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Productivity, mood management, and battling the demons inside
6 Questions To Get To The Heart Of Your Story by C. S. Lakin
To tell a story with heart, one that is timeless and unforgettable, you have to delve deep into your own heart and feelings. C. S. Lakin is a writing coach, workshop instructor, award-winning author of over 30 books, and blogger at Live Write Thrive. Her Writer’s Toolbox series of books teach the craft of fiction, and her online video courses at Writing for Life Workshops have helped more than a thousand writers. She also works as a book copyeditor and does more than 200 critiques a year for writers, agents, and publishers in six continents. I’ve been reading her advice for a few years now and she is awesome. If you want more advice from her, follow her on Twitter at @LiveWriteThrive and on Facebook at @C.S.Lakin.Author. Live Write Thrive is her writing advice site. She’s also the author of the eight-book The Writer’s Toolbox Series. Follow her on Twitter @LiveWriteThrive. Also check out her other site, The Self Publisher.
Active Questions And Productivity by Sue Bradford Edwards
Usually, at the end of the day, we ask ourselves, “Did I get enough writing done?” And, for me at least, the answer is usually “no.” That’s not a very productive question. It sets you up for guilt and a feeling of being overwhelmed, and you’re even less likely to do anything the next day. This article suggests that we ask our selves more productive questions instead. The author recommends asking “How hard did I try to get my writing done today?” I like this idea. Here are a couple of other suggestions: “What did I do today that helped me be productive?” “What did I do today that helped me be a better writer?” Sue Bradford Edwards is the author of over thirty books for young readers. To find out more about her writing, visit her site and blog, One Writer’s Journey. Women on Writing’s The Muffin blog offers advice about writing. For more advice like this, follow them via their RSS feed (direct Feedly link here) or on Twitter at @ or on Facebook at @wowwomenonwriting.
How To Harness The Power Of Distraction Free Writing by Daphne Gray-Grant
Some great advice here on how to get more done. For example, one tip is that if you fail to make your writing goal for the day, instead of doubling your goal for the next day to catch up, cut your next day’s goal in half, instead. 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.
Podcast: Making Art From Life — Mental Health For Writers With Toby Neal by Joanna Penn
What are some of the common mental health issues that writers face? How can we use writing to help us process our problems, and turn our life into art through our books? Author and mental health therapist Toby Neal shares her thoughts and tips. 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.
Rejection: What Is Really In Control? by Kristen Lamb
Some tips to help you develop a thick skin to better deal with rejection. Mystery author Kristen Lamb is also the author of the social media guide book, Rise of the Machines: Human Authors in a Digital World as well as We Are Not Alone: The Writer’s Guide to Social Media and Are You There, Blog? It’s Me, Writer. Follow her on Twitter at @KristenLambTX or on Facebook at @authorkristenlamb. If you want more advice like this, follow the Kristen Lamb blog via its RSS feed (direct Feedly link).
Other motivational advice this week:
- 10 Writing Hacks To Actually Finish Your Book by Joe Bunting for The Write Practice
- Creative Cross-Training by Kristine Kathryn Rusch for Kristine Kathryn Rusch
- Finding A Work-Life Balance For Writers by Patty Smith Hall for The Write Conversation
- Good News For Older Women Writers: Your Age Is A Bonus! by Mary Carroll Moore for How to Plan, Write, and Develop a Book
- How To Overcome Obstacles To Writing, Part 1 by Ellen Buikema for Writers In The Storm
- Video: My Long, Weird Journey With Writing Fantasy (From Loving It To Hate It To Loving It) by Shaelin Bishop for ShaelinWrites
- Should You Leave Your Critique Group Once You’re A Published Author? by Anne R. Allen for Anne R. Allen’s Blog… with Ruth Harris
- Top 10 Tips To Beat Writer Overwhelm by Sandra Gerth for Sandra Gerth’s Blog
- Podcast: Use Your Creative Passion To Discover Your Niche by Orna Ross and Howard Lovy for Self Publishing Advice
- Writing Without A Map: Or, X Steps To Creating A New Fantasy Series by Mark Lawrence for Writer’s Digest
The art and craft of writing
Dialogue Writing Examples From Top Books Vs AI by Jordan Kantey
Dialogue writing examples from popular reads and AI teach us interesting things about what makes human-written dialogue better, juicier with voice, viewpoint, and exhibiting balance between elements. A must-read post for anyone interested in staying ahead of AI when it comes to their writing. Jordan Kantey is a writer, marketer, community manager and product developer for Now Novel. You can find out more about him on his LinkedIn page. Now Novel is a company that offers writing sources, coaching, and editing. If you want more advice like this, subscribe to their RSS feed (direct Feedly signup link) or follow them on Twitter at @nownovel or on Facebook at @nownovel or subscribe to their YouTube channel.
