the following questions to help set your goals and intentions. Amy Jones is the Editor-in-Chief of Writer’s Digest and was the managing content director for WD Books. She is the editor of the Novel and Short Story Writer’s Market and Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market. Follow Writer’s Digest via their RSS feed (direct Feedly signup link), on Twitter at @WritersDigest and on Facebook at @writersdigest.
Other motivational advice this week:
- 7 Tips For Making Time To Write by Kelsie Engen for A Writer’s Path
- Coping With Overwhelm by Rochelle Melander for Write Now Coach!
- Finding Those Laser Beam Words by PJ Parrish for Killzoneblog.com
- Five More Creativity Exercises For Writers by LA Bourgeois for DIY MFA
- Have Fun In The Writing Game by James Scott Bell for Killzoneblog.com
- How To Become A Successful Writer: 5 Things You Need For Productive Writing by J. D. Edwin for The Write Practice
- Self-Soothing Is Really All About Micro-Tension by Heather Webb for Writer Unboxed
- Taming The Haters: How To Handle Malicious Online Comments About Your Work by Emilie-Noelle Provost for Writer Unboxed
- The Ancient Science That Can Help You Get It Written by Deborah-Zenha Adams for Live Write Thrive
- The Surprising Benefits Of ‘Download’ Writing Every Day by Mary Carroll Moore for How to Plan, Write, and Develop a Book
- When Doody Calls — A Telltale Sign Of Writerly Procrastination, And What It May Reveal by Mary McDonough for Writer Unboxed
- When Writing Goals And Reality Collide by Donna Jo Stone for Almost An Author
- When Writing Isn’t Fun Anymore by Lauren Sapala for Lauren Sapala
- Writing Tips From Bestselling Writers by Diann Mills for The Write Conversation
The art and craft of writing
How Is A Strategist Different From A Leader? by Oren Ashkenazi
By default, whoever comes up with plans is the leader, since they’re the one telling the other characters what to do. However, this doesn’t necessarily have to be the case, and the key is to separate creating the plans from executing the plans. 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.
Why We Stigmatize Enjoyment by Chris Winkle
Why do we stigmatize bringing people enjoyment? This strange behavior affects the way we view, discuss, and ultimately design our stories. We’ll have trouble making our stories enjoyable if we aren’t willing to admit that this is our goal and work for it. 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.
Video: Training With A Book Coach by Mark Dawson And James Blatch
We all want to write the best story that we can. Yet the process can be challenging and at times, we might not know what to do next. That’s where book coaches can help and Jennie Nash talks about the role of a book coach, how much they cost, and if book coaching services are right for you. 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.
Video: 10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Writing My Debut Book by Jenna Moreci
Why outlines are important, why you should write what you want to read, how to mingle with the writing community and more. Jenna Moreci is a best-selling fantasy author and the host of a YouTube show about writing that has hundreds of thousands of subscribers. Writing with Jenna Moreci is a YouTube channel that offers seven years’ worth of writing advice, with new videos posted weekly.
21 Popular Fantasy Tropes For Writers by Robert Lee Brewer
Here are 21 examples of fantasy tropes for writers to consider and subvert when writing fantastical fiction. Robert Lee Brewer is senior editor of Writer’s Digest. Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer. Follow Writer’s Digest via their RSS feed (direct Feedly signup link), on Twitter at @WritersDigest and on Facebook at @writersdigest.
Podcast: Falling Action by Oren Ashkenazi, Chris Winkle, and Wes Matlock
The team talks about what falling action is, whether you need it, and how one is supposed to pronounce “denouement.” 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.
Other writing advice this week:
- Video: 12 Steps Of The Hero’s Journey Explained: Tests, Allies, & Enemies by Claire Fraise for Write with Claire Fraise
- 5 Tips To Make The Most Of Your First Read Through by Monica Cox for DIY MFA
- Video: 6-Arc Story Structure, Character Driven + Pantser Friendly, With Template by Shaelin Bishop for ShaelinWrites
- Podcast: An Interview With Mary Robinette Kowal by Howard Tayler for Writing Excuses
- Are Writer No-No’s Ruining Your Book? What To Do Instead by Anne R. Allen for Anne R. Allen’s Blog… with Ruth Harris
- Artificial Intelligence For Writing: 10 Helpful AI Uses by Jordan Kantey for Now Novel
- Be Brief. Be Specific. Be Gorgeous. by F.E. Choe for DIY MFA
- Podcast: Brandon Sanderson’s Crop Rotation Method For Restful Rapid Writing by Thomas Umstattd Jr. for Author Media
- Dialog Journals And Writing Good Dialog by Peter Derk for LitReactor
- Don’t Let Empty Dialogue Scuttle Your Scene by Janice Hardy for Insecure Writer’s Support Group
- Five Myths & Five Facts About Screenwriting That Every Writer Should Know by Zena Dell Lowe for The Write Conversation
- Handling Edits And Critiques by Elizabeth Spann Craig for Elizabeth Spann Craig
- How A Sequel Works With A Scene by Janice Hardy for Fiction University
- How Role-Playing Helps Our Writing—And Our Marriage by Emily Wibberley And Austin Siegemund-Broka for Writer’s Digest
- How To Write Scenes by Glen C. Strathy for Bookwriter RSS Blog
- Margaret Atwood Masterclass Review: Will The Handmaid’s Tale Author Help You Master Speculative Fiction? by Brendan Hufford for The Write Practice
- Pacing A Story: What’s The Rush? by David Farland for MyStoryDoctor
- Prowritingaid Premium How-To by Sue Coletta for Killzoneblog.com
- Research: The Key To Immersive World Building by Anna M Holmes for DIY MFA
- Show, Don’t Tell: What This Advice Really Means by Savannah Gilbo for Fiction Writing Tips
- Video: Stories Need Realisation Scenes. Here’s How To Write Them! by Stavros Halvatzis for Get Writing
- Story Arcs: Definitions And Examples Of The 6 Shapes Of Stories by Joe Bunting for The Write Practice
- Sympathetic Character: 10 Writing Techniques That Make Readers Care by Joslyn Chase for The Write Practice
- The Climaxes Of Marvel’s Phase Four, From Worst To Best by Oren Ashkenazi for Mythcreants
- Podcast: The One Where Mary Adkins Explains Why You Don’t Need An MFA (Unless You Do) by J.D. Barker, J. Thorn And Zach Bohannon for Writers, Ink.
