Link Feast For Writers, vol. 28

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.


If You Have Time For Only One Thing

The White Queen Age: Why Are We Running as Fast as We Can to Stay in the Same Place? by Anne R. Allen


On Writing

A Resource For Readers and Writers: The Literature Map by L.B. Gale

Strategies To Make You Finish That Bloody Novel by Charlie Jane Anders

5 Ways To Get Your First Draft Material Out Of Your Head And Onto The Page by Joanna Penn

“Creativity emerges. Ideas emerge. Original thought emerges.

Something happens – but only if you trust emergence.”

– Joanna Penn

Six Tests of a Solid Story Premise and Eight Ways to Write One by Martina Boone

Are You Writing the Right Book? 5 Ways To Find Out by Karen Woodward

What’s At Stake? How Do You Make Your Readers Care About Your Story by Janice Hardy

How To Get Your Readers To Identify With Your Characters by Karen Woodward

Character Introductions by Alexandra Sokoloff

Putting the “Boo” In Your Book by Michael J. Scott

Elements of Act Three, Part 3: Elevate Your Ending by Alexandra Sokoloff

How I Write a Scene by Joanna Penn

Writer Strong: Is Your Dialog Doing Double Duty? by Shannon Donnelly

How To Write Dialogue Unique To Your Characters by Marcy Kennedy

6 Ways To Develop Your Voice by Marcy Kennedy

5 Must Checks in Book Revisions by Lori Devoti

One Simple and Incredibly Painful Way To Fix Your Novel Draft by Charlie Jane Anders

Manuscript Revisions: Exposition and Incluing by Veronica Sicoe (nope, not including. Read and find out.)

Edit Out The Weak Words by Victoria Reese

How To Publish Your Book – Procrastination Flowchart by Zachary Petitt

5 Questions To Ask When Choosing an Online Writing Course by Krissy Brady

Non-Fiction to Inspire Your (SF) Writing (Mary Roach Edition) by Anassa at Specnology (all about cadavers, sex, paranormal and space)

Why I Read YA by Janine Ballard (great analysis of why YA has become so popular)

How To Write a High Quality eBook in 30 Days by Ali Luke

Shorter Novels in the Digital Age? by Elizabeth S. Craig

Does Size Really Matter? – Fantasy Short Stories by Victoria Hooper


Your Author Platform

How To Really Support the Work of Someone You Respect by Dan Blank

How To Fascinate Others… And Why Authors Should Take Note by Jeannie Campbell

Are Writers Too Insulated From Their Readers? by Mike Duran

How To Get Your Book Noticed In Today’s Changing Market Place by Stina Lindenblatt

12 Days of Book Sales: A Dozen Holiday Promotion Ideas by Toni at DuoLit

3 Social Media Myths That Can Cripple Our Author Platform by Kristen Lamb

3 Ways To Boost Your Newsletter This November by Nathan Exley

Does Amazon KDP Select Drive Away True Fans? by Karen Woodward

10 Best Stock Art Sites to Get Photos and Illustrations For Your Book Cover by Kristen Eckstein



How To Find the Perfect Niche Audience For Your Blog by Nick Thacker

Why Your Blog Needs To Be Your 2nd Priority by Stanford at Pushing Social

Cowboy Macaroni and Divorcing Witches: The Changing Face of Blogging by Judy Lee Dunn

Tell Stories No One Can Steal by Joey Strawn

3 Unexpected Ways To Quickly Find Your Next Blog Post Idea (Writing Happiness)

100 Blog Post Ideas (Turn Your Brainstorming to Auto Pilot) by Sean at The Digital Writer

What Makes a Great Blog Post (Infographic) by Sarah Arrow

5 Tips to Speed Up Your Writing and Skyrocket Your Quality by Danny Iny

How To Run a Blog Series and Get More Subscribers by Annabel Candy

How To Edit Your Blog Post In 5 Easy Steps by Marya Jan

Finding Timely Images For Topical Posts by Sarah Arrow


Social Media

The Minimalist Guide to Social Media by Toni from Duolit

How To Make Sure You Don’t Miss Facebook Updates by Amy Lynn Andrews

How To Use Google+ As an Author Platform by Maria Peagler


Collected Wisdom

Blog Treasures by Gene Lempp

Twitterific by Elizabeth S. Craig

Friday Features by Yesenia Vargas


Deep Stuff

7 Days of Paying Attention To Your Spouse by Lisa Hall-Wilson

9 Love Lessons From Jane Austen by Rebecca M. Smith

Urban Fantasy As a Window Into Society by Anassa at Specnology

A Girl’s Journey to the Underworld (The Big Idea: Catherynne M. Valente)