Five Ways To Cultivate A Viewpoint Character’s Personality by Chris Winkle
A few thoughts and feelings can make stale narration feel much deeper. For example, when a character encounters something new, you can evoke associations with past events. When they walk into a room, what do they notice? Do they immediately zero in on unattended children, or focus how people are dressed? And since everyone interprets things differently, you can use that to show aspects of their personality and backstory. 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.
Podcast: Elemental Magic by Oren Ashkenazi, Chris Winkle, and Wes Matlock
This episode is about elemental magic systems — how many elements a system should have, how to choose them, and why everyone expects four element systems to have a secret fifth element. 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.
5 Things Your Readers Need From You by Andrea Lundgren
Key things to include in the opening of your book to help your readers. Andrea Lundgren writes sci-fi and fantasy. For more from Lundgren, check out her website, AndreaLundgren.com. 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.
Other writing advice this week:
- Video: 10 Worst Fantasy Tropes In Books Pt 2 by Jenna Moreci for Writing with Jenna Moreci
- 5 Elements For Writing A Spine-Tingling Young Adult Gothic Horror by Kyrie McCauley for Writer’s Digest
- Video: 6 Exercises To Develop Better Characters by Jed Herne for Jed Herne
- Don’t Keep Your Contemporary Reality Out Of My Science Fiction And Fantasy by Philip Athans for Fantasy Author’s Handbook
- Epilogue Vs Prologue: What’s The Difference And How To Format by Dave Chesson for Kindlepreneur
- Five Characters Who Deserved A Better End by Oren Ashkenazi for Mythcreants
- Five Simple Ways To Make Your Writing Funnier by Mike Lukas for A Writer’s Path
- From Clash To Catharsis: The Role Of Conflict In Novel-Writing by Maggie Smith for Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers
- How Do I Foreshadow My Villain? by Oren Ashkenazi for Mythcreants
- How Long Should My Story Be? by Cátia Isabel Silva for A Writer’s Path
- How To Start A Story: Your First Line, Page, And Chapter by Jason Hamilton for Kindlepreneur
- Video: How To Time Your Backstory And Character Reveals—Just So! by Stavros Halvatzis for Get Writing
- Video: How To Use Tone In Your Story by Brandon McNulty for Writer Brandon McNulty
- How To Write Lovable Assholes: 5 Lessons For Writers From Studying Saturday Night Live by Emma Barry for Writer’s Digest
- Ignite Your Reader’s Imagination With The Inciting Incident by Lynette Burrows for Writers In The Storm
- Internal Medicine: How Much Internalization Is Too Much? by Janice Hardy for Fiction University
- Protagonists Who Comeout Of Nowhere by PJ Parrish for Killzoneblog.com
- Story Beats And Archetypes In The Hero’s Journey by Stavros Halvatzis for Stavros Halvatzis
- Podcast: The One Where Fantasy Author C.l. Polk Explains How She Crosses Genres In Her Work by J.D. Barker and Christine Daigle for Writers, Ink.
