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Friday Features #13

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Inspiration/Motivation/Productivity

The 11 “Secrets” of Prolific Content Creators by Beth Hayden at CopyBlogger

Writing Rituals by Ken Scholes at Genreality

18 Bad Writing Habits to Avoid by Krissy Brady at Krissy Media Ink

I Falter Only When I Fear to Falter by Ollin Morales at Courage 2 Create

Recharge Your Creative Batteries in 31 Days by Jennifer at Procrastinating Writers

Top 100 Creative Writing Blogs (Updated) at Publetariat

How to Have a Career: Advice to Young Writers by Sarah Manguso at Publetariat

The Bipolar Writer by Keith Cronin at Writer Unboxed

Writers Anonymous by Geoffrey Wilson at Writer Unboxed

Mind the Gap: Strategies For Overcoming Writer’s Block by CG Blake at Writer Unboxed

Talent vs. Learning: Do You Have to be Born a Writer? By K.M. Weiland at Wordplay

The Job of Every Parent and Writer by Joe bunting at The Write Practice

Write Like Jazz: How to Inhibit Your Inhibitions by Joe Bunting at The Write Practice

A 7-Step Content Creator’s Creativity Cleanse by Jennifer Blanchard at CopyBlogger

Chasing Words by Raewyn Hewitt at Dreaming of Other Realms

The Secret All Successful Creative People Know by Jennifer Blanchard at InkyBites

What Writer’s Block Is, And What to Do About It by Krissy at Krissy Media Ink

Writing – The Type Who Sticks With It by Elizabeth S. Craig at Mystery Writing is Murder

Revisiting Goals: A Chance to Start Over by Suzanne at Transformational Editor

What Writers Should Do When Drawing a Blank by Ollin Morales at Write to Done

In the Beginning… by Ann Aguirre at Writer Unboxed

Is Your Manuscript On Hold? Never! By Darcy Pattison at Fiction Notes

3 Ways to Stretch It Out After a Long Writing Session by Jennifer Blanchard at InkyBites

Quotes For Your Contemplation by Rachelle Gardner at Rachelle Gardner

A Beginner’s Guide to Writing by Ollin Morales at Courage 2 Create

How to Use Food to Inspire Your Creativity by Jennifer Blanchard at InkyBites

Research

No links this week.

Writing Advice

The Dark Denouement by Linda Yezak at Author Culture

More Goodness From Art Holcomb: “Forget Jagger – Learn How to Move Like Sorkin” at StoryFix

Making Your Readers Care Like Your Characters Care by Mooderino at Moody Writing

The Reader Must Want to Know What Happens Next by Lisa Cron at Jane Friedman

How to Write Southern – Part 1 – Dialect by C. Hope Clark at C. Hope Clark

How to Write Southern – Part 2 – Metaphors by C. Hope Clark at C. Hope Clark

How to Write Southern – Part 3 – Family by C. Hope Clark at C. Hope Clark

Creative Careerists: Interview With Elizabeth Spann Craig by Emily Wenstrom at Creative Juicer

Guest Post: Megan Spooner on Making Fantasy Real at Beth Revis

Plot: You MUST Be Brutal by Darcy Pattison at Fiction Notes

Character Trait: Glamorous by Becca Puglisi at The Bookshelf Muse

Letter to My Seventeen-Year-Old Self And an Analysis of Love in YA Lit by Allie at Allie B Books

Engineering a Fiction Series by Ash Krafton at QueryTracker

How to Write Southern – Part 4 – Place by C. Hope Clark at C. Hope Clark

On Writing Coincidence And Fate: Don’t Be Too Nice by Ava Jae at Writability

Thriller Writing Made Easy: 4 Steps to Starting a Thriller by Zachary Petit at Writer’s Digest

Writing Religion and Spirituality with Jill Carroll by Joanna Penn at The Creative Penn

How to Write Southern – Part 5 – Narrative Color by C. Hope Clark at C. Hope Clark

The 5 Best Pieces of Writing Advice by Mooderino at Moody Writing

Thoughts As They Stumble Out by Neysa Jensen at Gem State Writers

Make Your Settings Come to Life by Cindy at The Writers Alley

How to Write Southern – Part 6 – Beats and IM by C. Hope Clark at C. Hope Clark

How to (Nearly) Win a Pulitzer in 5 Steps by Joe Bunting at The Write Practice

Discussion: Are First Drafts Always Awful? By Ava Jae at Writability

Revision/Editing

The New World of Publishing: Editing & Proofing by Dean Wesley Smith at Dean Wesley Smith

Beta Readers by Sara Flower at Saraflower’s Blog

Author Platform

The Hollywood Guide to a Better Blog Tagline by Judy Lee Dunn at Judy Lee Dunn

Help! No One is Seeing My Facebook Page Updates! By Ann Chaconas at Novel Publicity

The Anatomy of a Website by Danyelle L. at QueryTracker

Blogging – Should Authors Go Self-Hosted Or Not? Part 1: Two Who Don’t by Roz Morris at Nail Your Novel

