Monday Must-Reads [07.21.14 The Last Month's Worth]

I'm back! Welcome to this special edition of Monday Must-Reads. It includes the most helpful blog posts for writers from the last month instead of the last week. Hope you enjoy and share! Tons of stuff to munch on here. 

Fun Stuff & Productivity Tips

How To Become A Prolific Writer While Holding Down A Day Job | Positive Writer

If You've Ever Finished A Book, You Should Watch This

The writing life: lonely, but not alone | Belinda Williams

What Jane Austen Looked Like According to Forensic Science | The Passive Voice | A Lawyer's Thoughts on Authors, Self-Publishing and Traditional Publishing

Go Teen Writers: How to Win at Writing: Create Writing Routines

Beth Revis: The Hate is Boring, and the Same, and Let's Stop Listening to It

My Journey in Creative Writing: Update

Reassessing Goals at Mid-Year | Elizabeth Spann Craig

I’m too busy to be in a rush… | ALLIE B BOOKS

Ten Myths About Creativity | Writing Forward

It's A Beautiful Thing! How I Get Through 100+ Emails Per Day - LiveHacked

Writability: Vlog: #YAforHaters: 5 Book Recs

The Lion's Gate, Fighting Resistance And Mental Toughness For Writers With Steven Pressfield | The Creative Penn

What Self-Published Authors Need to Know About Taxes

How to Make Sure You’re Not Wasting Time on Social Media by Frances Caballo — The Book Designer

Why Everyone Should Start an Online Business | Goins, Writer

Writability: Vlog: 5 Writer Problems

Writability: Guest Post: Not So Fast

Anne R. Allen's Blog: TOOLS OF THE (WRITER’S) TRADE: Lots of them FREE + reviews, how-to videos and cheat sheets.

Writability: myWriteClub: A Fun Accountability Site

The New World of Publishing… The Time of Great Forgetting |

Killer writing tools that will help you get the job done - BookBaby Blog

The Writers Alley: When Writing Looks Different: Navigating a New Season in Your Writing Life

Writability: Helpful Camp NaNo Links

Writer Unboxed » Write Faster (and Better, Too)

Resources for Writers—Microsoft Word | Elizabeth Spann Craig

The Top 5 Free Apps that Help You Write Your Novel | Wise Ink's Blog for Indie Authors about Self-Publishing

Stuck in a Writing Rut? Get Back On Track With My (Free) Seven-Week Ecourse — Aliventures

How long does it take to write a book? — Ksenia Anske

My Journey in Creative Writing: Books

Writer Unboxed » Don’t Take Author Obesity Sitting Down

Episode # 55 – Building Good Writing Habits with Bobby Adair | Rocking Self Publishing

Writing Tips & Inspiration

Writing Thrillers And Lessons Learned From Forty Years Of Writing with David Morrell | The Creative Penn

Why You Should Be Mercilessly Hacking Apart Your Favorite Stories -


3 Steps to Taking Your Character Further and Deeper With...Anger? | WRITERS HELPING WRITERSWRITERS HELPING WRITERS

25 Ways To Write A Real “Page-Turner” Of A Book « terribleminds: chuck wendig

100 Writing Prompts to Rock Your Writing World, Part 1 | Wise Ink's Blog for Indie Authors about Self-Publishing

Anne R. Allen's Blog: How Not to Start a Novel: Four Things to Avoid on Page One

Novel Stuck? 3 Ways to Get Unstuck

How to plot your Fantasy novel | EM Castellan

How To Plan A Novel: A Pantser's Guide • Ryan Casey

39 Villain Motivations | Fiction Notes

Weighing Writing Choices | Elizabeth Spann Craig

MAC: Motivation, Action, Consequence When Creating Characters « terribleminds: chuck wendig

Hidden Emotions: How To Tell Readers What Characters Don’t Want To Show | WRITERS HELPING WRITERSWRITERS HELPING WRITERS

Writability: Thoughts from the Intern Slush Pile: Is Your Voice Up to Snuff?

The Writers Alley: Personification: A Writer's Powerful Tool

Fiction University: Wanted: One Character Willing to Work With No Questions Asked

Fiction University: 5 Essential Questions to Ask When Writing Your Protagonist

QueryTracker Blog: The Writer's Bookshelf: Karyne Norton on "Save The Cat!"

Using Track Changes to Revise an Outline | Elizabeth Spann Craig

Talents and Skills Entry: Photographic Memory | WRITERS HELPING WRITERSWRITERS HELPING WRITERS

Fiction University: Ready, Set...Where's the Action? Keeping Informative Scenes Tense

Is Your Dialogue Just Characters Talking?