- Types Of Irony To Use In Your Story by Jasmine Gayle for BookBaby Blog
- Using Real Places In Fiction by Glen C. Strathy for How to Write a Book Now
- Video: We Like Your Story! Would You Be Willing To Revise It? by Susan MacGregor for Writers’ Rx
- Welcoming The Weak Words by Anne Janzer for Anne Janzer
- What Is An Extended Metaphor (And How Do You Use It)? by Joe Yamulla for BookBaby Blog
- What Is An Inciting Incident? (We’ve Got 6 Examples) by Joe Yamulla for BookBaby Blog
- What’s The Difference Between Tone Vs. Mood? by Janna Lopez for BookBaby Blog
- Writing A Neurodivergent Character In Fiction by Jenn McKinlay for Writer’s Digest
- Writing Likeable, But Difficult, Characters by Emma Barry for Women Writers, Women’s Books
The business side of writing
Avoid The Coming Plandemic by Brian Jud
No, this isn’t an article about Covid conspiracy theories. It’s about how the lack of planning will hinder the ability to find readers, no matter how good the writing is. The article also gives some useful tips for creating a marketing strategy. Brian Jud is the executive director of the Association of Publishers for Special Sales and author of How to Make Real Money Selling Books and Beyond the Bookstore. Follow him on Twitter at @bookmarketing. Self Published Author is a publishing advice site from Bowker, the agency responsible for book ISBNs.
Video: Accessibility For Authors by Mark Dawson and James Blatch
Guest experts Jeff Adams and Michele Lucchini talk about accessibility, and what you can do to cater to a larger reading audience. 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.
Other business advice this week:
- Tips To Begin Your Writing Conference Follow Up Before Leaving Home by Karen Whiting for The Write Conversation
- Tips To Improve Newsletters Part II: Design by Sue Coletta for Killzoneblog.com
- Developing Your Book Marketing Aesthetic: Creating Images by Kate Hennessy for Self Publishing Advice
- The Real Costs Of Writing A Book by Tammy Burke for MyStoryDoctor
- Video: News From The Publishing Industry by Julie Broad for Book Launchers
- Why Authors Should Ditch Mailchimp And Move To Substack by L.L. Barkat for Jane Friedman
- AI’s Content Power: Unleashing Your Book Marketing Powers by Laurence O’Bryan for #PublishingReinvented
- The Good, The Not-So-Good And The Frustrating Aspects Of Entering Writing Contests by Edie Melson for The Write Conversation
- What Recent Publishing Controversies Say About The Industry by Nathan Bransford for Nathan Bransford
- How To Create The Perfect Fiction Title by DiAnn Mills for The Write Editing
- Advanced Marketing Strategies With Nick Thacker by Sacha Black for Sacha Black
- Social Media Marketing For Authors: 14 Creative Content Ideas by Penny Sansevieri for Author Marketing Experts, Inc.
- Podcast: Creative AI, Ingram Set-Up, And Writer Worry by Bryan Cohen and H. Claire Taylor for Sell More Books Show
- Podcast: How To Get Good Website Stats by Thomas Umstattd Jr. for Author Media
- Video: Amazon KDP Makes Massive Changes by Dale L. Roberts for Self-Publishing with Dale
- Video: Guest Posting For Backlinks (And Some Sneaky SEO) by Derek Murphy for Derek Murphy
- Video: Blogging For Book Marketing by Derek Murphy for Derek Murphy
- Video: How To Build An Email List Of Loyal Fans by Derek Murphy for Derek Murphy
- Video: Things Successful Authors Do by Jessica Faust and James McGowan for BookEnds Literary Agency
- You Should Start A Podcast by Britt Mooney for Almost An Author
- Podcast: Tips For Setting A Budget For Your Book Marketing by Penny Sansevieri for Author Marketing Experts, Inc.
- Printing Prices Are Increasing At KDP (Reducing Paperback Royalties) by Chris McMullen for Chris McMullen’s Blog
- Podcast: Debut Authors Get Little Support, Young People Are Reading More, And AI And The Writers’ Strike by Dan Holloway and Howard Lovy for Self Publishing Advice
- 10 Easy Steps To Building An Author Website by Joe Bunting for The Write Practice
- Video: A 6-Step Guide To Publishing A Bestselling Book by Dan Blank for WeGrowMedia
- Video: On Page SEO Tips For Your Author Platform Or Website To Rank Higher And Get More Traffic by Derek Murphy for Derek Murphy
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.