Link Feast vol 64 – Helpful Writing Tips

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If You Have Time For Only One Link

How to Know Which Parts of Your Story Readers Will Like Best (It Isn’t Always What You Think) by K.M. Weiland

On Writing Partners, Teams and Big Casts

How to Create Powerful Character Combos by Chris Winkle

18 Ways for Protagonists to Contribute by Chris Winkle

Five Underused Character Archetypes by Chris Winkle

Head, Heart, Gut (aka How to Create a Polarized Ensemble) – a collection of posts by Matt Bird, really worth checking out

http://www.secretsofstory.com/2017/05/head-heart-gut-aka-how-to-create.html

Creating a Polarized Ensemble, Part 1: The Pros and Cons of Polarization by Matt Bird (the first post of the series)

http://www.secretsofstory.com/2012/10/creating-polarized-ensemble-part-1-pros.html

On Writing

What Keeps You From Success? Are You a Prisoner of Unexamined Beliefs? by Anne R. Allen

How to Find Your Writing Purpose by Leanne Sowul

Resistance Wakes Up With Me by Steven Pressfield

Writing Tips: 6 Ways to Give Perfectionism the Boot by T. Thorn Coyle

A Prayer to the Muse by Steven Pressfield

For National Novel Writing Month, Two Vital Reminders by Chuck Wendig

3 Ways to Keep Writing When Times Are Tough by Chandler Bolt

When Your Writing Dreams Change by Julie Glover

The Benefits of Writing a Novel “Just For Fun” by Janice Hardy

How to Build a Long Term Writing Career by James Scott Bell

NaNoWriMo is coming… Are You Ready? By Jami Gold (how much do we need to prep for NaNo + resource links)

How Predictable Should a Story Be? By Chris Winkle

Five Archetypes That Can Steal the Hero’s Spotlight by Oren Ashkenazi

The Villain Has No Empathy by Steven Pressfield

The Villain Never Says He’s Sorry by Steven Pressfied

Six Ways to Make Your Villains Likable by Chris Winkle (what if the villain said he’s sorry. Or is he just sorry [not sorry]…)

Scene Layering With an Example by Rebecca Zanetti

Wow Your Fantasy Reader – 10 Tips For Writing Wonder by Yours Truly

Representing People of Color in Fantasy When Their Country/Continent Doesn’t Exist by Mod Lesya

10 Steps to Writing a Novella by Delilah S. Dawson

http://blog.janicehardy.com/2013/04/guest-author-delilah-s-dawson-10-steps.html

Book Marketing

Do I Need a Platform and If So, How High? by Anne Greenwood Brown

Book Blog Reviews and Bookstagram: How Influencers Help Authors Reach Agents, Publishers and Readers by Julie Valerie

Authors! Refresh, Rehab, Repair and Renovate: How to Rejuvenate Your Backlist by Ruth Harris

Deep Stuff

We Are the Weirdos, Mister: Power, Rage and Teenage Witches by Kate Racculia

If You Master This Listening Technique, You’ll Hear What People Don’t Say Out Loud by Cathy Salit

https://getpocket.com/explore/item/if-you-master-this-listening-technique-you-ll-hear-what-people-don-t-say-out-loud

Fun Stuff

Episode 70: 2nd Annual Halloween Special Listener Edition – Part One (30 Halloween themed 500 word Flash Fiction stories read out loud)

Episode 71: 2nd Annual Halloween Special Listener Edition – Part Two (30 more Halloween themed 500 word Flash Fiction stories read out loud. My story, The Midnight Gamble, is read starting at 2:02:17)

Why I’m a horrible person by Ristay (a hilarious webcomic)

https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/ristay/why-i-am-a-horrible-person/viewer?title_no=170400&episode_no=15

All the New Fantasy Books Coming Out in November at Tor.com

All the New YA SFF Books Coming Out in November at Tor.com

November’s New Releases by Amanda at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books (mostly romance book recs)

Link Feast vol 63 – Writing Links

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Cersei, Voldemort, Hannibal Lecter, Saruman, Joker… We love to hate a good villain. 

Since it’s almost Halloween, this Link Feast has a special section about writing villains and monsters. 

Drop a comment below and share who are your favourite bad guys and critters from books, films and TV.

