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Productivity, mood management, and battling the demons inside
Podcast: Excellent Advice For Living With Kevin Kelly by Joanna Penn
Guest Kevin Kelly is a New York Times bestselling author talks about letting your author voice emerge and reasons for writers to be optimistic in the age of AI. 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.
Rituals For Writing–The Relief Of No Choice by Mary Carroll Moore
If we know, via rituals, that we have no choice but to sit down and do it–there’s magic in that. The whole purpose, the goal, of keeping choice at a minimum via ritual is to make writing a welcome habit. Mary Carroll Moore is an award-winning author, editor and book doctor. Check out her website at MaryCarrollMoore.com/a> or follow her on Facebook at @marycarrollmoore. How to Plan, Write, and Develop a Book is a site that offers advice for how to create, craft and sell your novel, memoir or non-fiction book. If you want more advice like this, follow them on their RSS feed (direct Feedly link here) or on Twitter at @writeabook.
Other motivational advice this week:
- Can Chatgpt Help You Overcome Writer’s Block? by Jim Foley for BookBaby Blog
- Does Writer’s Block Really Exist? by Diana Stout for Writers In The Storm
- Podcast: How To Thrive As An Author In Your Twilight Years by Thomas Umstattd Jr. for Author Media
- How To Write When You Don’t Want To by Daphne Gray-Grant for Publication Coach
- Making Lists More Motivating by Elizabeth Spann Craig for Elizabeth Spann Craig
- Three Non-Writing Tips To Get You Writing by Corie Adjmi for Women Writers, Women’s Books
- What Is Yours To Do? by Barbara O’Neal for Writer Unboxed
- Writer’s Block? Maybe You’re Writing In The Wrong Format by April Davila for Jane Friedman
The art and craft of writing
The Backstory Drip by K. M. Weiland
The single best backstory technique is used in every type of story, is always a good choice, offers the fewest possible disadvantages, and the one that is most effective in communicating important information to readers without interrupting the momentum of the main plot is the backstory drip. The core principle of the backstory drip technique is never sharing any backstory with the reader until it’s absolutely necessary. K. M. Weiland is one of my favorite writing advice people, and the award-winning author of acclaimed writing guides such as Structuring Your Novel and Creating Character Arcs. If you want more advice like this, subscribe to her blog, Helping Writers Become Authors, via its RSS feed (direct Feedly signup link). You can also follow her on Twitter @KMWeiland and on Facebook @kmweiland.author. Helping Writers Become Authors is one of our favorite writing advice sites. Follow it via its RSS feed (direct Feedly signup link), on Twitter, and on Facebook.
Considering Crucibles In Writing by David Farland
In fiction, a crucible is any setting, condition, or relationship that keeps characters from splitting apart. By forcing these characters to stay together, we may sometimes create an almost intolerable atmosphere. It allows us to supercharge the relationships, raise the heat. David Farland is the 11-time New York Times bestselling sci-fi author with over 100 million books sales. And he’s a writing instructor who’s mentored dozens of dozens of New York Times bestselling authors, including Brandon Sanderson and Stephenie Meyer. Follow him on Twitter at @davidfarland, on Facebook at @DavidFarlandAuthor or subscribe to his YouTube channel. MyStoryDoctor offers writing advice, editing, coaching, online courses, and live workshops. Subscribe to them via their RSS feed (direct Feedly signup link here).
Writing Tension In Every Line by Linda S. Clare
Writers are often reluctant to divulge authentic details, the raw and genuine tension, to protect themselves and their characters. The result is a shallow surface experience that can equal a boring read. Linda S. Clare has been writing professionally since 1993 and has taught fiction, memoir and essay writing for Lane Community College for more than a dozen years. In addition to her published books, award-winning short stories, articles and essays, she works as an expert writing advisor for George Fox University and is a frequent presenter at writer’s conferences. For more advice like this, check out her website, LindaSClare.com on Twitter at @Lindasclare. LindaSClare.com offers advice about writing and story structure, as well as coaching services.
