Link Feast, vol 62 – Writing Advice For Authors

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The Seductive Power of a New Book Idea: When to Give in to the Romance? by Ruth Harris

On Writing

Adulthood 2.0: After Your Dream Comes True by Bryn Greenwood

The Blank Page Is Not Neutral by Steven Pressfield

Writers, Remember. The Wand Chooses the Wizard by Michelle Barker (Always sound like yourself. Only you can be you. When you try to be someone else, you are only a weak copy.)

On Getting Feedback by Elizabeth S. Craig

Lessons Learned From a Decade in Publishing by Janice Hardy

http://blog.janicehardy.com/2019/10/lessons-learned-from-decade-in.html

Stories vs Situations: How to Tell If a Story Will Work by Jeff Lyons

Story Development Tools & Techniques: The Whistles and Bells Test by Jeff Lyons

How to Tell If Your Story Has Too Much Plot, Not Enough Character by K.M. Weiland

Pulp Heroes by Steven Pressfield

The Secret to Writing Fascinating Villains by Laurence MacNaughton

http://blog.janicehardy.com/2019/10/the-secret-to-writing-fascinating.html

12 Signs You’re Afraid of Your WIP by Kathryn Craft

Writing Tips: Unforgettable Endings With James Scott Bell by Joanna Penn

Endings Are Not Stoppings: On Game Of Thrones and How We Conclude Our Stories by Chuck Wending (warning: language and spoilers of the final episode of the series) 

Tearing Down the Throne: Interrogating Power Structures in Western Epic Fantasy by Jenn Lyons

Writing a Future in Which You Choose Your Own Nation by Ada Palmer

Manuscript Evaluations: What They Are and What to Expect by Sarah Chauncey

Collaborative Writing In a Shared World by David Mark Brown

Jerry Seinfeld’s 5 Step Comedy Writing Process by Jess Zafarris

The Publishing World

How Reese Witherspoon became the new high priestess of book clubs by Constance Grady

https://www.vox.com/the-highlight/2019/9/13/20802579/reese-witherspoon-reeses-book-club-oprah

7 ways book publishing will change over the next few years by Mike Shatzkin

People In Publishing I Learn From by Jane Friedman (The Who is Who in the Publishing news and blogging world)

Book Marketing & Blogging

To Sell More Books, Change the Story You Tell to Yourself About Marketing by Sue Campbell

Book Promotion: Do This, Not That – August 2019 by Amy Collins

Please shut up: Why self promotion as an author doesn’t work by Delilah S. Dawson

https://www.whimsydark.com/blog/2015/4/13/please-shut-up-why-self-promotion-as-an-author-doesnt-work

How to Improve Your Amazon Book Descriptions by Penny Sansevieri

5 Simple Ways to Open Your Blog Post With a Bang by Brian Clark

Deep Stuff

The Benefits of Optimism Are Real by Emily Esfahani Smith

https://getpocket.com/explore/item/the-benefits-of-optimism-are-real

The Inuit don’t shout at their children – so why do we? By Will Coldwell

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/may/12/the-inuit-dont-shout-at-their-children-so-why-do-we

Why Routines Are So Important to INFPs (Even Though We Hate Them) by Darcy Ritt (you can replace INFPs with Creatives or Spontaneous People)

How to Create a Chain Reaction of Good Habits by James Clear

https://getpocket.com/explore/item/how-to-create-a-chain-reaction-of-good-habits

The biggest lie tech people tell themselves – and the rest of us by Rose Eveleth

https://www.vox.com/the-highlight/2019/10/1/20887003/tech-technology-evolution-natural-inevitable-ethics

Fun Stuff

Watch the First Trailer For Robert Downey Jr’s Doctor Doolittle Reboot by Stubby the Rocket

7 Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books to Curl Up With This Fall by S.W. Sondheimer

https://bookriot.com/2019/10/04/fall-sci-fi-fantasy-books-2019/

Hot Girl Summer Is Over, Long Live Hot Nerd Fall by Stubby the Rocket (The Doctor, Q, Joan Watson, Aziraphale, Henry Jones Sr., Rupert Giles… so many cool ones)

12 Popular Movies With Introverted Main Characters by Savanna Roberts

Link Feast, vol 61 – A Buffet of Juicy Writing Advice

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The Anti-Arc by Donald Maass

On Writing

Writing’s Secret Formula: How to Write Stories That Matter by Daryl Rothman
https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/how-to-write-stories-that-matter/#

Business Musings: Expect Failure by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (You fail by not trying and failing. We fail forward to success, and learn along the way)

In Six Words, These Writers Tell You an Entire Story by Sara Roncero-Menendez
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/six-word-story_n_5332833

How Do You Visualize Stories by Emily Asher-Perrin

A Practical Way to Overcome Imposter Syndrome by Darious Foroux

https://getpocket.com/explore/item/a-practical-way-to-overcome-imposter-syndrome

A Pessimist’s Collection of (Inspiring) Writing Quotes by Julie Glover

Displeasure Reading by Dave King

Narratology, Or Why We Need Stories to Make Sense by Arkady Martine (a bit academic but has an important message that explains why people have wildly different beliefs that fit their personal experiences and world views)

How to Develop High-Concept Book Ideas to Find More Success With Your Writing by Robert Lee Brewer

Write Better: The 7 Qualities of High Concept Stories by Jeff Lyons

The Making of a Hero or Heroine by Donald Maass

Characters: Audiences Read Stories, but Great Stories Read the Audience by Kristen Lamb

Motive: The Key to Writing Stories Readers Can’t Put Down by Kristen Lamb

Why Your Character (And You) Should Be Expert In Something by Alyssa Hollingsworth

http://blog.janicehardy.com/2019/09/why-your-character-and-you-should-be.html

Are You the One? Exploring the Chosen One Trope in SFF by Katy Rose Pool

9 Characters I Love Because They Are Hurting (And So Am I) by Emily Asher-Perrin

The Good Guy/Bad Guy Myth by Catherine Nichols

https://getpocket.com/explore/item/the-good-guy-bad-guy-myth

When the Ends Justify the Means: Five Villains Who See Themselves as Heroes by Jeff Lyons

Finding Your Story’s Theme by Jenny Hansen

Fate Versus Free-Will: Using Theme to Leverage Revision by Vaughn Roycroft

The Challenge of Sensational Story Openings by Peter Selgin

Don’t Be Afraid to Go There In Your Writing by James Scott Bell

Maybe No One Will Notice by Julie Carrick Dalton

“Showing” Through Exposition: A Study by Kathryn Craft

Effective Repetition In Writing As Demonstrated by A Song of Fire and Ice by Gavin Hurley

