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Productivity, mood management, and battling the demons inside
Develop A Writing Habit by Rochelle Melander
How to create a “habit loop” and use it as a tool to make our own writing a habit. 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.
Raise Your Hand If You’ve Ever Been Personally Victimized By The Artist’s Way by Kelsey Allagood
Sometimes, to unblock creativity, you need to find ways to nurture yourself and let yourself be like a child. Kelsey Allagood is a fantasy writer and political analyst. For more advice like this, follow Allagood on Twitter at @KelseyAllagood. Her website is KelseyAllagood.com. 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.
Resistance Thrives In Darkness by Steven Pressfield
That negative, self-sabotaging voice you hear in your head is not you. Those thoughts are not yours. They are Resistance. Everyone hears that same voice. Steven Pressfield is the author of The Legend of Bagger Vance and other novels as well as The War of Art and other non-fiction books about creative success. Check out his Amazon author page here. StevenPressfield.com offers weekly articles as well as a free mini-course about the business of writing.
Writers And Age by Debbie Burke
Think you’re too old to start writing? Older, unpublished writers are now at a premium – with radical, edgy women aged into their 80s particularly sought-after, says this post. Debbie Burke is an award-winning thriller writer and journalist. For more, check out her website, DebbieBurkeWriter.com or follow her on Twitter at @burke_writer. The Kill Zone is the home of eleven top suspense writers and publishing professionals. They cover the publishing business, marketing how-tos, and the craft of writing. Follow them on RSS here (direct Feedly signup link). Follow them on Twitter @killzoneauthors.
Other motivational advice this week:
- 5 Tips To Cope With A Stressful Writing Season by Beth K. Vogt for The Write Conversation
- 7 Dos & Don’ts For Embarking On A “Solo Write” by Barbara Josselsohn for Writer’s Digest
- Achieving Your Writing Ambitions by Jim Dempsey for Writer Unboxed
- Are You All In? How To Know You’re A Professional Writer At Last by Lucy V Hay for Bang2write
- Video: Are You An Empath With Creative Blocks? This Is What’s Really Going On by Lauren Sapala for Lauren Sapala
- Video: My System for Building Better Writing Habits by Jed Herne for Jed Herne
- Combating Writer’s Block By Inspiring Creativity by Amanda Winstead for Almost An Author
- Five Ways To Spawn New Story Ideas by Guest Blogger for Writers In The Storm
- From Nursing Home To Published Author by Terry Newman for Women Writers, Women’s Books
- The Secret Every Frustrated Writer Needs To Know by Ruthanne Reid for The Write Practice
- Thoughts On The Need For Writers To Carve Out Time To Write And Self-Edit by Martin Wiles for The Write Conversation
- When Fear Stops You In Your Writing Journey, How To Choose Joy by Edie Melson for The Write Conversation
- Why We Compare Ourselves To Other Writers (And How We Can Stop) by Lauren Sapala for A Writer’s Path
- Writing Sprints by James Scott Bell for Killzoneblog.com
The art and craft of writing
Podcast: Generative AI And The Indie Author Community With Michael Anderle And Dan Wood by Joanna Penn
Another thoughtful podcast about AI. Today, Joanna Penn talks with Draft2Digital COO Dan Wood and prolific sci-fi author and 20BooksTo50K founder Michael Anderle. 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.
Manifesto Fiction by Nathan Bransford
Authors writing didactic fiction will often fail to empathize with their villains and see the appealing traits that give them power. They fail to make it a fair fight. If you’re going to write manifesto fiction, it’s got to be compellingly messy. We shouldn’t know who’s going to win, and both the protagonists and the villains need to represent a full spectrum of humanity. Former literary agent Nathan Bransford is the author of How to Write a Novel and the Jacob Wonderbar series. Follow him on Twitter @NathanBransford and on Facebook at @NathanBransfordBooks. At NathanBransford.com, Bransford offers writing and publishing advice as well as book coaching, editing, and marketing services.
Podcast: Creating Unforgettable Characters With TJ Klune by Sacha Black
Guest Travis John Klune is an American author of fantasy and romantic fiction featuring gay and LGBTQ+ characters. His fantasy novel The House in the Cerulean Sea is a New York Times best seller and winner of the 2021 Alex and Mythopoeic Awards. In this episode, he discusses character creation and personification and incorporating mythology into stories. 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).
