Link Feast For Writers Vol. 11

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 (Character Special)

Drop The Drama Bomb by Mario Acevendo at Writers In The Storm

Spice Up Your Writing With Optimal Learning Styles by Jan O’Hara at Writer Unboxed

Ask Your Character: Why Do You Matter? by Donald Maass at Writer Unboxed

Depth of Character by Donald Maass at Writer Unboxed

First Impressions by Diana Peterfreund

Giving Your Character A Unique Voice (Film Script Writing)

5 Tests To See If Character’s Voice Is Working by Christopher Boone

Character Development Sheet

What Makes A Female Character Strong by Jami Gold

10 Antagonist No No’s by Lynn Viehl

16 Villain Archetypes by Tami Cowden

Top 10 Mentor Characters by Alexandra Sokoloff

Where Are All The Female Mentor Characters by Stella Carter at Jezebel

How To Kill Characterization (at Drying Ink)

Myers-Briggs As A Tool For Authors by Fae Rowen

Chinese Element Personality Types For Fun & Writing by Fae Rowen

Creating Character Depth With Astrological Signs by C.J. Winters

Character Trading Cards by Lynn Viehl

Using Tarot For Creative Writing by Janet Boyer

10 Easy Ways to Improve Your Dialogue by Ali Luke at Write To Done

Create a Rough Sketch Of Your Work In Progress (

12 Ways To Create Suspense by Gail Carson Levine

What Everyone Knows & Team Mundane by Catherynne M. Valente

Practical Writing Tips From 22 Brilliant Authors (scroll down to get the advice. My favourite bit was: “Write the first chapter LAST”)

Writing Quickly: A Secret Strategy by Ava Jae

Trend Tracking Versus Jumping by Lynn Viehl

Write Books That Change Lives by Ingrid Sundberg

Book Series Sell by agent Rusell Galen

Do You Read Like A Reader Or A Writer by Janice Hardy

Fighting Writer Fatique by Lynn Viehl


Your Author Platform

How Much Interaction Should Writers Have With Their Readers by Jody Hedlund

Hustling: How To Spread Word About Your Book by Chris Guillebeau

Convention Schmoozing 101 by Mary Robinette Kowal

How To Write Free Content That Gets You An Avalanche Of Traffic by Danny Iny

How To Keep Your Book Talk Fresh by Roz Morris

3 Selling Tactics From The Internet Marketing Gurus by Lindsay Buroker

89 Book Marketing Ideas (Author Media)

How To Launch A Book Without Losing Your Mind by Elizabeth S. Craig



How Long Does It Take To Get Blog Readers? by Nina Amir

Top 10 Blog Traffic Killers by Michael Hyatt

How To Get Better Results With List Posts (Pushing Social)

3 Guaranteed Ways To Get Your Blog Post Read (Pushing Social)

Put Some Thought Into Your Blog Comments: No Vanilla Adjectives Please by Susie Lindau (check out the comments too)

How To Write A Good Blog Comment by Nathan Bradsford

Find Your Blog’s Unique Voice by Jeff Goins at ProBlogger

How To Promote Your Blog Like The Big Guys by Leo Baubata

How To Get Serious About Promoting Your Blog (Pushing Social)

Launching A Successful Blog Tour by Alan Rinzler

Hosting Your Own WordPress Website by Melinda Van Lone

Must Have WordPress Plug-ins by Annabel Candy

If I Started Blogging Today, I Would… by Annette Gendler

The New Style Of Blog Writing by Mary Jaksch

Shakespeare on Blogging by Leanne Shirtliffe

How To Figure Out What Content People Want (at Social Triggers)


Social Media

8 Ways To Grow Your Social Media Footprint by Jenny Hansen

Why Authors Tweet (NYTimes)

Twitter Success Tricks from @thewritermama

Content Creator’s Twitter Evolution (Writer’s Digest)

Control Your Social Media So It Doesn’t Control You by Elizabeth S. Craig

Triberr Review: Useful Tool Or Shiny Toy? by Linda Adams

Tumblr For Writers by Ava Jae


Collected Wisdom

Blog Treasures by Gene Lempp (June 2)

Twitterific by Elizabeth S. Craig (June 3)

Friday Features by Yesenia Vargas (June 1)

Writing on the Ether by Porter Anderson (May 31)


Deep Stuff

What’s the First Thing You Do When You Open The Computer? by Seth Godin

Expand Your Circles by Amber West

Email Sanity: How To Clear Your Inbox When You’re Drowning at Zen Habits

Cinderella Ate My Daughter: The Princess Culture by Margot Magowan


Fun Stuff

Male & Female Eye Candy (collection of actor photos)

FictFact – Track Your Favorite Book Series

Bookmarks From Hell by Lynn Viehl

10 Signs You’ve Attended Too Many Writing Workshops by Lynn Viehl

The Vampire Smythe (short story by Lynn Viehl)

Dark & Devastating Secrets (shot, funny story by Lynn Viehl)

Armor-ella (short fairytale retelling by Holly Lisle)


  1. Susie Lindau
    Jun 6, 2012

    Thanks so much for including me in your awesome mash up! The title is a little more “hideous” than one about adjectives… 🙂 This is so Hideous!
    Thanks again!

    • Reetta Raitanen
      Jun 7, 2012

      Thanks for the hideous post, Susie.

  2. Caitlin
    Jun 6, 2012

    Thanks for including Author Media! We’re honored.

  3. Yesenia Vargas
    Jun 6, 2012

    Thanks for the link, Retta! You’ve got some great stuff here. I’ll have to check some of these links out.
    Yesenia Vargas recently posted..How to Take the Plunge and Be a Writer (Part 1)My Profile

  4. Fae Rowen
    Jun 6, 2012

    What an incredible, thorough, delightful feast of links. Thank you for all your effort to put this together. Like a great meal, it’s going to take me awhile to enjoy everything here.

    And, of course, thanks for the blog love.

    -Fae Rowen

  5. Thanks for the mention, Reeta – and wow, what a terrific trove of great posts you’ve found! I shall rummage with pleasure.

  6. Jami Gold
    Jun 7, 2012

    Wow! Fantastic collection of links. I’ll have to go through these when I have a better internet connection. Thanks for including me. 🙂
    Jami Gold recently posted..The Ultimate Guide to Pitch WritingMy Profile

  7. Karen McFarland
    Jun 7, 2012

    Reetta, where do you find these amazing posts? My mouth dropped open! Wow, girl your unbelievable! Thank you so much for all your hard work. You’ve given us some great information. If I can’t write now, there is no hope. LOL! 🙂
    Karen McFarland recently posted..The Sun Shines Over EnglandMy Profile

  8. August McLaughlin
    Jun 8, 2012

    What fantastic resources. You have a knack for compilations, woman! 🙂 Thanks for doing some of the grunt work out for us. Off to scope links!

  9. Jennette Marie Powell
    Jun 9, 2012

    Wow, what a collection! Donald Maass’ posts are always fantastic. Love Tami Cowden’s character archetypes, too. But so much good stuff I haven’t read – going to have to check these out when I’m done with the two web design jobs I’m working on right now. Thanks for collecting them all in one place!
    Jennette Marie Powell recently posted..You too can be radioactive for just $34.95!My Profile

  10. Marcy Kennedy
    Jun 11, 2012

    Every time I come to your mash-ups, I’m in awe. I could just sit and read link after link. Thank you so much for including Melinda’s guest post on my site!
    Marcy Kennedy recently posted..Four Tips for Lasting HappinessMy Profile


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