How and Why I Use Online Alpha Readers While Writing Novels by Mary Robinette Kowal (She shares her super simple ABCD feedback format)

How to Give Useful Criticism by Jim Dempsey

Tolkien’s Elves: Married with Eldar Children by Jeff LaSala (explores one aspect of the culture building of THE master, Tolkien)

Could Multimedia Storytelling Work For You? by Anna Thu Nguyenova (shorter format, especially works for YA audiences)

Book Marketing & Your Publishing Path

The Business Rusch: What Is Discoverability? by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
https://kriswrites.com/2014/08/07/business-musings-what-is-discoverability-discoverability-part-oooops-i-left-this-out/

The Business Rusch: Word of Mouth by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
https://kriswrites.com/2013/05/22/the-business-rusch-word-of-mouth/

The Business Rusch: The Helpful Reader (Discoverability 2) by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (more advice about Word of Mouth)
https://kriswrites.com/2013/11/27/the-business-rusch-the-helpful-reader-discoverability-part-two/

The Business Rusch: Marketing and Readers by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (the different kind of reader types)
https://kriswrites.com/2014/01/29/the-business-rusch-marketing-and-readers-discoverability-part-who-knows/

The Business Rusch: Surprise! by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (and how it relates to discoverability and book marketing)
https://kriswrites.com/2014/03/31/the-business-rusch-surprise-discoverability-part-what-the/

The Business Rusch:  What Kind of Writer Are You? by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (and how does this affect your marketing)
https://kriswrites.com/2014/08/09/business-musings-what-kind-of-writer-are-you/#sthash.N4jpOdPn.dpbs

The Business Rusch: Branding (Discoverability 6) by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
https://kriswrites.com/2014/01/08/the-business-rusch-branding-discoverability-part-6-2/

I Hate Self-Promotion by Tim Grahl
https://booklaunch.com/authors-and-self-promotion/

How to Be a Professional Author And Not Die Screaming and Starving In a Lightless Abyss by Chuck Wendig (Survival guide for a Traditionally Published Author and how the biz works)

Here’s the Pitch – It’s a Hit! Crafting Your Novel’s Pitch Line by Janice Hardy 

http://blog.janicehardy.com/2011/10/heres-pitchits-hit-crafting-your-novels.html

(Even if you self-publish, this is handy knowledge. You can use the pitch as your back cover blurb. And when you have a pitchline, you never draw a blank and give a boring or rambling answer when someone asks you what your book is about)

How Literary Agents Agree and Differ: Lessons From the Annual Writer’s Digest Conference by Robert Lee Brewer

How to Write Successful Query Letters For Any Genre of Writing by Robert Lee Brewer

How to Hook a Literary Agent to Represent Your Writing and Get Published by Robert Lee Brewer

Evan Winter Explains How His Self-Published Book Was Picked Up by Orbit Books by Stubby the Rocket

Writers on Show: Publicity and the Introvert by Juliet Marillier

Deep Stuff

The Problem With the Hack Culture by Brad Stulberg

https://getpocket.com/explore/item/the-problem-with-hack-culture

“It’s not that some of these ideas aren’t important. Diets. Routines. Habits. Exercises. They all matter, but the context is what we miss. We are seeking the silver bullet when the reality is we need to nail the basics before we even consider the final 2 percent.”

“The only shortcut is hacking it every day.”  -Ryan Holiday

The Scientist Persuading Terrorists to Spill Their Secrets by Ian Leslie

https://getpocket.com/explore/item/the-scientists-persuading-terrorists-to-spill-their-secrets

(Rapport is the key. Put your own ego aside. A must read for every mystery writer, gives great insight on how police interviews really work. A useful read for anyone on how to get your message through in a conversation with a person you really disagree with… like your teenager who comes home late)

Fun Stuff

“That’s My Secret Cap. I’m Always Angry” Why I Love Prickly Heroines by Adele Buck

Dive Into October’s Harvest of New Sci-fi and Fantasy Books by Cheryl Eddy

https://io9.gizmodo.com/dive-into-octobers-harvest-of-new-sci-fi-and-fantasy-bo-1838191367

The Crack Squad of Librarians Who Track Down Half Forgotten Books by Jessica Leigh Hester

https://getpocket.com/explore/item/the-crack-squad-of-librarians-who-track-down-half-forgotten-books

Link Feast, vol. 60

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Things I Forget to Remember: Writing a Novel Is an Act of Faith by Sarah Callender

On Writing

The Door by Elizabeth McCleary (a cool Flash Fiction story, less than 1000 words long)

Did You Know That Writing Books Is Hard by Chuck Wendig

4 Challenges of Writing For a Modern Audience by K.M. Weiland

12 Quotes on the Craft and Business of Writing From the 2019 Writer’s Digest Annual Conference by Robert Lee Brewer

Resolutions Don’t Work. How to Set Goals and Follow Through by Elizabeth McCleary

How to Get Out of Writing Doldrums by Mathina Calliope

6 Tips For Reading Like a Writer by Mark Beaver

5 Ways to Ensure Readers Don’t Abandon Your Book by H.R. D’Costa (about story stakes)

Tips For Writing a Great Love Story by Heather Webb 

(Important Notice: if you are writing a romance and don’t give your readers a HEA, your reviews will be shitty because you broke an essential promise of that genre. THAT is the difference between Romance and a Love Story, a HEA ending, Happy Ever After, or at least HFN, Happy For Now)

What Makes You Love Your Main Character by Julia Monroe Martin

The Values of Good Fiction by Kathleen McCleary

Persuation by Donald Maass (about moral antagonists)

The Wonders of Your Character’s World View by Jim Dempsey

Focus On the Heart of Writing by Tasha Seegmiller (and the heart is our characters)

Good Story Endings: Happy or Sad, or Something Else? By Vaughn Roycroft

Writing Emotional Truth – What Gets Us There? By Bonnie Randall

http://blog.janicehardy.com/2019/07/writing-emotional-truthwhat-gets-us.html

Masterful Wordsmithing with Metaphor and Imagery by C.S. Lakin

Give Your Reader an Experience by Kathryn Craft

Negotiating Social Priviledge as a Writer by Rheea Mukherjee

The Editor’s Clinic: Take a Break by Dave King

Get and Interpret a Reader’s “Thought Map” of Your Book by Dawn Field (lots of good editing tips and techniques in this post)

