Friday Features #23


On Will Power, Self Discipline and Cake by Candy Gourlay at The Slush Pile

How to Avoid Creative Burnout by Becca J. Campbell at Inspiration For Creation

How Do You Know If You’ve “Made It” as a Writer? By Krissy Brady at Krissy Media Ink

How to Get Your Mojo Back in 10 Easy Steps by Shelli Johnson at Shelli Johnson

Falling in Love Again by Charlene Teglia at Genreality

Breaking the Silence, and Getting Over “Busy” by Nick Thacker at Live Hacked

The Truth About Finding Time to Write by Jennifer Blanchard at Better Writing Habits


How to Write Proficiently About Things You Don’t Know by Jody Hedlund at Jody Hedlund

Smells Like Teen Spirit by Angel Lawson at YA Indie

Writing Tips

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

Free Write Like a Sweaty-Toothed Madman by Sara Steeves at The Write Practice

Are Action Scenes Kicking Your Butt? By Raewyn Hewitt at Dreaming of Other Realms

Start Me Up: Planning and Writing a First Draft by Janice Hardy at The Other Side of the Story

Black Swan — The Trick to Inner and Outer Demons by Kristen Lamb at Kristen Lamb’s Blog

Got to Explain My Story’s World…But How Do I Avoid Exposition? By Roz Morris at Nail Your Novel

Dialogue Clinic by Mooderino at Moody Writing

20 Common Grammar Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Makes by John Gingerich at Publetariat

14 Tips For Building Character by Rick Meyer at Publetariat

The Heroine’s Journey by Phy at AuthorCulture

Three Ways to Make a Good Story Great by Dr. John Yeoman at The Blood-Red Pencil

What a Concept! Plotting a Novel Conceptually by Janice Hardy at The Other Side of the Story

Six Ways to Make Your Readers Hate You by The Magic Violinist at The Write Practice

Writing Your First Novel by Justine Larbalestier at Justine Larbalestier

Discussion: Is Cursing in YA Novels Acceptable? By Ava Jae at Writability

Heroes and Villains by Sophie Masson at Writer Unboxed

12 Reasons to Ignore the Naysayers: Do NaNoWriMo by Carolyn Kellogg at Publetariat


Critique Partners: They’re Not Optional by Ava Jae at Writability

Editing with the Kindle by Joanna Penn at The Creative Penn

The Art of the Complete Rewrite by Jane Lebak at QueryTracker

Throwing It Away and Starting Over by C. Hope Clark at C. Hope Clark

How to Choose Critique Partners by Ava Jae at Writability

Author Platform

The 6-Step Process to Turn Ideas into Published Blog Posts by Ali Luke at Men with Pens

Building Your First Website: Resource List by Jane Friedman at Jane Friedman

If Everyone’s Now Got a Platform How Are You Going to Stand Out? By Candy Gourlay at The Slush Pile

5 Free Services That Help You Build Author Platform by Jane Friedman at Jane Friedman

How “Personal” Should Writers Get On Social Media by Kristen Lamb at Kristen Lamb’s Blog


What is the ONE Thing That Has Brought You More Readers? Part 2 by Laura Pepper Wu at 30 Day Books

How to Make the Most of Your eBook’s Free Days/KDP Select Days by Laura Pepper Wu at 30 Day Books

When Should a Writer Stop Marketing a Book? By Jody Hedlund at Jody Hedlund

Five Ways to Build Buzz For Your Next Release by Chelsea Cameron at YA Indie

35 Ways to Engage Your Book Audience in the First 90 Days at Wise, Ink

31 Book Marketing Ideas You Can Use — Today! By Toni at DuoLit


My New Book is Out Today! Lessons Learned From a Pre-Launch by Laura Pepper Wu at 30 Day Books

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

How to Get Amazon’s Top Customer Reviewers to Review Your Book by Laura Pepper Wu at The Creative Penn

The Best 10 Blogs For the Indie Author at Wise, Ink

10 Things No One Told Me About the Publishing Process by Clay Morgan at Kristin Lamb’s Blog

Finding the Right Readers Using Warning Labels by Ellie Casey at YA Indie

Writers Conferences: Are They Relevant in the E-Age by Anne R. Allen at Anne R. Allen’s Blog

Tips N Tricks: Avoiding Cover Art Duplicates by Susan Kay Quinn at Susan Kaye Quinn

“Sell the Sizzle, Not the Steak.” How to Write a Brilliant Book Description For Fiction & Non-Fiction Titles by Mark Edwards at 30 Day Books

Beat the Bestsellers — The Other Way to the Top — Guest Post by Nick Thacker at Mystery Writing is Murder

Gemma Halliday’s Dos and Don’ts of Epublishing Boxed Sets by Gemma Halliday at The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing

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