This week’s top writing advice from around the web for Aug. 27, 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

How To Be More Productive In The Summer by Daphne Gray-Grant

Some very useful advice here, starting with setting aside LESS time to write. Daphne Gray-Grant is a writing coach, author of Your Happy First Draft, and host of The Write Question show on YouTube. 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) or follow them on Twitter at @pubcoach or subscribe to their YouTube channel.

Training = Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield

Amateurs have amateur habits. Pros have professional habits. How does the pro acquire professional habits? By training like a pro. The amateur by contrast either trains like an amateur or doesn’t train at all. Steven Pressfield is the author of The Legend of Bagger Vance and other novels as well as The War of Art and other non-fiction books about creative success. Check out his Amazon author page here. StevenPressfield.com offers weekly articles as well as a free mini-course about the business of writing.

Other motivational advice this week:

The art and craft of writing

Three Types Of Sentences Writers Love But Should Never Use In Dialogue by Matt Bird

The three types of sentences are dependent clauses, conditionals, or parallel construction. Unless the character is a college professor. 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.

Video: What?! Is Novel Ai Better Than Chatgpt For Fiction Writing? by Karen Brown

Novel AI now has its own large language model, named Kara, which does not have any restrictions on explicit or violent content. Karen Brown is an accountant by day and fiction writer by night. Future Fiction Academy’s YouTube channel offers video lab sessions and training for authors who want to learn how to write fiction with AI ethically and efficiently. for more information, check out their website, FutureFictionAcademy.com.

Video: Breaking: Fine-Tuned Models Are Here And It’s A Game-Changer by Jason Hamilton

Writers will soon be able to train AIs on their own writing. How will this change fiction? 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.

Video: The Dialogue Doctor Will See You Now – With Jeff Elkins by Mark Dawson and James Blatch

Dialogue expert Jeff Elkins explains how the way our characters talk influences the way our readers view their personalities. Mark Dawson is a USA Today bestselling author who teaches courses about book production and marketing. Check out his website at MarkJDawson.com. James Blatch writes military thrillers. For more, check out his website, JamesBlatch.com. On the Self Publishing Formula show, Mark Dawson and James Blatch talk about building a career as a self-published author.

Video: The Only Writing Skill You Need To Succeed by Jason Hamilton

The one skill is “story hacking.” I.e., reading critically and trying to figure out what makes for successful books and series. That includes analyzing scene structures, characters, and relationships. 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.

Video: Improve Your AI Writing Skills With This One Simple Method by Jason Hamilton

The one simple method in this video is to give the AI an extremely detailed outline, including every single beat in a scene. 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.

Podcast: Love Interests by Oren Ashkenazi and Chris Winkle

What makes a love interest tick, how to make them desirable without being exploitative, and, obviously, who the best love interests are. 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.

Other writing advice this week:

The business side of writing

EPUB vs. Mobi Vs. PDF: Which Book Format Should You Use? by Dave Chesson

EPUB. The answer is almost always EPUB. Dave Chesson is the founder of Kindlepreneur is pretty much the top site out there for self-published authors who want to sell more e-books on Amazon. The RSS feed is here (direct Feedly signup link). Follow them on Facebook at @KindlePreneur and Chesson himself on Twitter at @DaveChesson. And make sure to subscribe to his podcast, The Book Marketing Show. Kindlepreneur is pretty much the top site out there for self-published authors who want to sell more e-books on Amazon. The RSS feed is here (direct Feedly signup link). Follow them on Facebook at @KindlePreneur and founder Dave Chesson on Twitter at @DaveChesson.

Business Musings: Over The Decades by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

What Barbie can teach writers about niche marketing. (It’s a lot!) 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: 25 Years Of Publishing – Lessons Learned by Kevin Tumlinson

Guest Kerrie Flanagan is a highly accomplished author, writing consultant, and instructor known for her expertise in the publishing industry. With 25 years of experience, she has established herself as a respected figure in the writing community. Novelist Kevin Tumlinson is also the director of marketing at Draft2Digital. Draft2Digital is one of the leading publishing platforms that helps authors publish their books to multiple platforms. It also has a very nice and easy ebook creation and formatting tool.

Loglines by Staci Troilo

How the use the logline formula: A (PROTAGONIST) in (SETTING) has a (PROBLEM) caused by an (ANTAGONIST) and (faces CONFLICT) as they try to (achieve a GOAL). Staci Troilo is a multi-genre best-selling author, editor, and ghostwriter. Learn more about her at StaciTroilo.com. For more advice like this, follow the Story Empire Blog on Facebook at @StoryEmpire5 or on Twitter at @StoryEmpire or get their RSS feed here (direct Feedly signup link).

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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. 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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