How Hollywood is Rekindling the Rom Com – With the Help of Romance Novels by Maureen Lee Lenker

https://ew.com/books/2018/08/16/how-hollywood-is-rekindling-the-rom-com/

Anna Smith Spark Talks Grimdark In Her Fantasy AMA by Stubby the Rocket (how the misogyny in grimdark can be political and other topics)

Trad Publiblishing, Self-publishing, Book Marketing, Pitching, & Making Our Stories the Product (not just our books)

Establishing a Long Term [Trad] Writing Career: Insight From Two Literary Agents by Sangeeta Mehta

Becoming a Rogue Planet (When You Lose Your Publisher) by Kathryn Magendie

Branding 101: Defining Our Brand by Jami Gold

Pitching Our Story: Insights From Movie Trailers by Jami Gold 

10 Things I Learned Indie Publishing My First Book by Tari Lynn Jewett

Business Musings: The Decision Tree (Rethinking the Writing Business Part 8) by Kristine Kathryn Rusch [if you haven’t read the previous parts of this series, I highly recommend you to do so]

Business Musings: Time Management Again (Rethinking the Writing Business Part 9) by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Deep Stuff

People Don’t Know Themselves Very Well by Adam Grant (others can see things about us more easily than we do)

https://getpocket.com/explore/item/people-don-t-actually-know-themselves-very-well

Good News at Last: The World Isn’t as Horrific as You Think by Hans Rosling 

https://getpocket.com/explore/item/good-news-at-last-the-world-isn-t-as-horrific-as-you-think

Opinion: What ‘Good’ Dads Get Away With by Darcy Lockman

The History of Boredom by Linda Rodriquez McRobbie

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-history-of-boredom-138176427/

(Curious fact: Word boredom didn’t even exist until 1852. Before that, the term used was the French word for boredom, ennui. Ennui was first used in the 1660s and nativized by 1758.)

Love isn’t what it was By Sophus Helle (Disney is subverting its own romantic ideals)

https://aeon.co/essays/how-disney-took-to-subverting-its-own-romantic-ideals

Fun Stuff

How to Sell Your Friends and Family on Genre Fiction by Drew Williams

Fall Movie Guide: 49 Horror, Scifi and Fantasy Movies to Look Out For by Germain Lussier (lots of trailers)

https://io9.gizmodo.com/fall-movie-guide-49-horror-sci-fi-and-fantasy-movies-1837185287

All the New and Returning Scifi, Fantasy and Superhero, and Otherwise Geeky TV Shows Coming This Fall by Cheryl Eddy and Beth Elderkin

https://io9.gizmodo.com/all-the-new-and-returning-sci-fi-fantasy-superhero-a-1837384823

Link Feast vol. 59

Welcome to Link Feast. Hopefully this week’s offering nourishes your mind and endless curiosity. Next Link Feast shall be posted on Sunday 26th of May (in 3 weeks).

 

If You Have Time For Only One Thing

 

Business Musings: Critical Voice by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Business Musings: Critical Voice

 

On Writing

 

Business Musings: Fun by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

https://kriswrites.com/2019/04/10/business-musings-fun/

 

Look After Yourself: Self-Care For Writers by Ellen Bard

Look After Yourself: Self Care For Writers

 

Writing Prompts: Helpful? Or a Waste of Time? by Savannah Gordova

https://jamigold.com/2019/04/writing-prompts-helpful-or-a-waste-of-time-guest-savannah-cordova/

 

Revise vs. Start New: Which Is Better For the Learning Curve by Jami Gold

Revise vs. Start New: Which Is Better When We’re Stuck?

 

50 Romance Plot Ideas by Bryn Donovan

50 Romance Plot Ideas!

 

Hobbies For Romance Heroines by Laura Diaz de Arce

https://bookriot.com/2019/04/22/hobbies-for-romance-heroines/

 

Writing Realistic Teenagers in YA by Jodi Turchin

http://blog.janicehardy.com/2019/04/writing-realistic-teenagers-in-ya.html

 

How to Write a Travel Story by Chris Winkle

How to Write a Travel Story

 

Six Types of Turning Points For Climaxes by Chris Winkle

Six Types of Turning Points for Climaxes

 

Five Tricks to Invigorate Your Ending by Chris Winkle

https://mythcreants.com/blog/five-tricks-to-invigorate-your-ending/

 

The Legacy of Character in Avenger’s Endgame by Chuck Wendig (beware the spoilers if you haven’t seen the movie yet)

The Legacy Of Character in Avengers: Endgame

 

6 Tips on Making Similar Scenes Feel Different by Janice Hardy

http://blog.janicehardy.com/2014/01/6-tips-on-making-similar-scenes-feel.html

 

Let’s Talk About Sex Scenes in Fiction, Baby by Dana Staves

https://bookriot.com/2019/04/24/sex-scenes-in-fiction/

 

How to Pitch Your Book For TV and Film with DJ Williams by Joanna Penn

How To Pitch Your Book For TV and Film With DJ Williams

 

Ritas So White… Again by Jessica Pryde (Ritas are the yearly Romance genre Awards)

https://bookriot.com/2019/03/25/ritas-so-white-again/

 

On Writing Flash Fiction (500 -1500 word long short stories)

 

Why write flash fiction?

 

  • You can practice quickly beginnings, middles and endings – lots of them and different variations
  • You can test story ideas, different styles, genres and voices
  • You learn how to write lean and to edit ruthlessly
  • You can put together an anthology of short stories fast (and self-publish it)
  • Flash fiction is fun content to share with your readers on your blog or newsletter

 

13 Tips For Writing Flash Fiction by Denise Ganley

http://flashfictiononline.com/main/2015/04/thirteen-tips-for-writing-flash-fiction/

 

21 Flash Fiction Stories to Read While You Wait Anywhere by Corin Balkovek

https://bookriot.com/2018/06/18/flash-fiction-stories/

 

Words in your pocket: How to write flash fiction by David Gaffney

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2012/may/14/how-to-write-flash-fiction

 

3 Things You Need to Know to Write Great Flash Fiction by Ben Wolf

https://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/3-things-you-need-to-know-to-write-great-flash-fiction

 

How to Write Flash Fiction: 15 Short Story Cliches That Need to Die

How to Write Flash Fiction: 15 Short Story Cliches That Need To Die

 

Free flash fiction stories to read

https://flashfictionmagazine.com/

 

Book Marketing, Agents & Blogging

 

5 Unfair Advantages of an Author Platform by Tim Grahl (what book marketing can do at it’s best for your book’s success)

5 Unfair Advantages of an Author Platform

 

11 Authors Discuss the Road to Getting a Literary Agent by Stephanie Elliot

https://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/how-to-find-a-literary-agent/11-authors-discuss-the-road-to-getting-a-literary-agent

 

What’s Your Non-Fiction Voice by Jami Gold

What’s Your Non-Fiction Voice?

