Friday Features #21

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Inspiration/Motivation/Productivity

Novel Post Partum and What to Do About It by Ken Scholes at Genreality

What Everybody Ought to Know About Writing by Jeff Goins at Goins, Writer

Comic: Writer Prep (Plus Some BORING Book News) by Debbie Ohi at Writer Unboxed

Bookstores Are Not Dead! The Writers’ Workshoppe, Washington by Laura Pepper Wu at 30 Day Books

3 Tips For Writing When Life is Chaotic And Crazy by Jody Hedlund at Jody Hedlund

Thinking Ahead — The Next Generation of Writers and Readers by Elizabeth S. Craig at Mystery Writing is Murder

Look Back by Sasha White at Genreality

Filling the Well by HelenKay Dimon at Genreality

1000s of Years Later And People Are Still in Love With Stories… by Rebecca Berto at Novel Girl

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

How to Become a Better Writer by Rachelle Gardner at Books & Such

Make Your Stress Work For You by Rachelle Gardner at Rachelle Gardner

Three Biggest Writing Distractions And How To Fight Them by Ryan Casey at Ryan Casey

Remembering For Those Who Will Never Know You by Suzanne at Transformational Editor

How Mundane Routines Produce Creative Magic by Mark McGuinnessat 99u

The Writer’s Block Myth by Kristyn Kusek Lewis at Writer Unboxed

10 Excuses For Not Writing — And How to Smash Them by K.M. Weiland at Wordplay

7 Tips For Keeping Your Motivation As a Writer by Roz Morris at Nail Your Novel

When You Can’t Hack It As An Author by Michelle Davidson Argyle at Publetariat

Research

How Do You Research? By Meredith Allen Conner at Gem State Writers

How To Be A Know-It-All? By Jane Lebak at QueryTracker

Writing Advice

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

5 Lessons Learned From Writing 3 Novels by Scott Bartlett at The Creative Penn

5 Free Writing Books [And Sorta Giveaway] by Chihuahua Zero at YA Indie

Rowling’s New Book by Lauren Waters at Lauren Waters

The Fix Is In: The Square-One Story Killer by Larry Brooks at StoryFix

Writing Mistake: Are Your Characters Invincible? By Ava Jae at Writability

My Darling Zombies by Hugh Howey at Hugh Howey

Is Your Character’s Career a Cliché? By Clarissa Southwick at Gem State Writers

Concept, Concept, Concept — A Publisher’s Dream, A Writer’s Minefield by Jo Wyton at The Slush Pile

Outlining Backwards by Carrie Vaughn at Genreality

Don’t Save the Good Stuff by Charlene Teglia at Genreality

Help I Need a Tardis! (And Character Motivation) by Raewyn Hewitt at Dreaming of Other Realms

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

The Name Game: Do All Your Character Names Sound the Same? By Janice Hardy at The Other Side of the Story

Put Your Writing Skills to the Test by Joe Bunting at The Write Practice

How to Show (Not Tell) Paranoia, Hope, and Other Moods by Joe Bunting at The Write Practice

ROW80 Check-In 9 — Prologues: How and Why to Write One by E.M. Castellan at E.M. Castellan

Put Baby in the Corner: Write Yourself into a Corner by Janice Hardy at The Other Side of the Story

Flip the Script: End Anywhere by Jael McHenry at Writer Unboxed

The Anti-Hero — Writing a Dark Character That Readers Will Love by Dr. Antonio del Drago at Writer Unboxed

Is Death Acceptable in YA Fiction?! By Emerald Barnes at YA Indie

Character Development: Exploiting Weaknesses by Ava Jae at Writability

How to Keep the Reader Hooked: The Dan Brown Secret by Dr. John Yeoman at Procrastinating Writers

A Writer’s Reason For Falling in Love by Mooderino at Moody Writing

Revision/Editing

How to Edit Your Book in 4 Steps by Mike Nappa at Writer’s Digest

How to Deal with Revision Fatigue by Nathan Bransford at Nathan Bransford

What Is It Like to Read a First Draft? By Becca J. Campbell at Inspiration For Creation

Author Platform

5 Ways Authors Can Get the Most Out of Goodreads by Patrick Brown at Writer’s Digest

All You Need is ‘Luv’ by Bob Dunn at Judy Lee Dunn

How to Decide What to Blog About: What Works For Readers? By Amy Lynn Andrews at Blogging With Amy

