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Productivity, mood management, and battling the demons inside
7 Inspiring Mindset Tips For Authors by Jackie Pearce
While most people talk about the tactical things around writing a book: what software you should use, when you should write, what tools help, how to format your book… not enough people talk about the mindset behind publishing. Self Publishing School offers online courses about self publishing, as well as a podcast, blog, and other resources. For more advice like this subscribe to their RSS feed (direct Feedly signup link), on Twitter at @Self_Pub_School and on Facebook at @Self Publishing School.
Video: How To Brainstorm New Ideas For That Story You’re Bored With by Abbie Emmons
Get a fresh perspective by tapping into your inner creative genius and asking yourself various questions to trigger new ideas, such as adding a trope you enjoy, changing or adding a point of view, making it a sequel or spin-off of a different book, turning it upside down, making it a retelling, changing the genre, or combining story ideas. Abbie Emmons teaches writers how to make their stories matter. For more advice like this, check out her website, AbbieE.com. Abbie Emmons is a YouTube channel about writing from writing instructor and author of the same name.
Video: The Top 10 Lies Authors Tell Themselves by Jessica Faust and James McGowan
Authors need to set healthy expectations, surround themselves with the right people, and trust their own process in order to succeed in the competitive publishing industry. Jessica Faust is the owner and president at the BookEnds literary agency. Follow her on Twitter at @BookEndsJessica or on Instagram at @jfaust_bookends or email her directly at [email protected]. James McGowan is a literary agent at the agency. BookEnds is a literary agency that represents more than 300 authors and illustrations, both fiction and non-fiction, including several New York Times and USA today bestsellers. They are currently open to submissions. If you want more advice like this, subscribe to their RSS feed (direct Feedly signup link) or follow them on Twitter at @bookendslit or on Facebook at @BookEndsLiterary.
Video: Two Tools To Reach For When You’re Stuck by Becca Syme
This video discusses two ways to get around writer’s block if you get stuck — using random generators or getting someone else’s opinion. Becca Syme is a Gallup-certified strengths coach, author coach, and nonfiction author who’s coached more than 5,700 authors. The QuitCast for Writers is a video podcast where Becca Syme discusses what to keep, what to quit, and what to question, if you are trying to make a go of the author career.
Other motivational advice this week:
- 10 Lessons Writers Can Learn From The Science Of Happiness by Katy Segrove for Pick Up Your Pen
- 15 Bestselling Authors Who Overcame Rejection by Ryan Lanz for A Writer’s Path
- Can’t Write? Can’t Draw? Here’s Why You Should Doodle by Daphne Gray-Grant for Publication Coach
- Clear The Weeds And Make Time To Write by Anne Janzer for Anne Janzer
- Five Ways To Rediscover Your Writing Joy by Greer Macallister for Writer Unboxed
- Five Ways To Reduce Writer Anxiety by Julie Slaughter for DIY MFA
- Get Out Of Your Blogging Funk By Making Writing Posts Fun Again by Nina Amir for How to Blog a Book
- Honing Your Author Voice by Heather Webb for Career Authors
- Is It A Good Idea To Write When You Don’t Feel Like Writing? by Meg Dowell for A Writer’s Path
- Mix It Up–A Sweet, Simple Recipe To Break The Block by Mary Carroll Moore for How to Plan, Write, and Develop a Book
- My DIY Writing Retreat: What It Taught Me About My Writing Practice by A.H. Plotts for DIY MFA
- Quick Tips To Help You Avoid 5 Types Of Writing-Related Pain by Colleen M. Story for Writers In The Storm
- Ways To Do Morning Pages by James Scott Bell for Killzoneblog.com
- Writer’s Burnout: 6 Helpful Ways Any Writer Can Use To Overcome Burnout by J. D. Edwin for The Write Practice
The art and craft of writing
Assuaging The Pain Of Punctuation by Tiffany Yates Martin
This is a nice and clear overview of how to punctuate inside and outside quotation marks. As an editor, I strongly endorse this advice — most submissions I see from new writers, regardless of genre, fail to punctuate quotations correctly and it makes my eyeballs bleed. Tiffany Yates Martin has spent nearly thirty years as an editor in the publishing industry, working with major publishers and New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling and award-winning authors as well as indie and newer writers, and is the founder of FoxPrint Editorial and author of the bestseller Intuitive Editing: A Creative and Practical Guide to Revising Your Writing. Writer Unboxed is a fantastic writing advice site, with lots of helpful articles from some of the biggest names in the field. Follow them on RSS (direct Feedly signup link) and on Twitter.
