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Productivity, mood management, and battling the demons inside
Could A Map Help You Be More Productive? by Ann Gomez
A MAP — Main Action Plan — is an upgraded to-do list. Your MAP is your priority management system, and it is your most essential productivity tool. Ann Gomez is an inspiring speaker, a USA Today bestselling author, and the founder of Clear Concept Inc., a global training organization. She has 20 years of experience in productivity, collaboration, mindset, and wellbeing. 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), follow them on Twitter at @pubcoach, or subscribe to their YouTube channel.
Video: What Are Strengths? by Becca Syme
Your unique strengths as a writer are what can catapult you to success. These are the areas in which you not only have natural aptitude but also a capacity for faster growth. 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.
Video: What Is Author Alignment? by Becca Syme
Once you figure out what your unique strengths and weaknesses are, organize your life so that you lean into your strengths. 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.
Video: What Is Essential Pain? by Becca Syme
Pain can be a sign that you’re about to learn something important. Avoiding that pain by, say, distracting yourself with social media, can keep you stuck instead of letting you move forward. 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:
- 1 Myth And 3 Tips About Writing Productivity by Brian Andrews for Career Authors
- 5 Similarities Between Running And Writing by Sara Kopeczky for A Writer’s Path
- Brainstorming by Joan Hall for Story Empire
- How To Balance Creativity And Discipline (While Avoiding Burnout) by Hannah Lynn for Writer’s Digest
- Video: How To Find Your ‘Big Why’ As An Author by Jason Hamilton for The Nerdy Novelist
- How To Stop Getting Distracted While Working by Daphne Gray-Grant for Publication Coach
- Make The Most Of Having 15 Minutes To Write by Elizabeth S. Craig for Insecure Writer’s Support Group
- Novel Writing Isn’t For Wimps — Encouragement To Keep Writing by Ane Mulligan for The Write Conversation
- Ten Writer Habits That Are a Detriment To The Writing Process by John W. Howell for Story Empire
- The Perils Of Being Too Productive by Daphne Gray-Grant for Publication Coach
The art and craft of writing
Video: How To Actually Finish NaNoWriMo This Year by Ayden Pugh
How to use plot and character archetypes to make planning and writing a book easier. Ayden Pugh is the author of Codex Archetypum: A Compendium of Archetypes & their uses. Author Quest is a YouTube channel about how to write a book, write a good story that people actually want to read, and maybe make a living off of it.
ANTS: The Critical Factors That Make Stories Popular by Chris Winkle
ANTS — attachment, novelty, tension, and satisfaction — are the key elements that make a story well-liked. 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.
Video: Chekhov’s Gun & The Mental Inventory by Philip Athans
If, in the first act, you have hung a pistol on the wall, then in the following one, it should be fired. Otherwise, don’t put it there. Philip Athans is the New York Times best-selling author of Annihilation and a dozen other books, including The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction and Writing Monsters. His blog, Fantasy Author’s Handbook, is updated every Tuesday, and you can follow him on Twitter at @PhilAthans.
Podcast: Constructing A Mystery by Oren Ashkenazi and Chris Winkle
Constructing a mystery means laying the foundation for what needs to be solved, adding stakes, and making sure there are obstacles in the heroes’ path. It sounds simple but can get really complex in practice. Fortunately, the Mythcreants team is here to shed some light on the process. Oren Ashkenazi is the speculative fiction manuscript editor, and Chris Winkle is the founder and editor-in-chief 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.
