Friday Features #15

Inspiration/Motivation/Productivity

10 Game-Changing Ideas About Life + Why I'm Ending Guest Blogging on the C2C by Ollin Morales at Courage 2 Create

5 Tips For Avoiding Distractions and Getting More Writing Done by Anne Lyle at Guide to Literary Agents

How to Tap into Your Experiences for Writing Inspiration by Laura Dennis at Live Hacked

5 Practical Links For Writers by Charlene Teglia at Genreality

Experience and Hope by Carrie Vaughn at Genreality

What to Do When Your Writing's Worst Enemy is You by Krissy Brady at Krissy Media Ink

The One Thing Standing in the Way of Reaching Your Dreams by Jennifer Blanchard at InkyBites

How to Get Your Spouse to Support Your Dream by Carrie Starr at Goins, Writer

Warning: Writing Like This Will Make Your Readers Cry by Brandon Clements at Goins, Writer

Mental Health Series: How to Harness Your Creative Temperament and Stay Sane, Married and Sober by Kristin Nador at Kristin Nador Writes Anywhere

Go Big or Go Home by C. Hope Clark at C. Hope Clark

Is Talent Overrated? By Rachelle Gardner at Rachelle Gardner

Stop Creating by Joe Bunting at The Write Practice

Are You Standing In Your Own Way? 5 Tips For Overcoming Writer's Block by Celester Mejia at Novel Publicity

5 Ways to Keep Your Writing Submissions Organized by Krissy Brady at Krissy Media Ink

A Gift For You by Erika Robuck at Writer Unboxed

The Fire of Obsession by Barbara O'Neal at Writer Unboxed

Taking the Win by John Vorhaus at Writer Unboxed

What to Do When You're Stuck by Neysa Jensen at Gem State Writers

A Beginner's Guide to Life by Ollin Morales at Courage 2 Create

How Being Lazy Can Fuel Your Writing by Krissy Brady at Krissy Media Ink

A Simple Way to Find Answer's to Your Creativity Problems by Jennifer Blanchard at InkyBites

Research

Writing About Death and Crime Scenes With Garry Rodgers by Joanna Penn at The Creative Penn

Writing Advice

Row 80 Check-In 4: Rebecca Maizel's Top Ten Tips For Budding Writers by E.M. Castellan at EM Castellan

Character by Meredith Allen Conner at Gem State Writers

On Writing Style by Lauren Waters at Lauren Waters

Are Dream Sequences in Novels Always Taboo? By Roz Morris at Nail Your Novel

Character Trait Entry: Determined by Angela Ackerman at The Bookshelf Muse

The Moment That Makes or Breaks Your Story by Larry Brooks at StoryFix

The #1 Secret of Great Writers by Joseph Putnam at Write to Done

3 Reasons to Write About Ghosts by Joe Bunting at The Write Practice

Engaging Openings by Jane Lebak at QueryTracker

Choosing the Right Words is One Key to Good Writing – Guest Post by Patrick Del Rosario at Mystery Writing Is Murder

Pow! Boom! Ka-Pow! 5 Tips to Write Fight Scenes by JB Lacaden at The Write Practice

How to Breathe New Life Into Your Writing: The Magic of Metaphor by Joe Bunting at The Write Practice

Is Your Writing Any Good? Here Are Seven Ways You Can Tell by Ali Luke at Write to Done

The Problem With Fantasy by Amy Rose Davis at Publetariat

What's the Purpose of Your Scene? By K.M. Weiland at Wordplay

Three Easy Plotting Ideas by Cindy at The Writers Alley

Read Terrible Books by Kristi Boyce at The Write Practice

Q & A With Novelist J.D. Mason by Carleen Brice at Writer Unboxed

10 Things the Olympics Can Teach Writers by Joanna Penn at The Creative Penn

Revision/Editing

After the First Draft: Part 1 by Mooderino at Moody Writing

Critique Wednesdays: Tips For Critiquing by Susan Kaye Quinn at Susan Kaye Quinn

Words I Never Want to See In Your Novel. Please. By Jamie Chavez at Publetariat

Copy-Editing and Beta Readers by Joanna Penn at The Creative Penn

The Eyes Have It: Are You “Over Looking” Things in Your Manuscript by Janice Hardy at The Other Side of the Story

Author Platform

The 10 Rules of Social Media Engagement by Matthew Turner at ProBlogger

Does Social Media Really Help With Success? By Jody Hedlund at Jody Hedlund

From Blog to Book: Building an Online Platform by Erin Reel at Rachelle Gardner

Bloggers Beware: You Can Get Sued For Using Pics on Your Blog – My Story by Roni Loren at Roni Loren

How to Know When to Go to a Writing Conference by Jody Hedlund at Jody Hedlund

Is Platform Saturated? By Dan Blank at We Grow Media

Don't Be a Tourist in Your Community of Readers by Dan Blank at Writer Unboxed

How to Build a Platform by Nick Thacker at Live Hacked

Marketing

The Circles of Marketing by Seth Godin at Seth Godin's Blog

Does Facebook Advertising Work? (One Author's Experience) by Lindsay Buroker at Lindsay Buroker

Book Marketing: Are Authors Secret Agent Marketers by Matthew Turner at The Creative Penn

How to Seduce Strangers and Make Sales by Lisa Cron at Men With Pens

My Self-Publishing Story: 3 Book Marketing FAILS and Lessons Learned by Shannon at DuoLit

How to Publicize and Promote Your Book: 7 Pieces of Advice by Chuck Sambuchino at Writer Unboxed

A Small Budget Advertising Experiment by Dee DeTarsio at Jane Friedman

Publishing

How (Not) to Get Traditionally Published by Ava Jae at Writability

Low E-book Pricing: The Compensation Problem by Catherine Ryan Howard at Catherine, Caffeinated

Fiction E-Books Outpace Hardcovers in 2011 by Michael J. Scott at AuthorCulture

If Ebook Piracy is on the Rise, What Are You Going to Do About It? By Lindsay Buroker at Lindsay Buroker

Do You Really Want Overnight Success? By Ava Jae at Writability

Extra Ether: Publishing vs. Authors by Porter Anderson at Jane Friedman

Authornomics Interview with Jane Friedman by Andrea Hurst at Andrea Hurst & Associates How Does Your Publisher Make Money? By Rachelle Gardner at Rachelle Gardner

Preparing the Perfect Pitch by Ashley Clark at The Writers Alley

5 Unexpected Lessons I Learned Writing My Indie Book by Dara at Wise Ink

A Few Self-Publishing Thoughts and Discoveries by Elizabeth S. Craig at Mystery Writing Is Murder

What Traditional Publishers Offer – And What They Don't by Elizabeth S. Craig at Mystery Writing Is Murder

The New World of Publishing: Fear by Dean Wesley Smith at Dean Wesley Smith

An Indie Author's Best-Kept Secret: The Ultimate Pre-Publishing Checklist by Dara at Wise Ink

An Indie Author's Best-Kept Secret Part 2: The Ultimate Pre-Publishing Checklist by Dara at Wise Ink

Video: Bookstore Distribution by Joel Friedlander at The Book Designer

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