Podcast: Our Best Advice: Story Form + Resonance by Valerie Francis and Melanie Hill
Are you writing a novel with more than one protagonist and/or plotline? Are you using flashbacks or writing a series? If so, this is an episode you simply must check out. Valerie Francis and Melanie Hill are literary editors and writers. The Story Nerd podcast demystifies story theory so writers spend less time studying and more time writing.
Creating A Political And Moral Universe (A Ravencon 2023 Panel) by Morgan Hazelwood
The ingredients of universe-building are morality, science, politics, art, and religion. The interplay of these creates a moral and political universe. Each ingredient packs its own punch, and getting the ratios right means you won’t have an overcooked souffle of a universe. Morgan Hazelwood writes from her lair in Northern Virginia. She’s a blogger, vlogger, and podcaster of writing tips and writerly musings, plus an actively querying fantasy author. For more advice like this, follow her on Twitter at @MorganHzlwood, on Facebook at Morgan Hazelwood, and on YouTube at Morgan Hazelwood. At Morgan Hazelwood, she offers writing advice and resources.
What Is Magical Realism? by Michael Woodson
Magical realism has a long history of bending genres, exploring metaphors, and inspiring writers. Editor Michael Woodson breaks down what magical realism is and offers a four-step process to start writing your own magical realism today. Michael Woodson is a content editor at Writers Digest. If you want more stuff like this, follow Writer’s Digest via their RSS feed (direct Feedly signup link), on Twitter at @WritersDigest and on Facebook at @writersdigest. Follow Writer’s Digest via their RSS feed (direct Feedly signup link), on Twitter at @WritersDigest and on Facebook at @writersdigest.
Podcast: Describing Violence by Oren Ashkenazi, Chris Winkle, and Wes Matlock
What’s the best way to describe violence? How much violence should you describe in the first place? Is there ever a good time to use metaphors in fight scenes? 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.
Designing A Memorable Villain In Prose by Oren Ashkenazi
Film does have an edge in creating memorable villains, but novels can do it too with the proper preparation. 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.
Other writing advice this week:
- 10 Tips For Writing A Boring Story by Kelley J. P. Lindberg for Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers
- 170 Plot Development Questions (Plus Worksheet) by Jordan Kantey for Now Novel
- 3 Things To Do When You Can’t Use Your Favorite Writing Style by Pekoeblaze for A Writer’s Path
- 3 Tips For Writing An Abduction Scene by Angela Greenman for Writer’s Digest
- 7 Writing Rules For Fiction by Kate Foster for A Writer’s Path
- Being Respectful When Writing About Others, Part 2 by Amy Winters-Voss for Writers In The Storm
- Building Bits Of Life Into A Novel by Kathryn Craft for Writer Unboxed
- Can I Base My World On Christianity? by Oren Ashkenazi for Mythcreants
- Classic Writing Fiction: Summary Or Action? by Linda S. Clare for Linda S. Clare
- Common Misconceptions About Surviving Extreme Cold by dankoboldt for Dan Koboldt
- How Long Does It Take To Write 1000 Words? by Daphne Gray-Grant for Publication Coach
- How Theme In Fiction Gets To The Heart Of Your Characters by C. S. Lakin for Live Write Thrive
- How To Research A Location You Haven’t Actually Been To by Helena Fairfax for A Writer’s Path
- How Will You Build Suspense In Your Story? by Jasmine Gayle for BookBaby Blog
- Podcast: Intentionality, Beauty, And Authorship. Co-Writing With AI With Stephen Marche by Joanna Penn for The Creative Penn
- Personal Narrative–What You (And Your Book) Are Trying To Say by Mary Carroll Moore for How to Plan, Write, and Develop a Book
- Read To Learn — 5 Tips For Beginning Writers by Pamela Binnings Ewen for Career Authors
- Short Story vs. Novel: Techniques Of Story Writing by Rajasree Variyar for Writer’s Digest
- Show, Don’t Tell by Reavis Wortham for Killzoneblog.com
- Video: The Basics Of Worldbuilding – General Overview – Where To Start? by Claire Fraise for Write with Claire Fraise
- The Catalyst Scene(s) by Stavros Halvatzis for Stavros Halvatzis
- Video: The Most Common Short Story Mistakes + How To Stand Out! (From A Litmag Slush Reader) by Shaelin Bishop for ShaelinWrites
- The Power Of Small Problems: Elevate Your Plot With Little Conflicts by Janice Hardy for Fiction University
- Video: Unleash The Power Of Character: Realize, Decide & Act! by Stavros Halvatzis for Get Writing
- Using ChatGPT For Book Research? Take Exceeding Care by Susanne Dunlap for Jane Friedman
- What Genre Is My Story? Why The Answer Matters by Sue Weems for The Write Practice
- What Is An Antihero? by Jasmine Gayle for BookBaby Blog
- What Is Your Character’s Fatal Flaw? by Kelsie Engen for A Writer’s Path
- What’s The Big Deal About Was? by Terry Odell for Killzoneblog.com
- Worlds Come Alive With Sensory Details by Emily Golus for The Write Editing
- Video: How to self-edit your book by Derek Murphy for Derek Murphy
The business side of writing
Video: Kickstarters & Collaborations by Mark Dawson and James Blatch
Guest urban fantasy author Martha Carr explains how to kill it with crowdsourcing and world-building collaborations. 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: The 2023 Indie Author Income Survey With Alli’s Orna Ross by Kevin Tumlinson
How indie authors are doing compared to traditionally published authors, what the trends are, and where we go from here. 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.
