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Friday Features #11

It’s like you died and went to link heaven, right?


How to Write More…and More Often by Michael J. Scott at Author Culture

4 Ways to Start Writing Again After a Vacation by Darcy Pattison at Fiction Notes

Saying No, Redux by Carrie Vaughn at Genreality

Road Closed: When Writer’s Block Takes Out the Bridge, Part 3 by Ken Scholes at Genreality

Chelsea Cameron: Guest Post and Giveaway by Chelsea Cameron at Inspiration For Creation

How to Get Rid of Writer’s Block, Pixar Style by Joe Bunting at The Write Practice

Limiting Options by Joe Bunting at The Write Practice

Writers: Start Acting Like Professionals by Ava Jae at Writability

Productivity by Sasha White at Genreality

Maximizing Our Creativity – The Transformative Power of Q by Kristin Lamb at Kristin Lamb’s Blog

8 Tips For Waking Up Early & Conquering the Alarm Clock by Loren Pinilis at Goins, Writer

Don’t Break the Chain by Catherine Ryan Howard at Catherine, Caffeinated

The “Box” Is Just a Punk – Guest Post by Art Holocomb at StoryFix

Rest by Ollin Morales at Courage 2 Create

A Dream Goes On Forever by David Klein at Writer Unboxed


How Much Background Info Is Enough? A Checklist by Mar Preston at Mystery Writing Is Murder

Rehearsal Notes For Your Rough Draft by Angie Dicken at The Writers Alley

The Art and Power of Interviews by Barbara O’Neal at Writer Unboxed

5 Simple (But Surprisingly Effective) Ways to Research Your Story by Becca Puglisi at Courage 2 Create

Writing Advice

The First Line: 4 Tips to Writing an Opener That Keeps Readers Reading by Dara at Wise Ink

Are You Writing Your Novel Too Fast? By K.M. Weiland at Wordplay

7 Ways to Intensify Crisis Scenes by Janalyn Voigt at Author Culture

5 Elements of Storytelling by Joe Bunting at The Write Practice

When Something’s Not Quite Right With a Scene by Elizabeth S. Craig at Mystery Writing is Murder

End of Act 1: 5 Functions Determine Plot by Darcy Pattison at Fiction Notes

How to Spot a Mary Sue In Your Writing by Ava Jae at Writability

The Deadly G-Word: Some Grammar Helps by Julia at The Writers Alley

Before You Type The End: Creating Emotional Resonance In Your Final Scenes by Karen Schravemade at The Writers Alley

Panster or Planner? By Raewyn Hewitt at Raewyn Hewitt

Three Innate Gifts of a Great Writer by Lauren Waters at Lauren Waters

Let’s Get Real by Ashley Clark at The Writers Alley

Give Characters Interesting Anecdotes by Mooderino at Moody Writing

The Business Rusch: Perfection by Kristine Kathryn Rusch at Kristin Writes

The Most Important Rule For Writing – Be True to Yourself by Bryan Thomas Schmidt at Wordplay

How to Write Characters Your Readers Love by Ava Jae at Writability

Prepare For Conference Early by Cindy at The Writers Alley

4 Writing Crutches That Insult the Reader’s Intelligence by Kristin Lamb at Kristin Lamb’s Blog

My Character is Like a (Fill in the Blank) by Darcy Pattison at Fiction Notes


Using Dialogue Tags and Punctuation Properly by Carolyn Kaufman at QueryTracker

How to Tackle Critique Notes by Carleen Brice at Writer Unboxed

Winning the Hearts and Minds of Your Readers Through Editing With Matt Gartland by Joanna Penn at The Creative Penn

Notes From an Editor Call by Diane Peterfraund at Genreality

Relax Better, Write Better by Joe Bunting at The Write Practice

Author Platform

12 Must-Do Tasks for the WordPress Site Owner by Pamela Wilson at CopyBlogger

Great Writers Serve Their Readers by Jeff Goins at Goins, Writer

Twitter Abuse (Part 1): Gain Followers the Right Way by Rebecca Berto at Novel Girl

