Link Feast Vol. 3

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

Ira Glass on Storytelling
– What nobody tells the beginners…

Lynn Viehl’s freebies for writers. Just wow what great resources. Grab her novel writing diagrams and the workshops she’s sharing.

Beyond the ClichΓ©: How To Create Characters That Fascinate by Becca Puglisi

Scene building 101 by Lynn Viehl

Find the right balance of dialogue and description at Write It Sideways

Shape up flabby writing by using stronger words at Write It Sideways

What makes a great villain? by Alexandra Sokoloff

How to find your story’s archetype and similar stories to study by Alexandra Sokoloff

Fairy tale structure by Alexandra Sokoloff

Lynn Viehl busts 4 first chapter mistakes

What tone does your first line set? Lynn Viehl

How to dissect a story by Laura Pauling

Plot Busters: Dissecting How To Train Your Dragon (the movie) by Laura Pauling. Serious spoiler warning. Don’t read if you haven’t seen the movie and want to do so without knowing things in advance.

Three stages of research by Laura Pauling

How to find rather than make writing time by Jessica Strawser at Writer’s Digest

Stacy Green sheds light on the difference between suspense novels and thrillers

Rhian Bowley shares some do’s and dont’s on writing sci-fi and fantasy. This line made me laugh: “Don’t be a [literary] snob, be a slut.”

12 myths about being a writer by Anne R. Allen

Brilliant post from Rob Preece about writing male and female characters: Women are from Venus and men are annoying

Laura Paulig shares her revision method

Janice Hardy’s tips on staying organized during revision


Writer Wellness

Kick the sugar crack habit by Sandra Brougher

How to make the Chocolate Diet work by K.B. Owen


Your Author Platform

Identify your novel’s genre by Rachelle Gardner

Are you riding waves or creating them? by Jonathan Mead

Will you like my books? by Emily Casey (a useful excercise for all writers)

11 keys to Self Publishing success by Bob Mayer

Choosing the right pen name by Talli Roland

11 things I wish someone had told me about blogging by Victoria Mixon

12 things that will kill your blog post every time by SEOmoz

Clear phlegm from your blog posts by Carol Tice

How to pick the right stock photo for your blog posts by Caitlin Muir at Author Media

April Platform Challenge: Day 7 by Robert Lee Brewer (How to add Share Buttons to your blog)

12 steps to blog tour success by Joel Friedlander

What authors and publishers can learn from the Hunger Games movie marketing campaign by Rachel Stark

Social Media (Facebook special)

6 reasons authors should love Facebook Timeline by Lisa Hall-Wilson

How to set up Facebook timeline by BookBaby

Facebook Timeline Mashup by Lisa Hall-Wilson

How to increase your readership by using Facebook Timeline by BookBaby

How to set up an author page at Facebook by BookBaby

Jenny Hansen gives a primer on recent Triberr changes


Collected Wisdom

Gene Lempp’s Blog Treasures (April 7th)

Twitterific by Elizabeth S. Craig (April 8th)

Writing on the Ether by Porter Anderson (April 7th)

Fill me in Friday by Roni Loren (April 6th)

Kait Nolan’s link mashup (April 3rd)


Deep Stuff

Could you be an evil person? by Marcy Kennedy

Superheroes and ethics

Heroine Quest, or The Fairytale Problem by A.C. Wise (lack of proactivity in story heroines)

Are you wearing the Orc mask or the Marilyn mask? by Lisa Hall-Wilson

13 characteristics of children from emotionally barren families by Louise Behiel


Fun Stuff

If baby animals make you go aww, this Pinterest board is for you.

Hilarious plot fixes by Lynn Viehl

Back to the 80s with Shah Warton

Game of Thrones, Season 2’s first episode is out. Warning: Spoilers

Ten Things Generated by Online Generators by Lynn Viehl (comes with links to the generators so you can have your own fun)

Weird Name Generator by Lynn Viehl (she has gotten story ideas out of these)

Jeri Westerson talks about her Medieval Noir novel Troubled Bones (Medieval Noir is such a cool concept that I was instantly sold)


P.S. I just realized I didn’t include any male hotness this week. Please fill the vacuum by sharing your favourite links (male related or anything else) in the comments πŸ™‚


  1. Susan
    Apr 12, 2012

    Great list of resources. Thanks for including my Write It Sideways post among all this tips. I can’t wait to check them all out.

    • Reetta Raitanen
      Apr 12, 2012

      My pleasure, Susan. I’m really enjoying your posts at Write It Sideways.

  2. K.B. Owen
    Apr 12, 2012

    Hi, Reetta, thanks SO much for the linky love! Cracks me up that you put mine next to “Kick the Sugar Crack Habit,” LOL! Glad you liked it! Now I’ve got more links to check out…

    • Reetta Raitanen
      Apr 12, 2012

      *grins* There should always be a thesis and an antithesis. And as the research you quote points out, not all sugar is bad for you, especially if you eat dark chocolate. Moderation is the key.

  3. Lisa Hall-Wilson
    Apr 12, 2012

    Thanks so much for the link love new and old πŸ™‚ Greatly appreciated. Awesome mashup btw – already off to check a couple I missed. Thanks!

    • Reetta Raitanen
      Apr 12, 2012

      Thanks for writing all those awesome posts, Lisa. I really need the help with Facebook myself. I thought that I had already set up my timeline but I guess I didn’t πŸ˜›

  4. Jenny Hansen
    Apr 12, 2012

    OMG, Reetta! This is AMAZING! Thanks for including me in your list. I’m cursing you and thanking you at the same time for all this reading. πŸ™‚

    • Reetta Raitanen
      Apr 12, 2012

      There will always be a Jenny Hansen post in my mashups. I love your voice and sense of humor πŸ™‚ And the techie tips rock. I’m glad you found some new links to browse.

  5. Rhian Bowley
    Apr 12, 2012

    Hey Reeta, really glad you liked my Mslexia post! Thanks for linking. And, um, stay slutty! Ha.

    • Reetta Raitanen
      Apr 12, 2012

      Haha, always πŸ˜‰ You got to spread the love.

  6. angela ackerman
    Apr 12, 2012

    Wow. This is a great set of links. I’m so glad I found you πŸ™‚ Thanks for doing all the heavy lifting for me!


  7. angela ackerman
    Apr 12, 2012

    Just to let you know, I’m trying to subscribe to your feed but the link keeps bringing me back here. Just thought you’d want to know–must be a gremlin πŸ™‚


  8. Coleen Patrick
    Apr 12, 2012

    Thanks for more great links!
    As for male hotness, have you seen the email subscription called The Shirtless Daily? πŸ™‚

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