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Productivity, mood management, and battling the demons inside
Podcast: How To Be A Fearless Writer by Sacha Black
This episode features guest Beth Kempton, writing coach and author of The Way of the Fearless Writer. She talks about the most common writer fears and how to overcome them. Sacha Black is a fantasy author and writing coach, with several writing advice books including 13 Steps to Evil: How to Craft Superbad Villains (Better Writers Series) May 9, 2017. 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).
Video: Writing Habits And Accountability by Kristina Adams And Ellie Betts
In this episode, the hosts talk to YA fantasy writer Clarissa Gosling, who is also the administrator of the 365 Writing Challenge group, which supports people in building the habit of writing. Kristina Adams is a bestselling author and writing instructor. Find out more at her website, KristinaAdamsAuthor.com. The Writer’s Cookbook offers advice, podcast, videos, coaching, workshops, and writing courses. Follow the site via their RSS feed (direct Feedly link here).
Other motivational advice this week:
- Video: 10 Best Tips For Conquering Writer’s Block by Jenna Moreci for Writing with Jenna Moreci
- 3 Reasons To Retire The Worried Writer Inside You by Kristen Hogrefe Parnell for The Write Conversation
- 4 Reasons Writers Need Each Other by Linda Gilden for The Write Conversation
- 5 Lessons Learned As A Career Novelist by Our Special Guest for Career Authors
- Video: 5 Tips For Writing Your First Draft | Battling Perfectionism, Writing Fast, And Goals by Claire Fraise for Write with Claire Fraise
- 5 Writing Sprints For Winning NaNoWriMo by Lewis Jorstad for The Novel Smithy
- 8 Tips For Dealing With Negative Reviews Of Your Book by K. M. Weiland for Helping Writers Become Authors
- Video: Authors And Imposter Syndrome by Julie Broad for Book Launchers
- Building Your Writing Habit Through Automation by Daphne Gray-Grant for Publication Coach
- Changing Your Mindset: Why Valuing Yourself Should Be Your Next Step As A Writer by AK Nevermore for DIY MFA
- Four Traps That Can Kill Your NaNoWriMo Novel by Dabbler Robert Smith for National Novel Writing Month
- Hey Writers: Stop Being Your Own Worst Enemy. Here’s How by Lucy V Hay for Bang2write
- How Conversations Inspire Writing by Kelly Ohlert for Women Writers, Women’s Books
- How To Turn Writer’s Block Into Building Blocks by David Villalva for David Villalva
- How To Work Less And Live More As A Writer by Daphne Gray-Grant for Publication Coach
- Pro Tips From A Nano Coach: How To Form Writing Habits by Isabel Cañas for National Novel Writing Month
- Video: Self-Hypnosis To Unlock Creativity With Suzette Martinez Standring by Kevin Tumlinson for Draft2Digital
- The Winning Attitude Of A Successful Writer by Diana Gabaldon for Writers In The Storm
- The Writing Habit by Rochelle Melander for Write Now Coach!
- Video: What To Do About Your Fear Of Publishing by Daphne Gray-Grant for Publication Coach
- Why Is It So Hard To Be Creative When You’re Stressed Out? by Lauren Sapala for Lauren Sapala
The art and craft of writing
Video: How To Turn Your Book Into A Movie by Kate And Abbie Emmons
Hosts Abbie and Kate talk to filmmakers David and Jackson Hughens, who are in the process of turning their screenplay into a crowd-funded feature film. Speculative fiction author Kate Emmons is a YA fiction author and Abbie Emmons teaches writers how to make their stories matter. Abbie Emmons is a YouTube channel about writing from the writing instructor and author of the same name.
Podcast: Hero Haters by Oren Ashkenazi, Chris Winkle, and Wes Matlock
In this episode, the Mythcreants team discusses the characters who hate the protagonist — why hero haters are useful, why they’re so often contrived, and how they can be better handled. 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.
The Expanded Ultimate Story Checklist by Matt Bird
This is a giant checklist of 122 questions, plus link to in-depth articles covering each of the topics. Great resource to bookmark and return to again and again. Matt Bird is the author of The Secrets of Story: Innovative Tools for Perfecting Your Fiction and Captivating Readers. The Secrets of Story blog offers in-depth, detailed advice about writing and structuring novels and screenplays.