Creating An Author Brand to Boost Your Platform by Matthew Turner at The Book Designer

Coming Clean About My Twitter Success by Claude Bouchard at Live Write Thrive

Putting the Cart Before the Horse – Guest Post by Emily Wenstrom at Mystery Writing is Murder

How Should Writers Handle Facebook Frustration? By Jody Hedlund at Jody Hedlund

How to Build – and Keep – An Engaged Audience by Sam Laird at Mashable

8 Fast and Furious Ways to Maneuver Facebook Changes Without Crashing and Burning by Kristin Nador at Kristin Nador Writes Anywhere


Why I Did the Unthinkable And Gave My eBook Away For Free by Jeff Goins at Goins, Writer

20 Easy Ways Readers Can Help Promote a Book by Jody Hedlund at Jody Hedlund

How to Engage Your Crazy-Dedicated Fanbase by Shannon at DuoLit

Sell It To Me! by Jane at QueryTracker

7 Ways to Improve Your Odds of Bestselling Success by Gary McLaren at Publish Your Own Ebooks


Top Ten Tips on Getting an Agent by Casey McCormick at Fiction Notes

E-Publishing: Who I Use For Editing, Formatting, and Cover Design by Lindsay Buroker at Lindsay Buroker

How We Choose the Best Publisher by Rachelle Gardner at Rachelle Gardner

Self-Publishing: Carnival of the Indies Issue #21 by Joel Friedlander at The Book Designer

Who Will Read My Book? By Roz Morris at Nail Your Novel

11 Reasons Writers Get Rejected – And Why Only 3 of Them Matter by Ruth Harris at Anne R. Allen’s Blog

10 Quick Tips to Get Your Manuscript Ready For Publication by Joel Friedlander at The Book Designer

The New World of Publishing: Book Pricing From Another Perspective by Terri and Dean Wesley Smith at Dean Wesley Smith

15 Signs Indie Publishing is For You by Dara at Wise Ink

Why Self-Publishing is a Tragic Term by Ed Cyzewski at Jane Friedman

Why It’s a Bad Idea to Overload Your Kindle Book by Catherine Ryan Howard at Catherine, Caffeinated

How to Become a Full-Time Indie Author by Karen Woodward at Karen Woodward

What to Avoid When Writing Back Cover Copy by Allie at Allie B Books

8 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Self-Publish by Andrew Galasetti at DuoLit

The New World of Publishing: Some Real Perspectives on Pricing by Dean Wesley Smith at Dean Wesley Smith

An Interview with Chris Orcutt by Rachell Abbott at Rachel Abbott

eBook Design Today and Tomorrow by Joel Friedlander at The Book Designer

Don’t have time to read all these cool links in one sitting? One way to save them is through Pocket. They also have an app for your phone, and you can view the articles offline. By the way, this isn’t an affiliate link or anything. Just sharing another resource I use and find helpful.

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Yesenia Vargas
I write books (now working on the second) and blog helpful tips for indie authors, book updates, and other fun stuff. In addition, I'm a copyeditor and proofreader. In my pretty much nonexistent spare time, I read on my Kindle Fire, attempt to stay active, and watch Netflix. I live in Georgia with my daughter and husband.

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  1. I look forward to your Friday Features so much. Thank you so much for finding all of these wonderful posts and making it so easy!

  2. Thanks again for the shout-out! Wow, you have another great list I will enjoy savoring over the weekend. Thanks for hunting them down for us. 🙂

  3. Woah — another awesome list of links, Yesenia! Thanks for the include, as always. It’s going to be a busy weekending going through these 🙂

  4. As always, a pleasure, Toni. I can tell you love link roundups as much as I do!

  5. Such a great feature ! Thanks for all the awesome links. I have been following you on Twitter for a while but I have decided it was time for me to follow your blog as well 🙂 Looking forward to finding out about more writing tips!