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Productivity, mood management, and battling the demons inside
Podcast: 5 Mindset Tips To Help You Unlock Your Writing Potential by Savannah Gilbo
How to not to put too much pressure on yourself, avoid perfectionism, and escape limiting beliefs. Savannah Gilbo is a developmental editor and book coach. At Savanna Gilbo, she offers writing and publishing advice.
Boost Your Creativity: 6 Ways Writers Can Be More Creative by Glen C. Strathy
How to set aside time and place for writing, banish self-doubt, and embrace patience. Award-winning author Glen C. Strathy teaches creative writing at St. Lawrence College. Check out his website at Glen-C-Strathy.com or follow him on Twitter at @glencstrathy. How to Write a Book Now offers advice about novel writing and story theory.
Discern Your Best Practices by Rochelle Melander
Successful writers have unique practices to support their work. You can discover what makes you most productive by analyzing your best writing sessions and identifying the elements they have in common. 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.
Other motivational advice this week:
- 3 Ways Connecting With Your Authentic Self Leads To Writing Success by Kristina Mand-Lakhiani for Writer’s Digest
- 9 Benefits Found On A Group Writing Retreat by Tammy Karasek for The Write Conversation
- Critique Partners 101: Everything You Need To Know Before Pairing Up by Katie McCoach for A Writer’s Path
- Encouragement For Writers: 3 Writing Prompts That Will Rekindle Your Writing Enthusiasm by Sarah Gribble for The Write Practice
- Help! I’ve Lost Control Of My Story! by Anne Hawkinson for Florida Writers Association Blog
- How To Balance Being A Full-Time Parent Or Carer And Indie Author by AskALLi Team for Self Publishing Advice
- Video: How To Make Writing Fun | Let’s Talk About Healing Your Writing Process & Creative Joy by Shaelin Bishop for ShaelinWrites
- How To Respond To Those Who Choose To Judge Us And The Words We Write by Cindy K. Sproles for The Write Conversation
- How To Take Criticism And Turn It Into Growth In 5 Steps by Daniella Levy for A Writer’s Path
- How To Write A Journal: 6 Tips To Get Started by Pamela Hodges for The Write Practice
- Video: Pivoting Goals by Debra Eckerling for Writers On The Move
- Video: Scared Others Will Judge Your Writing? by Lauren Sapala for Lauren Sapala
- Take The Creative Risk by Dan Blank for WeGrowMedia
- Video: The Fastest Way To Speed Up Personal Transformation by Lauren Sapala for Lauren Sapala
- Three Reasons To Find Good Writing Peers by Cindy K. Sproles for The Write Editing
- Write Like No One Is Reading by Liam Cross for A Writer’s Path
The art and craft of writing
Podcast: The One Where Wendy Corsi Staub Explains Foreshadowing by J.D. Barker, Christine Daigle, JP Rindfleisch IX, Kevin Tumlinson, and Patrick O’Donnell
The hosts also discuss this week’s publishing topics, including the copyright lawsuit two well-known authors are bringing against OpenAI. Writer’s Ink is a podcast focusing on the business of writing.
In order for a secondary character—or any character—to matter in a story, they have to work as an essential character that impacts the protagonist, plot, setting, or another important aspect that shapes or moves a story forward. 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).
Five Writing Advice Cultures To Watch Out For by Chris Winkle
Great overview of the types of advice-givers out there — and what to be wary of. 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: Scene Weave & Subplot Structure Steps: Anatomy Of Story by Nicole Wilbur
In the Anatomy of Story, John Truby teaches the scene weave technique for multistrand plots. This video applies the scene weave and structure steps for each subplot of the pilot of the TV show Pan Am. Nicole Wilbur is a Canadian author and YouTuber. Check out her website at NicoleWilbur.com/. The Nicole Wilbur YouTube channel features videos about story structure, as well as writing vlogs, planning videos, and sharing the progress of her current projects.
