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Healthy Writer by Sasha White at Genreality

“Snapshot” of My Desk At the Moment by Carrie Vaughn at Genreality

Is This Creativity Power Food Missing From Your Diet? By Jennifer Blanchard at InkyBites

The One Thing Your Creativity Can’t Live Without by Jennifer Blanchard at InkyBites

Here’s a Guaranteed Way to Generate a Backlog of Writing Ideas by Jennifer Blanchard at InkyBites

Interval Training for Writers and Professionals by Rachelle Gardner at Rachelle Gardner

Why We Write: Four Reasons by Joe Bunting at The Write Practice

Borges’ Birdman and the Roots of Story by Daniel Jose Older at Nathan Bransford

Favourite Quotes for Writers and Readers by Rebecca Berto at Novel Girl

How David Robinson Really Did Write a Novel in a Week by Nick Daws at Nick Daws’ Writing Blog

Fishtrap: On Being a Writer by Johanna Harness at Gem State Writers

How to Turn Rejection into a Positive Experience by Jennifer Blanchard at Procrastinating Writers

The Pitfalls of Excessive Book Knowledge by Ollin Morales at Courage 2 Create

Bad Day by C. Hope Clark at C. Hope Clark

Figuring Out Your Writing Schedule – Guest Post by Carol Kilgore at Mystery Writing Is Murder

Starting Projects by Elizabeth S. Craig at Mystery Writing Is Murder

Are You a Real Writer? By Carolyn Kaufman at QueryTracker

Good Things Take Time by Raewyn Hewitt at Dreaming of Other Realms

Do You Know the Golden Rule of Creativity? By Jennifer Blanchard at InkyBites

Research

Forensics Q&A: Fingerprinting by Kristy Lahoda at QueryTracker

How I Did Research For 3 New York Times Bestselling Authors (In My Spare Time) by Ryan Holiday at CopyBlogger

Writing Advice

Character Names: How Do You Choose? By Ava Jae at Writability

Plotting Act 2: 23 Ways to Defeat the Sagging Middle by Darcy Pattison at Fiction Notes

Character Trait: Creative by Becca Puglisi at The Bookshelf Muse

Afterward Vs. Afterword by Liz Bureman at The Write Practice

Diagnosis: Storyteller by Jan O’Hara at Writer Unboxed

5 Tips to Great Writing by Dara at Wise Ink

Tips on Becoming a Better Writer by Alayne Valentine at Nick Daws’ Writing Blog

3 Ways to Create Characters That Grip Readers’ Hearts by Jody Hedlund at Jody Hedlund

Writing a Series by J.A. Belfield at J.C. Martin, Fighter Writer

Why Writers Should Read – Chapter Lengths by Mary Vee at The Writers Alley

When Your Passion Kills Your Plot by Larry Brooks at StoryFix

Writing a Bottle Scene by Mooderino at Moody Writing

Two Sides to Every Story. At Least. By Mooderino at Moody Writing

How to Write Southern – Part 7 – Etiquette and Nuances by C. Hope Clark at C. Hope Clark

50 Things I Learned at Thrillerfest 2012 by Joanna Penn at The Creative Penn

Weather Records Fall: Where’s the Story in That? By Suzanne at Transformational Editor

3 Reasons to Read Lisa Cron’s Wired For Story by Suzannah at Write It Sideways

Top 10 Books to Writers You Need to Read Now by Marya Jan at Write to Done

Using Visualization to Write Killer Hooks by Nathan Kash at Write to Done

Critique Wednesday Or Short Fiction, Part II: Critiquing It by Susan Kaye Quinn at Susan Kaye Quinn

Short Fiction, Part III: Writing It by Susan Kaye Quinn at Susan Kaye Quinn

Discussion: What’s Your Favorite Part of the Writing Process? By Ava Jae at Writability

4 Considerations When Writing About Things You Don’t Know by Allie at Allie B Books

Tips For Writing Multiple Series by Elizabeth S. Craig at Mystery Writing Is Murder

Kill What? What to Do When You Need to Cut a Major Part of Your Novel by Janice Hardy at The Other Side of the Story

10 Questions Your Readers Shouldn’t Have to Ask by K.M. Weiland at Wordplay

On Writing Your First Novel by Ava Jae at Writability

Five Tips to Make Your Synopsis Stronger by Casey Herringshaw at The Writers Alley

Revision/Editing

Row80 Check-In 3 On the Importance of Feedback and Beta Readers by EM Castellan at EM Castellan