 

25 Ideas For Your Author Blog by Bryn Donovan

http://blog.janicehardy.com/2019/03/25-ideas-for-your-author-blog.html

 

Deep Stuff

 

From Gloom to Gratitude: 8 Skills to Cultivate Joy by Allison Aubrey

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/05/05/719780061/from-gloom-to-gratitude-8-skills-to-cultivate-joy?t=1557257588355

 

Here’s a way better question to ask yourself than “What do I want” by Mark Manson

https://getpocket.com/explore/item/you-probably-know-to-ask-yourself-what-do-i-want-here-s-a-way-better-question

 

Four Ways to Figure Out What You Really Want to Do With Your Life by Thorin Klosowski

https://lifehacker.com/four-ways-to-figure-out-what-you-really-want-to-do-with-513095544

 

The Art of Blooming Late by Kevin Evers

https://hbr.org/2019/05/the-art-of-blooming-late

 

10 Practical Answers to 10 Powerful Questions by Darius Foroux

https://getpocket.com/explore/item/10-practical-answers-to-10-powerful-questions

 

The History of the Influencer From Shakespeare to Instagram by Laurence Scott

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/annals-of-inquiry/a-history-of-the-influencer-from-shakespeare-to-instagram

 

There Are No True Rebels by JoAnn Greco

https://getpocket.com/explore/item/there-are-no-true-rebels

 

Fun Stuff

 

Game of Phones hotline (hilarious video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4-R3JvGdJs&feature=youtu.be

 

The Most Marvelous Moments in the MCU by Stubby the Rocket

https://www.tor.com/2019/04/25/the-most-marvelous-moments-in-the-mcu/

 

Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow) and Chris Hemsworth (Thor!) Insult Each Others For 5 Minutes Straight by ToolFab Staff

https://toofab.com/2019/04/25/chris-hemsworth-scarlett-johansson-playground-insults-endgame/

 

Scifi & Fantasy Recommendations Based on Your Favourite SFF Heroine by Jessie Mihalik

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Recommendations Based on Your Favorite SFF Heroine

 

Spring 2019’s Must Read Scifi & Fantasy Reads by Myfanwy Collins

https://www.bookish.com/articles/must-read-sci-fi-fantasy-spring-2019/

 

Spring 2019’s Must Read Romance Novels According to Romance Authors by The Bookish Editors

2019’s Must-Read Romance Novels According to Romance Authors

 

5 Witchy Books For Fans of Baba Yaga by Ann Foster

https://bookriot.com/2019/03/28/baba-yaga-books/

 

Since all of those 5 recommendations above are from a white, Western point of view, here are some more diverse fantasy recommendations:

 

Literal Black Girl Magic: Books With Witches, Orisha and More by Mya Nunnally

https://bookriot.com/2018/09/20/black-girl-magic-books/

 

And then some cheery book recommendations, dystopias 😀

 

The World Is Falling Apart: Timely Dystopias That Reflect Our Fears by Steph Auteri

https://bookriot.com/2019/04/18/timely-dystopias/

 

Crime Fiction’s New Favourite Private Eyes by Matthew Turbeville

https://bookriot.com/2019/04/24/crime-fictions-new-favorite-private-eyes/

 

Diplomats and Aliens: Why You Should Pair Spy Novels With Science Fiction by Arkady Martine

https://www.bookish.com/articles/arkady-martine-diplomats-and-aliens/

 

Seeing Like a State: Arkady Martine’s Favourite Books About the Mechanisms of Government by Arkady Martine

Seeing Like A State: Arkady Martine’s Favorite Books About the Mechanisms of Government

Link Feast vol. 58

Welcome to Link Feast. I hope you’ll find something that sparks interest and eureka for you. Next Link Feast will be served on Sunday 28th of April.

 

If You Have Time For Only One Thing

 

So You Think You Can Write? by Sarah Callender

So You Think You Can Write?

 

On Writing

 

The Myth of the Natural Writer by Jane Friedman

The Myth of the Natural Writer

 

Wired For Display by Jan O´Hara

https://writerunboxed.com/2019/04/15/wired-for-display/

 

How Do You Find the Time to Write by Joanna Penn

How Do You Find The Time To Write?

 

New Research Discovers a Formula For Creativity by Ruth Harris

New Research Discovers a Formula for Creativity

 

Writing Rules: Should You Always “Write What You Know”? By E.J. Runyon

Writing Rules: Should You Always “Write What You Know”?

 

How Writing Faster Can Vastly Improve Your Storytelling by Kristen Lamb

How Writing Faster Can Vastly Improve Your Storytelling

 

Get Organized: The Art of a Flow Board by Dawn Field

https://blog.bookbaby.com/2019/03/the-art-of-a-flow-board/

 

In Defense of “Unlikable” Heroines: A Case Study of Three Heroines From Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling Series by Aarya Marsden

https://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/2019/04/in-defense-of-unlikable-heroines-a-case-study-of-three-heroines-from-nalini-singhs-psy-changeling-series/

 

Discover Your Character’s Goals by Jim Dempsey

https://writerunboxed.com/2019/04/09/discover-your-characters-goals/

 

What’s the Problem? The Four Classic Conflict Types by Janice Hardy

http://blog.janicehardy.com/2010/07/enemy-mine.html

 

Why Is Conflict So Hard to Create in Romance? by Janice Hardy

http://blog.janicehardy.com/2019/04/why-conflict-is-so-hard-to-create-in.html

 

How to Write a Memoir: Have a Skewed Point of View by Matt Bird

http://www.secretsofstory.com/2019/04/how-to-write-memoir-have-skewed-point.html

*points above* This post is really about how to write a fascinating character with a unique way to look at a world and a unique voice. So the it’s applicable to any genre, not just memoirs

 

5 Ways to Use Theme to Create Character Arc (And Vice Versa) by K.M. Weiland

https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/use-theme-to-create-character-arc/

 

What Is the Relationship Between Plot and Theme by K.M. Weiland

https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/what-is-the-relationship-between-plot-and-theme/

 

How to Use Your Outline When Writing Your First Draft by K.M. Weiland

https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/how-to-use-your-outline-when-writing-your-first-draft/