How To Get Out Of The Fight by Carla Hoch
How to get our defeated characters’ out of harms way, why it’s important to walk through your fight scenes before your characters do, and more. Carla Hoch is the author of the Writer’s Digest book Fight Write: How to Write Believable Fight Scenes. Her blog, FightWrite.net, was in Writer’s Digest Top Websites for Writers in 2019 and 2020. She has training in almost a dozen martial arts and competes in Brazilian jiujitsu. She regularly teaches the craft of writing fight scenes as well as the mechanics of fighting for writers. Follow Writer’s Digest via their RSS feed (direct Feedly signup link), on Twitter at @WritersDigest and on Facebook at @writersdigest.
Seven Easy Conflicts For Light Stories by Chris Winkle
Is your manuscript full of scenes where the protagonists hang out and have fun together? That often leads to a story without structure that bores readers. You can find large-scale problems to hold the story together, and you’ll also need to keep characters busy with obstacles at the scene or chapter level. 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.
Other writing advice this week:
- Video: 12 Steps Of The Hero’s Journey Explained (Episode 7: The Approach To The Inmost Cave) by Claire Fraise for Write with Claire Fraise
- 5 Keys To A Satisfying Denouement by September C. Fawkes for MyStoryDoctor
- 5 Things To Keep In Mind When Writing Fiction With Paranormal Elements by Veronica G. Henry for Writer’s Digest
- 5 Tips For Creating Trouble In A Short Story by Lisa Cupolo for Writer’s Digest
- 5 Ways To Avoid The Dreaded Infodump by Bryn Donovan for Bryn Donovan
- A Pig With A Thematic Purpose by C. S. Lakin for Live Write Thrive
- Active Versus Passive Voice: The #1 Way To Use Voice To Empower Your Writing by Sarah Rexford for Make a Living Writing
- Podcast: Alien Aliens by Oren Ashkenazi, Chris Winkle, and Wes Matlock for Mythcreants
- Comedic Writing: How To Write A Funny Story by Jordan Kantey for Now Novel
- Ego And Self In The All Is Lost Moment by Steven Pressfield for Steven Pressfield
- Video: Encanto And Making Your Own Characters 3-Dimensional by Morgan Hazelwood for Morgan Hazelwood
- Enhance The Setting Of The Story You’re Writing by Edie Melson for The Write Conversation
- Video: Five Character Mistakes And How To Fix Them by Susan MacGregor for Writers’ Rx
- Genre Tips: How To Write Literary Fiction by K. M. Weiland for Helping Writers Become Authors
- Video: How To Condense Your Novel by Shaelin Bishop for ShaelinWrites
- How To Find Your Character’s Voice by Janice Hardy for Fiction University
- How To Harness The Power Of Foreshadowing by Scott McCormick for BookBaby Blog
- How To Write Horror: 8 Crucial Components To Terrify And Delight by Sarah Gribble for The Write Practice
- How To Write Sounds: Onomatopoeia Definition And Examples by Joe Bunting for The Write Practice
- Mind Your Words: Finding Alternatives To Replace Ableist Language by Dominique Richardson for DIY MFA
- Once More With Feeling – Some Notes About Description by Roz Morris for Nail Your Novel
- Pivot, Payoff, And The Geometry Of Story — Interview With Steven James by Gabriella Pereira and Lori Walker for DIY MFA
- Pizzanomics And The Economy Of Words by Sophia Hansen for Almost An Author
- Plotting From The Ground Up: How To Use Architecture In World-Building by Christina Hamlett for Women Writers, Women’s Books
- Should I Outline Even If I Enjoy Pantsing? by Chris Winkle for Mythcreants
- Star Trek’s Best Antagonistic Species by Oren Ashkenazi for Mythcreants
- The Most Common Writing Mistakes Agents And Editors See by Mary Kole for Insecure Writer’s Support Group
- Podcast: The One Where Nyt Bestseller William Landay Explains Why No Writer Of Any Quality Can Base Their Work On Fact by J.D. Barker and Christine Daigle for Writers, Ink.