- Video: The Right Way To Write Doesn’t Exist by Jessica Faust And James Mcgowan for BookEnds Literary Agency
- To Warn Or Not To Warn: The Controversy Around Trigger Warnings In Literature by Jamie Beck for Writer Unboxed
- What Is A Narrative Device: 9 Types With Examples by Joe Bunting for The Write Practice
- Video: What To Do When You Disagree With The Beta Reader Feedback by Morgan Hazelwood for Morgan Hazelwood
- Wilderness = Metaphor by Steven Pressfield for Steven Pressfield
- Writing Science Fiction, Part 1 by Ellen Buikema for Writers In The Storm
- You’re Quite A Character: How To Craft Interesting Minor Characters In Spec-Fic by J. D. Harlock for The Craft of Writing – SFWA
- Your Story Isn’t Working? Here Are 6 Problems To Troubleshoot by K. M. Weiland for Helping Writers Become Authors
The business side of writing
Podcast: Multi-Six Figure Book Sales And The Power Of Daily Habits With Marc Reklau by Joanna Penn
How can small, daily habits make you more successful as an author? How can you use the 80/20 rule in your author business? How can you create multiple streams of income when you sell mostly print? Guest Marc Reklau is the best-selling author of 13 books on habits, productivity and happiness. 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 Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher. The Creative Penn offers articles, videos, books, tools, and courses for independent authors.
Podcast: Hybrid Publishing With Katlyn Duncan by Sacha Black
A discussion with Katlyn Duncan, author of The Successful Hybrid Author, about what a hybrid author is, deciding which publishing path to take, and pros and cons of being hybrid. 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).
Video: Book Publishing Trends For 2023 by Jaqueline Kyle
Trends in book cover design, using AI-generated images, social media, digital sales, and more. Jaqueline Kyle is the book production manager for 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:
- Do You Need An Author Brand? (Part 1 Of 2) by Brian Andrews for Career Authors
- 12 Fabulous Writing Conferences In February 2023 by Erica Verrillo for Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity
- Promoting Your Book As An Introvert In The Age Of TikTok by Julie Vick for Jane Friedman
- Common-Sense Tips To Get People To Your Book Signing by Michael Gallant for BookBaby Blog
- Camera Shy? TikTok Videos That Will Get You Views by Laurence O’bryan for #PublishingReinvented
- Podcast: The Importance Of Confident Creative Direction, Voice, And Taste, In Generative AI Art With Oliver Altair by Joanna Penn for The Creative Penn
- Video: Why I’m Launching My Book On Kickstarter And Not On The Usual Stores by Joanna Penn for The Creative Penn
- What Do Literary Agents Want You To Know? A Conversation With Amy Collins by Sandra Beckwith for Build Book Buzz
- The Advantages Of Advertising In Print Media by Brian Jud for Self Published Author
- 5 Tips For Managing Your Author Business During Crises by Maria Connor for Writers In The Storm
- 5 Ways Used Bookstores Can Help Your Career by Leslie Budewitz for Career Authors
- Make Your Proposal Stand Out by Terry Whalin for Almost An Author
- A Creative Publishing Solution by Kris Faatz for Linda S. Clare
- The Best Marketing Plans Don’t Waste Any Money by Penny Sansevieri for Author Marketing Experts, Inc.
- Author Websites: 8 Mistakes That Are Costing You Book Sales by Penny Sansevieri for Author Marketing Experts, Inc.
- Podcast: Do Amazon Followers Matter? by Bryan Cohen And H. Claire Taylor for Sell More Books Show
- Should Authors Use Snapchat? (3 Groups Who Can Benefit) by Frances Caballo for The Book Designer
- Video: Building An Empire And Becoming Unbreakable With Elena Cardone by Chandler Bolt for Self Publishing School
- How To Publish A Book In 2023: A Step-By-Step Guide by Chandler Bolt for Self Publishing School
- Business Musings: Year In Review 2022: The Final Post (A Process Blog) by Kristine Kathryn Rusch for Kristine Kathryn Rusch
- How We Share, And The Tools We Use To Do So by Dan Blank for WeGrowMedia
- Podcast: Find Your Readers With Intention by Dan Blank for WeGrowMedia
- Video: 4 Expensive Author Mistakes To Avoid by Julie Broad for Book Launchers
- Video: How To Become A Hybrid Author by Jenna Moreci for Writing with Jenna Moreci
- Video: How To Price Your Book by Jenna Moreci for Writing with Jenna Moreci
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.