Podcast: 5.5 D&D Mechanics by Oren Ashkenazi, Chris Winkle, and Wes Matlock
This is part two of their D&D update. For some writers, being a DM in a D&D game — or something similar — is a way to practice their story-telling skills. And, for individual players who are also writers, it’s a way to practice developing characters. In fact, last fall, Mercedes Lackey was a guest on our YouTube show and told us about how a role-playing game she was in turned into a series of novels — with each player writing the section of the book that involved their character. Check it out! 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:
- 12 Character Archetypes To Know Before You Start Writing by Philip Kinsher for BookBaby Blog
- 13 Tips To Create Irresistible Stories With Powerful Pacing by Lynette Burrows for Writers In The Storm
- 5 Secrets Of Creating Tension Between Siblings In Fiction by Radhika Sanghani for Writer’s Digest
- 75+ Antihero Examples: Plus The Top 5 Types Of Antiheroes (And How To Use Them In Writing) by Joe Bunting for The Write Practice
- 9 Ways To Show The Reader It’s Love by Kathryn Craft for Writer Unboxed
- A Story That Makes Sense by Jim Dempsey for Writer Unboxed
- Do You Really Know How To ‘Show, Don’t Tell’? by Sue Coletta for A Writer’s Path
- Video: Fixing The 7 Worst Types Of Plot Holes by Brandon McNulty for Writer Brandon McNulty
- Hide Exposition Inside Confrontation by James Scott Bell for Killzoneblog.com
- How I Zero-Drafted A Novel In 6 Weeks by Kelsey Allagood for Writer Unboxed
- How To Add A Secret Ingredient To Your Story Premise by C. S. Lakin for Live Write Thrive
- How To Choose The Right Novel Software — Interview With Katja Kaine From The Novel Factory by P. S. Hoffman for P.S. Hoffman
- How To Discover What Your Character Fears by K. M. Weiland for Helping Writers Become Authors
- Learn How To Write More Concisely With These 7 Tips by Daphne Gray-Grant for Publication Coach
- List Of 125 Positive Attributes by Bryn Donovan for Bryn Donovan
- Masters Of Subtext by Stavros Halvatzis for Stavros Halvatzis
- Meeting The Mentor: A Vital Moment In Every Hero’s Journey Story by David Safford for The Write Practice
- Video: My Main Character Was A Manic Pixie Dream Girl by Amy Rosenfeldt for Amy Rosenfeldt
- Video: Perfect Dialogue: This Is Exactly How You Write It! by Stavros Halvatzis for Get Writing
- Princess, Washerwoman, Warrior, Goatherd: How Real Are Your Characters? by Juliet Marillier for Writer Unboxed
- Seems So: Are Your Characters Misleading Your Readers? by Janice Hardy for Fiction University
- Seven Best Fantasy Settings For Your Novel by Andrea Stewart for The Novelry
- Should My Hero Share The Audience’s Values? by Oren Ashkenazi for Mythcreants
- Video: These 7 Fantasy Tropes Work Every Time by Jed Herne for Jed Herne
- Unleashing Cosmic Chaos: Juggling Perspectives And Crafting An Outrageous Ensemble Cast by Tracy Wolff and Nina Croft for Writer’s Digest
- What Is A Foil Character? Our Definition & Examples by Dave Chesson for Kindlepreneur
- What’s The Best Way To Learn To Be A Writer? by Anne R. Allen for Anne R. Allen’s Blog… with Ruth Harris
- Writing For Your Narrator With J. R. Ward by Rachel Wharton and Laura Granger for Kobo Writing Life
- Writing In Future Tense: The Secret To Using This Unusual Tense In Writing by Dave Chesson for Kindlepreneur
- Podcast: Writing Tips From The Movies With John Gaspard by Joanna Penn for The Creative Penn
The business side of writing
The Average Cost Of Self-Publishing A Book by Elizabeth Javor
It’s between $1,000 and $2,000. That includes up to $1,000 for editing and $500 to $1,000 for book cover design. Plus, there’s interior design, marketing, and administration expenses. But you can save money by doing a lot of the work yourself. Elizabeth Javor is the director of sales and marketing for Outskirts Press, a group of publishing consultants who focus on educating authors on the self-publishing process to help them publish the book of their dreams. Self Publishing Advisor offers tips and advice for self-published authors.
Business Musings: A Few General Marketing Strategies by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
In this, her fourth article in the series, Rusch offers some advice for building an author brand, including starting small and building relationships with readers. 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.
Video: How To Build A Great Author Business by Kevin Tumlinson
Today’s guest, publishing business expert Joe Solari, recommends creating an author business that aligns with your goals and values, understands your market and audience, and focuses on building a community. Novelist Kevin Tumlinson is also the director of marketing at Draft2Digital. Draft2Digital is one of the leading publishing platforms that helps authors publish their books to multiple platforms. It also has a very nice and easy ebook creation and formatting tool.