 

Smell Your Story by James Scott Bell

https://killzoneblog.com/2019/04/smell-your-story.html

 

The Bi-Cultural Writer by Rheea Mukherjee

https://writerunboxed.com/2019/04/08/the-bi-cultural-writer/

 

World Building: Why Writers Need to Be Sneaky When Building Worlds by William L. Hahn

https://annerallen.com/2019/03/world-building-sneaky/

 

Worldbuilding: Your Story World’s 101 History by Jami Gold

https://jamigold.com/2019/04/worldbuilding-your-worlds-101/

 

Worldbuilding a Series: Writing Without a Plan by Jami Gold

https://jamigold.com/2019/04/worldbuilding-a-series-writing-without-a-plan/

 

What Are Your Readers Thinking by Dawn Field

https://blog.bookbaby.com/2019/03/what-are-your-readers-thinking/

 

First Page Critique: The Secret of Thieves by Elaine Viets

https://killzoneblog.com/2019/04/first-page-critique-the-secret-of-thieves.html

 

First Page Critique: Unearthed by Clare Langley-Hawthorne

https://killzoneblog.com/2019/04/first-page-critique-unearthed.html

 

Take Five: Susan Spann and Claws of the Cat: a Hiro Hattori Mystery

https://writerunboxed.com/2019/04/07/take-five-susan-spann-and-claws-of-the-cat-a-hiro-hattori-mystery/

A 16th century Japanese Ninja and a Portugese Jesuit as historical Sherlock and Holmes. Sold! A fascinating story about a fascinating story

 

Book Marketing

 

How to Build an Author Platform by Daniel Gaughran

https://davidgaughran.com/2019/04/08/how-to-build-an-author-platform%EF%BB%BF-website-email-facebook/

 

Saying No to Twitter by Daniel Berkowitz

https://www.janefriedman.com/saying-no-to-twitter/

 

Juggling Two Author Platforms, Is It Worth It? by Charity Bradford

http://blog.janicehardy.com/2019/04/juggling-two-author-platforms-is-it.html

 

Why Don’t Publishers Believe in Author Websites by Jane Friedman

https://www.janefriedman.com/publishers-author-websites/

This is an old blog post (from 2013) but it highlights the potential problems of an author website. The question asked is: is it better to have no author website at all than a bad author website?

Of course the best thing is to have a GOOD author website that is regularly updated. But not all authors are tech people and can’t maintain their own sites, or pay for someone else to do it. What should they do then? That question the article doesn’t answer but it’s something to ponder about your own website (or if you don’t have one, whether to have one). For example my website needs a new WordPress theme and I need to figure out how to switch to it.

 

Why Authors Should Believe in Their Websites by Darcy Pattison

http://www.darcypattison.com/marketing/why-authors-should-believe-in-their-websites/

 

Author Website Content: First Blog Posts by Darcy Pattison

http://www.darcypattison.com/marketing/author-website-content-first-posts/

 

20 Ways to Generate Article Ideas in 20 Minutes or Less by Mridu Krullar Relph

https://www.writersdigest.com/writing-articles/by-writing-genre/articles-freelance/20-ways-to-generate-article-ideas-in-20-minutes-or-less

(Totally applicable to blog posts)

 

Deep Stuff

 

I trained myself to be less busy – and it dramatically improved my life by David Sbarra

https://www.vox.com/first-person/2017/1/25/14362156/busy-overwhelmed-values

 

Who Wins in the Name Game by Cody C. Delistraty

https://getpocket.com/explore/item/who-wins-in-the-name-game

 

The Sea Was Never Blue by Maria Michela Sassi (how the Ancient Greek saw the colours of the world)

https://getpocket.com/explore/item/the-sea-was-never-blue

 

The Moral Peril of Meritocracy by David Brooks (He talks about how people can find a higher cause and become committed to it and serving others)

 

This Is How Human Extinction Could Play Out by Bill McKibben

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/bill-mckibben-falter-climate-change-817310/

 

Fun Stuff

 

Shazam! Review: Shameless mining of Spielberg, Big pays off for DC comics by Sam Machkovech (I saw the movie and it was really fun. I highly recommend it if you like superhero movies that don’t take themselves too seriously)

https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/04/shazam-review-solid-teen-actors-funny-script-fill-some-pretty-big-shoes/

 

How the Dragon Prince Replaced Game of Thrones as My Favourite Fantasy Show by Ilana C. Myer

https://www.tor.com/2019/04/10/how-the-dragon-prince-replaced-game-of-thrones-as-my-favorite-fantasy-show/

 

‘Game of Thrones’ Returned – and Returned to Its Roots  by Alison Herman

https://www.theringer.com/game-of-thrones/2019/4/14/18310986/game-of-thrones-season-8-premiere-recap

 

The ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Premiere Exit Survey by The Ringer Staff (7 people share their squee moments and feelings)

https://www.theringer.com/game-of-thrones/2019/4/15/18311230/game-of-thrones-season-8-premiere-exit-survey-winterfell

 

Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 2 Trailer by Krystie Lee Yandoli

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/krystieyandoli/game-of-thrones-season-8-episode-2-trailer

The Link Feast, vol. 57

Welcome to the Link Feast. I hope today’s smorgasbord is to your liking. Next Link Feast will be served on Sunday 14th of April.

If you have a topic or issue you’d like me to cover next time, please share it in the comments. Your wish is my command.

Now, onto the links.

 

If You Have Time For Only Thing

 

No, Really, Why Do You Write? By Heather Webb

No, Really, Why Do You Write?

 

On Writing

 

Where Do You Get Your Ideas? By Neil Gaiman

http://www.neilgaiman.com/p/Cool_Stuff/Essays/Essays_By_Neil/Where_do_you_get_your_ideas%3F

 

All Books Have Genders by Neil Gaiman (he tells the story of how the idea of the book American Gods came clearer to him)

http://www.neilgaiman.com/Cool_Stuff/Essays/Essays_By_Neil/All_Books_Have_Genders

 

Whence Cometh Ideas? 10 Fun Idea-Generating Activities and Story Starters by Erika Hoffman

Whence Cometh Ideas? 10 Fun Idea-Generating Activities and Story Starters

 

10 Ways to Conquer the Inner Critic by Mike Lucas

http://storyrunner.houseoflucas.com/2019/01/10-ways-to-conquer-inner-critic.html

 

One Free Trick: How to Use the Writing Skills You Have to Learn the Ones You Don’t by Arkady Martine

https://www.tor.com/2019/03/25/one-free-trick-how-to-use-the-writing-skills-you-have-to-learn-the-ones-you-dont/

 

How to Get Inspiration When Writing Erotica by Rachel Kramer Bussel

https://frolic.media/how-to-get-inspiration-when-writing-erotica/

 

Love the Grind by Ilona Andrews

http://www.ilona-andrews.com/love-the-grind/

 

Whose Character Is It Anyway? By John J. Kelley

Whose Character Is It Anyway?

