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Friday Features #7

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Inspiration

How to Get Past Writer’s Block: Productivity Tips by Maria Rainier at DuoLit

Date Night by Joe Bunting at The Write Practice

6 No-Fail Strategies for Healing the Hurt & Achieving Mental Toughness: How Writers Can Learn to Cope With Reverses, Setbacks, & Effing Catastrophies by Ruth Harris at Anne R. Allen’s Blog

No Excuse Not to Write: 10 Five-Minute Writing Prompts by Midge Raymond at Jane Friedman

The Language of Diversity by Sommer Leigh at Sommer Leigh

Comic: The Four Stages of Writing by Debbie Ohi at Writer Unboxed

7 Tips I Use to Spark My Creativity by Gretchen Rubin at The Happiness Project

Are You Living a Good Story? By Joe Bunting at The Write Practice

A View of My Writing Space by Shelli Johnson at Shelli Johnson

Revealing Ourselves: Writers Take Risks by Suzanne at Transformational Editor

Research

Top 5 Mistakes Writers Make at a Crime Scene by Colleen Collins at Novel Rocket

Writing Advice

What Happens After Writing 3 Or 4 Books a Year by Elizabeth S. Craig at Mystery Writing is Murder

A Real Female Protagonist by Jonathan Dalar at Curiosity Quills

Three Times a Charm with Susan Kaye Quinn by Kai Strand at Strands of Thought

Why You Need to Focus on Description by Joe Bunting at The Write Practice

Writers: Do You Keep a Journal? By Ava Jae at Writability

Hunger Games 7 – Lessons From the Film Adaptation by Larry Brooks at StoryFix

8 Ways to be More Productive When Working From Home by Mikey Rox at IndieReader

Scrivener: Love It or Hate It? By Lydia Kang at The Word is My Oyster

Turning Pain into Fiction by Icy Sedgwick at Write Anything

Speak No Evil (Yes, I Stole That Title) by C. Hope Clark at C. Hope Clark

Easy Ways to Keep the Reader Interested by Mooderino at Moody Writing

How to Kill Someone by L. Vera at A Knife and a Quill

10 Writing Myths by Lori Handeland at Guide to Literary Agents

Start Treating Your Personal Heroes Like Peers by Denise Urena at Jeff Goins Writer

Writer’s Doubt: 3 Symptoms and 4 Treatments by Shannon at DuoLit

Guest Author Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali: Four Ways to Take Your Character from Typical to Terrific by Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali at The Other Side of the Story

11 Ideal Times to Write by Arienne Holland at Raven Blog

How to Win a Writing Competition by Dr. John Yeoman at The Blood Red Pencil

How to Remain Sane While Writing by Ava Jae at Writability

The Four Types of Dramatic Tension – Part Two by Karen Schravemade at The Writer’s Alley

Start Your Summer Right: 5 Creative Writing Tips by Jessica Strawser at Writer’s Digest

The Emotion in Your Writing is Failing, and Here’s Why by Adrianes Pinantoan at Fuel Your Writing

Time to Spring Clean Your Writing! By Chynna at Fresh News Daily

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far by Melanie Gideon at Guide to Literary Agents

In An Instant by Calista Taylor at From The Write Angle

Why Many Writers Get Little Support From Friends and Family by Dan Blank at We Grow Media

21 Ways to Make Your Plot More Compelling by Margo Berendson at Margo Berendson

Adam Selzer & YA Stuff to Avoid From Now On by Sommer Leigh at Sommer Leigh

Can You Be Trusted To Tell A Good Story? By Mooderino at Moody Writing

10 Ridiculously Simple Tips For Writing a Book by Jeff Goins at Jeff Goins

Hunger Games 8 – On Milestones and Meanings by Larry Brooks at StoryFix

5 Tips to Endear Readers to Your Story by Cindy at The Writer’s Alley

Showing Character by Elizabeth S. Craig at Mystery Writing is Murder

Preparing for a Writing Career by Elizabeth S. Craig at Mystery Writing is Murder

Revision/Editing

Revising and Self-Editing by Annette Lyon at Writing on the Wall

Trust Me I’m An Editor by Derek Haines at The Vandal

The Mighty Editor by Ranee Dillon at Evolved Publishing

Comic: What You Shouldn’t Do When You Ask for a Critique by Debbi Ohi at InkyGirl

7 Editing Questions to Make Your Work Sparkle by Heather Wright at The Writer Magazine

Build Your Author Platform

The Facebook Timeline: 8 Reasons Why It’s Your Friend, Not Your Enemy by Anne Chaconas at Novel Publicity & Co.