Podcast: Monstrous Awakening by Mary Robinette Kowal, C.L. Polk, Fran Wilde, and Howard Tayler
In this episode, the hosts discuss how body horror and other monstrous-ness is a tool we should be employing with great care. Mary Robinette Kowal is the Nebula and Hugo Award-winning author of the Lady Astronaut series and other books and the former president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. C. L. Polk is a fantasy author. Fran Wilde is a science fiction and fantasy writer. Howard V. Tayler is the creator of the webcomic Schlock Mercenary. Writing Excuses is a podcast about the art and business of writing. Support them on Patreon.
Other writing advice this week:
- 3 Creative Tricks To Find Your Character’s Voice by Jeff Elkins for The Write Practice
- 4 Tips For Writing A Compelling Introvert by Claire Alexander for Writer’s Digest
- 4 Tips For Writing A Positive Relationship by September C. Fawkes for MyStoryDoctor
- 5 Tips For Crafting The Perfect Short Story by Louise Marburg for Writer’s Digest
- 5 Tips For Writing A Fantasy Trilogy by Nick Martell for Writer’s Digest
- Bringing Setting To Life Through Your Characters’ Emotions by C. S. Lakin for Live Write Thrive
- Casting For Contrast, Part Two: How Characters Speak by Lee Gramling for Florida Writers Association Blog
- Character-Building: How Do Your Characters Say “Thank You”? by Kelley J. P. Lindberg for Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers
- Podcast: Do All Strands Of The Story And Most Of The Characters Come Together For The Climactic Confrontation? by Matt Bird for The Secrets of Story
- Podcast: Does The Hero’s Inner Struggle Climax Shortly After — Or Possibly At The Same Time As — Her Outer Struggle? by Matt Bird for The Secrets of Story
- Every Writer Needs A Good Book On Grammar: Here Are 15 Of The Best by Barrie Davenport for Blog – Authority Self-Publishing
- Five Myths About Story Revision by Lynne Reeves Griffin for Women Writers, Women’s Books
- Five Ways To Set The Scene Quickly And Subtly by Fran Hawthorne for DIY MFA
- Focusing The Message: 5 Pro Tips From A Songwriter by Kathryn Craft for Writer Unboxed
- How Big Of A Problem Is “Head Hopping”? by Susan Defreitas for Jane Friedman
- How To Craft Award-Winning Flash And Microfiction: An Alternative To NaNoWriMo by Amber Byers for Anne R. Allen’s Blog… with Ruth Harris
- How To Free Yourself From Endless Revision by Audrey Kalman for Jane Friedman
- How To Make Readers Care About Your Protagonist—And Your Plot by Janice Hardy for Fiction University
- How To Write A Screenplay: The 5 Step Process by Joe Bunting for The Write Practice
- How Useful Are Blake Snyder’s Rules Of Storytelling? Part 1 by Oren Ashkenazi for Mythcreants
- Inhabiting Your Characters by Louise Marburg for Women Writers, Women’s Books
- Inner Life And The Exterior World by David Corbett for Writer Unboxed
- Podcast: Is There An Epilogue/Aftermath/Denouement In Which The Challenge Is Finally Resolved — Or Succumbed To — And We See How Much The Hero Has Changed? by Matt Bird for The Secrets of Story
- Is There Something Wrong With Writing In First Person? by Chris Winkle for Mythcreants
- Keeping A Series Fresh With Kid-Friendly Conflicts And Changing Genres by Josh Funk for Writers’ Rumpus
- Must-Haves Of First And Last Chapters by Mary Carroll Moore for How to Plan, Write, and Develop a Book
- Video: Near-Future World Building: How To Create Authentic Environments For Your Stories by Stavros Halvatzis for Get Writing
- Video: Science Fiction & Reproductive Rights by Morgan Hazelwood for Morgan Hazelwood
- Ten Ways To Inspire Your Description by Chris Winkle for Mythcreants
- Worldbuilding: The Enemy Of Good Writing? by Janet Forbes for Writers In The Storm
- Write A Sympathetic Villain Your Readers Will Love To Hate by Neil Chase for Jane Friedman
- Write More Powerful Scenes By Seeing The Description by Cindy Sproles for The Write Conversation
- Video: Writers And Editors: Finding The Right Fit by Andre Calilhanna for BookBaby Blog
- Podcast: Writing A Spicy Series With Jade West by Rachel Wharton And Vanessa for Kobo Writing Life
The business side of writing
3 Ways To Step Up Your Book Marketing by Sabrina Ricci
Advice for sprucing up your book sales page, offering bonuses to book buyers, and creating a mailing list sign-up page. Sabrina Ricci writes advice about indie publishing. Follow her on Facebook at @sabrinadenisericci or on Twitter at @sabsky. Digital Publishing is a site about indie publishing. Follow them via their RSS feed (direct Feedly link here).