 

How to Create a Compelling Character by Shirley Jump

How to Create A Compelling Character

 

Creating Characters Who Clash by Angela Ackerman

https://jamigold.com/2019/03/creating-characters-who-clash-guest-angela-ackerman/

 

Nasty, Menacing, Murderous Protagonists We Love… And Why by Donald Maass

Nasty, Menacing, Murderous: Protagonists We Love…and Why

 

Six Common Villain Mistakes and How to Avoid Them by Oren Ashkenazi

Six Common Villain Mistakes, and How to Avoid Them

 

Representation in Fiction: How to Write Characters Whose Experiences Are Outside of Your Own by Diana M. Pho

Representation in Fiction: How to Write Characters Whose Experiences Are Outside of Your Own

 

Planning Super Light Stories by Chris Winkle

Planning Super Light Stories

 

How J.K. Rowling Outlines Her Books (The Paperblanks Blog)

Writing Wednesday: How J.K. Rowling Outlines Her Books

 

Writing to the Beat: Translating Story Beats to Any Genre by Jami Gold

https://writershelpingwriters.net/2017/09/writing-to-the-beat-translating-story-beats-to-any-genre/

 

Storyteller’s Rulebook: Have At Least 6 Difficult Decisions by Matt Bird

http://www.secretsofstory.com/2015/03/storytellers-rulebook-have-at-least-six.html

 

Genre Structures: Charting the Big Dilemmas by Matt Bird

http://www.secretsofstory.com/2015/03/genre-structures-addendum-charting-big.html

 

Rulebook Casefile: Big Decisions and the Midpoint Disaster by Matt Bird

http://www.secretsofstory.com/2015/04/rulebook-casefile-big-decisions-and.html

 

4 Pacing Tricks to Keep Reader’s Attention by K.M Weiland (Captain Marvel examples. Squee!)

4 Pacing Tricks to Keep Readers’ Attention

 

Deepening Our Story: Theme It Like You Mean It by Jami Gold

https://writershelpingwriters.net/2018/03/deepening-our-story-theme-it-like-you-mean-it/

 

Learning to Write to Theme with Last Jedi by Bryan Young

Learning to Write to Theme with The Last Jedi

 

Best Scenes From the Wheel of Time, Part 10: Nynaeve and Lan in the Borderlands by Elanda Tonil / Suze from Tarvalon.net

https://blog.tarvalon.net/?p=31

(The post features a few scenes from high fantasy epic series the Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan. The characters in the scenes are a married couple and they have a difficult decision to make. Then we see the aftermath. Spoiler warning if you haven’t read the series yet but intend to. If that’s not an issue, I highly recommend checking the scenes out for learning purposes.

In case you are totally confused by the strange names and who these people are, Tarmon Gai’don means the Last Battle against the Shadow, an event foretold in a prophecy. Lan is an uncrowned king like Aragorn, except that his whole country was annexed by the Blight (a tainted area) and the monsters living there when he was a baby. He has dedicated his whole life to fighting them. Borderlands like Shienar are the countries at the edge of the Blight and defend their people from the monsters. Nynaeve, his wife, is a sorceress and an Aes Sedai, a Servant of All, who are respected but who most people are wary of. Lan is her Warder, a warrior dedicated to protecting her. He is a man with two causes and that is causing the dilemma.)

 

Story Revisions: Keeping Track of Changes by Jami Gold

Story Revisions: Keeping Track of Changes

 

When Your Query Reveals a Story-Level Problem by Susan DeFreitas

https://www.janefriedman.com/novel-query-problems/

 

How to Get an Extra Novel Written In a Year by Janice Hardy

http://blog.janicehardy.com/2019/03/how-to-get-extra-novel-written-in-year.html

 

Exploring Three Ways to Structure Your Book Series by Kristen Kieffer

https://www.well-storied.com/blog/structure-book-series

 

Four Ways to Plot a Trilogy by Kristen Kieffer

https://www.well-storied.com/blog/4-ways-to-plot-a-trilogy

 

How to Write a Trilogy: Q&A Session by Kristen Kieffer

https://www.well-storied.com/blog/how-to-write-a-trilogy-qa-session

 

7 Tips for Collaborating on a Novel by Dan Brotzel, Martin Jenkins, & Alex Woolf

http://blog.janicehardy.com/2019/03/7-tips-for-collaborating-on-novel.html

 

App Happy: 11 Free (or Mostly Free) Mobile Apps for Writers by Jess Zafarris

App Happy: 11 Free (or Mostly Free) Mobile Apps for Writers

 

Book Marketing, Blogging and Social Media

 

Schmoozing For Introverts: How to Network Like a Pro by Lisa Cooper Ellison

https://www.janefriedman.com/schmoozing-for-introverts/

 

What’s More Important: Author Websites or Social Media? By Jane Friedman (she says author website)

What’s More Important: Author Websites or Social Media?

 

The Ultimate Guide to Social Media For Writers 2019 by Dave Chesson

https://kindlepreneur.com/social-media-for-writers/

(Now take a deep breath. Yes, many different social media are mentioned but that doesn’t mean you need to be on all of them. Choose one that sounds right for you – maybe one you’re already using. Great, stick to that one. But if your audience is on another platform than the one you’re using, consider at least checking that place out. For example if you write YA, younger people are not on Facebook much but many frequent Instagram instead)

Aaand then I go against my advice. Goodreads is a place where you should set up your author page even if you wouldn’t use it at all after that. Because a social media specifically created for readers? It would be silly to not have a minimum presence there. Hence the next link.

