Friday Features #2

Here are all the writing goodies I found for this week. I especially recommend the last article, but these are all really helpful. 

Inspiration/Research

M is for Mongols by Caitlin Nicoll at Logically

O is for Olmec by Caitlin Nicoll at Logically

Q is For Qin Dynasty by Caitlin Nicoll at Logically

Writing Advice

Have You Written Before? by C. Hope Clark at C. Hope Clark

Stop Being So Busy by Joe Bunting at The Write Practice

Perfecting Your First Page by Jane Friedman at Jane Friedman

How (Not) to Write Great Characters by Ava Jae at Writability

Why Creatives Need to Criticize Each Other More by Joe Bunting at The Write Practice

Conditioning Forces - Or, Your Character Doesn't Live in a Vacuum! by Julie Eshbaugh at Pub Crawl

15 Ways to Write Tight by Barb Sawyers at Write to Done

Weeding Our Manuscripts Part II: Word Whacking to Increase Pace by Julia at The Writer's Alley

Video Games vs. Books by Mooderino at Moody Writing

Whose Story Is It? by Mooderino at Moody Writing

Do You Read What You Want to Write? by Ava Jae at Writability

How to Shorten a Novel Manuscript Which is Too Long by B. McKenzie at Superhero Nation  

How To Finish Writing a Novel by Ava Jae at Writability

The Unanswered Call by Sommer Leigh at Sommer Leigh

13 Ways to Develop a Story That's Too Short by B. McKenzie at Superhero Nation

5 Self-editing Steps You Must Take Before an Editor or Agent at Wise, Ink.  

45 Quick Word Replacements for Good, Great, Awesome and Other Boring Superlatives at Wise, Ink.

How To Write A Novel Without Selling Your Soul by Joanna Penn at The Creative Penn

Are You an Avid Reader? Then You're a Critiquer by Casey at The Writer's Alley

Building Your Author Platform

April Platform Challenge: Day 23 by Robert Lee Brewer at My Name is Not Bob

April Platform Challenge Day 27 by Robert Lee Brewer at My Name is Not Bob 

3 Horrible Mistruths About Social Media That Drive Me Insane by Jane Friedman at Jane Friedman

11 Powerful Networking Groups for Authors by at Wise Ink Blog

The Indie Author Marketing Pie: Bite Sized Tips For Your Book's Success by at Wise Ink Blog

The 5 Principles to Book Reviews and Endorsements by at Wise Ink Blog

Should You Focus On Your Writing Or Your Platform? by Jane Friedman at Writer Unboxed

How To Connect With Book Clubs by Julie Cantrell at The Writer's Alley

Publishing

Is Your Work Commercially Viable? by Jane Friedman at Jane Friedman

10 Questions to Ask Before Committing to Any E-Publishing Service by Jane Friedman at Jane Friedman

4 Reasons to Write Several Books by Rachelle Gardner at Books and Such

Why It's Foolish Not to Self-Publish at Syanxis Chronicles

Did you come across some exceptional writing articles this week? Please share them in the comments!