Connection, Part II: Human Moments by Donald Maass
A story moment connects with us it’s because it contains a feeling that at one time or another we’ve all had. Book agent Donald Maass is the author of one of my favorite writing advice books, Writing the Breakout Novel. The guy speaks from experience — a lot of experience — about what makes books sell. 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.
Podcast: The AI-Assisted Artisan Author by Joanna Penn
This episode is about how writers can use AI tools in their creative and business processes while still keeping their humanity at the core of their books. Very thoughtful and inspiring episode. 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.
The Character Triad by Stavros Halvatzis
The Realisation-Decision-Action character triad reveals how a character responds to a problem or event in a story. First, the character has a realisation – they identify the problem and gain insight on how to solve it. Then, they make a decision about how to act on that realization. Finally, they take action. 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).
Podcast: Quest Rewards by Oren Ashkenazi, Chris Winkle, and Wes Matlock
In this episode of the podcast, the hosts talk about quest rewards and why it’s different in fiction than games. 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:
- 10 Myths Writers Shouldn’t Believe About Fighting by Carla Hoch for Writer’s Digest
- Video: A Few Quick Editing Tips by Morgan Hazelwood for Morgan Hazelwood
- Authorial Intrusion: Should A Writer Interrupt The Story? by Liz Bureman for The Write Practice
- Characters Need To Prioritize Coherently by Nathan Bransford for Nathan Bransford
- Characters: The Good, The Bad And The Unnecessary by Dale Ivan Smith for Killzoneblog.com
- Video: Confrontation Scenes Drive All Stories. Here’s How To Write Them! by Stavros Halvatzis for Get Writing
- Context And Subtext In Dialogue: Creating Layered Speech by Jordan Kantey for Now Novel
- Cutting The Dull From Your Scenes by James Scott Bell for Killzoneblog.com
- Video: Emotional Stakes: How To Make Readers Care About Your Story by Shaelin Bishop for ShaelinWrites
- Five Ways To Write An Opening That Shines by Sarah Sally Hamer for The Write Conversation
- Free Your Darlings – Try The Bad Idea Exercise by Joseph Lallo for Writers In The Storm
- How (And Why) To Write A Novel With Two (Or More) Narratives by Elle Marr for Writer’s Digest
- How To Achieve Great Character Development In Your Story by Joe Yamulla for BookBaby Blog
- Video: How To Fix Overwriting — What To Do If Your Book Is Too Long by Claire Fraise for Write with Claire Fraise
- How To Work With Beta Readers by Hope Ann for A Writer’s Path
- How To Write A Training Sequence by Chris Winkle for Mythcreants
- How To Write Concise Dialogue That Rings True by Sandy Vaile for Writers In The Storm
- How Writers, Artists, And Creators Can Thrive In An Ai World by Dan Blank for WeGrowMedia
- On Writing Futuristic Sci-Fi Detective Stories by Pekoeblaze for A Writer’s Path
- Picard’s Third Season Shows Us How Nostalgia Can Go Wrong by Oren Ashkenazi for Mythcreants
- Reeling In Your Reader: The Power Of Hooks by Tammy Burke for MyStoryDoctor
- The 7 Best Skillshare Creative Writing Classes: Can These Courses Help You Become A Better Writer? by Joe Bunting for The Write Practice
- The Difference Between Stories And Novels by Andrea Lundgren for A Writer’s Path
- The Fascinating Neuroscience Of Scene by Susan DeFreitas for Jane Friedman
- Podcast: The One Where Victor Manibo Explains How He Uses The Story Engine Card Deck To Help Shape His Novels by J.D. Barker and Christine Daigle for Writers, Ink.