 

The Ultimate Guide to Goodreads For Authors by Dave Chesson

https://kindlepreneur.com/how-to-use-goodreads-for-authors/

 

Book Marketing: 5 Ways to Stand Out As an Author on Social Media by Eevi Jones

Book Marketing: 5 Ways To Stand Out As An Author On Social Media

 

13 Copywriting Tips to Help You Write a Better Novel by Robert Lee Brewer (frankly, these work better for a blog post. But perhaps something to consider in the editing phase of your novel)

https://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/13-copywriting-tips-help-write-better-novel

 

Penny Sansevieri’s Top Book Marketing Complaints by Penny Sansevieri

Penny Sansevieri’s Top Book Marketing Complaints

 

Changes to Amazon Advertising: What Authors Need to Know by Dave Chesson

Changes to Amazon Advertising: What Authors Need to Know

 

Deep Stuff

 

How Inuit Parents Teach Kids to Control Their Anger by Michaeleen Doucleff (stories are powerful)

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2019/03/13/685533353/a-playful-way-to-teach-kids-to-control-their-anger

 

Can Inuit Moms Help Me Tame My 3-Year Old’s Anger by Michaeleen Doucleff (some repeat of the previous article but also personal stories. A really interesting read)

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2019/03/21/702209976/can-inuit-moms-help-me-tame-my-3-year-olds-anger

 

Life, Well Lived, Will Weep (poem) by Holly Lisle

Life, Well Lived, Will Weep

 

Marvel bids farewell to the original Avengers by introducing new, vaguely similar ones by Todd VanDerWerff

https://www.vox.com/culture/2019/3/18/18266003/marvel-avengers-captain-marvel-phase-4

 

Fun Stuff

 

13 Series to Read If You Love J.D. Robb’s ‘In Death’ Series by T.A. McIagan

https://www.bookbub.com/blog/books-if-you-love-j-d-robb

(And if you don’t know what series I am talking about, go and buy the first book Naked Death. It’s futuristic police procedural with kick ass murder cop Eve Dallas who has a haunted past and who falls for Roarke, a suspect, a billionaire and mostly reformed street thief. You’re in for 40+ books of this awesomeness. J.D. Robb is an alias of Nora Roberts.)

 

13 Romances to Read If You Love Roarke From the ‘In Death’ Series by Chanel Cleeton

https://www.bookbub.com/blog/romances-to-read-if-you-love-roarke-from-in-death-series

 

Spring 2019 Books We Cannot Wait to Read by Stubby the Rocket

https://www.tor.com/2019/03/20/spring-2019-books-we-cannot-wait-to-read/

Link Feast, vol. 56

Welcome to the Link Feast. I hope you’ve had productive two weeks. The next Link Feast is coming out on Sunday 31st of March.

After you’ve checked out some links, could you please write a comment and tell me which links and topics you found most useful or interesting. What particular challenges or issues you are facing right now? Do comment.

But now, please enjoy today’s offering.

 

If You Have Time For Only One Thing

 

How to Write Emotions: An Experimental Study by Matt Gianni

How to Write Emotion: An Experimental Study

 

On Writing

 

Self-Rejection: What It Is, Why You Do It and How to Eject It’s Ass Out of the Airlock by Chuck Wendig

http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2019/03/06/self-rejection-what-it-is-why-you-do-it-and-how-to-eject-its-ass-out-the-airlock/

 

Writing the “Perfect” Book by Fae Rowan

Writing the Perfect Book

 

Should You Write to the Market? by Kathy Edens

https://writingcooperative.com/should-you-write-to-market-de2f29daeeec

 

3 Surefire Ways to Write More Consistently by Nick Maccarone

https://writingcooperative.com/3-surefire-ways-to-write-more-consistently-154c1856c961

 

How Do We Set Goals When Trying Something New by Jami Gold

How Do We Set Goals When Trying Something New?

 

A Glimpse at a Best-Selling Pantser’s Process. (Author Diana Gabaldon shares how she writes her stories + some chapter titles for her newest book)

http://www.dianagabaldon.com/2019/03/bees-update-with-chapter-titles/

 

How to Write a Book in 3 Days by Tim Dedopoulos (NaNoWrikend – How Michael Moorcock and pulp masters of yore pulled off writing 50K words in 3 days)

http://www.ghostwoods.com/2010/05/how-to-write-a-book-in-three-days-1210/

 

Three Ways to Use Dungeons & Dragons to Improve Your Writing by Zulie Rane https://writingcooperative.com/three-ways-to-use-dungeons-and-dragons-to-improve-your-writing-afaf62083453

 

(There are many other roleplaying games of various genres out there than just Dungeons & Dragons, which is a fantasy RPG. But D&D is one of the most common game, and easiest to find playing groups for if none of your friends are playing and aren’t interested in trying)

 

The Differences Between a Crime Novel, Mystery Novel and Thriller Novel by David Corbett

The Differences Between a Crime Novel, Mystery Novel and Thriller Novel

 

How Long Will Your Book Be? By David Farland

http://davidfarland.com/2019/01/how-long-will-your-book-be/

 

Plot, Character and Theme: The Greatest Love Triangle in Fiction by K.M. Weiland

Plot, Character, and Theme: The Greatest Love Triangle in Fiction

 

Create Characters In 60 Seconds by Laurence McNaughton

http://blog.janicehardy.com/2019/03/create-characters-in-60-seconds.html

 

The Practical Guide to Using Character Archetypes in Your Novel by Janice Hardy

http://blog.janicehardy.com/2019/03/the-practical-guide-to-using-character.html

 

Bonding Character and Reader by James Scott Bell

Bonding Character and Reader

 

Working With the Shadow: A Writer’s Guide by Joslyn Robinson

https://the-artifice.com/shadow-writing-guide/

 

Can You Really Fall in Love With a Fictional Character by Noah Spud

Can You Really Fall In Love With a Fictional Character?

 

Exploring the Hero’s Journey: The Writer’s Guide by Joslyn Robinson

https://the-artifice.com/writers-guide-hero-journey/

 

Creating Three Dimensional Villains: Lessons From Buffy and Firefly by Scott McCormick

https://blog.bookbaby.com/2019/02/three-dimensional-villains-lessons-from-buffy-and-firefly/

 

A Guide to Changing Someone Else’s Beliefs by Kate Morgan (handy information for a manipulative villain, or a character who persuades for his/her job)

https://medium.com/s/reasonable-doubt/a-guide-to-changing-someone-elses-beliefs-c08fc1cb956b

 

The 10 Rules of Writing a Large Cast of Characters by K.M. Weiland

The 10 Rules of Writing Large Casts of Characters

 

Plot Twists in Fiction: Making a Story Standout by Fransesca Turauskis

https://the-artifice.com/plot-twists-in-fiction/

 

Watch Out! Avoiding Sneaky Plot Holes by Jami Gold

Watch Out! Avoiding Sneaky Plot Holes

 

You Get One Page to Hook the Reader. Yes, Really by Janice Hardy

http://blog.janicehardy.com/2019/03/you-get-one-page-to-hook-reader-yes.html

 

Writing About Controversial Topics by Michael Gallant

https://blog.bookbaby.com/2019/02/tips-for-writing-about-controversial-topics/

 

The Last Fifty Pages Make Or Break Your Novel by James Scott Bell

https://killzoneblog.com/2019/02/the-last-fifty-pages-make-or-break-your-novel.html

 

More Than a Happy Ending: What Makes a Story Uplifting by Jami Gold

More Than a Happy Ending: What Makes a Story Uplifting?

