This week’s top writing advice from around the web for Aug. 13, 2023

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I subscribe to more than 180 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

Video: How Do We Think About The Future Of Being An Author? by Becca Syme

This episode talks about the pitfalls of constantly fearing the worst-case scenario and highlights the power of resilience and adaptability. 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.

Rejections Happen To Us All by Elaine Viets

Some stories of famous writers who suffered through ego-crushing rejections when they were first starting out. Elaine Viets has written 30 mysteries in four series. Check out her website at 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.

Video: Self-Advocacy Goals by Debra Eckerling

When you advocate for yourself, you not only help yourself. You help others who need to learn from you, understand your message, or be entertained by your work. Debra Eckerling is a consulting and author specializing in goal setting and motivation and speaks on the subjects of writing, networking, goal-setting, and social media. Writers On The Move offers writing, publishing and book marketing advice from experienced authors and marketers.

Video: Writing Q&A: Thoughts On AI, Writing & Mental Health, Theme & Intention by ShaelinWrites

My favorite quote from this video: “You don’t have to be amazing to start, but you have to start to be amazing.” Shaelin Bishop has been writing for 14 years. Follow her on Twitter at @shaelinbishop. ShaelinWrites is a YouTube writing advice channel with more than 3 million views.

Other motivational advice this week:

The art and craft of writing

The Two Most Important Tricks For How To Build Suspense by K. M. Weiland

The trick is to pose a question and then make the readers wait before giving them the answer. 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 Authorsvia its RSS feed (direct Feedly signup link). You can also follow her on Twitter @KMWeiland and on Facebook 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.

Podcast: Planning A Novel With Megan Haskell And Greta Boris by Sacha Black

Award-winning dark fantasy author Megan Haskell and USA Today bestselling mystery author Greta Boris talk about brainstorming, world building, and other aspects of planning a novel. For more info, check out their site, The Author Wheel. Sacha Black is a fantasy author and writing coach, with several writing advice books including 13 Steps to Evil: How to Craft Superbad Villains. 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).

All The Different Ways You Can Write Down Your Novel, And Why Mine Is Best  by Oren Ashkenazi

Real writers don’t use software. They painstakingly carve out each letter on cuineform tablets. 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.

Five Mistakes That Reverse Social Justice Messages by Chris Winkle

This is one of my favorite advice articles this week. If you’re writing stories that involve oppression, marginalized characters, and social issues, here are some common mistakes to avoid — like, for example, not forcing your victim characters to forgive their aggressors, especially when those aggressors committed truly grievous evil. 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.

Don’t Over-Explain Default Objects And Gestures by Nathan Bransford

You don’t need to tell readers which hand a character used to pick something up or that a car had four black tires — unless it actually matters to the story. 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, Bransford offers writing and publishing advice as well as book coaching, editing, and marketing services.

Video: 7 Mindset Shifts For AI Authors That Most Ignore by Jason Hamilton

First, AI is a spectrum — you can use a lot or a little. Second, you can use as a collaborative partner rather than as a tool that does all the work. Third, embracing an entrepreneurial mindset will help you find opportunities — AI is one of the significant opportunities of this age. AI also requires a love of lifelong learning, patience, quality input, and specificity. Jason Hamilton is a fantasy author. Check out Hamilton’s site, MythHQ. You can also follow him on Twitter at @StoryHobbit and on Facebook at Jason Hamilton. The Nerdy Novelist is a YouTube channel focusing on using AI to write and market books.

Other writing advice this week:

The business side of writing

Business Musings: The Problem With Skimping by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

If you want to sell stuff on your website, set up a Shopify store. If you can’t afford the $500 a year, wait until you can — don’t skimp by setting up a bad store that will drive away customers. 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.

Other business advice this week:

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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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