This week’s top writing advice from around the web for Apr. 16, 2023

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I subscribe to more than 150 writing advice sites and gather the best posts for you every single Sunday. You can see all the previous writing advice of the week posts here and subscribe to the RSS feed for this writing advice series here (direct Feedly signup link).

Productivity, mood management, and battling the demons inside

Business Musings: How Writers Fail Part 13: Success Kills Them by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Achieving a goal often kills the desire to create, especially if the creative person used that goal as a carrot to get ahead. 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, Rusch offers her thoughts about the publishing industry and other topics.

The Secret Schedules Of Great Authors by Andrea Lundgren

How Anthony Trollope, Jane Austen, Gustave Flaubert, Gertrude Stein and Francine Prose found time to write. For more from Andrea Lundgren, check out her website, 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 motivational advice this week:

The art and craft of writing

Character Dressing by Anne Hawkinson

When your story takes place has a significant bearing on what your characters wear. Anne K. Hawkinson is an award-winning author and poet. Find out more at her website, The Florida Writers Association is a great resource for writers, with a very active advice blog. Follow the Florida Writers Association via their RSS feed (direct Feedly link here), on Facebook at Florida Writers Association and on Twitter at @FloridaWriters1.

The Real Problem With Passive Voice In Fiction by Janice Hardy

Passive voice can hurt our writing, but it’s not about grammar, it’s about writing a sentence in a way that gets the idea we want to convey across in a dramatic fashion that engages our readers. Fantasy author Janice Hardy has several must-have writing guides up on Amazon and you can follow her on Twitter @Janice_Hardy. Follow Janice Hardy’s Fiction University via RSS feed here (direct Feedly signup link), or follow them on Facebook at @JaniceHardysFictionUniversity. Janice Hardy’s Fiction University is one of the top writing advice sites out there. You can subscribe to their RSS feed here (direct Feedly signup link), or follow it on Twitter or on Facebook.

Video: How To Write A Novel In Google Docs by Abbie Emmons

Most writers don’t know this, but Google Docs has tons of hidden features that can make your writing experience fun, organized, and super aesthetic. Abbie Emmons teachwa writers how to make their stories matter. For more advice like this, check out her website, Abbie Emmons is a YouTube channel about writing from writing instructor and author of the same name.

Five Types Of Annoying Cliffhangers  by Oren Ashkenazi

According to Oren, there’s no such thing as a non-annoying cliffhanger. There are only stories that are otherwise good enough for us to forgive their cliffhanger endings. 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.

Podcast: Mid-Story Resolution by Oren Ashkenazi and Chris Winkle

Most authors know that when a story ends, they should resolve all the plots they’ve opened. It’s the polite thing to do. But what if you’re only ending a single book in a series? What should you resolve then, and are you doomed to be written off as a cliffhanger? 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.

Video: How Word Choices Can Make Or Break Your Fiction by Susan MacGregor

Abstract, archaic nouns or vague and conflicting verbs and adverbs can spell the difference between an editor or reader enjoying your story, and one who sets your story aside. Susan MacGregor is an editor with On Spec, one of Canada’s foremost magazines for speculative fiction. Writers’ Rx is a just-launched YouTube channel dedicated to improving writing.

Other writing advice this week:

The business side of writing

What Is Your Author Brand? by Steven Spatz

You might not be a multi-national corporation, but as a self-published author, you still need to develop and nurture a consistent author brand. Steven Spatz is a writer, marketer, and the president of BookBaby. BookBaby bills itself as the nation’s leading self-publishing services company. For more advice like this, subscribe to their RSS feed (directly Feedly link here), or follow them on Facebook at @BookBaby or on Twitter at @BookBaby.

The Creative Success Pyramid by Dan Blank

This pyramid is actually a comprehensive marketing and promotional strategy for book authors. It starts with defining your identity then moves on to finding your audience, developing your channels, outreach, marketing, and creating sustainable systems. Dan Blank is a marketing expert who’s worked with thousands of writers and creators over the past ten years. At We Grow Media, Blank offers one-on-one marketing consulting to help authors grow their platforms, create meaningful connections with readers, and prepare for big book launches.

Other business advice this week:

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, and check out her latest videos on the Maria Korolov YouTube channel. Email her at [email protected]. She is also the editor and publisher of Hypergrid Business, one of the top global sites covering virtual reality.

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