Friday Features #28

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Inspiration/Motivation/Productivity

Ten Indisputable Signs That You’re a Writer by Ava Jae at Writability

Five Tips to Help Indie Authors Prepare for NaNoWriMo by Natalie Wright at How to Successfully Self-Publish

4 Reasons You Should Do NaNoWriMo…And 4 Reasons You Shouldn’t by Ali Luke at Aliventures

Overcome Writer’s Block by Rochelle Melander at C. Hope Clark

6 Ways to Shake Up Your Storytelling Style by Melissa Tydell at The Write Practice

The Perils and Pitfalls of Writing with a Partner by Peggy Williams and Mary Jay Johnson at Mystery Writing is Murder

The Secrets to Fantastic Writing Habits by Ali Luke at Men with Pens

Badass Author: An Interview with Randy Ingermanson by Jennifer Blanchard at InkyBites

Writing Life: Turn Your Dreams into Reality by Janalyn Voigt at AuthorCulture

How to Tell if Your Book is a Success by K.M. Weiland at Wordplay

Think Like a Writer Every Day, Even if You Can’t Write Every Day by Midge Raymond at The Creative Penn

12 Thoughts About NaNoWriMo by Joe Bunting at The Write Practice

How to Do NaNoWriMo When You Don’t Have the Time by Alison Wells at Alison Wells: Head Above Water

Productivity Tips for NaNoWriMo by Kevin J. Anderson at Kevin J. Anderson’s Blog

How to Get a Book Published [Infographic] at eBook Friendly

10 Twitter Hashtags to Get You Writing (And Keep You Writing) by Krissy Brady at Krissy Media Ink

Note-Taking and Writing Apps for iPhone and iPad at Publetariat

The 20 Minute Win by Barbara O’Neal at Writer Unboxed

Research

No links this week.

Writing Tips

Blindside Your Readers with Dues Ex Machina by Liz Bureman at The Write Practice

Reader Meets Character by Mooderino at Moody Writing

10 Tips for Beginning Writers by Mariam Kobras at Wordplay

NaNoWriMo: I’m Only Going to Say This Once, Okay? By Catherine Ryan Howard at Catherine, Caffeinated

Do You Have Writer’s Block Or Is It Procrastination? By Debra Johnson at Procrastinating Writers

7 NaNoWriMo Resources to Help You Reach the 50,000 Goal Line by Jennifer Blanchard at InkyBites

9 Tips For Creating a Compelling Novel by Jody Hedlund at Jody Hedlund

Why I Have Yet to Write a Sequel by Ava Jae at Writability

Structure Part 7—Genre Matters by Kristen Lamb at Kristen Lamb’s Blog

Words: The More the Muddier by Mooderino at Moody Writing

Always Write Terrible First Drafts by Carolyn Kaufman at QueryTracker

The 22 Rules of Storytelling [Infographic] by Nick Daws at Nick Daws’ Writing Blog

Don’t Be Boring by Elizabeth S. Craig at Mystery Writing is Murder

Bad, Worse, Worst: Plan Your Plots by Darcy Pattison at Fiction Notes

On Kissing (I Think Deeply About Making Out So You Don’t Have To!) by Livia Blackburne at A Brain Scientist’s Take on Writing

Physical Attribute Entry: Feet by Becca Puglisi at The Bookshelf Muse

3 Things You Need to Know Before You Start Writing by Joe Bunting at The Write Practice

How to Turn Your Favorite Books into Writing Prompts by Sarah Moore at The Write Practice

Physical Attribute Entry: Teeth by Angela Ackerman at The Bookshelf Muse

ROW80 Check-In 3: Bree Despain’s Writing Tips by E.M. Castellan at E.M. Castellan

Why It’s More Important Than Ever to Master Your Craft by Rachelle Gardner at Rachelle Gardner

6 Predictable Romance Novel Heroes by Susan Weian at Publetariat

Revision/Editing

Writing a Novel: “You Mean, I Need to Edit?” by Nick Thacker at The Creative Penn

A Brief Word from an Editor on Self-Editing by The Edit Dude at The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing

Author Platform

Building Your Author Platform—Part 4: Expanding Your Reach by Ryan Casey at Ryan Casey

2 Ways Fiction Authors Can Start Using Social Media by Jason Kong at The Book Designer

How to Get Unfriended, Ignored, and Blocked on Facebook by Lisa at Kristen Lamb’s Blog

My Favorite Plugins by Amy Lynn Andrews at Blogging with Amy

3 Social Media Mistakes Authors Must Stop Making Now by Sandra Beckwith at Build Book Buzz

Authors, Gather Your Tribe on Twitter by Joel Friedlander at The Book Designer

Is Blogging Important For Novelists Considering Self-Publishing? By Jody Hedlund at Jody Hedlund

How to Blog Smarter (And Get More Readers) by Shannon at DuoLit

Should All Authors Blog? By Rachelle Gardner at Rachelle Gardner

Q&A: Is It True That Not All My Facebook Fans See My Posts? By Amy Lynn Andrews at Blogging with Amy

13 Ways to Scare Readers Away From Your Book’s Website by Thomas Umstattd at AuthorMedia

Premium Author Program to Come to Goodreads by Tamara Ward at The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing

Building Your Writer Platform—How Much is Enough? By Chuck Sambuchino at Writer Unboxed

Marketing

How to Create Your Own Marketing Team by Rachelle Gardner at Rachelle Gardner

How a Giveaway Ebook Benefits Your Business by Nicolas Geromion at Men with Pens

Tips For Gathering Reviews: A Guide For Indie Authors by DuoLit on YouTube

Quick Tips for Contests and Giveaways by Joel Friedlander at The Book Designer

“Targeting” is For Enemy Warships, NOT Other People by Kristen Lamb at Kristen Lamb’s Blog

The New Path to Writing Success by Jon Bard at Writer Unboxed

A Successful Author Builds a Team by Dan Blank at Writer Unboxed

Publishing

“Amazon is Playing Indie Authors Like Pawns,” says Smashwords founder, Mark Coker by Mark Coker at How to Successfully Self-Publish

3 Easy (And Cheap) Ways to Self-Publish Right Now by Dara at Wise, Ink

Seeking Writers and Editors For Literary Journal by Suzannah Windsor Freeman at Write It Sideways

My Most Popular Blog Posts by Susan Kaye Quinn at Susan Kaye Quinn

The Click Moment. Embracing Randomness For Authors by Joanna Penn at The Creative Penn

Is Becoming a Bestselling Author A Matter of Luck? By Lindsay Buroker at Lindsay Buroker

Disappearing Amazon Reviews by Lauren Waters at Lauren Waters

Amazon Opens Japanese Kindle Store by David Gaughren at Let’s Get Digital

Popularity, Visibility, and KDP Select by David Gaughren at Let’s Get Digital

5 Essential Elements of a Successful Self-Published Book by Srinivas Rao at ProBlogger

What if J.K. Rowling Had Used a Pseuodonym? Should Authors Use Different Names For Different Genres? By Anne R. Allen at Anne R. Allen’s Blog

Self-Publishing on the Wrong Side of the Atlantic by Catherine Ryan Howard at 30 Day Books

Pricing Your Novel by Robert Kroese at Publetariat

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