I subscribe to more than 175 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
Video: Dealing With Rejection by Daphne Gray-Grant
One of the tips in this video is to make it a game. So, for example, a typical author gets 100 rejections before the first publication. If you haven’t received 100 rejections, are you even an author? Get out there, start sending out those queries or stories, and tick off each rejection as it comes in. 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.
Time, Space And Grace: 7 Success Factors For Neurodivergent And Cognitively Impaired Self-Published Authors by Melissa Addey
Authors with disabilities make significantly less than average, but those with cognitive impairments have seen a significant increase in earnings over the past year and now make more than average. Success factors included being able to control your environment, finding tools and teams that help, taking time to rest, and leveraging your strengths. Author Melissa Addey is the Leverhulme Trust Writer in Residence for the British Library, where she runs workshops for writers and other creatives who want to develop their entrepreneurial skills. Self Publishing Advice is the advice center of the Alliance of Independent Authors. If you want more advice like this, subscribe to their RSS feed (direct Feedly signup link).
Other motivational advice this week:
- 5 Ways To Increase Productivity Without Sacrificing Quality by D.J. Molles for Career Authors
- Advocating For Yourself As A Writer by Tiffany Yates Martin for FoxPrint Editorial
- Everything That Will Tempt You To Quit Writing And How To Deal With It by Meg Dowell for A Writer’s Path
- Getting Yourself To Write by Shelley Widhalm for A Writer’s Path
- How To Deal With Rejection As A Writer by Daphne Gray-Grant for Publication Coach
- How To Write A Book (And Avoid Distractions) by Scott McCormick for BookBaby Blog
- How To Write A Book: The Ultimate Guide by Joe Bunting for The Write Practice
- I, Writer: An Exercise In Managing Your Writing Practice by Julie Duffy for Writer Unboxed
- Identify Your Strengths by Rochelle Melander for Write Now Coach!
- Video: Powerful Productivity Strategies Of Famous Writers by Nicole Bianchi for Nicole Bianchi
- Thoughts On Unleashing The Ideas Inside You by Anika Scott for Writer’s Digest
- Why A Diy Writing Retreat May Lead To More Actual Writing For Some Writers by Barbara Wolf Terao for Writer’s Digest
- Writer’s Digest Best Writing Community Websites 2023 by Amy Jones, Moriah Richard, and Michael Woodson for Writer’s Digest
The art and craft of writing
How To Format Dialogue: The Ultimate Guide For Authors by Jason Hamilton
Bookmark this page. It’s the clearest, best explanation I’ve seen of where to put commas, periods, ellipses, and dashes. 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. Kindlepreneur is pretty much the top site out there for self-published authors who want to sell more e-books on Amazon. The RSS feed is here (direct Feedly signup link). Follow them on Facebook at @KindlePreneur and founder Dave Chesson on Twitter at @DaveChesson.
How To Write Sex Scenes by Diana Gabaldon
Where most beginning writers screw up is in thinking that sex scenes are about sex. A good sex scene is about the exchange of emotions, not bodily fluids. Diana Gabaldon is the author of the award-winning, #1 New York Times-bestselling Outlander novels. Learn more about Diana on her website, DianaGabaldon.com. 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).
How To Instantly Add Depth To Your Story by Kathryn Roberts
The best way to evoke emotion and to show your readers how you want them to feel is to focus on the little things. Get very specific. Kathryn Roberts, also known as The Fake Redhead, helps other writers hone their craft while she pursues her dreams of becoming a published novelist. A Writer’s Path is an advice site for writers. If you want more advice like this, subscribe to their RSS feed (direct Feedly signup link), on Twitter at @TheRyanLanz and on Facebook at @AWritersPath.
Five Mistakes That Destroy A Story’s Message by Chris Winkle
Do you want your audience to hear what you’re saying? Many books don’t actually convey the message that the author is trying to get across. Here’s some advice for how to fix that problem. 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.
A Complete List Of Book Tropes: Everything You Need To Know by Dave Chesson
Whether you want to use tropes to fulfill reader expectations, or subvert them for humorous or other purposes, here’s a great list to get you started. Dave Chesson is the founder of Kindlepreneur is pretty much the top site out there for self-published authors who want to sell more e-books on Amazon. The RSS feed is here (direct Feedly signup link). Follow them on Facebook at @KindlePreneur and Chesson himself on Twitter at @DaveChesson. And make sure to subscribe to his podcast, The Book Marketing Show. Kindlepreneur is pretty much the top site out there for self-published authors who want to sell more e-books on Amazon. The RSS feed is here (direct Feedly signup link). Follow them on Facebook at @KindlePreneur and founder Dave Chesson on Twitter at @DaveChesson.