Get The Big Things Right by Nathan Bransford
No one is going to reject your book if you have a typo in your synopsis. No one is going to refuse to buy your self-published novel because your author bio has insufficient short story publications. But there are a few things that you absolutely do have to get right, and this article focuses on the five big ones. 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.
Five Skills Every Author Needs To Have by Jessica Faust
Other than being able to write a book in the first place, authors must also know how to write a synopsis, learn from revisions, know their weak spots, and understand that publishing is a business. 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]. 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.
Other business advice this week:
- 13 Reasons Why Your Submission Could Have Been Rejected by Diana Stout for Writers In The Storm
- Making The Most Of A Book Festival by Greer Macallister for Writer Unboxed
- Finding Venues To Sell Your Books by Jean Davis for Insecure Writer’s Support Group
- Book Title And Ideas: How To Come Up With The Best by Jordan Kantey for Now Novel
- Video: Introducing Self Publishing Launchpad by Mark Dawson And James Blatch for Self Publishing Formula
- Self-Publishing Launchpad With James Blatch by Joanna Penn for The Creative Penn
- Let’s Get Engaged: How To Use Social Media Effectively by Amy Rogers Nazarov for Build Book Buzz
- Finding Beta Readers, Part II by Linda S. Clare for Linda S. Clare
- A Quick Education To Improve Your Publishing And Book Marketing Plan by Penny Sansevieri for Author Marketing Experts, Inc.
- Video: Modern Dictation, Email Boosting, And App Store Fees by Bryan Cohen And H. Claire Taylor for Sell More Books Show
- Video: Publishing Lessons Learned In 2022 by Julie Broad for Book Launchers
- Podcast: How Bookfunnel Can Help You Grow Your Email List by Thomas Umstattd Jr. for Author Media
- Video: Project Manage Your Author Career With Debra Dunbar by Becca Syme for QuitCast for Writers with Becca Syme
- Video: Book Rescue Challenge: Cover Design Overhaul by Dale L. Roberts for Self-Publishing with Dale
- Video: What To Do Before Sending Your Book To Literary Agents by Jessica Faust And James Mcgowan for BookEnds Literary Agency
- Amazon’s Ebook Return Policy And Tiktok by Emily Mccrary-Ruiz-Esparza for Written Word Media
- Business Musings: How Writers Fail Part 10: Blame by Kristine Kathryn Rusch for Kristine Kathryn Rusch
- How To Talk About Your Writing So People Want To Read It by Tiffany Yates Martin for FoxPrint Editorial
- Avoid Holiday Supply-Chain Logjams: Sell Your Books On BookBaby Bookshop by Joe Yamulla for BookBaby Blog
- The Rising Price Of Everything And What It Means For Publishing by Leah Dearborn for LitReactor
- How Do You Make A Career With Your Writing? Lessons From Several Years Of Author Interviews by Roz Morris for Nail Your Novel
- How To Promote Your Next Big Thing Before It’s Ready: No Trickery Involved by Patricia Durgin for Almost An Author
- Podcast: How To Pitch A Book To Draw In More Readers by Penny Sansevieri for Author Marketing Experts, Inc.
- 15 Famous Pen Names And Why Authors Use Them by Barrie Davenport for Blog – Authority Self-Publishing
- ReaderScout Review: A New Free Tool For Authors by Jason Hamilton for Kindlepreneur
- Amazon Printing Press And Pricing Scams: What Authors Need To Know by Jason Hamilton for Kindlepreneur
- What Are The Requirements For A New Edition Of Your Book? by Carolyn Howard-Johnson for Writers On The Move
- Stop Worrying About How Many Followers You Have by Dan Blank for WeGrowMedia
- Video: Amplify Your Author Email by Mark Dawson and James Blatch for Self Publishing Formula
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.