Link Feast For Writers, vol. 32

It’s Wednesday again and time for your weekly dose of writing links.

This week you might notice that I have discovered a new writing blog crush, Matt Bird’s Cockeyed Caravan. He posts really frequently and pretty much every post is a gold nugget. There’s a lot of good material to share. I’m spacing out his posts for different weeks so expect more links from him.

What is it about screenwriters giving such stellar writing advice? Alexandra Sokoloff has been my go to girl for a long time and now I found talented Mr. Bird.

Anyway, on to the links.
If You Have Time For Only One Thing

NaNoWHAT Now? Small Steps For a Big Change by Kristen Lamb


On Writing

5 Writing Tips From Laini Taylor

Three Big Takeaways From My Book Therapy Storycrafters Retreat by Lindsay Harrel (great insights)

Must I Suffer For My Art? by Jennette M. Powell

Frazzled? Frustrated? Going Mental? 6 Ways to Beat the Breakdown  by Ruth Harris

Success In 90 Minute Increments by Rachelle Gardner

5 Ways Writers Can Cure Where-do-I-begin-itis by Krissy Brady

How Chuck Wendig Writes a Novel

Losing My Religion, Part 1: Misconceptions About Concept by Matt Bird

Wearing the Pants by Jana DeLeon

Losing My Religion, Part 2: Misconceptions About Character by Matt Bird

What I Learned Writing Dreamlander: 6 Types of Courageous Characters by K.M. Weiland

How to Create a Truly Frightening Villain by Marcy Kennedy

5 Tips For Developing Supporting Characters by Nancy Parker

Losing My Religion, Part 3: Misconceptions About Structure by Matt Bird

Do You Suffer From Nice Writer’s Syndrome? by Janice Hardy

Too Much of a Good Thing: Over Plotting Your Novel by Janice Hardy

Actions and Reactions: The End All Be All of Storytelling by Jami Gold

The Matrix: Act One Breakdown by Alexandra Sokoloff

Losing My Religion, Part 4: Misconceptions About Scenework by Matt Bird

Writing Tense Action Scenes by Jodie Renner

WriterStrong: Strong Details For Strong Reader Emotions by Sherry Thomas

Losing My Religion, Part 5: Misconceptions About Dialogue by Matt Bird

Losing My Religion, Part 6: Misconceptions About Theme by Matt Bird

Losing My Religion, Part 7, Misconceptions About Rewriting by Matt Bird

You’ve Finished NaNoWriMo: Now What? by Janice Hardy

NaNoWriMo Ends: Editing Begins by Karen Woodward

At First Draft: The 6 (Minimum) Steps to Revising Your Manuscript before Submission (Wise Ink)

11 Steps to Revise Your Manuscript. Edit Ruthlessly & Kill Your Darlings by Karen Woodward

Editing: Make Sure Your Story’s Bones Are Strong by Karen Woodward

11 Ways Writers Can Turn a To-Do List Into a To-Done List by Krissy Brady

6 Money Saving Tips For Writers by Krissy Brady

Writing Prompts: Defeat Writer’s Block And Generate Ideas by Karen Woodward

7 Ways Writing a Screenplay Is Different Than Writing a Novel by Michael Ferris (fascinating stuff)

Reading Is the Inhale, Writing Is the Exhale: Developing Writer’s Intuition by Justine Musk

How Acting Can Help Our Writing by William Alexander

Query Lines to Make an Agent Sigh by Rachelle Gardner

Have You Ever Dreamed of Your Novel Becoming a TV Series? by Laurie Scheer


Book Marketing & (Self-)Publishing

Do You Cringe When Authors Market Their Books? by Dan Blank

Top 5 Book Marketing Strategies by Dana Lynn Smith

How Readers Discovered a Debut Novel: A Case Study (Goodreads)

4 Elements of Voice {& Why You Should Notice Your Own & Other People’s} by Abby Kerr

Finding Your Voice: How Would You Answer These Questions? (by Abby Kerr)

3 Easy to Engage Your Customers by Patricia Redsicker

Why Aren’t People Falling All Over You (Yet)? by Abby Kerr

What to Do About Your Not Quite Right People? by Abby Kerr

The Creative Badass Manifesto by Justine Musk

Why Writing a Manifesto Can Help You Develop a Creative Vision and Ultimately Sell More Books by Justine Musk

How To Write a Creative Manifesto by Justine Musk

(What’s your creative manifesto?)