 

Writing Lessons From TV: Slang Can Help Create Your World by Scott McCormick

https://blog.bookbaby.com/2019/02/writing-lessons-from-tv-slang-can-help-create-your-world/

 

Story Threads: Fixing Rips In Our Story by Jami Gold

Story Threads: Fixing Rips in Our Story

 

Editing For Authors: 7 Ways to Tighten Your Story and Cut Costs by Kristen Lamb

https://authorkristenlamb.com/2019/03/editing-authors-professional-edits/

 

Taming the Synopsis: 4 Steps for Perfecting One-Page and Long-Form Synopses by Ammi-Joan Paquette

https://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/queries-and-synopses-and-proposals/taming-the-synopsis-4-steps-for-perfecting-one-page-and-long-form-synopses

 

How Saleable Are Short Stories? The Benefits of Writing Shorter by Sarah Dahl

http://blog.janicehardy.com/2019/03/how-saleable-are-short-stories-benefits.html

 

Publishing Industry & Self-Publishing

 

The State of Racial Diversity in Romance Publishing in 2018 by Bea & Leah Coch (The Ripped Bodice Bookstore)

https://www.therippedbodicela.com/sites/therippedbodicela.d7.indiebound.com/files/2018%20diversity%20study.pdf

 

Pitching: Writing Excuses Podcast Transcript

https://wetranscripts.livejournal.com/50356.html

 

Why books are the length they are by Charlie Stross (he is talking about hardcover books)

http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2010/03/cmap-5-why-books-are-the-lengt.htm

 

Why I don’t self-publish by Charlie Stross (what all background work traditional publishing house is doing for authors)

http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2013/03/why-i-dont-self-publish.html

 

Why I do self-publish by Linda Nagata (response to the above post)

http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2013/04/why-i-do-self-publish.html

 

Interview with R.K. Thorne, author of Mage Slave by A.J. Blakemont (Thorne is a self-published author and she shares her path there)

http://blakemont.com/interview-r-k-thorne/

 

Book Marketing, Blogging & Social Media

 

Opinion: What Makes Readers Buy Books by Maggie Lynch (survey results)

https://selfpublishingadvice.org/opinion-what-makes-readers-buy-books/

 

Dungeons and Dragons and Reader Psychology by Chris Fox

Dungeons & Dragons and Reader Psychology

 

The #1 Goal For Your Book Marketing by Tim Grahl

The #1 Goal for Your Book Marketing

 

Business Musings: Shifting Attitudes (Planning for 2019, part 7) by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Being profilic is a good thing and micro influencers are better than one for all curation)

Business Musings: Shifting Attitudes (Planning For 2019 Part 7)

 

How to Build Your Author Brand by CJ Lyons

https://blog.bookbaby.com/2011/12/how-to-build-your-author-brand/

 

No More Platform Anxiety, Please by James Scott Bell

No More Platform Anxiety, Please

 

Creating Your Author Brand as a Self-Published Author by Carla King

Creating Your Brand As A Self-Published Author

 

How to Find Writing Success by Leaving Your Niche by Pat Aitcheson (mainly applies to blogging but also contains some general writing advice)

https://writingcooperative.com/how-to-find-writing-success-by-leaving-your-niche-bfaaa38e56b8

 

Five Things You Need as Your Begin Your Career as a Self-Published Author by Steven Spatz

Five Things You Need As You Begin A Career As A Self-Published Author

 

A Writer’s Opinion on 5 Social Media Platforms by Sam H. Arnold

https://writingcooperative.com/a-writers-opinion-on-5-social-media-platforms-151550c26a76

 

Deep Stuff

 

There’s an optimal way to organize your day – and it’s not the 8-hour workday by Dr. Travis Bradberry

https://qz.com/work/1561830/why-the-eight-hour-workday-doesnt-work/

 

Why Willpower Is Overrated by Brian Resnick

https://getpocket.com/explore/item/why-willpower-is-overrated

 

After the 30-Day Social Media Ban: What Surprised Me & What I’m Changing by Roni Loren

https://roniloren.com/blog/2019/3/9/after-the-30-day-social-media-ban-what-surprised-me-amp-what-im-changing

 

An Oxford researcher says there are seven moral rules that unite humanity by Jenny Anderson

https://qz.com/1562585/the-seven-moral-rules-that-supposedly-unite-humanity/?utm_source=pocket&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pockethits

 

See Through Words by Michael Erard (how to create metaphors consciously)

https://getpocket.com/explore/item/see-through-words

 

Fun Stuff

 

Best Harry Potter Escape Rooms by Katisha Smith (in the US and UK mainly)

https://bookriot.com/2019/03/05/best-harry-potter-escape-rooms/

 

11 Mythical Creatures Lurking in Finland’s Lakes and Forests by Jessica Wood

https://theculturetrip.com/europe/finland/articles/11-mythical-creatures-lurking-in-finlands-lakes-and-forests/

 

Mansa Musa: The richest man who ever lived by Naima Mohamud (he was king of the African Mali empire)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-47379458

 

Read Harder 2019: A Book of Mythology or Folklore by Cassie Gutman

https://bookriot.com/2019/02/19/read-harder-2019-a-book-of-mythology-or-folklore/

 

Spring’s Big Sci-fi and Fantasy Books by Hayley at Goodreads

https://www.goodreads.com/blog/show/1518

 

Spring’s Most Epic YA books by Marie at Goodreads

https://www.goodreads.com/blog/show/1503

 

The Sweetest (and Sexiest) Romance Books of Spring by Hayley at Goodreads

https://www.goodreads.com/blog/show/1521

 

Hot Off the Press: 31 New Paranormal and Speculative Titles Releasing in March by Kristina at All Things UF

http://allthingsuf.com/2019/02/hot-off-the-press-31-new-paranormal-and-speculative-titles-releasing-in-march.html

 

All the New Genre-Bending Books Coming Out in March (Tor)

All the New Genre-Bending Books Coming Out in March!

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