This week’s top writing advice from around the web for Jun. 11, 2023

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(Image by Maria Korolov via Midjourney.)

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

3 Ways Writers Block Their Success (While Thinking They’re Hard At Work) by Lisa Cooper Ellison

Working hard isn’t necessarily a virtue if it masks the ways that we might be sabotaging our own paths to success and fulfillment. For example, some writers spend too much time in supporting writing communities and their writing groups and other projects and not enough time writing — or spend so much time writing that they get burned out. Lisa Ellison is an editor, writing coach, and speaker. She has spent the last two decades helping clients and students turn difficult experiences into art and currently teaches courses in memoir, creative nonfiction, and mindful writing practices. To learn more about her work and writing, check out her website at or follow her on Twitter at @LisaEllisonsPen. For more advice from Jane Friedman writing advice site, subscribe to their RSS feed (direct Feedly signup link here).

Too Many Storytellers Blame The Audience by Chris Winkle

Too many storytellers to list have sought ways to blame their audience for disliking their stories. While getting upset just means we’re human, claiming our audience sucks isn’t good for anyone. 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.

What Metaphor Fits Your Writing Career? by Greer Macallister

Is your writing career like a ladder, like a road, or like a garden? Greer Macallister writes historical novels and epic fantasy. For more, check out her website, Follow her on Twitter at @theladygreer and on Facebook at @greermacallister. Writer Unboxed is a fantastic writing advice site, with lots of helpful articles from some of the biggest names in the field. Follow them on RSS (direct Feedly signup link) and on Twitter.

Other motivational advice this week:

The art and craft of writing

Podcast: Mackendrick’s Rules, Part 1 by Matt Bird and James Kennedy

Today, the hosts begin discussing the rules of writing according to acclaimed movie director Alexander Mackendrick. Rule one: show, then tell. Rule two: use props. Rule three: personify inner conflict via clashes with other people. Matt Bird is the author of The Secrets of Story: Innovative Tools for Perfecting Your Fiction and Captivating Readers. Sci-fi author James Kennedy teaches writing and filmmaking and you can follow him on Twitter at @iamjameskennedy. The Secrets of Story blog offers in-depth, detailed advice about writing and structuring novels and screenplays.

Podcast: Writing A Series: Beginners Self-Publishing Podcast by Dan Parsons and Melissa Addey

Why series help authors build a business and the forms series can take. There’s also a range of tips authors can use to maximize the value of a series. Dan Parsons is ALLi’s product marketing manager. Melissa Addey is a campaigns manager. 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).

Podcast: Supernatural Drama by Oren Ashkenazi, Chris Winkle, and Wes Matlock

How to use speculative elements to bring out the characters’ emotions, what kinds of speculative elements you need in the first place, and how to integrate all that with your main plot. 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

Business Musings: Stars by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

How the industry is changing, and how authors can no longer rely on gatekeepers to help them get discovered. 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: Don’t Hide Behind Your Book – With Isabelle Knight by Mark Dawson and James Blatch

Gone are the days of describing the plot of your book to market yourself. PR expert Isabelle Knight, comes to the show this week to introduce the idea of an “Author Story” to elevate your branding and marketing encounters. 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.

How To Create A Niche Website: The Best Content Marketing For Authors? by Jason Hamilton

Fantasy and sci-fi authors can create niche websites around mytholody, medieval history, swords and warfare, technology, astronomy, physics, and similar topics.
Jason Hamilton is a fantasy author. Check out Hamilton’s site, MythBank, full of reading and viewing guides to the most popular sci-fi and fantasy works. You can also follow him on Twitter at @StoryHobbit and on Facebook at Jason Hamilton. 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.

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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