6 Tips For Successful Networking by Rachelle Gardner at Rachelle Gardner

How to Understand Web Hosting & Domain Names: FAQs Confused Authors by Laura Pepper Wu at 30 Day Books

Every Writer Needs a Tribe (Have You Found Yours?) by Jeff Goins at Goins, Writer

Books to Helps Your Writing Career by Nick Thacker at Live Hacked

Six Essential Tips For Getting Your Guest Posts Accepted by Ali Luke at Write to Done

3 Ways to “Automate” Your Social Media Efforts — And Why You Should by Nick Thacker at Rachell Abbott

Why Write Blog Posts Consistently? By Ava Jae at Writability

Social Clear-Cutting — Can Our Social Media Behaviors Destroy Our Social Environment? By Kristen Lamb at Kristen Lamb’s Blog

When Do Writers Need Multiple Blogs? By Kristen Lamb at Kristen Lamb’s Blog

Is Social Media Making Us All Too Vanilla? By L.J. Sellers at Publetariat

How to Write an Author Bio When You Don’t Feel Like an Author…Yet by Anne R. Allen at Anne R. Allen’s Blog

Marketing

How to Launch a Bestselling Book by Michael Hyatt at Michael Hyatt

Word of Mouth: Random Acts of Publicity 2012 by Darcy Pattison at Fiction Notes

5 Low Cost Ways to Market Your Mystery Kathryn Jones at Mystery Writing is Murder

Are You Making These 7 Book Marketing Mistakes? By Toni at The Book Designer

Book Marketing Tips: 5 Golden Nuggets For Newbie Self-Published Authors by Laura Pepper Wu at Wise, Ink

5 Simple Ways to Jumpstart Your Book Marketing by Toni at Wise, Ink

Are You Selling Your Books to the Wrong Readers? By Shannon at Taleist

Publishing

Interview with Indie Author Matthew J. Beier, “The Breeders” at Wise, Ink

What to Do When People Don’t Get Your Story by Jody Hedlund at Jody Hedlund

The New World of Publishing: Pen Names by Dean Wesley Smith at Dean Wesley Smith

Self-Publishing Survey at How to Successfully Self-Publish

How to Write an eBook, Part 1: 8 Steps From Idea to Launch by Jennifer Blanchard at InkyBites

Scrivener: The Ultimate Guide to Exporting Ebooks (Kindle, ePub, etc) by Nick Thacker at Live Hacked

The New World of Publishing: What Should Indie Publishers Be Called? By Dean Wesley Smith at Dean Wesley Smith

Fake Amazon Book Reviews: Is It Really a Big Deal? By Kristin Nador at Kristin Nador Writes Anywhere

Villains: The Guys You Love to Hate by Ash Krafton at QueryTracker

Self-Publishing Basics: Where to Publish by Susan Kaye Quinn at Susan Kaye Quinn

Self-Publishing Basics: Ebook Formatting — The Easy Ways by Susan Kaye Quinn at Susan Kaye Quinn

Self-Publishing Basics: Ebook Formatting — The Hard Way by Susan Kaye Quinn at Susan Kaye Quinn

Self-Publishing Basics — Publishing to iTunes by Susan Kaye Quinn at Susan Kaye Quinn

Self-Publishing Myth #2 — Self-Published Authors Don’t Sell Any Books by Ryan Casey at Ryan Casey

Intellectual Property Considerations For Writers by Joanna Penn at The Creative Penn

Selling Literary Fiction with Terri Giuliano Long by Joanna Penn at The Creative Penn

Ebook Gifting: The How-To’s by D.D. Scott at The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing

7 Signs That You’re Not Ready to Publish by Penny C. Sansevieri at Huff Post Books

How to Slam Dunk Your 90-Second Pitch by Debra Eve at Write It Sideways

Using Real People in Stories: Part 3 of 3, by a Copyright Law Attorney at Publetariat

How to Make Your Own Book Cover For Self-Publishing. Indie Book Cover Tips. By Dalya Moon at YA Indie

How a Traditional Publisher Could Harm a Writer’s Career by Mark Coker at Publetariat

Serialising My Novel…What To Do When the Show is Over by Roz Morris at Nail Your Novel

“I Have to Make Money From My Book!” He Said. By C. Hope Clark at C. Hope Clark

When You Go to Amazon, Don’t Just Buy a Book by C. Hope Clark at C. Hope Clark

Guest Post by Summer Daniels and Joe Konrath at A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing

A Warning to All Writers Who Need Help Publishing by Krstine Kathryn Rusch at Publetariat 

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