A Simple Plan for Writing One Powerful Piece of Online Content per Week by Pamela Wilson at CopyBlogger

How Do You Use Your Author Website? [Discussion] by Toni at DuoLit

The Secrets to Getting More Book Reviews (Even If Your Book is Already Out) by Penny C. Sansevieri at The Huffington Post Blog

Pinterest for Novelists: Can Pinterest Inspire Your Writing? By Laura Harrington at Women’s Fiction Writers

What is Branding All About Anyway? By Robert Lee Brewer at My Name is Not Bob

Top 10 Blog Traffic Killers by Michael Hyatt at Jane Friedman

Your Story is Your Marketing Strategy by Vanessa Merit Nornberg at Inc.

Book Signings by Katie Ganshert at Katie Ganshert

Twitter Does Sell Books – Just Not Directly by Catherine Ryan Howard at Catherine, Caffeinated

Facebook Strategy for Authors: In-Depth Discussion by Jane Friedman at Jane Friedman

15 Reasons Why You’ve Just Been Unfollowed on Twitter [Infographic] by Shea Bennett at All Twitter

How (Not) To Be Awesome on Social Media by Ava Jae at Writability

Guest Posts as a Platform Tool by Jean Oram at Jean Oram

Marketing

Free Sites to Promote Your eBook by Jason Boog at GalleyCat

Why Isn’t My Book Selling? by Cherie Burbach at Publetariat

Marketing Your Way to a #1 Bestseller with Rachel Abbott by Joanna Penn at The Creative Penn

8 Brilliant Book Marketing Links for Your Toolkit You May Have Missed at Wise, Ink

Email Marketing 101: How to Push Send and Grow Your Business by CopyBlogger

Publishing

Digital Publishing – A Marathon, Not A Sprint by Bob Mayer at Live, Write, Thrive

Think Like A Publisher: Chapter 4: Production and Scheduling by Dean Wesley Smith at Dean Wesley Smith

Hit and Miss with KDP Select by Catherine Ryan Howard at Catherine, Caffeinated

6 Reasons Editors Will Reject Your Manuscript by Chris Pavone at Guide to Literary Agents

Selling Your Self-Published Books: The First Steps by Alison Wells at Catherine, Caffeinated

Self-Publishing Successfully, Seven Further Thoughts by Patty Jansen on Must Use Bigger Elephants

Infographic – Who Exactly is the E-Reader Customer? How Do You Stack Up? At ReadingDiva’s Blog

The Future of Self-Publishing: A Conversation With Ross by Mark McGuiness at Lateral Action

Covering Our Bases by Elizabeth S. Craig at Mystery Writing is Murder

What Does a Publishing Contract Cover? By Rachelle Gardner at Rachelle Gardner

JA Konrath vs. Stephen King by J.A. Konrath at A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing

Why No Response was the Deal-Breaker for Me by Patty Jansen at Must Use Bigger Elephants

How Self-Publishing Can Give You Options For Your Author Career by Ben Galley at The Creative Penn

A New (And For Now, Free!) Book By Me by Catherine Ryan Howard at Catherine, Caffeinated

Self-Published Author Seeks Agent by Rachelle Gardner at Rachelle Gardner

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. I needed all of these productivity tips today! Thanks :)

  2. Always happy to help :) If anybody needs those tips, it’s me.

    BTW, I saw that your history teacher commented on your high school post! How awesome is that!

  3. Hi Yesenia,

    Thanks for featuring my post on taking risks. I’m happy to find you and I’ll be back often to peruse the links and info you are providing for all of us.

  4. Suzanne,

    I giggled at the irony when I read the title of your post because I had just posted about keeping my writing a secret. I think it’s a sign!

    Your post was amazing, though. Really hit home for me.

    Thanks for swinging by and hope to see you back :)

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