Link Feast Vol. 2

Writing blogs are a great way to learn about the craft and marketing our work. Enjoy the posts I’ve hoarded, some older, some recent.


On Writing

Pantsing writer Gini Koch shares her writing process.

Story Structure 101 – The Index Card Method by Alexandra Sokoloff

Diane Chamberlain’s photos of her index card wall

Story Elements Checklist by Alexandra Sokoloff (seriously, I could have filled this post with just her stuff)

Hence, I highly recommend Alexandra Sokoloff’s Screenwriting Tricks For Authors (Kindle version) that costs only 2,99$. It’s a collection of her blog posts and has a huge page count. Some information is repeated but all of it is good. There are also lots of examples from movies.

Are you asking and answering the right story questions? by Janice Hardy

13 screenwriting tips from Sherlock Holmes (the first movie)

10 tips to bypass cliche and melodrama by Peter Selgin

3 ways to keep the book’s tone consistent by Brian A. Klems

Anger: 5 Shades of Seeing Red by Lisa Hall-Wilson

Naming your characters by Carra Copelin

Finding your writing style by Brad Beauregard

How to build your support network by Cathy at Rock Your Writing

Marcy Kennedy nails down one of the most important themes of The Hunger Games.


Your Author Platform

We read (insert your name here) because… by Larry Brooks

April Platform Challenge by Robert Lee Brewer (Define yourself. Who you are now, what are you currently doing and have done)

22 Ways To Create Compelling Content When You Don’t Have a Clue (fun infograph)

5 Ways To Write A Blog Post Without A Number In It’s Title by Judy Dunn

Goodreads Advertising results and tips by Lindsay Buroker

Why won’t men read books written by women? by Tess Gerritsen

 Gender issues in publishing. Using initials as a female thriller author by Joanna Penn

If you are a woman, have you ever considered using your initials instead of your first name?


Social Media – Pinterest special

13 Pinterest Things Writers Should Know by Rachelle Gardner (she was sceptic at first)

Marcia Richards gives 16 reasons why Pinterest is worth your time.

10 Tips For Authors Using Pinterest by Rachelle Gardner

Mom Creative’s 10 Tips For Using Pinterest Well

Facts & figures about how popular Pinterest really is & how to get your Pin It button for your browser

Copyblogger’s advice on Pinterest

What do you think of Pinterest? If you’re there, please share your user name in the comments and I’ll follow you 🙂 You can find my Pinterest boards here.


Collected Wisdom

Blog Treasures  (31st of March) by Gene Lempp

Twitterific (1st of April) by Elizabeth S. Craig

Writing on the Ether (29th of March) by Porter Anderson (Pottermore is the big topic this time)

Advice for writers by Robert Lee Brewer

Jenny Hansen’s CrackleSauce, links that rocked her March


Fun Stuff

Best April Fool’s Day Hoaxes by Colin Falconer

 If famous authors had written Twilight

Boyfriend of a week: Alexander Skarsgard/Eric Northman by Roni Loren

Chrush of the month: Chris Hemsworth/Thor by Tameri Etherton


  1. Marcia Richards
    Apr 3, 2012

    Hi Reeta! This really is a feast…and there are so many I missed. Thanks for including my post along with all these other amazing bloggers! Can’t wait to dig in…:)

    • Reetta Raitanen
      Apr 4, 2012

      Thanks Marcia 🙂 Your Pinterest post was a great introduction to the site.

  2. Jenny Hansen
    Apr 4, 2012

    Reetta, I absolutely agree with Marcia! You’ve got a treasure trove here. Thank you for including my Cracklesauce post! Now I’ve got a few others to go explore…

    • Reetta Raitanen
      Apr 5, 2012

      My pleasure, Jenny. I can always count on finding something in your blog to share 🙂

  3. Pat O'Dea Rosen
    Apr 4, 2012

    Thanks up front for this outstanding list of links, Reetta. (Once I start clicking on them, I’ll be too busy to remember my manners.)

    • Reetta Raitanen
      Apr 5, 2012

      Thanks Pat. I appreciate the comment love.

  4. Coleen Patrick
    Apr 4, 2012

    Great links–especially interested in the Pinterest ones. 🙂

    • Reetta Raitanen
      Apr 5, 2012

      I’m glad you found the Pinterest links useful. I love that site.

  5. Valerie
    Apr 6, 2012

    Thanks for posting all these links! Especially for Pinterest. I haven’t had the chance to experiment with it myself, so I’m glad to be able to get others’ perspective on it!

    • Reetta Raitanen
      Apr 9, 2012

      Thanks for commenting, Valerie 🙂 I’m glad to hear you found the links useful.

  6. Judy Dunn
    Apr 8, 2012


    Wow, I love how older posts get picked up and shared with new folks. Thanks for linking to my piece about how to write a blog post without a number in the title. : )

    • Reetta Raitanen
      Apr 9, 2012

      My pleasure, Judy. I have more of your excellent posts bookmarked for future link love.

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