- The Story Arc Makes Your Stories Powerful by Shane Millar for BookBaby Blog
- Video: Trope Talk: Betrayal by Red for Overly Sarcastic Productions
- Podcast: Turning Up The Contrast With Juxtaposition by Mary Robinette Kowal, DongWon Song, Erin Roberts, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler for Writing Excuses
- Understanding The Dual Function Of Archetypes by Stavros Halvatzis for Stavros Halvatzis
- What Is World Building? 6 Elements Every Writer Needs by Jevon Knights for The Write Practice
- Video: Which Archetype Are You? Improve The Quality Of Your Characters. Here’s How! by Staci Troilo for Get Writing
- Writers Beware: Here’s What Readers Really Hate by Elaine Viets for Killzoneblog.com
The business side of writing
Podcast: Writing And Investing For A Long Term Indie Author Career With Lindsay Buroker by Joanna Penn
Prolific fantasy author Lindsay Buroker — and host of the Six Figure Authors podcast — talks about the core fundamentals of a successful independent author business. 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.
Video: Book Publishing Industry Update And Q&A by Julie Broad
The potential of AI in book writing — and the importance of injecting personal voice and value into writing to create something that AI cannot replicate. Also, growth of the book publishing industry, options available to authors to keep their rights and royalties, AI audiobook production, plagiarism and copyright issues, and how to capitalize on speaking opportunities. 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:
- Newsletters: Even Just At Releases by Elizabeth Spann Craig for Elizabeth Spann Craig
- To Give It Away Or Not To Give It Away by Kim Catanzarite for Jane Friedman
- Such A Deal!Bundling Your Ebooks by PJ Parrish for Killzoneblog.com
- Do Not Worry About Spoilers In A Query Letter by Nathan Bransford for Nathan Bransford
- Podcast: Making Our Books And Content Accessible With Jeff Adams And Michele Lucchini by Sacha Black for Sacha Black
- How Bad Publishers Hurt Authors by Gemma Whelan for Jane Friedman
- The Powerful And Effective Formula For More Book Sales by Sandra Beckwith for Build Book Buzz
- Short-Term Actions To Reach Long-Term Goals by Brian Jud for Self Published Author
- 5 Reasons Your Amazon Ads Aren’t Drawing In Readers by Penny Sansevieri for Writers In The Storm
- Podcast: Book Covers: Our Biggest Book Cover Pet Peeves by Penny Sansevieri for Author Marketing Experts, Inc.
- Websites For Writers: Why You Need A Media Page by Penny Sansevieri for Author Marketing Experts, Inc.
- Video: The Complete Guide To Making A Great Author Page With Amazon Author Central by Clayton Noblit for Written Word Media
- Podcast: Amazon Takedowns & AI Diligence by Bryan Cohen and H. Claire Taylor for Sell More Books Show
- How To Grow Your Email List (10 Clever Ways) by Kimberley Grabas for The Book Designer
- ISBN 101 For Self-Publishers by Joel Friedlander for The Book Designer
- Reader Magnets: The Secret To Attracting More Readers by Jason Hamilton for Kindlepreneur
- Business Musings: The Research (Part Two) AI Audio by Kristine Kathryn Rusch for Kristine Kathryn Rusch
- Video: 10 Things No One Tells You About Releasing A Book by Jenna Moreci for Writing with Jenna Moreci
- 7 Tips For Negotiating A Literary Agent Agreement by Joseph Perry for Anne R. Allen’s Blog… with Ruth Harris
- How To Self-Publish A Book In 2023: Part 1 by Nicole Bianchi for Nicole Bianchi
- Top 5 Ways To Build Your Writer Platform In 2023 by Lucy V Hay for Bang2write
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.