Video: Character Weight by Susan MacGregor
She’s not talking about physical weight in this video, but impact on story. Susan MacGregor is an editor with On Spec, one of Canada’s foremost magazines for speculative fiction. Writers’ Rx is a just-launched YouTube channel dedicated to improving writing.
Describing Characters and Action by Stavros Halvatzis
In screenwriting, where economy of space is at a premium, it is important to write action and character descriptions crisply and effectively. Although this article applies mainly to screenwriters, novelists ought to take some of these suggestions to heart too. Stavros Halvatzis is a writer and writing teacher. For more advice like this, check out StavrosHalvatzis.com or follow him via his RSS feed (direct Feedly link here).
Other writing advice this week:
- 10 Key Questions To Help Writers Flesh Out The Story Arc by Zena Dell Lowe for The Write Conversation
- 5 Tips On Writing Time Travel That Works by Nancy McCabe for Writer’s Digest
- 6 Tips For Writing Thrillers With a Speculative Twist by Jayne Cowie for Writer’s Digest
- 6 Tips To Fix Bad Writing by Kellie McGann for The Write Practice
- Character Backstory And Memory: Definitions And When To Use Each by J. D. Edwin for The Write Practice
- Do Heists Require A Meta Mystery? by Oren Ashkenazi for Mythcreants
- Emotional Beats In An Epic by David Farland for MyStoryDoctor
- Find Your Fictional Characters’ Energy Motivators by Anne R. Allen for Anne R. Allen’s Blog… with Ruth Harris
- Video: Get Unique Character Voices In Sudowrite by Jason Hamilton for The Nerdy Novelist
- Video: Good vs Bad Fantasy Dialogue by Jed Herne for Jed Herne
- Hero’s Journey Trials: How To Fill The Middle Of Your Story With Conflict by David Safford for The Write Practice
- How Much Will Copy Editing Change Your Manuscript? by Daphne Gray-Grant for Publication Coach
- How To Create A Strong Mentor Character by Janice Hardy for Fiction University
- How To Use Misdirection In Your Story For Greater Impact by K. M. Weiland for Helping Writers Become Authors
- How To Utilize Feedback To Improve Your Manuscript by Nathan Bransford for Nathan Bransford
- How To Write Action Scenes by Glen C. Strathy for How to Write a Book Now
- How To Write Fight Scenes by Glen C. Strathy for How to Write a Book Now
- How To Write Supporting Characters That Readers Love (6 Tips) by Libby Page for The Novelry
- How Two Authors Write as One by Ellie Curzon for Writer’s Digest
- Video: I Test Book Brainstorming In ChatGPT by Jason Hamilton for The Nerdy Novelist
- Video: I Test Book Brainstorming In Claude by Jason Hamilton for The Nerdy Novelist
- Know The Rules Before You Break Them by James Scott Bell for Killzoneblog.com
- Mind Your Own Business! Or Maintaining The POV by N.L. Holmes for Florida Writers Association Blog
- Video: Plagiarism vs Inspiration: How To Not Rip Off Other Stories by Brandon McNulty for Writer Brandon McNulty
- Rising Action That Grips Readers: 10 Epic Climax Tips by Jordan Kantey for Now Novel
- Video: The Secret To Keeping Your Readers Up All Night by Abbie Emmons for Abbie Emmons
- Understanding Second-Person Point Of View + 7 Examples by Barrie Davenport for Authority Pub
- Video: What Does Your Story Mean? Here’s How To Find Out by Stavros Halvatzis for Get Writing
- What Is The Inciting Incident? Definition, Purpose, Examples, Tips by September C. Fawkes for September C. Fawkes
- What Makes A Book ‘Unputdownable’? by Mary Camarillo for Women Writers, Women’s Books
- Why Cinematic Technique In Fiction Is Important by C. S. Lakin for Live Write Thrive
- Video: Worldbuilding Governments And Politics by J.P. Beaubien for Terrible Writing Advice
- Writing A Book? Avoid These Two Pitfalls by Allison Maruska for A Writer’s Path
- Writing Point Of View: 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th POV (With Examples) by Dave Chesson for Kindlepreneur
- Video: Writing Q&A — Bad Queer Characters, Being On Submission, Writing Litfic vs Fantasy by Shaelin Bishop for ShaelinWrites
The business side of writing
Podcast: Your Publishing Options by Joanna Penn
Bestselling author Rachael Herron talks about the pros and cons of traditional publishing vs self-publishing and how can you combine multiple options for a more creatively satisfying — and profitable — author career. 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.