- Top 10 Things You Need To Consider If You Want To Write Comedy by Daniel A. Roberts for A Writer’s Path
- Worldbuilding 101 For Writers: Climate And Geography by A.C. Williams for The Write Conversation
- Would Mages Hide From Witch Hunts? by Oren Ashkenazi for Mythcreants
- Writing Dialogue: The Ins And Outs by Daphne Gray-Grant for Publication Coach
- Podcast: Writing Erotic And BDSM Novels With Ruby Scott by Sacha Black for Sacha Black
- Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Holding Back by Robert Lee Brewer for Writer’s Digest
The business side of writing
Self-Publishing News: Bookseller Survey Exposes Reality Of Being A Traditionally Published Debut Author by Dan Holloway
According to a survey of 108 traditionally published debut authors, 54% of said the experience had a negative effect on their mental health — and only 22% said they felt well supported by their publishers. And, according to another recent survey of 2,000 authors, self-published authors earn more than traditional publishers — and their incomes are rising. Get that survey here: selfpublishingadvice.org/incomesurvey. ALLi news editor Dan Holloway is a novelist, poet and spoken word artist. He is the MC of the performance arts show The New Libertines. 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).
Business Musings: Go Wide Or Run Away Or Amazon Fail by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Amazon is changing — and not for the better, as far as authors are concerned. Being exclusive to Amazon may no longer be the best strategy. 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: KDP And ACX Are In Trouble by Dale L. Roberts
Amazon KDP finally has some competition by way of IngramSpark with their latest updates — and Spotify is stepping up BIG time by offering an unheard of royalty for audiobooks that is double the royalty Audible offers. Dale L. Roberts is a self-publishing advocate, fitness author, and video content creator. Self-Publishing with Dale is a YouTube channel with millions of views.
Other business advice this week:
- How To Write A Book Description That Will Captivate Readers (And Sell Books!) by Sarah Gribble for The Write Practice
- 5 Tips To Improve Newsletters by Sue Coletta for Killzoneblog.com
- Boost Your Book Launch By Perfecting Distribution And Metadata by David Wogahn for Jane Friedman
- Can You Self-Publish Fanfiction In 2023? by Joe Yamulla for BookBaby Blog
- Should You Pay An Influencer To Recommend Your Book? Here’s How To Decide by Sandra Beckwith for Build Book Buzz
- Bonus Content: Fresh Ideas For Promoting A Book by Penny Sansevieri for Self Published Author
- How To Market A Book: 7 Tips For Strategic Pricing by Penny Sansevieri for Author Marketing Experts, Inc.
- Podcast: Indie Income, Resurrected Narrators & Rising Above Ai by Bryan Cohen and H. Claire Taylor for Sell More Books Show
- What Is Commercial Fiction? by Jessica Faust and James McGowan for BookEnds Literary Agency
- Writers Conferences 2023: 60 Events Worth Attending by Dana Sitar for The Write Life
- EBookFairs Review: A New Marketing Channel For Authors? by Dave Chesson for Kindlepreneur
- Video: How You Share Is A Craft by Dan Blank for WeGrowMedia
- Podcast: The Secrets To A Perfect Book Release by Penny Sansevieri for Author Marketing Experts, Inc.
- Video: How To Go About Hiring Editors by Daphne Gray-Grant for Publication Coach
- Video: KDP Print And Ingram Spark – Are They Better Together Or Separately? by Julie Broad for Book Launchers
- Why Choose Indie Publishing? by Ryan J. Doughan for A Writer’s Path
- Acknowledgments Page: How To Format This Often Overlooked Element by Dave Chesson for Kindlepreneur
- 10 Facts Writers Need To Know To Stay Safe From Scammers by Anne R. Allen for Anne R. Allen’s Blog… with Ruth Harris
- Podcast: What Is Publishing For, Anyway? by Mary Robinette Kowal, DongWon Song, Erin Roberts, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler for Writing Excuses
- Podcast: Picking Your Top Task For The Month by Orna Ross and Howard Lovy for Self Publishing Advice
- Podcast: Building A Mailing List by Dan Parsons and Melissa Addey for Self Publishing Advice
- The Seven Processes Of Publishing: Book Production by AskALLi Team for Self Publishing Advice
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.