Link Feast For Writers, vol. 31

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 Just One Thing

The Ultimate Story Checklist by Matt Bird


On Writing

Are You Scared? Fear and the Creative Process by Dan Blank

Writing During the Holidays – Tips by Elizabeth S. Craig

Why Genre Matters by Beth Hill

Researching Your Story: A Four Step Strategy by Julie Eshbaugh

Through Your Lens: 4 Strenghts of Your Writing by Darcy Pattison

The Big Idea: What Urges Are You Satisfying? by Matt Bird

Writing the First Draft of a Novel Using Questions And Modelling by Joanna Penn (perfect for pantsers)

How to Alienate an Audience: The Hero Doesn’t Get the Clue or Follow It by Matt Bird

How to Alienate an Audience: The Hero Isn’t Misunderstood by Matt Bird

How to Alienate an Audience: The Hero Agrees With Everybody by Matt Bird

How to Alienate an Audience: The Hero Is Too Powerful by Matt Bird

How to Alienate an Audience: The Hero Is Callous by Matt Bird

The Fine Art of Story Resonance by Laura Dennard

A Method Through the Madness: 5 Tips For Writing Scenes by Jody Hedlund

Increasing Your Book’s Momentum by Laura Carlson

Robert J. Sawyer on Showing Not Telling by Karen Woodward

Using Pinterest to Help Build Your Fictional World by Karen Woodward

4 Things a Character List Reveals About Your Novel by Darcy Pattison

How To Lenghten Your Story by Glen Strathy

Your Book Needs Professional Editing and Here’s Why by Chris Robley

Three Ways To Improve Your Critique Using Conflict Communication by Amie Kaufman

Non Writers Give the Best Critiques by K.M. Weiland

3 Most Popular Editorial Services and Do You Need Them by Erin Reel

General Misconceptions About Writing by Matt Bird

Overcome Procrastination: Steven Pressfield’s Top 12 Tips For Turning Pro by Marya Jan

The Only Way You Will Ever Have Time For Writing by Krissy Brady

10 Quick Tips to Get Your Writing Back on Track by Kathy Steffen

How to Become More Creative: Nurturing Your Muse by Karen Woodward

For NaNoWriMo: 10 HarperCollins Books On Writing For $1.99 Each by Karen Woodward (for sale only until the end of Nov)

How to Use Gmail as If It Had Folders

(This article was one of the most useful things I read this week. I finally figured out how to put my Twitter and Pinterest notifications to their own folder so they don’t show up in the inbox. Now I’m not tempted to dive into social media every time I read email.)

Why We Need Diversity in YA Fiction by Cheryl Rainfield

The State of the YA Market by Mandy Hubbard

What Does Fewer Publishing Houses Mean For Authors? by Kristin Nelson

What’s Next in Publishing? Literary Agent Laurie McLean Looks Into Her Crystal Ball by Anne R. Allen


Book Marketing & Self-Publishing

Writing On the Ether: Do Men Read Fiction? by Porter Anderson

Don’t Sabotage Your Writing Career by James N. Watkins

The Ten Commandments of Choosing the Right Book Title by Dara Beevas

The Three Stages of Author Marketing by Susan Spann

Using Permanently Free Books to Increase Sales – Part 2 by Karen Woodward

The New World of Publishing: Some Perspective On 2012 by Dean Wesley Smith

Ruth Harris Reports: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Ebook Formatting But Were Afraid to Ask (Part One)

D.D. Scott’s Indie ePublishing Strategic Planning – Part 2: eBook Pricing



How Often Should a Writer Blog? Answer: It Depends on Your Goals by Karen Woodward

Is Blogging Important For Novelists Considering Self-Publishing by Jody Hedlund

Top 10 Tasks to Get Your Blog Ready For Prime Time by Joel Friedlander

3 Great Blog Structures You Can Use Today by Michael Hyatt

Sorry: Your Humdinger Headline Won’t Save the Catastrophe That Is Your Blog Post [10 Reasons Why] by Demian Farnworth

Advice From Famous Authors a Blog Writer Could Use Today by Colin Olson

The Dirty Little Secret to Secuding Your Readers by Demian Farnworth

8 Sneaky Ways to Make Your Posts More Shareable by Ollin Morales

What the New Yorker Magazine Can Teach You About Content Marketing That Works by Demian Farnworth

Conduct a Reader Survey by Matt Bird (an example of a survey, also highlights his blogging principles)

The Only SEO Your Blog Posts Need (ProBlogger)

The Essentials of Guest-Blogging Strategy For Traffic, Audience Building and SEO by Sonia Simone

3 Things to Do Before You Start Guest Blogging by Yeremi Akpan

Is Your Sidebar a Vanity Shelf or a Useful Resource? by Yeremi Akpan


Social Media

Painlessly Use Social Media to Build an Evangelist Filled Fan Base – Part 2 by Tracy R. Atkins

Social Media: ‘Sharing’ Our Narcissism by Porter Anderson

7 Ways Agents Measure Your Social Media by Thomas Umstattd

3 Hashtag Tips to Change Your Twitter From Drab to Fab by Marcy Kennedy

Making Twitter More Manageable With Lists by Laura Pepper Wu

5 Tips For Getting More Likes and Participation on Your Facebook Author Page by Lindsay Buroker


Collected Wisdom

Blog Treasures by Gene Lempp

Twitterific by Elizabeth S. Craig

Friday Features by Yesenia Vargas


Deep Stuff

How to Create a Life Plan by Michael Hyatt

Three Tips For Better Listening by Marcy Kennedy

5 Conversations to Stretch Your Thinking by Lisa Hall-Wilson

What I Wish I’d Heard at Graduation: Would You Hire You? by Matt Bird

Books vs. Movies: Why Oscars Are Televised but Pulitzers Are Not by Matt Bird


Fun Stuff

The Making of the Hobbit movie (14:06 min video)

Awesome Recap of Game of Thrones Season 2 (4:20 min video)

Paintings with funny captions by Eleni Konstantine

Beautiful summer and beach pictures. Perfect antidote to fall/winter. (Pinterest board)

Picturing Archers by Irene Gallo

Books That Made You Bawl by Marie Lu (great recommendations even for the non-touchy feely types 😉 )

10 Most Anticipated Films of 2013 by Dustin Rowles

10 Things You Didn’t Know About the LotR Movies by Nick Romano

10 Fantasy Novel Series That Could Be Great TV Shows by Michael Crider


  1. Demian Farnworth
    Nov 29, 2012

    Thanks for the links!

  2. Lisa Hall-Wilson
    Nov 29, 2012

    Thanks for the link love. Your mashups are the best! I know you put a lot of work into them – I look forward to them each week. ((hugs))
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  3. Coleen Patrick
    Nov 29, 2012

    Another great list! I like that blog post title–books that made you bawl. Thanks Reetta!

  4. Krissy Brady, Writer
    Dec 3, 2012

    Thanks so much for the mention – it really means a lot! :0)
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