Using Your Facebook Profile As a Fan Page by Anne Chaconas at Novel Publicity

Blogging – Should Authors Go Self-Hosted Or Not? Part 2: Two Bloggers Who Favour Self-Hosting by Roz Morris at Nail Your Novel

Increasing Your Facebook Page Reach – Without Spending a Dime by Anne Chaconas at Novel Publicity

Does Social Media Leave Us Over Exposed? By Rachelle Gardner at Rachelle Gardner

There is No Elevator to Success. You Have to Take the Stairs by Jody Hedlund at Jody Hedlund

Pros and Cons by Charlene Teglia at Genreality

Moving From Page to Profile? Strategies to Get Your Fans to Make the Change by Anne Chaconas at Novel Publicity

Marketing

How to Create Contests That Increase Engagement by Jeremy Statton at ProBlogger

How Jordan Stratford Raised $91,751 For His Steampunk Novel And Earned Offers From Every Big 6 Publisher by Lindsay Buroker at Lindsay Buroker

Your E-Reader is a Spy by Rachelle Gardner at Rachelle Gardner

Stop the Spam by Ava Jae at Writability

Back-to-School Marketing For ALL Authors by Dara at Wise Ink

5 Tips to Market Your Book (And Relax!) On Summer Vacation by Dara at Wise Ink

Promoting Your Book at Publishing Events by Laura Austin at The Creative Penn

Why Your Idea Isn’t Spreading (The Salesman’s Problem) by Jeff Goins at Goins, Writer

5 Ways to Market Your Book: Guest Post by Angela Ackerman at J.C. Martin, Fighter, Writer

Marketing Essentials Every Writer Should Know About by Zachary Petit at Writer’s Digest

When Building a Significant Social Media Following May Not Work by J. Steve Miller at ProBlogger

Indie Authors: Stop Promoting to Other Indie Authors by April L. Hamilton at Indie Author

Yo, Author, You Spamming Me??? Cut It Out! By Joel Friedlander at The Book Designer

Publishing

Creative Commons For Writers – Guest Post by James Hutchings at Mystery Writing Is Murder

Are We Stripping Modern Books Bare? By Nathan Bransford at Nathan Bransford

Bad Reviews – Six Reasons to be Glad You Have Them by Anne R. Allen at Anne R. Allen’s Blog

How I Got a Big Advance From a Big Publisher And Self-Published Anyway by Penelope Trunk at Penelope Trunk Blog

What is Barnes & Noble’s Nook First? By Gary McLaren at Publish Your Own Ebooks

What’s New at Lulu.com? Video Interview with Sarah Gilbert by Joel Friedlander at The Book Designer

Creating a Cover For Your Self-Published Book by Lynette Bonner at Author Culture

Splurge & Save: How to be a Thrifty Indie! By Shannon at DuoLit

The Top Ten Awards For Indie Authors by Dara at Wise, Ink

Why, For Me, Print Will Never Be Extinct by Catherine Ryan Howard at Catherine, Caffeinated

A Mini Lesson in Print vs Web Color by Aliie at Allie B Books

Top Self-Published Kindle eBooks of 2011 [Report] by Piotr Kowalcysk at Ebook Friendly

All the Bad-Ass Ninjas Hang Out at Planet Independent Bookstore by A.S. King at Writer Unboxed

Working With Editors by Elizabeth S. Craig at Mystery Writing is Murder

The Book’s the Thing: A Conversation with Elizabeth Law, Vice President and Publisher of Egmont USA by Robin LaFevers at Writer Unboxed

Posts you might have missed this week:

5+ Places to Submit Your Awesome Short Story

WIP Snippet Brought To You By The Lucky 7 Meme

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About the Writer

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 fiance.


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Comments

  1. Thanks for the callout to Creative Juicer. Some great links in here!

  2. This is just another reason to look forward to Fridays! You find so many fantastic articles! Thank you!

    Oh, and I’ve bestowed a couple of awards on you over at my blog :)

    http://laurenwaters.net/2012/07/13/sisterly-award-love/

    • **Jumping up and down in glee**

      **Brushing myself off and regaining composure**

      Double thanks, Lauren! About to head over there!

      (Your book keeps getting better and better, btw)

  3. Wow, thanks for taking the time to condense everything onto a single page! Must have taken you ages! This is some serious bookmark material *goes to brew himself some coffee*

    • No problem, Ken! I actually do it in bits and pieces throughout the week.

      Have you tried a reading app like Readability? You can read web articles like these at your own pace and clutter-free. On your smart phone too. It’s what I do to get a lot more reading done.

  4. Thanks so much for the link love! You link compilations rock!

  5. Yesenia, thanks for the link to my post on Transformational Editor about revising goals. I’d better get busy checking out some more of your links, and powering up the learning curve.

  6. This list is amazing! Thanks for taking the time to put these together!! :) Also, I am very honoured to be included on the list! Thank you

    • No problem, Allie! I do these every Friday so I hope to see you back :) i’m a big fan of your blog. There’s not many out there from someone with a background in design. We can learn a lot from you.

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