Writing Comedy Part 3 by Peggy Staggs at Gem State Writers

Author Platform

What is Social Networking Anyway? By Janalyn Voigt at Author Culture

The Surprises of Guest Posting by Judy Lee Dunn at Judy Lee Dunn

Author Etiquette 101: How to Support Readers by Jody Hedlund at Jody Hedlund

A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Your Self-Hosted WordPress Website by Pamela Wilson at CopyBlogger

To Be (Authentic Online) Or Not To Be (Authentic Online? That is the Question by April L. Hamilton at Indie Author

Thank You For Unsubscribing by C.J. West at Publetariat

6 Fishy Facebook Strategies That Won’t Help You Get Noticed on Facebook by Daniel Sharkov at Reviewz ‘N’ Tips

Have a Beautiful Author Website For Under $20/Mo (Even If You’re Not a Geek) by Toni at DuoLit

15 Fill-in-the-Blank Blog Ideas for Every Authorpreneur by Dara at Wise Ink

The Three Parts of Blogging With a Mission by C. Hope Clark at C. Hope Clark

On the Subject of E-Media and New Opportunities by Sharon Vander Meer at Writer’s Block

3 Reasons Your Tweets Are Not Working! By Dara at Wise Ink

Marketing

Help People, Don’t Interrupt Them by Amy Lynn Andrews at Blogging With Amy

How Facebook Advertising Works For Authors by Lindsay Buroker at Lindsay Buroker

A Plea to Book Trailer Producers and Authors Too… by Richard Sutton at Publetariat

Promoting Your Book With Book Awards by Dana Lynn Smith at Publetariat

Indie Authors and Amazon Removing Reviews by Renee Pawlish at To Become a Writer

Social Media vs. a New York Times Book Review Cover: Which Sells More Books? By Anne R. Allen at Anne R. Allen’s Blog

Unboxed Avenues to Book Sales by Ray Rhamey at Writer Unboxed

Guest Post: How Mel Sherratt Sold 50K Self-Published Books by Mel Sherratt at Catherine, Caffeinated

Video: The Book Marketing Continuum by Joel Friedlander at The Book Designer

Publishing

What’s Happening With My Publisher Contract? By Rachelle Gardner at Rachelle Gardner

Ebook Sales Are Up by Lauren Waters at Lauren Waters

Costs to Self-Publish My Second Book by Sara Flower at SaraFlower’s Blog

Zero Sum by J.A. Konrath at The Newbie’s Guide to Publishing

The New World of Publishing: Blurb Writing by Dean Wesley Smith at Dean Wesley Smith

The Easy Way to Get Your US Tax Back by Catherine Ryan Howard at Catherine, Caffeinated

21 Top Links to Book Fonts for Self-Publishing by Joel Friedlander at The Book Designer

e-Book Cover Design Awards, June 2012 by Joel Friedlander at The Book Designer

10 Top Tips on How to Create an Audio Book by Don Katz and Joanna Penn at The Creative Penn

Short Fiction, Part I: Reading It by Susan Kaye Quinn at Susan Kaye Quinn

An Industry On the Brink – Five Mistakes That Are Killing Traditional Publishing by Kristin Lamb at Kristin Lamb’s Blog

Japan Finally Embraces e-Reader Revolution by Justin McCurry at The Guardian

First Self-Published Book Nominated For International Thriller Writer Awards at Digital Book World

Mini Lesson on Typography by Allie at Allie B Books

Is It Still Worth Trying to Get an Agent? By Frank at Fictorian Era

Enough Self-Published Rough Drafts! Why the Self-Publishing Industry Needs Standards by Jessica at DuoLit

Is the Author Solutions Acquisition a Good Thing For Authors? By Jane Friedman at Jane Friedman

Author Beware by Susan Kaye Quinn at Susan Kaye Quinn

How Self-Publishing Has Helped All Writers – Welcome to the Revolution by Kristin Lamb at Kristin Lamb’s Blog

Posts You May Have Missed This Week:

7 More Things You Probably Didn’t Want to Know About Me

What Monopoly Can Teach You About Being A Successful Indie Author

What did I miss? What were your favorite links this week? Please consider sharing this link roundup if you liked it. Thanks!

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 mention, really appreciate it! Once again, I love Friday Features, these posts make my life so much easier :)

    • I’m so glad you find them useful! When I started these, my goal was to help other writers save some time and get the best tips. It’s great to see that Friday Features are working as I envisioned. Thanks!

  2. Thanks for including my post on Facebook advertising. You’ve got quite a list here! :)

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  4. These are some amazing links! Thanks for aggregating them!

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