Link Feast Vol. 4

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

Stress Less, Write More by Kristen Lamb

Could a ritual jumpstart your writing? by C.J. Lyons

How to properly harvest your ideas by Ollin Morales

Do your stories match your voice? by Jami Gold

Do stories need a theme? by Jami Gold

Outlining without outlining by Janice Hardy

Organizing a novel when you’re right-brained by Linda Adams

Characterization 101 by Joe Bunting at The Write Practice

Jack Kerouac’s 31 Beliefs about writing by Joe Bunting. This reminds me why reading poetry is good for writers.

Describing characters of color by N.K. Jemisin

Man Up: Writing Male Point of View by Roni Loren

Like Me: How to create sympathetic characters by Roni Loren

Why not go bigger? asks Donald Maass

Tips on writing the first chapter by Laura Pauling (The beginning used as an example is from YA novel Nightshade by Andrea Cremer)

Love Story Elements by Alexandra Sokoloff

Creating Suspense by Alexandra Sokoloff

Lydia Sharp on short stories

On the prevalence of US tropes in storytelling by Aliette de Bodard

Do the pros measure up to the Lucky 7 Meme? by Lynette Burrows

How to write the Great American Novel (if you love Chuck Wendig’s voice, this post is for you)


Your Author Platform

Does your author bio tell a story? by James Scott Bell at The Kill Zone

8 Habits of Highly Effective Bloggers by Annabel Candy at Copyblogger

Find your blogging voice by Succesful Blogging

Looking for inspiration on what to blog about?

Stop Writing Boring Blog Posts at Men With Pens

How To Cast A Spell On Your Next Blog Post? at Men With Pens

Why You Should Ditch Your Blogging Schedule at Men With Pens

April Platform Challenge: Day 10 by Robert Lee Brewer (do a search on your name)

A Squidoo Lense (article) showcasing different types of writer websites

I have to add to the writer website types a Tumblr blog. Bestselling YA writer Cassandra Clare uses hers really well.

Active marketing & passive marketing (aka long-term investments on your platform) by Randy Ingermansson

The Excitement of What’s Coming Around The Bend of Publishing by Elizabeth S. Craig


Social Media

Staying safe in the digital world by Kristen Lamb (a must read post for everyone to avoid getting your social media accounts hacked)

Social media sharing buttons and why we need them by Jen Talty

How to get more pins and repins on Pinterest by Dan Zarrella (infographs)

An innovative Facebook marketing campaign by a writer: A virtual Titanic cruise by Janice Thompson


Collected Wisdom

Blog Treasures by Gene Lempp (April 14)

Twitterific by Elizabeth S. Craig (April 15)

Writing on the Ether by Porter Anderson (April 12)

Links by Linda Adams about competent female characters

Advice for writers by Robert Lee Brewer


Deep Stuff

Cinderella Strong by August McLaughlin

What Groundhog Day (the movie) can teach us about contentment by Marcy Kennedy

Carpe Diem by Trish Loye Elliott. Watch the second inspirational video. Seriously. It made me to cry even though I had seen it before.

Left Brain vs Right Brain by Jayrod Garrett

The Earth Mother stereotype by fantasy writer N.K. Jemisin (contains spoilers about her book The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms)


Fun Stuff

13 Links for Friday the 13th by Lynette M. Burrows

Women fighters in reasonable armor (kick ass pictures)

Designing From Bones: Isles of Dystopia by Gene Lempp

I loved Nickoleoden’s Avatar: The Last Airbender series and now the sequel series, Legend of Korra, premieres

N Is For No Porn On The Job (Pretty Please) by Jenny Hansen

Amber West shares hilarious images

Boyfriend of the week: Orlando Bloom by Roni Loren


To be able to gather even better links for you, I’d love to hear what kind of blog posts and sites you find useful (or not useful). Which links did you click from this post? Thank you for reading? πŸ™‚


  1. Amber
    Apr 19, 2012

    Thanks for including me, Reeta! Looks like you have a great variety here for everyone.

  2. K.B. Owen
    Apr 19, 2012

    Wow, a very thorough mashup, Reetta! Thanks so much for spending the time putting this together. Lots of things for me to be looking up, LOL. πŸ˜€

  3. Jami Gold
    Apr 19, 2012

    Wow! What a collection of links! πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for including me.

    Now I have to resist spending the rest of the afternoon here. πŸ˜‰

  4. Marcy Kennedy
    Apr 19, 2012

    Wow, this list is impressive. I think you’ve laid out my week’s reading for me. Thanks for including my post among it.

  5. Lynette M Burrows
    Apr 19, 2012

    Wow, Reetta, I am impressed. Great collection of links. I’m honored you included my post amongst these other great blogs.

  6. Jenny Hansen
    Apr 19, 2012

    I’m with Jami on this one – that collection of links is drawing me in like chocolate! But I shall resist until later in the week. Thanks for including my “porn post!”

  7. Coleen Patrick
    Apr 19, 2012

    That Pinterest one looks interesting! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Jennette Marie Powell
    Apr 20, 2012

    I’m always afraid of writing boring blog posts, so I clicked the Men with Pens link! Some good ideas there, and in several of the others I’d already read. Thanks for a knockout collection!

  9. Debra Kristi
    Apr 21, 2012

    Wow! This is one serious mash-up! Thanks for this. I have some catching up to do. I think you out did yourself. Give yourself a serious pat on the back! πŸ™‚

  10. Trish Loye
    Apr 25, 2012

    This is a great group of links! Thanks so much for including me. So sorry I haven’t dropped by before now. I’m off to check out more of the links.

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