Fun Stuff

A Bunch of Hilarious Drunk Texts

9 Reasons To Elect a Supervillain President by Lauren Davis

Hugo Nominated Short Story: Amaryllis by Carrie Vaughn (Beautiful story. Carrie Vaughn is one of my favourite authors)

50 Rules to Follow If I End Up In an Urban Fantasy Novel by Anassa at Specnology

Fiction Affliction: November Releases in Urban Fantasy by Suzanne Johnson

Top 20 Most Annoying Book Reviewer Cliches by Michelle Kerns


  1. Fae Rowen
    Nov 8, 2012

    Thanks for the blog love, Reetta. Not only is Shannon an amazing writer, but she’s one of the best teachers of writing that I know.

    You’ve really worked to build a fantastic list of links for us. Thank you!


    • Reetta Raitanen
      Nov 8, 2012

      Thanks, Fae. I love what you guys are doing with the Writers in the Storm blog.

  2. CC MacKenzie
    Nov 8, 2012

    Hello, darling,

    Thank you very much, yet again, for these amazing resources. I’m deep in my writing cave and wondering if I’ll ever see daylight again.

    You are a wonderful woman! Always in my thoughts. I love you, babe.

    Sending you a massive hug.
    Christine xx
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    • Reetta Raitanen
      Nov 8, 2012

      Aww, you’re the sweetest. *hugs* You’ll emerge from your cave with awesome novels. We’re all looking forward to Rosie’s story. And more vampire hotness to sink our teeth into 😉

  3. Jennette Marie Powell
    Nov 9, 2012

    These are fantastic, Reetta! I’m just bummed I had to make myself stop after 6 or 7 – I need to get back to my NaNo novel. 🙂 And you are sooo right about the White Queen blog post – I so needed to read that today – thanks!
    Jennette Marie Powell recently posted..WANA Wednesday: Just in time for the Holidays! plus ROW80 UpdateMy Profile

  4. Reetta Raitanen
    Nov 9, 2012

    You have your priorities right, Jen 🙂 Good luck with NaNo. I’m glad the White Queen post resonated with you. Anne R. Allen blogs slow but good.

  5. Anne R. Allen
    Nov 10, 2012

    Thank you so much Reetta! So honored to be in your top spot! Many thanks to Christine, who came over and left a comment and told me where she’d found the link.

    We get so much pressure to do too much. It’s time to dig in our heels and say “no thanks, I’m not running like a lunatic today.” 🙂

    This is a great set of links. Will RT!
    Anne R. Allen recently posted..The White Queen Age: Why Are We Running as Fast as We Can to Stay in the Same Place?My Profile

    • Reetta Raitanen
      Nov 10, 2012

      Cool that Christine shared where she found the link. I fully agree with you that the hamster wheel never stops and starts spinning only faster the faster you run. It’s better to work smarter, not harder. And to work together with other writers who share a similar fan base.
      And thanks for the RT 🙂

  6. Ryan King
    Nov 13, 2012

    I love the fact that you provide all these articles but how on earth do you find them all? That first link made me laugh about the whole e-sanity thing. I’ve probably lost my e-sanity already. LOL.
    Ryan King recently posted..Jealous and MoodyMy Profile

    • Reetta Raitanen
      Nov 13, 2012

      I hear you. But it’s never too late to set some healthy limits and reclaim your e-sanity 🙂

      I find my links by having a huge list of excellent sites that I go through weekly. Some people read blog posts as RSS feeds with readers or get the posts to their inbox (which I do too for my fave blogs) but I like the exploring. Then I have the freedom to choose how many sites I have time to visit this week.

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