Friday Features #18

Inspiration/Motivation/Productivity

2 Einstein Secrets For Writing Creatively by Amberr Meadows at Like a Bump on a Log

5 Ways to Respect Your Writing by Krissy at Krissy Media Ink

All Work and No Play is No Fun and No Good by Kristen Lamb at Kristen Lamb's Blog

Integrating Writing Into a Busy Schedule: One Writer's Story by Shon Bacon at The Blood-Red Pencil

Measuring Success by the Olympics: How Much Can You Achieve in 4 Years? By Joanna Penn at The Creative Penn

3 Anti-Tips For Killing Procrastination by Ollin Morales at Courage 2 Create

20 Strategies for Tackling That “Bottomless Pit” of Writing by Ollin Morales at Write to Done

Beyond Busy? 20 Tips to Boost Your Productivity by Janalyn Voigt at AuthorCulture

My Morning Routine in 10 Simple Steps by Jeff Goins at Goins, Writer

Why You Should Do What Works For You by Jennifer Blanchard at Inky Bites

Find Your Writing Confidence, No Alcohol Required by Kathy Wilson at Men with Pens

How Do You Back Up Your Work? By Nathan Bransford at Nathan Bransford

Work Through It by HelenKay Dimon at Genreality

Fun Things From Around the Web by Rachelle Gardner at Rachelle Gardner

When Life Gives You Lemons by Danyella Leafty at QueryTracker

Just Write by The Magic Violinist at The Write Practice

20 Ways to Tell You're a Writer by Corey M.P. At Corey M.P.

Beyond Sticky Notes: A Review of Scrivener for Writers by Amy Sorrells at The Writers Alley

The Secret to Developing Fresh, Original Ideas on a Consistent Basis by Ollin Morales at Courage 2 Create

30 Indispensable Writing Tips From Famous Authors by Jack Shephard at BuzzFeed

Thank You, Day Job by Ray Rhamey at Writer Unboxed

Research

Being There by Libby Fischer Hellmann at Writer Unboxed

Writing Advice

Celebrating the Male Influence in YA Literature by Allie at Allie B Books

I'm Letting You In On a Little Secret... by Lauren Waters at Lauren Waters

Writing Wednesday Master Post by Beth Revis at Beth Revis

6 Ways to Pull Off Dual Timelines in Your Novel by K.M. Weiland at Wordplay

Wired For Story. Using Brain Science to Hook Readers With Lisa Cron by Joanna Penn at The Creative Penn

Chapter One: The Devotion of Suspect X by Mooderino at Moody Writing

What an MFA Program Will and Won't Do For You by Katheryn Rivas at Procrastinating Writers

More Than Magic & Gadgets – Taking Science Fiction and Fantasy to Another Level by Kristen Lamb at Kristen Lamb's Blog

Why Something Has to Happen In Your Story by Joe Bunting at The Write Practice

What to Do When Your Word Count is Too Low by Emily Wenstrom at The Write Practice

Unpredictable...That's What You Are: Keeping Plots Fresh by Janice Hardy at The Other Side of the Story

Character Trait Entry: Mysterious by Becca Puglisi at The Bookshelf Muse

Are You “Terrified” of Story Structure? By Larry Brooks at StoryFix

Show Visceral Reactions First by Jodie Renner at The Blood-Red Pencil

Writing Wednesday: When to Outline by Beth Revis at Beth Revis

It's All in the Details by Elizabeth S. Craig at Mystery Writing is Murder

The Zen of Backstory by Ash Krafton at QueryTracker

Ready, Brain – Storm! By Raewyn Hewitt at Dreaming of Other Realms

11 Ways to Prepare For NaNoWriMo by Gary McLaren at Publish Your Own Ebooks

How to Rein In an Out-of-Control Story by Jody Hedlund at Jody Hedlund

12 Books to Help Writers Move to the Next Stage by Darcy Pattison at Fiction Notes

Passive Voice with Elizabeth S. Craig at Finding Bliss

Some Valuable YA Links by Allie at Allie B Books

WriteOnCon 2012 Recap by E.M. Castellan at E.M. Castellan

10 Body Language Tricks for Deeper Characterization by Darcy Pattison at Fiction Notes

The Writing Class You Never Had by Jeff Goins at Goins, Writer

The Secret to Writing Great Nonfiction by Nick Thacker at Live Hacked

Knowing When Your MS is Ready to Query by Literary Agent Lara Perkins at WriteOnCon

The Soda/Pop Conundrum by Jamie Chavez at Read>Play>Edit

Critique Wednesdays: Point of View by Susan Kaye Quinn at Susan Kaye Quinn

Teens and Writing by John Hansen at Allie B Books

4 Reasons to Write Short Stories by Joe Bunting at The Write Practice

How (Not) to Write Dialogue by Ava Jae at Writability

Setting – Adding Dimension to Your Fiction by Kristen Lamb at Kristen Lamb's Blog