Video: Did You Say Kickstarter? Q&A With S.D. Huston by Estelle Van de Velde
Today’s guest, fantasy author and military war vet S. D. Huston, talks about her successful Kickstarter campaign for A Curse of Scales & Feathers. Estelle Van de Velde is an indie author, speaker and marketer. For more about her, check out her website, VDVEstelle.com. The Estelle Van de Velde YouTube channel features writing and self-publishing content.
Video: Establishing Your Author Platform On YouTube With Adrian Santiago by S.D. Huston
Author Adrian Santiago about setting up his author platform on YouTube three years in advance of publishing his debut novel, and about the social media that has worked best for him to sell books and which ones haven’t worked. Fantasy author S. D. Huston is also a war veteran 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: My Biggest Self-Publishing Mistake: The Thing That Took Years To Learn by Mandi Lynn
The big mistake she talks about in this episode is not writing to market. Mandi Lynn writes fantasy, thrillers, and romance as well as marketing advice guides and is the owner of Stone Ridge Books, a company that works to help authors bring their books to life through cover design and book formatting. The YouTube channel Mandi Lynn – Stone Ridge Books features weekly videos on the business of being an author and making an income as a creative entrepreneur.
Other business advice this week:
- From Indie Author To Six Figure Traditional Author With Julia Vee And Ken Bebelle by Sacha Black for Sacha Black
- How To Negotiate Your Book Deal Without Fear by Jessica Faust and James McGowan for BookEnds Literary Agency
- Where To Sell Your Books, Removing Your Books For Sale, ISBN Basics, And More Questions Answered by Michael La Ronn and Sacha Black for Self Publishing Advice
- Self-Publishing News: USA Today Bestseller List Is Back by Dan Holloway for Self Publishing Advice
- 10 Important Parts Of A Book For First-Time Authors by Joe Yamulla for BookBaby Blog
- A Guide To Writing A Book Dedication by Scott McCormick for BookBaby Blog
- Is Self Publishing Worth It? A Clear Answer by Laurence O’Bryan for #PublishingReinvented
- Finding More Readers With Author Freebies And Landing Pages by Sabrina Ricci for Digital Pubbing
- The Intimidating Business Details Of Contracts by Laura Vanarendonk Baugh for Writers In The Storm
- The Word Count Of A Book: What Is The Right Length? by Glen C. Strathy for How to Write a Book Now
- The Basics Of Writing And Blogging For The Digital Audience by Edie Melson for The Write Conversation
- How Ebook Authors Can Connect With & Grow Their Reader Base by Amanda Winstead for Almost An Author
- Podcast: The New Category Changes On Amazon by Penny Sansevieri for Author Marketing Experts, Inc.
- How To Market A Book For A More Successful Launch by Penny Sansevieri for Author Marketing Experts, Inc.
- How To Change Your Ebook Price On Amazon KDP by Grant Shepherd for Written Word Media
- Podcast: Threads, Shiny Objects, And Pivots by Bryan Cohen and H. Claire Taylor for Sell More Books Show
- Writer’s Digest Best Job And Market Websites 2023 by Amy Jones, Moriah Richard, and Michael Woodson for Writer’s Digest
- How To Start A Publishing Company: 2023 Guide by Dave Chesson for Kindlepreneur
- Podcast: Substack For Authors: An Exciting Opportunity Or Just Hype? by Thomas Umstattd Jr. for Author Media
- Video: Reach More Readers With WWM & Hello Books by Mark Dawson and James Blatch for Self Publishing Formula
- Video: AI And Authors — Is It Coming For All Of Us? Can It Help Us? by M.K. Williams for M.K. Williams
- Podcast: Writers On Strike: Lessons From WGA For Book Authors With Derek Santos Olson by Julie Kingsley and Jessica Sinsheimer for Manuscript Academy
- The Author Website: Which Is The Best Hosting Service? by Karen Cioffi for Writers On The Move
- 11 Takeaways To Create A Writing Career From Random And Unpromising Beginnings by Roz Morris for Nail Your Novel
- Video: This Is What You Need In Your Author Newsletter by Shelby Leigh for Marketing by Shelby
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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.