If You Have Time For Only One Link

The Bodies of the Girls Who Made Me: On Fanfic and Storytelling by Seanan McGuire 

On Writing Villains & Monsters

The Brain Behind the Story: The Big Boss Troublemaker (BBT) by Kristen Lamb

Scaredy-Pants! 4 Breeches – er – BREACHES That Elicit Fear in Your Characters by Bonnie Randall

http://blog.janicehardy.com/2019/10/scaredy-pants-4-breeches-er-breaches.html

Five Tropes That Make a Villain Look Incompetent by Oren Ashkenazi

How to Plot a Mystery, Part 5: Figure Out What Went Wrong by Matt Bird

www.secretsofstory.com/2017/02/how-to-plot-mystery-part-5-figure-out.html

Storyteller’s Rulebook: The Mastermind Exception by Matt Bird

http://www.secretsofstory.com/2011/01/storytellers-rulebook-63-but-there-are.html

When to Narrate a Villain’s Point of View by Chris Winkle

Writing Monsters: What Makes a Monster Scary? by Philip Athans

5 Frankenstein Inspired Stories That Recontextualize the Monster by Natalie Zutter

The Evolution of Dragons in Western Literature: A History by Yvonne Shiau

On Writing

Author Mindset: 4 Practices For Overcoming Self-Doubt by Philip Kenney

Writing Boldly, Without Fear by Heather Webb

Writers: How to Ditch Distraction and Focus by Rochelle Melander

http://blog.janicehardy.com/2019/10/writers-how-to-ditch-distraction-and.html

The Books That Get People Talking by Kathleen McCleary

Confession of a Lapsed Reader by Sarah McCoy

How Is Our Protagonist Challenged to Improve? (& a Worksheet) by Jami Gold

Analysis: Carnival Row Shows Us the Damage a Reveal Can Do by Chris Winkle

Five Reasons Stories Have Slow Openings and How to Fix Them by Oren Ashkenazi

Romance Beats vs. 12 Stages of Intimacy by Jami Gold

How to Describe Your Main Character by James Scott Bell

Seven Common Causes of Reader Confusion by Chris Winkle

How to Train Your Editor Brain by Tiffany Yates Martin

Professional Romance Novelists Can Write 3000 Words a Day. Here’s How They Do It by Thu-Huong Ha

https://getpocket.com/explore/item/professional-romance-novelists-can-write-3-000-words-a-day-here-s-how-they-do-it

Caveat 1: Writing is a marathon, not a sprint. If you just bought your first running shoes, you should not compare your output to authors who have been at it for years. Set a writing goal you can fairly easily beat so you are always writing to success. When hitting that goal gets easy, slowly increase your aim.

Caveat 2: Romance novels tend to have very clear story beats and structures. If you are writing something longer and a genre not so clearly defined, do expect more meandering and need to pause and figure out where your story is going.


Caveat 3: Many of the most recent super productive self-pub wonders reach their astonishing word counts by dictating their stories instead of writing them.

How Publishing Business Works, Being a Business-Minded Author & Book Marketing

Current Trends in Book Publishing by Jane Friedman

Business Musings: The Three Kinds of Writers (Rethinking the Writing Business Part 14) by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Business Musings: But I Can’t Afford…. (Rethinking the Writing Business Part 15) by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

(How to make sure your author business stays healthy, and to not overspend on business ventures that you don’t crucially need. How to analyse the costs and benefits.)

From Indie Author to Creative Empire With Michael Anderle by Joanna Penn

(Michael has been doing for years the kind of licensing Kris Rusch is talking about in her blog series)

He Has Come to Solve Your Plot Problems by James Scott Bell (now here’s how you puff your own book in an entertaining way)

Influencer Outreach 101: How to Get Other People to Promote Your Book by Tim Grahl

Deep Stuff

How to Automate a Habit and Never Think About It Again by James Clear

These Poverty Fighting Startups Are Slaying Silicon Valley’s Sacred Cows by Ciara Byrne

https://getpocket.com/explore/item/these-poverty-fighting-startups-are-slaying-silicon-valley-s-sacred-cows

Japan’s most remote onsen (hot spring) by Lily Crossley-Baxter

http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20191015-japans-most-remote-onsen

Fun Stuff

The Rec League: Books For Your Inner Goth by Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

https://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/2019/10/the-rec-league-books-for-your-inner-goth/

Beyond Frankenstein: 7 Contemporary Monster Books Written by Women by Mallory O’Meara

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. 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/

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