4 Winning Steps to Write Like the World Cup

Today’s Practice: Write a Sentence

Writability: So You Want to Write YA Dystopian?

Finding Your Story | Hugh Howey

The Writers Alley: Stretch Your Writing Muscles!

Fiction University: How POV Can Solve Your Writing Troubles

My Journey in Creative Writing: An Idea Jar?!?!

Writability: Vlog: On False Starts & Trunking Novels

Fiction University: Should You Follow the Siren Song of a New Idea?

The upside of doubt | ALLIE B BOOKS

Cliffhangers Part 2: How to Keep Your Reader Reading | Wise Ink's Blog for Indie Authors about Self-Publishing

Fiction University: How Soon Do We Need to Show Genre in Our Novels?

Writing Real Characters Amid Horrible Violence: Tips from a True-Crime Writer | Elizabeth Spann Craig


The Writers Alley: What/Who Do You Write For?

QueryTracker Blog: Your characters need their potatoes

Author, Jody Hedlund: 4 Ways to Add Caffeine to Your Story

Fiction Writing Prompts for the Young Adult (YA) Genre

How To Strike Creative Gold | Write to Done

The Art of the Cliffhanger | Wise Ink's Blog for Indie Authors about Self-Publishing

Anne R. Allen's Blog: How to Plan a Novel without Actually Outlining: 3 Awesome Tips from Nathan Bransford

How to write a novel to an outline and still be creative | Nail Your Novel

Talents and Skills Thesaurus Entry: A Way with Animals | WRITERS HELPING WRITERSWRITERS HELPING WRITERS

The Best Way to Become a Better Writer

Borrowing, Stealing, and Building Upon Other People's Writing Ideas

Why We Write: Four Reasons

The Writers Alley: Guest post - Mastering Historical Research with Carla Stewart, author of "The Hatmaker's Heart"

Fiction University: Writing Basics: It's Exposition, Yeah, Baby!

4 Tips On Creativity From The Creator Of Calvin & Hobbes | Co.Design | business + innovation + design

writerjenn - Exposition

Revision & Editing Tips

How To Find The Right Editor For Your Book And More Editing Questions Answered | The Creative Penn

Five Good Grammar Habits Every Writer Should Adopt

QueryTracker Blog: Advice from Carolyn Kaufman, Part 2: Accepting Criticism

NOVEL REVISION CHARTS: 2 Tools for Smart Re-Thinking of Your Story

Fiction University: Grammar and You: What You Need to Know to Write

New Addition to the Indie Toolbox | Hugh Howey

Writer Unboxed » Most of the Stuff You Need to Know to Edit Your Manuscript

Fine-Tuning a Manuscript--Comma Usage | Elizabeth Spann Craig

Why Does Editing Take So Long? - Rinelle Grey

The editing holiday: why every writer needs one | Belinda Williams

Save Your Reputation: Edit Your Writing and Hire Pros When Needed | The POP Newsletter

Author Platform Tips

10 Time-Saving Social Media Tools for a Productive Summer

The Ultimate Guide to What Every Author Website Needs - Part 1 | Patrick Samphire

How to Plan an Editorial Calendar: Webinar : @ProBlogger

6 Branding Tips for Writers and Authors by Nina Amir — The Book Designer

Author, Jody Hedlund: 4 Ways Authors Can Reach Readers on Pinterest

QueryTracker Blog: Advice from Carolyn Kaufman, Part 3: Control Your Online Image

Are You Using This Simple Way To Get More Shares On Social Media? 9 Tools To Help You | Write to Done

Writer Unboxed » Twitter Etiquette 101

Closing the Facebook | Catherine, Caffeinated

Build better relationships with your readers using "Ask the Author"

Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL): What I'm Doing - Amy Lynn Andrews

What Writers Should Know About Panels At Cons & Conferences « terribleminds: chuck wendig

2 Simple Ways to Customise Your Facebook Updates : @ProBlogger

Goodbye Old Friend: Why I (Finally) Designed a Responsive Blog

Tips On Public Speaking For Authors, Creatives And Other Introverts | The Creative Penn

9 World-class Bloggers Share Their #1 Email List Building Tip : @ProBlogger

So Much Social Media, So Little Time -

Book Marketing Tips

Episode # 54 – Talking Book Marketing Services with The Fussy Librarian | Rocking Self Publishing

