This week’s top writing advice from around the web for Jul. 2, 2023

Reading Time: 9 minutes
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I subscribe to more than 175 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: Cheap Dopamine Is Ruining Your Writing by Jed Herne

Cheap dopamine — where you get pleasure without effort — is the biggest trap of the digital age. This video offers some tips for fixing the problem. Jed Herne is a fantasy and video game writer and a writing coach. For more about him, check out his website, Jed Herne is also the name of a writing advice YouTube channel.

Podcast: Work On Your Game With Dre Baldwin by Sacha Black

This episode’s guest is Dre Baldwin is a former pro basketball player, a social media expert, author, entrepreneur and business coach. He talks about disclipline, self-imposed deadlines, combatting fatigue, mental toughness, and building resilience. 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).

Podcast: Writing Every Day With Brock Swinson by Matt Bird

Guest Brock Swinson is an interviewer for Creative Screenwriting, podcaster of the Creative Principles Podcast and author of “Ink by the Barrel, Secrets from Prolific Writers”. You can get a free copy of the book at his website, 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.

Other motivational advice this week:

The art and craft of writing

Writing Twists And Turns In Thrillers With Catherine McKenzie by Rachel Wharton and Joni Di Placido

In this episode, Catherine McKenzie, a USA Today best-selling thriller author, talks about structure and the writing process. Rachel Wharton is the author engagement coordinator at Kobo Writing Life. Joni Di Placido is the author engagement specialist at Kobo Writing Life. Kobo Writing Life is the writing advice site from the people behind the Kobo reader. For more like this, subscribe to their RSS feed (directly Feedly link here).

Podcast: Using Sudowrite For Writing Fiction With Amit Gupta by Joanna Penn

How to train AI tools to write in your voice and style, dealing with criticism of using AI as a writer, possible legal issues when using AI tools as a collaborative approach, should authors discuss their AI usage, and the changing view of AI tools as they become mainstream. Joanna Penn has been sharing writing and publishing advice since 2008 at The Creative Penn and is the author of Successful Self-Publishing and many other writing and publishing advice books. She also has one of my favorite writing advice podcasts, and you can subscribe to it on Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotify, or Stitcher. The Creative Penn offers articlesvideosbookstools, and courses for independent authors.

Podcast: AI For Authors Update: Advanced Self-Publishing Podcast With Orna Ross And Joanna Penn by Orna Ross and Joanna Penn

Generative AI is improving rapidly, almost day by day, giving authors unprecedented assistance in writing and publishing books. This episode offers an overview of recent advances in generative AI for words, images, and audio, including Alliance of Independent Authors guidelines on copyright and ethical usage and how to use AI tools to improve quality and output. Orna Ross is a novelist, poet, self-publishing advocate, and founder and director of the Alliance of Independent Authors. Follow her on Twitter at @OrnaRoss. Joanna Penn has been sharing writing and publishing advice since 2008 at The Creative Penn and is the author of Successful Self-Publishing and many other writing and publishing advice books. She also has one of my favorite writing advice podcasts, and you can subscribe to it on Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotify, or Stitcher. Self Publishing Advice is the advice center of the Alliance of Independent Authors. If you want more advice like this, subscribe to their RSS feed (direct Feedly signup link).

Why Can’t A Novelist Write Like A Screenwriter? by Anne R. Allen

Most cop shows start with a victim being murdered. But in novels, readers don’t like it when a point of view character is killed in the first chapter. This post talks about why that happens. Anne Allen started her career at Bantam and knows her way around the publishing industry. Allen also writes mysteries and how-to books about writing. For more advice like this, follow her on Twitter at @annerallen or on Facebook at @annerallenauthor. Anne R. Allen’s Blog… with Ruth Harris offers advice from a couple of publishing industry veterans. For more advice like this, subscribe to their RSS feed (direct Feedly link).

Podcast: Our Favorite Mounts by Oren Ashkenazi, Chris Winkle, and Wes Matlock

In this episode, the Mythcreants team discusses horses, bears, weird space dragons and other animals used for transportation — and how to make the interesting. 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.

Other writing advice this week:

The business side of writing

One Thing Versus Many — Niche Marketing Part Two by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Writers who create diverse works that cater to different audiences and genres can try using segmented newsletters to reach different target markets effectively. 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.

Video: Germany: The 3rd Biggest Book Market by Mark Dawson and James Blatch

Andrea Kuhn and Freya von Korff are bestselling authors living in Germany – here’s why you should be translating your books for that market. Mark Dawson is a USA Today bestselling author who teaches courses about book production and marketing. Check out his website at James Blatch writes military thrillers. For more, check out his website, On the Self Publishing Formula show, Mark Dawson and James Blatch talk about building a career as a self-published author.

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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