Kickstart The Week With Feel Good Music

Music has the power to evoke feelings, and the right kind of music takes us to our happy place. To celebrate the Monday, I’ll share four of my feel good songs. Enjoy.

To start with a cheery pop tune, Natasha Bedingfield’s Unwritten has some good lyrics for writers. “Today is where your book begins. The rest is still unwritten.”

The classic is James Brown’s soul song I Got You (I Feel Good).

An old favourite is Groove Armada’s hit My Friend from year 2001. The video takes you from a boring office to the beach and partying with friends. Ah! Do you remember hearing this song?

I tried to include a mandatory Monty Python song but unfortunately it couldn’t be embedded. So click here to listen Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life from Life of Brian.

What songs get you to good mood? Do you listen to music that reflects your feelings? Or do you use music to cheer you up or otherwise change your mood?

Link Feast Vol. 1

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

Larry Brooks gives analogies for each of the Six Core Competencies that a good writer must master.

Agent Rachelle Gardner explains what is a High Concept book idea.

Chuck Wendig and 25 Things Writers Should Know About Theme.

Super agent Donald Maas speaks about warming up to a characer.

Save your book’s sagging middle and blow up sh*t.

How To Make Small Time Blocks Work For You?

Succesful freelance writer Carol Tice busts common fears: 10 Reasons Why You Can’t Make Living Writing.

Fill Your Creative Well by Joy Held at Writer Wellness.

10 Signs You’re Not In The Zone by Elspeth Antonelli

Publisher Michael Hyatt shows how he uses Evernote to manage his writing and life. Index of 12 how to articles.

Jenny Hansen recommends great writing books.


Your Author Platform

What’s Your Niche As A Writer?

How is book promotion like sex? The player might get laid once but the nice guy/gal could get a relationship.

50 Simple Ways To Build Your Platform, 5 minutes A Day.


Social Media

“Blogging is a demo tape of our artist’s voice.” -Kristen Lamb

Take a trip back in time machine with Kristen Lamb to get More Blogging Cowbell.

How To Write A Blog Post in 70 Minutes Or Less by Michael Hyatt.

Strategic Tweeting For Writers by Alan Rinzler

Why Internet Is a Trap? And how sci-fi author Juliette Wade deals with it.


Collected Wisdom

Gene Lempp’s marvelous Blog Treasures (March 24) Varied selection of excellent links.

Twitterific (March 25) by Elizabeth S. Craig. Lots of great links. Take a look at the listed blog titles. I’ve learned something about writing magnetic headlines by writing down the ones that grabbed my attention.

Writing on the Ether (March 15) & (March 22) by Porter Anderson. The place to go for publishing news.


Fun Stuff

Jenny Hansen spills the beans on her family’s almost X-rated garage sale.

Beautiful photos of magical places in Pinterest.

No self-respecting mash-up is perfect without a dash of Monty Python. The Black Knight.

Heartthrob Candy. Yum, beefcake 😉


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