Link Feast Vol. 7

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

In the beginning: How to draw the reader in by Susan Bearman at Write It Sideways

How to make your writing stronger by mixing hard and soft words by Roy Peter Clark

Using Style Sheets for consistency by Carol Riggs

Plot Fixer – Part 2: How to fix a weak opening by Kara Lennox

7 Tools For Pacing Your Novel (Writer’s Digest)

Creating Memorable Dialogue by Patrick Kirkland at Script Lab

Creative ways to kill a character (Writer’s Digest)

10 Fantasy Cliches That Should Be Put To Rest (Fantasy Fiction)

4 Biggest Mistakes at Writing Contest Entries by Jennifer Crusie

How to avoid/keep at bay repetitive strain injury by Roz Morris (your body is your most important tool, take care of it)

Beating the 3 Ps That Lead To No Writing by Pia Newman

How to find your daily writing motivation by James Chartrand of Men with Pens

Fear Is The Writer’s Worst Enemy by Bob Mayer

5 Things Before You Quit The Day Job by C.J. Lyons

Randy Ingermanson’s Ezine (PDF)
Formatting Your Manuscript Like a Pro |  More Magic in The Hunger Games | What To Do With Your Horrible Reviews.

How technology has transformed short fiction by Charlie Jane Anders at

Writing Short Stories by Liv Rancourt

Tips for creating a series character by Alan Rinzler

How do you know when your book is good enough to publish? by Talli Roland


Your Author Platform

How to discover and build your author brand by Joanna Penn

Elements of a Succesful Author Platform by Christina Katz (Writer’s Digest)

The YA genre is killing itself by trying to create marketable books

How to create Reader Profiles to inspire and inform your blogging by Darren Rowse at ProBlogger

Author Blogging 101: How to listen what your audience really wants

Blogging bling and tips on blogging by Jen Talty

19 ways to build connections with blog comments by Marcus Sheridan at Social Media Examiner

15 Tips for Guest Bloggers by Anne R. Allen

How to feature on the most influential websites of the world by Joanna Penn

How much should writer’s charge for their work? by Jenny Hansen


Social Media

9 ways to use social media to launch a book by Michael Stelzner at Social Media Examiner

The danger of authors being too cliquey on Twitter by Roni Loren

How to promote your writing on Pinterest by Chris Robley at BookBaby

YA Authors on Pinterest by Kirsten Hubbard (see what other writers are doing with their boards)


Collected Wisdom

Blog Treasures by Gene Lempp (May 5th)

Twitterific by Elizabeth S. Craig (May 6th)

Writing on the Ether by Porter Anderson (May 3rd)

Top Picks by Kerry Gans at Author Chronicles (May 3rd)

How to write fight scenes – Delicious links by Linda Adams


Deep Stuff

Your Clutter Is Killing Your Creativity by Jeff Goins

Four Most Powerful Types of Creative Thinking by Mark MacGuinness

When bad things happen to good people by Ginger Calem

Happiness Is by Melinda van Lone

How do you define success? by Louise Behiel

Is This Really What You Want? (Life Changing Moments Series) by Jeannine Bergers Everett

If Twilight and Fifty Shades are wish fullfilment by Kait Nolan


Fun Stuff

Hatch’s Plot Bank – funny plot ideas for writers

Internet Writing Workshop’s Archive of Writing Excercises

Avengers Review by Script Lab (warning: contains serious spoilers)

World Tour of Wonderment: Philippines – Part 1 (Fantasy Faction)

World Tour of Wonderment: Philippines – Part 2 (Fantasy Faction)

May releases in Urban Fantasy (

May releases in Fantasy (

What happens in the outhouse doesn’t always stay in the outhouse by Coleen Patrick

Humor mashup by K.B. Owen

Potty humor & Our Military by Jenny Hansen

Goblins – A webcomic where the monsters are the protagonits.
Tickles the funny bone of D&D fans.


  1. Ginger Calem
    May 10, 2012

    Wow, that is an impressive collection of links. Thanks so much for including me in such fantastic company. I’m honored. Now, I have lots of great blogs to check out!
    Ginger Calem recently posted..WritersButt Wednesday: 5 things you may NOT be doing to sabotaging yourselfMy Profile

    • Reetta Raitanen
      May 10, 2012

      My pleasure Ginger 🙂 I really love your blog.

  2. Melinda VanLone
    May 10, 2012

    Thanks for including me in this list Reetta! 🙂 And thanks for the other links, I hadn’t seen some of these. *scurries off to check them out*
    Melinda VanLone recently posted..My Wedding Story: Showers of BlessingsMy Profile

  3. Reetta Raitanen
    May 10, 2012

    Thanks for the wonderful blog posts, Melinda. Your photos crown it. You have serious talent. I’m glad you found some links you liked.

  4. Karen McFarland
    May 10, 2012

    Reeta, again, you’ve done a fabulous job on compiling all this information. I copy it and put into microsoft docs so that I can refer to it later when needed. It’s awesome to have on hand. And it’s a lot of work for you to do this girl! I really appreciate it! Thank you so much Reeta! I look forward to your next post! 🙂
    Karen McFarland recently posted..Breasts: An Endangered SpecieMy Profile

  5. Louise Behiel
    May 10, 2012

    what an impressive list of blogs. i am honored to be included in the list. you’ve done so much work. I am impressed. thanks again for including me.
    Louise Behiel recently posted..Reader Appreciation AwardMy Profile

  6. Coleen Patrick
    May 10, 2012

    Thanks for including me Reetta! I love that I know there is a place to check out links I may have missed–and I’ve already opened 2 to read that I did not realize I missed!
    Thank you 🙂
    Coleen Patrick recently posted..Carry Weapons of Minimal Destruction and Other Motherly AdviceMy Profile

  7. Diane Capri
    May 10, 2012

    Great collection of blogs here, Reetta. Thanks for sharing!
    Diane Capri recently posted..Snowbird Migration Time Again (Or “Adventures in Flying”)My Profile

  8. Jennette Marie Powell
    May 10, 2012

    Thanks for another fantastic link list, Reeta! Loved the one about the fantasy cliches. LOL! (and so true).
    Jennette Marie Powell recently posted..My Town Monday: Hangar 18, and Cover Sneak PeekMy Profile

  9. Martin
    Nov 21, 2012

    Thanks for this piece of gold!!!Cheers

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