Friday Features #19


How New Parenthood Is Slowly Making Me Crazy by Jeff Goins at Goins, Writer

Jump Back Into Your Story by Elizabeth S. Craig at Mystery Writing Is Murder

Beware of the Sly Writer's Enemy by Jody Hedlund at Jody Hedlund

Dealing With Impatience by Rachelle Gardner at Rachelle Gardner

Is It Possible to Promote Your Work And Write at the Same Time? By Joe Bunting at The Write Practice

When Lightning Strikes by Raewyn Hewitt at Dreaming of Other Realms

The Incredible Lightness of Being an Indie by Susan Kaye Quinn at Susan Kaye Quinn

Inspired by Helen Kay Dimon at Genreality

Writing in Your Perfect Time by Suzanne at Transformational Editor

Writing with Passion and Purpose by Michelle Isenhoff at The Creative Penn

Why Obstacles May Be a Writer's Best Friends by Luke Reynolds at Writer Unboxed

A Poem That Got Me Moving by Barbara O'Neal at Writer Unboxed

The Practice of Writing by John Vorhaus at Writer Unboxed

A Kick in the Pants: How to Obliterate Distraction, Clear Your Head, and Finally Write What Makes You Happy by Joe Pawlikowski at Write to Done

This Product Prevents Literary Wedgies. Good For Multiple Uses by Jan O'Hara at Writer Unboxed

17 Reasons to Write Something Now by Joe Bunting at The Write Practice


Location, Location, Location!! by Meredith Allen Conner at Gem State Writers

Memories of Slang by Kim Pearson at The Blood-Red Pencil

Writing Advice

5 Ways to Flex Your Fiction Muscles by Charlene Teglia at Genreality

Lie Your Way to Better Fiction by Clarissa Southwick at Gem State Writers

Values by Liz Fredericks at Gem State Writers

Writing Boys by Nyrae Dawn, Author of What a Boy Wants at Allie B Books

Where Do Characters Come From? The Basics of Character Development by Ria Majumdar at Novel Publicity

Of Smoking Guns and Red Herrings: The Art of Misdirection in Crime Fiction by J.C. Martin at Nick Daws' Writing Blog

Writing Wednesday: Heroes Vs. Villains by Beth Revis at Beth Revis

Overtelling, Overshowing, Overselling by Jane Lebak at QueryTracker

What Hollywood Will Tell You by Stina Lindenblatt at QueryTracker

The Killer One-Two Punch That Launches Dramatic Tension In Your Story by Larry Brooks at StoryFix

Short Stories: Four Reasons Why You Should Write Them by Ryan Casey at Ryan Casey

Do Your Characters Fail Enough? By Ava Jae at Writability

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

Where Do Writers Get Ideas For Novels? By Roz Morris at Nail Your Novel

Good Story Requires Incomplete Exposition by Mooderino at Moody Writing

Obstacles in Stories: 3 Ways to Turn Hills into Mountains by Jody Hedlund at Jody Hedlund

The Inner Struggle: Guides For Using Inner Conflict That Makes Sense by Janice Hardy at The Other Side of the Story

Guest Author Jodie Renner: Set Up Your Story in the First Paragraphs at The Other Side of the Story

Multiple POVs – When Everyone Has an Opinion by Raewyn Hewitt at Dreaming of Other Realms

Dot. Dot. Dot. By Jamie Chavez at Read>Play>Edit

Sex and Young Adult Literature by Katie French at Susan Kaye Quinn

Writing By Hand vs. Typing: Is There a Difference? By Ava Jae at Writability

Add Muscle to Your Fiction with Unity and Contrast by K.M. Weiland at Wordplay


Guest Author Aimee Salter: Revising to Raise the Stakes at The Other Side of the Story

Editing Tools to Use Before You Send Book to Editor by LM Preston at YA Indie

Strengthen Your Writing by Listening to Pet Peeves by K.M. Weiland at Wordplay

Author Platform

5 Ways Freelance Writers Benefit From Blogging by Krissy Brady at Krissy Media Ink

3 Facebook Page Tips by Amy Lynn Andrews at Blogging With Amy

13 Simple Tips For a Better Blog by Rachelle Gardner at Rachelle Gardner

All We Needed to Know About Social Media Success, We Learned In Kindergarten by Kristen Lamb at Kristen Lamb's Blog

Goodreads: It's Huge and Growing! By Tamara Ward at The Writer's Guide to E-Publishing

How to Get People Excited About Anything You Write by Nick Thacker at Goins, Writer

Social Media is Not About Followers, It's About Getting Read – Lessons From Susan Orlean by Dan Blank at We Grow Media


5 Keys to Getting the Most Out of Your Book Marketing by Nick Thacker at Live Hacked

How to Sell Books with Social Media by Joanna Penn at The Creative Penn

Authors Unite! Branding and Selling Tips From Laura Pepper Wu (New and Affordable) by Rebecca Berto at Novel Girl

How to Get More (And Better) Press by Dana Sitar at Jane Friedman

Why You Need a Small Army And How to Build One by Jeff Goins at Goins, Writer

Book Trailers! By Heather McBride at YA Indie

Facebook Launch Party by Andrea Buginsky at YA Indie

Do You Know Who Your Audience Is? No, Really: Do You? By Dan Blank at Writer Unboxed


Self-Publishing Basics: Where Can You Upload Your eBook (Besides Amazon)? By Lindsay Buroker at Lindsay Buroker

Does the Publishing Industry Care Too Much About Writing Quality? By Nathan Bransford at Nathan Bransford

How Paperbacks Changed the Way We Buy Books by Nathan Bransford at Nathan Bransford

Independence by Melinda DuChamp and J.A. Konrath at The Newbie's Guide to Publishing

4 Tips to Avoid Having Your Short Story Rejected by a Literary Magazine by Joe Bunting at The Write Practice

KDP Select: First Free Experience Laid Bare by Ryan Casey at Ryan Casey

Self-Publishing Stigma: Let's End It! By Shannon at DuoLit

A Question From Calvin by Hugh Howey at Hugh Howey

When Query Writing Crashes and Burns by John Hansen at The Incessant Droning of a Bored Writer

3 Really Good Self-Publishing and 5 Hilariously Bad Ones by Alan Petersen at The Book Designer

The Indian Kindle Store Isn't The Real Deal...Yet by David Gaughran at Let's Get Digital

Dean Wesley Smith: The Self-Publishing Bestseller on “How I Did It' by Dean Wesley Smith at Kirkus Reviews

The Market Across the Pond by Talli Roland at The Writer's Guide to E-Publishing

Dear Mr. Indie... by Hugh Howey at Hugh Howey

A Question From Calvin by Hugh Howey at Hugh Howey

Indie Epub Authors: Let's Talk Money...with Bestselling Author Theresa Ragan at The Writer's Guide to E-Publishing

Book Design 2.0: Crowdsourcing Your Cover Design at Wise, Ink

Why Am I Getting a 35% Royalty on My Amazon Statement When I Chose the 70% Commission Rate in KDP? By Anne Pfeffer at YA Indie

Writers, Let's Not Wear a “Kick Me” Sign on Our Backs by Jurgen Wolff at Writer Unboxed

Posts You Might Have Missed This Week

Making the Time to Write, Blog, Do Social Media, Finish School, And Be a Parent at DuoLit

15 Ways to Get Unblocked And Start Writing Again

What were your favorite links this week? What did I miss?