Little Writing Pests by James Scott Bell
How to avoid excess adverbs, semicolons, misplaced attributions, elliptical errors, and other minor but pesky writing mistakes. Thriller writer James Scott Bell is the author of more than twenty books about writing, and you can follow him on Twitter at @jamesscottbell. His website is JamesScottBell.com. 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 writing advice this week:
- Video: 116 Writers Sent Me Their Magic System Ideas (Best Wins $1,000) by Jed Herne for Jed Herne
- 5 Tips For Creating A Sense Of Wonder In Fantasy (And Wowing Readers Who Think They’ve Seen It All) by Kahina Necaise for Writer’s Digest
- 6 Tips For Finding Your Novel’s Best Point Of View(s) by BettyJoyce Nash for Writer’s Digest
- A Case Against Chapter Titles by Philip Athans for Fantasy Author’s Handbook
- Almost Outlined: Working Past Mental Bottlenecking To Create A Killer Book Outline by Hannah Eason for A Writer’s Path
- Are Writing Courses Really Worth It For Beginners? by Savannah Gilbo for Fiction Writing Tips
- Bad Behavior Makes For A Compelling Read by Heather Webb for Writer Unboxed
- Best Book Writing Software 2023 by Dave Chesson for Kindlepreneur
- Podcast: Beyond Your First Book With Lewis Jorstad by Sacha Black for Sacha Black
- Breaking Writing Rules: Never Start With A Character Waking Up by September C. Fawkes for September C. Fawkes
- Video: ChatGPT’s Newest Feature Vision Rocks For Fiction by Elizabeth Ann West for Future Fiction Academy
- Video: Dialogue Mistakes New Writers Make — Avoid These Cringeworthy Cliches by Abbie Emmons for Abbie Emmons
- Podcast: District 9: Worldbuilding 101 by Melanie Hill and Valerie Francis for Story Nerd
- Editing Your First Five Pages by Katy Kauffman for The Write Editing
- Five Types Of Bummer Endings, And How To Make Them Work by Oren Ashkenazi for Mythcreants
- How Can My Character Realize They Are The Baddies? by Oren Ashkenazi for Mythcreants
- How To Be A Clever Writer by C. S. Lakin for Live Write Thrive
- How To Eliminate Info Dumps In Deep Point Of View by Lisa Hall-Wilson for Writers In The Storm
- Video: How To Emotionally Reach Your Readers by Jeff Elkins for Self Publishing Advice
- Video: How To Outline: Extending And Resolving Conflict In A Story by Michael Jaymes for Michael Jaymes
- Video: How To Preptober Using John Truby’s Anatomy Of Genre by Nicole Wilbur for Nicole Wilbur
- How To Self-Edit by Robert Swartwood for Career Authors
- How To Work With Metaphors In Stories by Stavros Halvatzis for Stavros Halvatzis
- How To Write A Book In A Day by Nick Thacker for Writers In The Storm
- How To Write A Coincidence Or Intuition Your Readers Will Actually Believe by DiAnn Mills for The Write Conversation
- Video: How To Write And Plan A Book Series by Claire Fraise for Write with Claire Fraise
- Video: How To Write Exciting Exposition by Brandon McNulty for Writer Brandon McNulty
- How To Write Scary Novels Infused With Fun And Humor by Rachel Harrison for Writer’s Digest
- Identity And Character Development by Tiffany Yates Martin for FoxPrint Editorial
- Video: Is NovelAI Actually Good Now? by Jason Hamilton for The Nerdy Novelist
- Let Characters’ Emotions Spill In Unpredictable Ways by Nathan Bransford for Nathan Bransford
- Video: Location, Location, Location: How It Shapes Behaviour In Stories by Stavros Halvatzis for Get Writing
- Mastering Character Description Without Info Dumps In Deep POV by Lisa Hall-Wilson for Lisa Hall-Wilson
- Video: My Favorite Novel Outline Methods & Writing Tools For Preptober by Mandi Lynn for Mandi Lynn
- Video: Plan Your Series Better With AI by Leeland Artra for Future Fiction Academy
- Video: Self-Publishing Writer’s Checklist #1: Openings by Susan MacGregor for Writers’ Rx
- Seven Questions To Test Your Characters by Debbie Burke for Killzoneblog.com
- The Importance Of Setting by Tammy Burke for MyStoryDoctor
- Podcast: The One Where M.P. Woodward Reveals How His Tech Work With Amazon Prime Video Inspired Him To Write Again by Christine Daigle, JP Rindfleisch IX, and Patrick O’Donnell for Writers, Ink.
- The Plot Thickens: 10 Tips For Plotting Your Novel by Rainey Hall for Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers
- There’s Banter For That: 4 Elements To Upgrading Dialogue From Sweet To Sassy by Emily Duvall for Writer’s Digest
- Time Warps And The Ing Construction by Terry Odell for Killzoneblog.com
- Transforming Fear Into Fiction by Julie Carrick Dalton for Writer Unboxed
- Video: When To Start A New Chapter by Daphne Gray-Grant for Publication Coach
- Why Writing A Scapegoat Character Can Bring Your Writing Bang Up-To-Date by Lucy V Hay for Bang2write
- Writing About Pain: Best Practices For Great Fiction by Becca Puglisi for Writers Helping Writers
- Writing About Pain: Everyday Ways A Character Could Be Hurt by Becca Puglisi for Writers Helping Writers
- Video: Writing Atmosphere And Mood — How To Write An Immersive Story by Shaelin Bishop for ShaelinWrites
- Writing Passionate Characters by Linda S. Clare for Linda S. Clare
The business side of writing
Have Your Cake (And Eat It, Too) With Social Media by Ambre Leffler
Tips on how to engage with social media without draining your mental bank account and staying true to your authentic self. Ambre Dawn Leffler writes about communing with nature and the interconnections of mind and body. Learn more about her tree time, garden residents, and wellness practices at her website AmbreDawnLeffler.com and seasonal inspiration from her newsletter Sky Earth Water. You can also follow her on Twitter at @AmbreDLeffler and Instagram at @ambredawnleffler. DiyMFA offers classes, advice articles and other training materials for writers. For more advice like this, follow them on Twitter at @DIYMFA and on Facebook at @DIYMFA or subscribe to their RSS feed (direct Feedly signup link).