Lessons Learned from Juggling 407 Books and Authors

Book Promotion When Time Is Limited — What’s Most Worth Doing? | Lindsay Buroker

Self-Promotion Is a Misnomer (And Other Marketing Myths) | Goins, Writer

4 Steps to Loving Marketing—And Your Readers

Fiction University: Marketing Strategy: The Next Book

Author, Jody Hedlund: How to Plan for a Successful Book Launch

Publishing News & Tips

Episode # 56 – Exploring Book Pricing: From $0.99 to $199 | Rocking Self Publishing

The Mindset Of Successful Indie Authors And Longevity As A Writer with Bob Mayer | The Creative Penn

Kindle Unlimited: The Key Questions | David Gaughran

Think Like a Publisher: 2015… Chapter Four: Production and Scheduling |

Writing Thrillers. 50 Lessons Learned From Thrillerfest 2014 | The Creative Penn

Why You Should Act As Your Own Author-Publisher (At Least Once) « terribleminds: chuck wendig

Pricing Strategies for Ebooks in a Series | Lindsay Buroker

Think Like a Publisher: 2015… Projected Income |

Think Like a Publisher 2015: Chapter Two… Expected Costs |

Ghostwriting FAQs: should you get a ghostwriter, do you want to become one? | Nail Your Novel

e-Book Cover Design Awards, June 2014 — The Book Designer

Digital Only Deals, Translating Into German And The Launch Of Desecration-Verletzung. | The Creative Penn

Your Fear is My Opportunity | Hugh Howey

To Kindle Unlimited, And Beyond « terribleminds: chuck wendig

Kindle Unlimited | Hugh Howey

9 Self-Publishing Fiction Writers You Should Follow Today by Jason Kong — The Book Designer

Cory Doctorow On Freedom Of Expression, DRM, Piracy And Censorship | The Creative Penn

The State of Self-Publishing | Hugh Howey

How to Create, Publish, and Market an Anthology (and why you’d want to) with J.M. Ney-Grimm | Lindsay Buroker

What Kind of Self-Pub Are You? A Questionnaire and Tips for Maximizing Your Self-Pub Style by Corina Koch MacLeod and Carla Douglas — The Book Designer

Self Publishing In Spanish, Tips For Translation And Launch Of Pentecostés. Thriller de la serie ARKANE. | The Creative Penn

Can an Author Co-Op Work For You? | Wise Ink's Blog for Indie Authors about Self-Publishing

10 Tips for Writing a Book

Latest Author Earnings Report | Hugh Howey

This Needs to Change | Hugh Howey

Paying Writers What they Deserve | Hugh Howey

Media Bias Against Self-Publishing | Hugh Howey

Writer Unboxed » Navigating the Next Frontier in Digital Publishing: Audiobooks

Anne R. Allen's Blog: 12 Dumb Things Writers do to Sidetrack Our Own Success

Digital Book Day: A New Marketing Effort by C.J. Lyons

Fiction University: Things to Consider When Considering Self Publishing

New Authors, Should You Self Publish or Seek a Traditional Publishing Deal? | Lindsay Buroker

The Arc Of The Indie Author Journey. From First Book To CEO Of Your Global Media Empire | The Creative Penn

Think Like a Publisher 2015: Chapter One… The Early Decisions |

15 Insightful Quotations About Self-Publishing | Wise Ink's Blog for Indie Authors about Self-Publishing

How to Create Your First BookTrack by Laurence MacNaughton

Resources for Writers—WKB and Ebook Services Professionals | Elizabeth Spann Craig

Fiction University: 4 Tips for Setting Up Your International Amazon Author Central Pages

Book Marketing: It's About Data, Not Promotion [Smart Set] | Jane Friedman

The Writers Alley: 5 GREAT reasons to self-publish (plus... my own!)

Who’s Your Distributor: Smashwords or Draft2Digital? by Jason Matthews — The Book Designer

Writer’s Digest Dumps Author Solutions | David Gaughran

Interview with Jane Friedman: How Much Attention Should You Pay to Book Design? — The Book Designer

Creating a Business Philosophy | Elizabeth Spann Craig

Money Always Flows to the Writer |

For New Indie Authors: What I Would Do if I Were Starting Today | Lindsay Buroker

Why the Analysts are Wrong | Hugh Howey

Killing the Top Ten Sacred Cows of Indie Publishing: #9… You Must Sell Books Cheaply |

Are You Only as Good as Your Worst Book? - Rachelle Gardner

Fiction University: Making a Buck With Your Writing While Waiting at the Dock

Susan Kaye Quinn, Speculative Fiction Author: Thinking of Self-Publishing? Put These Books in your Self-Publishing Toolkit

Book Cover Copycats: Is It Flattery or Copyright Infringement? | WRITERS HELPING WRITERSWRITERS HELPING WRITERS