Other business advice this week:
- Tips On Hiring And Working With A Book Cover Designer (And New Cover Reveal For Dreamlander!) by K. M. Weiland for Helping Writers Become Authors
- Tips For Writing And Promoting Series by Elizabeth S. Craig for Insecure Writer’s Support Group
- Podcast: The One Where Melissa Blair Tells Us How She Lit Up BookTok By Publishing Her Novel Anonymously by J.D. Barker and Christine Daigle for Writers, Ink.
- What Is An Advance Reader Copy? by Scott McCormick for BookBaby Blog
- Starting And Growing A YouTube Channel by Sabrina Ricci for Digital Pubbing
- How To Market A Self-Published Book: 4 Cornerstones To Success by Penny Sansevieri for Author Marketing Experts, Inc.
- Author Website: Your 3 Best Options For A Book-Selling Website by Jason Hamilton for Kindlepreneur
- Video: 5 Unexpected Ways To Promote Your Brand And Book by Julie Broad for Book Launchers
- Why You Should Start Promoting Your Writing Before You’re “Ready” by Catherine Baab-Muguira for Jane Friedman
- 31 Game-Changing Marketing ChatGPT Prompts For Writers by Laurence O’Bryan for #PublishingReinvented
- Podcast: Kindle Unlimited Rates, ARC, and Panic Mode by Bryan Cohen and H. Claire Taylor for Sell More Books Show
- Podcast: How To Turn A Podcast Episode Into A Blog Post by Thomas Umstattd Jr. for Author Media
- Self-Publishing News: Are Younger Adults Reading More? by Dan Holloway for Self Publishing Advice
- Ultimate Guide To Selling Print Books Direct From Your Author Website by Morgana Best for Self Publishing Advice
- 5 Smart Book Marketing Tasks You Can Whip Out In 5 Minutes by Sandra Beckwith for Build Book Buzz
- Getting Your Short Story Published: What You Need To Know About Submission, Rights And Payments by Rayne Hall for Fiction University
- Book Formats: Which Ones Are Right For You? by Penny Sansevieri for Author Marketing Experts, Inc.
- Best WordPress Themes For Authors: My 9 Top Recommendations by Jason Hamilton for Kindlepreneur
- Business Musings: Lessons From The WGA Writers Strike by Kristine Kathryn Rusch for Kristine Kathryn Rusch
- Will AI Replace Writers? It Already Is. by Tiffany Yates Martin for FoxPrint Editorial
- Video: Self-Publishing Steps You Might Not Know About by Jenna Moreci for Writing with Jenna Moreci
- Best Ebook Affiliate Program: My Top 7 Recommendations by Dave Chesson for Kindlepreneur
- Video: How Writers, Artists, And Creators Can Thrive In An AI World by Dan Blank for WeGrowMedia
- Podcast: What Is Publishing For, Anyway? by Mary Robinette Kowal, DongWon Song, Erin Roberts, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler for Writing Excuses
- Video: Self-Published Books On Amazon & Beyond: Comparing Paperback Books by Dale L. Roberts for Self-Publishing with Dale
- Video: How To Self-Publish With More Than One Print On Demand Company by Mandi Lynn for Mandi Lynn
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.