92 Calls For Submissions In October 2023 – Paying Markets by Erica Verrillo
MetaStellar is on this list, but our word length limit is 1,200 words this cycle, not 1,000. Erica Verrillo is a fantasy writer. For more advice like this, follow Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity via their RSS feed (direct Feedly link). Follow her on Twitter at @EricaVerrillo or check out her website, EricaVerillo.com.
Other business advice this week:
- Blurbs by Staci Troilo for Story Empire
- Self-Publishing News: George R R Martin Among Latest Batch Of Authors To Sue OpenAI by Dan Holloway for Self Publishing Advice
- Successful Rapid-Release Strategies For Indie Authors by AskALLi Team for Self Publishing Advice
- The Great Instagram Glow Up: Are You Shining Your Absolute Brightest? by Lara Ferrari for Build Book Buzz
- To Sell More Books, Think Like Warren Buffett by Brian Jud for Self Published Author
- How And Why To Host Giveaways: Interview With YA Author Callie Thomas by Donna Jo Stone for Almost An Author
- Why Publishers Prefer Proposals by Terry Whalin for Almost An Author
- How To Self-Publish A Book On Amazon With Your Future Success In Mind by Penny Sansevieri for Author Marketing Experts, Inc.
- 7 Reasons Why You Would Use A Pseudonym For Writing by Allison Spooner for The Write Life
- Twelve Must-Read Books On Self-Publishing For 2023 by Cate Baum for Self-Publishing Review
- Podcast: Category Nightmares, Faulty Beliefs, And Print-On-Demand by Bryan Cohen and H. Claire Taylor for Sell More Books Show
- Choosing A Self-Publishing Services Company: 7 Questions To Ask First by Helen Sedwick for The Book Designer
- How To Become A Successful Author by Judith Briles for The Book Designer
- Understanding The Parts Of A Book—With Infographic by Cameron Chapman for The Book Designer
- How To Change Your Kindle Keywords And Why You Should by Dave Chesson for Kindlepreneur
- Video: How To Build World Class Author Websites With Stu Grant by Jim Azevedo for Draft2Digital
- Video: Making Self-Publishing More Affordable – With Dan Wood by Mark Dawson and James Blatch for Self Publishing Formula
- Video: How Often Should I Update My Book Description? by M.K. Williams for M.K. Williams
- Podcast: Second Books, Second Agents, & Second Chance Hotel: Live Q&A With Author Sierra Godfrey by Julie Kingsley and Jessica Sinsheimer for Manuscript Academy
- Video: Supercharge Your Book Launch With Bookbub Alerts by S.D. Huston for S.D. Huston
- Video: How To Create Full-Cast Audiobooks In Seconds by Jason Hamilton for The Nerdy Novelist
- The Other Pitch Packages Authors Should Prepare by Amy L. Bernstein for Jane Friedman
- Self-Publishing News: UK Government Passes Online Safety Act by Dan Holloway for Self Publishing Advice
- Business Musings: My Own Little Store by Kristine Kathryn Rusch for Kristine Kathryn Rusch
- Podcast: KDP Limits Titles: We Learn How Tricky It Can Be To Legislate Technology by Dan Holloway for Self Publishing Advice
- What Is A Book Proof And What Should You Look For? by Scott McCormick for BookBaby Blog
- This Is The Best Time To Be A Writer by Dan Blank for WeGrowMedia
- Video: How To Avoid Publishing Your Book On Amazon As An Author by Julie Broad for Book Launchers
- The Hollywood Writers’ Strike Looks To Be Over by Dan Holloway for Self Publishing Advice
- The Best Book Cover Fonts To Use Right Now by Cameron Chapman for The Book Designer
- How To Write A Book Pitch (And Why It Matters) by Darcy Nicholson for The Novelry
- How To End An Unhappy Relationship With A Publisher by Jay Hartman for Writers and Publishers Network
- About Making Money Writing by Bobbie Christmas for Writers and Publishers Network
- What To Know About AI In 2023 by Eric Hauch for Writers and Publishers Network
- The Logistics Of Touring Part – Promotion & Product by Mark Parsons for Writers and Publishers Network
- Video: You Still Have Time To Make Sales (2023 Isn’t Over Yet) by marketing by shelby for Marketing by Shelby
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.