Friday Features #25

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How to Create a Writing Schedule That Works For You by Caitlin Muir at Author Media

Writing Prompts by Charlene Teglia at Genreality

3 Reasons You Should Write When You’re Tired by Krissy Brady at Krissy Media Ink

Fear and the Creative Worker by Susan Kaye Quinn at Susan Kaye Quinn

Why Evernote is Great for Writers by Ava Jae at Writability

NaNoWriMo Discussion: Are You In? by Ava Jae at Writability

Twelve Tips on Writing by Josh Swiller at Glimmer Train

The Five Stages of Grief Following the Publication of One’s First Book by Misha Angrist at The Awl

Finding Your Writing Process by Mistina at The Oolong Inkwell

11 Practical Ways to Stop Procrastination by Celestine at Publetariat

How Professional Writers Avoid Distractions: Interview with Joanna Penn by Joe Bunting at The Write Practice

5 Reasons You Should Consider Becoming a Writer by Joe Bunting at The Write Practice

The Problem with Epic by James Chartrand at Men with Pens

It’s Not Necessary to Write Every Day by Nathan Bransford at Nathan Bransford

FREE: 30 Days of NaNoWriMo Tips for Procrastinating Writers by Jennifer Blanchard at InkyBites

Today I Feel Tension (And Other Realities of the Writing Life) by Erin Healy at Inspiration for Creation

How (Not) to Be a NaNoWriMo Champ by Ava Jae at Writability

A Business Plan For Self-Published Authors (Part One of a Three Part Series) by Denise Grover Swank at The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing

Fifteen Places to Write for Even the Busiest Person by Cynthia Morris at Original Impulse

How to Make Writing More Like a Real Job by Cindy R. Wilson at The Writers Alley


Internet Research Tools Create Convincing Settings by Michael J. Scott at Author Culture

Guest Author Amie Kaufman: Six Ways to Make Researching Easier at The Other Side of the Story

Using Life’s Disasters to Add Authenticity to Your Writing by Carolyn Kaufman at QueryTracker

Writing Tips

Physical Attribute Thesaurus: Hands by Becca Puglisi at The Bookshelf Muse

5 Tips For Creating Characters Readers Can’t Wait To Come Back To by Jen Blood at The Creative Penn

Shh! It’s a Secret: Raising the Tension and Conflict in a Scene by Janice Hardy at The Other Side of the Story

Writing: Telling Subplots From Plot Bunnies by Janice Hardy at The Other Side of the Story

Let’s Talk Tropes…by Jaycee DeLorenzo at NA Alley

9 Easily Preventable Mistakes Writers Make with Dialogue by Ali Luke at The Creative Penn

3 Tests That Can Help Determine Readiness For Publication by Jody Hedlund at Jody Hedlund

How Party Planning is Like Worldbuilding by Diana Peterfreund at Genreality

Don’t Stop Writing in the Ugly Middle by Joe Bunting at The Write Practice


Jodie Renner on Uncluttered Prose at The Bookshelf Muse

3 Goals of Novel Revision by Darcy Pattison at Fiction Notes

A Professional Editor Takes on Self-Editing by Linda Jay Geldens at The Book Designer

Editing Woes by Andrea Buginsky at YA Indie

Author Platform

The Ultimate Guide to Writing Email Updates (Your Fans Actually Read) by Toni at DuoLit

Scrap All Your Social Media Accounts: An Experiment by Ryan Casey at Ryan Casey

The Two Major Ways Getting Social Helps Your Writing [Guest Post] by Peter Margolis at Wise, Ink

Author Blogging 101: The Evolution of Spam by Joel Friedlander at The Book Designer

Building Your Author Platform — Part 1: Getting Everything in Place by Ryan Casey at Ryan Casey Books

Why You Need an Author Platform—And How to Get One by Ali Luke at Write to Done


The Biggest Mistakes Self-Published Authors Make—Part 3 by Dana Lynn Smith at The Savvy Book Marketer

5 Obnoxious Marketing Techniques Writers Should Avoid by Jody Hedlund at Jody Hedlund

What is the ONE Thing That Has Brought You More Readers? Part 5 with Catherine Ryan Howard & Robert B. Lowe by Laura Pepper Wu at 30 Day Books

What I Did to Launch My Book in Its First Seven Days at Wise, Ink


My Self-Publishing Thoughts After 50,000+ Ebook Sales by Linday Buroker at Lindsay Buroker

Ebooks in Libraries: They Still Don’t Get It by Joe Konrath at The Newbie’s Guide to Publishing

How to Get Book Reviews by Giacomo (Jim) Giammatteo at Publetariat

First Chapters: What to Include by Elizabeth S. Craig at Mystery Writing is Murder

What It Really Takes to Get Published: An Interview with Michael Hyatt by Jeff Goins at Goins, Writer

The 11 Ingredients of a Sizzling Book Description by Mark Edwards at Catherine, Caffeinated

How to Make Sure That Your Self-Published Books Make the Grade by Tahlia Newland at Tahlia Newland, Author

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