This week’s top writing advice from around the web for Mar. 5, 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

Podcast: Fixing Your Story — Time For Therapy! by Bryan Cohen and H. Claire Taylor

What to do when you realize your writer’s block is stemming from fear. Bryan Cohen is an experienced copywriter, bestselling author, and the founder of Best Page Forward and Amazon Ad School. You can find out more about Bryan at BryanCohen.com. H. Claire Taylor is a humor author and fiction strategist, as well as the owner of FFS Media. The Sell More Books Show is a weekly podcast focusing on helping new and experienced authors stay up-to-date with the latest self-publishing and indie news, tools and book selling and marketing strategies.

Video: Four Mistakes Authors Make When Stuck by Becca Syme

The top four mistakes authors make when stuck, the importance of having a plan, recognizing the impact of habits, minimizing distractions, and allowing for creative space without judgment. 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.

Other motivational advice this week:

The art and craft of writing

Can I Add Another POV Character To Convey Information? by Oren Ashkenazi

Adding a new point-of-view character can give readers an opportunity to see events that the protagonist, but you should be wary of adding POV characters solely to prop up unrelated plots. 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: The One Where New York Times Bestseller Daniel Suarez Talks ChatGPT, Future Tech, and What It’s Like to Get a Phone Call From the Pentagon After They Read Your Book by J.D. Barker

Guest Daniel Suarez is the New York Times bestselling author of Daemon, Freedom, Kill Decision, and Delta-v. J.D. Barker is the New York Times and international best-selling author of numerous novels. Writer’s Ink is a podcast focusing on the business of writing.

Video: Evil Lackeys by J.P. Beaubien

How not to write evil lackeys. J.P. Beaubien’s current project is a book series named Aeon Legion. Follow him on Facebook at @authorJPBeaubien and on Twitter at @JosephPBeaubien. Terrible Writing Advice is a very popular YouTube channel where J.P. Beaubien offers only the most sincere and genuine writing advice delivered with absolutely no sarcasm at all.

The Boss Fight, Sherpas, and the Devil’s In the Details by James R. Preston

Three things that book authors can learn from video games. James R. Preston is the author of the multiple-award-winning Surf City Mysteries. Check out his website at JamesRPreston.com>/a>. Writers in the Storm is another great site for writing advice, with a group of regular contributors and guest writers who post frequently. It is very well worth following on RSS (direct Feedly signup link here).

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Lifeless Side Characters by Moriah Richard

Tips for avoiding lifeless side characters by reframing thinking around characterization, adding depth and complexity to these characters, and giving them routines or tying them to specific places. Moriah Richard is the managing editor at Writer’s Digest. Since obtaining her MFA in fiction, she has worked with over 100 authors to help them achieve their publication dreams. Follow her on Twitter at @MoriahRichard93. Follow Writer’s Digest via their RSS feed (direct Feedly signup link), on Twitter at @WritersDigest and on Facebook at @writersdigest.

Video: Why You Should Start Your Stories In Medias Res by Daphne Gray-Grant

Why starting a story in medias res, or in the middle of the action, can be an effective storytelling technique for grabbing the audience’s attention, and how to avoid unnecessary exposition. 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.

Podcast: Foil Characters by Oren Ashkenazi, Chris Winkle, and Wes Matlock

Do the foil characters have to be mirror opposites, or will any differences work? Should their contrast be played up in the 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.

Doling Out Information During a Scene by Chris Winkle

The article provides advice on how to effectively incorporate exposition into writing, including choosing the best way to convey information, selecting only the necessary details, and transitioning smoothly into exposition. 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.

Other writing advice this week:

The business side of writing

Podcast: Publishing Trends For the Future With Clayton Noblit by Sacha Black

The trends are new channels for authors, direct sales — and, of course — AI. Guest Clayton Noblit is senior marketing manager at Written Word Media, which publishes the biggest author survey each year. 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: How To Build a Seven Figure Book Business Selling Direct To Readers With Pierre Jeanty by Joanna Penn

Guest Pierre Jeanty is a poet and inspirational author, publisher and entrepreneur. 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.

How To Build Your Author Brand Part 2 by Brian Andrews

Five steps to build a brand, including creating a catchphrase, personalizing it with meaning, outreach, merchandising, and becoming a subject matter expert. You can also read part one, Do you Need an Author Brand, here. Brian Andrews is a best-selling thriller author. Check out his website, BrianAndrewsAauthor.com or follow him on Twitter at @lexicalforge. Career Authors is one of Writer’s Digest top 101 websites for writers and helps authors write better, get published, and sell more books. For more advice like this subscribe to their RSS feed (direct Feedly signup link), on Twitter at @CareerAuthors and on Facebook at @CareerAuthors.

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. 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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