Writers, Are You Breaking The Cardinal Rule? by Angela Ackerman
The cardinal rule is rushing through the process, which can cause needless expense, burn bridges, and make us vulnerable to scams. Writers Helping Writers co-founder Angela Ackerman is a writing coach, international speaker, and co-author of the bestselling book, The Emotion Thesaurus and its many sequels. I own a copy of this book and use it frequently, and highly recommend it. Follow Ackerman on Twitter at @AngelaAckerman. 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).
Five Main Areas To Help Authors Market Their Books by Karen Whiting
The five areas are print products like postcards and bookmarks, speaking activities, media interviews, social media, and ways to demonstrate expertise in a subject area, such as newsletters. Karen Whiting is an international speaker, former television host of Puppets on Parade, certified writing and marketing coach, and award-winning author of twenty-seven books. The Write Conversation frequently makes the top lists of writing advice blogs. Follow them via their RSS feed (direct Feedly link here).
Video: Writing Crime For Books, Film & TV by Mark Dawson and James Blatch
Bestselling screenwriter and crime author Tim Sullivan explains how he got a traditional publishing contract and why he’d always go back to self-publishing. 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: Secret To A Sudowrite Synopsis (Say That 5 Times Fast) by Jason Hamilton
This is part of a series of videos about using SudoWrite and its popular Story Engine tool. 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.
Author Marketing Audit With Joe Solari by Sacha Black
Book marketing expert Joe Solari talks about how to self-audit your marketing, the importance of attention in the AI age, marketing structures for author brand discovery, and how to retain readers. Sacha Black is a fantasy author and writing coach, with several writing advice books including 13 Steps to Evil: How to Craft Superbad Villains. 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).
Other business advice this week:
- Move More Books – By Offering Them For Free by kobowritinglife for Kobo Writing Life
- Take Your Social Media To The Next Level By Evaluating Where You Are And Where You Want To Go by Edie Melson for The Write Conversation
- Best Book Cover Software, Designers And Services by Dave Chesson for Kindlepreneur
- How To Get A Badass Deal — Notes From The London Book Fair by Katy Segrove for Pick Up Your Pen
- Podcast: Ad Spikes, Ad Spend, And Retirement Planning by Bryan Cohen and H. Claire Taylor for Sell More Books Show
- Should Writers Pay Submission Fees? by Robert Lee Brewer for Writer’s Digest
- Using Books2Read As A Marketing Tool by Terry Odell for Killzoneblog.com
- Video: Top 10 Reasons Your Query Didn’t Sell Your Book by Jessica Faust and James McGowan for BookEnds Literary Agency
- It’s Authors vs. OpenAI: Self-Publishing News Podcast by Dan Holloway and Howard Lovy for Self Publishing Advice
- How To Approach Book Clubs As An Author by Philip Kinsher for BookBaby Blog
- Ethical AI: Legal & Ethical Considerations For Writers & Publishers by Jenn Mattern for All Freelance Writing
- Publishers Send Clever Merchandise With Arcs. Can Authors Do It, Too? by Sandra Beckwith for Build Book Buzz
- How To Overcome Fomo As An Independent Author by Kate M. Colby for A Writer’s Path
- Thoughts About The Threads Network For Writers And Things To Do Right Now To Update Your Social Media Strategy by Edie Melson for The Write Conversation
- Podcast: More Changes To Amazon Book Reviews by Penny Sansevieri for Author Marketing Experts, Inc.
- Shopify vs Woocommerce: Which Is The Best For Authors Selling Direct by Jason Hamilton for Kindlepreneur
- The Ripple Effects Following Layoffs And Shuttered Imprints by Nathan Bransford for Nathan Bransford
- 3 Top Tips On Querying Via Email (Plus 3 Cringey Things To Avoid) by Lucy V Hay for Bang2write
- An Important Skill For Writers: The Gentle Follow-Up by Terry Whalin for Writers On The Move
- Video: Scams In Self Publishing Books On Amazon KDP by Dale L. Roberts for Self-Publishing with Dale
- Video: 5 Reasons To Avoid IngramSpark & Self-Publishing Alternatives by Mandi Lynn for Mandi Lynn
- Video: Don’t Make These Author Instagram Mistakes! by Shelby Leigh for Marketing by Shelby
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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.