Is Your Story Trapped in a Genre? By Ollin Morales at Courage 2 Create

Scenes: The Building Blocks of Your Story by K.M. Weiland at Wordplay

Can You Define Your Character in One Word? By K.M. Weiland at Wordplay

How to Write Better: 7 Instant Fixes by Mary Jaksch at Write to Done

Putting Together a Collection of Shorts by Sophie Masson at Writer Unboxed

Warts and All by Anna Elliott at Writer Unboxed

Revision/Editing

To Err is Human, To Forgive, Divine* by Jamie Chavez at Read>Play> Edit

Why Writers Should Let Their Manuscripts Cool by Ava Jae at Writability

Editing: What's the Magic Number? By Suzanne at The Transformational Editor

How to Read Your Writing Objectively by Ava Jae at Writability

The Thesaurus is Your Friend – Really! By Jodie Renner at Publetariat

Author Platform

Are Online Friendships Inherently Shallow? By Jody Hedlund at Jody Hedlund

What Offer Does Your Author Blog Make? By Joel Friedlander at The Book Designer

Twitter For Writers: Three Essential Types of Tweets by Ryan Casey at Ryan Casey

Pinterest: Ten Tips for Authors by Nick Daws at Nick Daws' Writing Blog

5 Tips for Hiring a Blog Designer by Jean Huffman at Rachelle Gardner

How Accessible Should You Be to Your Readers? By Steven Lewis at Taleist

How to Fit Blogging Into Your Busy Schedule by Nick Thacker at Live Hacked

The Well-Rounded Authorpreneur: Be a Thought Leader (Part 1 of 2) at Wise, Ink

The Well-Rounded Authorpreneur: Make Your Content an Experience (Part 2 of 2) at Wise, Ink

WiK Blog Tour: ABCs of Attending a Conference (and One You Might Want to Go to) by Bonita Herald and Janice Hardy at The Other Side of the Story

Free Webinar: Why You Need an Author Platform by Dan Blank at We Grow Media

No, You Don't Have a Tribe by Dan Blank at We Grow Media

The Importance of Voice In Your Author Platform by Dan Blank at We Grow Media

“I Tried Facebook, It Didn't Work” And Other Ways Authors Mistake Social Media For Publicity by Dan Blank at We Grow Media

An Author Platform Build on SPAM is Doomed to Fall by Kristen Lamb at Kristen Lamb's Blog

Marketing

Authorpreneurship 101: Shameless Self-Promotion vs. Shameful Self-Promotion by Lindsay Buroker at Lindsay Buroker

Finding Your Readers with Holly Lisle by Laura Howard at Laura Howard

How a 91-Year Old Author's Debut Mystery Hit the Bestseller List by Anne R. Allen at Anne R. Allen's Blog

8 Tips For Promoting Your Book Online by Rachelle Gardner at Rachelle Gardner

How to Run a Successful Book Giveaway by Ryan Casey at Ryan Casey

Selling a Book on Twitter is Damaging: A Holiday Analogy by Ryan Casey at Ryan Casey

Is Your Survivor Mentality Dragging Down Book Sales? By Toni at DuoLit

How to Get Your Book Reviewed: A Practical Lesson by Catherine Ryan Howard at Catherine, Caffeinated

To Launch or Not to Launch: A Second Opinion by Alison Wells at Catherine, Caffeinated

Publishing

Kindle Lending Library vs Lending Kindle Books (Hint: They're Different) by Bree at Moira Rogers

Book Design, Distribution, and Marketing – CreateSpace or Lightning Source For My Print Edition? By Roz Morris at Nail My Novel

Selling Flash Fiction via E-Mail – Successfully by Bruce Holland Rogers at Jane Friedman

My Brief Experiment Going Off KDP Select: At Least I Got This Nifty Blog Post Out of It! By M. Louisa Locke at Publetariat

When Does a DRM Become a Nightmare? By Bufo Calvin at The Writer's Guide to E-Publishing

e-Book Cover Design Awards, July 2012 by Joel Friedlander at The Book Designer

Why Self-Published Books Look Self-Published by Joel Friedlander at The Book Designer

Things I've Learned Going with KDP Select by Michael J. Scott at AuthorCulture

ROW80 Check-In 6: Sarah J. Maas' Success Story by E.M. Castellan at E.M. Castellan

Publishing is Broken, Drowning in Indie Books – And That's a Good Thing by David Vinjamuri at Forbes

The LendInk Disaster, Piracy, and the Successful Author by Nick Thacker at Live Hacked

Does the Authors Guild Serve the Interest of Writers? By Nathan Bransford at Nathan Bransford

The Self-Publishing Challenge: 5 Points to Celebrate by Dina Santorelli at Novel Publicity

Managing Expectations for Indie Authors (or, What Did You Think Was Going to Happen?) [Guest Post] by Christopher Starr at DuoLit

How One Self-Published Author Landed a Movie Deal by Joanna Penn at The Creative Penn

What to Expect When You're Expecting to Work with a Pro Book Designer by Michele DeFilippo at The Book Designer

Ebook Authors Can Do A-mazing “Book” Signing Events Despite Barnes & Noble Not Getting It! By D.D. Scott at The Writer's Guide to E-Publishing

Self-Publishing on a Budget by Gemma Halliday at The Writer's Guide to E-Publishing

Copyright Is Not a Verb by Brad Frazer at Jane Friedman

We Are 87 Pixels High by Dalya Moon at YA Indie

The Future of Publishing 2020: John Reed Publishing Perspectives at The Independent Publishing Magazine

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