Solution For Your Lonely Inbox by Jan O’Hara at Writer Unboxed

(Brilliant way to get more email subscribers: Give them a teaser of what your next newletter contains. And hey, have you ever thought you could do a collaborative newsletter with other writers to give your fans even more good stuff?)

Role of the Literary Agent in a Changing Marketplace by Lori Devoti

Author Publisher Marketing Responsibilities by Janet Kobobel Grant

How Much Does Self-Publishing a Book Cost? by Lindsay Buroker

The Hidden Costs of the 0,99$ eBook by Sunita at Dear Author

KDP Select: Is It Worth It (6 Takeaways From My Experience) by Shannon at DuoLit

Top 10 Self Publishing Blogs 2012 Finalists – Like Your Favorites (and check out the best sites)



How To Start a Blog: 10 Tips for New Bloggers by Amy Lynn Andrews

The Storyteller’s Tale: How a Fiction Mindset Will Empower Your Blog by Larry Brooks

10 Ways to Build Long-Lasting Traffic to Your Author Website or Blog by Jane Friedman

How To Create Your Blog Community by Justine Musk

The Brad Pitt School of Blogging Superstardom by Johnny B. Truant

10 Year End Author Blog Post Ideas (Wise Ink)

10 Addictive Types of Content by Jeff Bullas

Writing Tips From Blackbeard the Pirate by Steffi Metal

8 Elements of Persuasive Writing by Yeremi Akpan

How To Stop Writing Boring Blog Posts by Demian Farnworth

David Sedaris’ Tricks to Great First Sentences by Demian Farnworth

3 Blog Design Tips for Your Prime Online Real Estate by Annabel Candy

Link Building Strategies: How to Get More Links to Your Content by Yeremi Akpan


Social Media

The First 7 Steps to a Successful Social Media Plan for Writers by Lori Lynn Smith

How Many Social Networks Is Enough? by Meghan Ward

5 Motivations For Sharing Content by Jeff Bullas

Facebook: Best Practices For Profiles, Pages, Groups and Posts by Darcy Pattison

How a Writer Could Get Close and Personal on Twitter and Facebook by Justine Musk

5 Tips For Power Tweeting by Jeff Bullas

(Hmm, he advices us to ask for ReTweets. I’ve heard some people say it annoys them and they’d never RT a Tweet asking for it. Naturally a Tweet needs to provide value to be shared. But does asking make sharing more compelling?)

4 Types of Successful Twitter Contests by Aaron Lee

10 Best Pinterest Practices by Sunny Rodriguez

10 Strategic Ways to Optimize Your Pinterest Page [Infographic] by Jeff Bullas

How to Schedule Your Pins on Pinterest by Tehmina Zaman


Collected Wisdom

Blog Treasuresby Gene Lempp

Twitterific by Elizabeth S. Craig

Friday Features by Yesenia Vargas


Deep Stuff

One Cool Way to Find Out What Your Badass Life Is About by Justine Musk

Why Ambition + Motherhood Go Hand in Hand by Justine Musk (*faints* She has twins and triplets! And here I thought I was challenged with ‘just’ twins :P)

Vogue Can Go to Hell – Can I Make Peace With My Thighs? by Kristen Lamb


Fun Stuff

Shooting Faster Than Legolas (4:58 min video)

The Mother of Bad Gifts: Baby Wee Wee (HaHas for HooHaas)

The Next Big YA Movie Franchises by Sara Gundell

The Queen’s Army by Marissa Meyer (Sci-fi short story: To be chosen is an honor. To decline is impossible.)

Fiction Affliction: Genre-Benders for December by Suzanne Johnson (Steampunk, dystopian novels etc.)

Fiction Affliction: December Releases in Fantasy by Suzanne Johnson

Fiction Affliction: December Releases in Urban Fantasy by Suzanne Johnson


  1. Jennette Marie Powell
    Dec 7, 2012

    Wow, what an honor to have my blog included in a Link Feast – thanks, Reetta!

    And thanks for more good stuff to check out, too – loved the one from Ruth Harris!
    Jennette Marie Powell recently posted..WANA Wednesday, Suspense, Magic, Romance, and ROW80 updateMy Profile

    • Reetta Raitanen
      Dec 7, 2012

      My pleasure, Jen. It was a great post.

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