Link Feast For Writers, vol. 13

Writing blogs are a great way to learn about the craft and marketing our work. Enjoy the posts Iโ€™ve hoarded, some older, some recent.


If You Have Time For Only One Post, Read This:

Map Your Way To A Streamlined Social Media Experience by Kristin Nador


On Writing

#FastDraft – How To Do It Successfully And What You Learn Along The Way by Jess Witkins

Script Analysis Checklist (by Story Sense)

Joanna Penn’s Journey of Writing Her First Novel (collection of posts)

The 4 Story Pillars by Amy Deardon

Hey, James Patterson Stole My Plot by Anne R. Allen

Motivation Reaction Units (MRUs) by Amy Deardon

21 Ways To Make Your Plot More Compelling by Margo Berendsen

5 Ways To Show Emotion In Your Writing by Ingrid Sundberg

Turn Problems Into Characters by Donald Maass

Character Connection by Stina Lindenblatt

10 Tips For A Terrific Antagonist by Kathy Steffen

Therapeutic Thought On Triangles by Jeannie Campbell

Love Story Plots: 13 Ways To Mess With Your Characters by Margo Berendsen

Romance in YA by Lisa Schroeder (Video 9:58 mins) [The CUPCAKE Romance rules work for all genres]

The Elusive Character Voice by Lisa Gail Green

The Color Of A Voice by Jan Morrill

Power Words Save The Scene by Stina Lindenblatt

Lets Talk About Adjectives by Janice Hardy

Conquer Cliche by Ash Krafton

Keep On Digging For The Deeper Meaning by Stina Lindenblatt

5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before A Revision by Kendra Levin

Revising: Evaluate Your Story by Cynthea Liu

Writing Down To The Bone by Liana Mir

Pixar Story Rules by Paul Lasseter

On My Writerly Bookshelf: Editing by Stina Lindenblatt

What Should We Look For In A Beta Reader by Jami Gold

Why You Should Copy Other Writers by Joe Bunting

Improve Your Writing With Daily Critical Reading by Suzannah Freeman

Writers: A Tribe Divided by Pat O’Dea Rosen

How To Take The Plunge And Be A Writer by Yesenia Vargas

How To Use Writing Rituals To Become More Productive by Kristin Nador

Awesome Scrivener Hacks For Windows by by Linda Adams

Using Writing Contests To Improve Your Game by Ash Krafton

Current Writing Contests by Stephie Smith


Your Author Platform

How People Discover Books Online (Goodreads presentation)

Be Narrow Minded: 11 Questions To Turn A Target Market Into A Reader Profile by Shannon at Duolit

What Has Changed And What Hasn’t by Rachelle Gardner

Book Lauches & Marketing With Joanna Penn & Zoe Winters

Book Launch: Breakdown Of The Pentecost Launch Process by Joanna Penn

Marketing Your First Book: 9 Tips For Authors by Graham Storrs

Can Writers Earn Living Writing Just One Book A Year by Jody Hedlund

Why It’s Good To Create A Bad Writing Platform by Krissy Brady

Make Quality Connections For Your Writing Career by Krissy Brady

7 Networking Tips For Authors by Chris Robley

Great Writers Connect With Other Writers by Jeff Goins

5 Principles To Book Reviews & Endorsements (Wise Ink)

Words To Avoid When Pitching Your Book (Wise Ink)

How To Develop An Emotion Evoking Elevator Speech (Wise Ink) [Works also for cover blurbs]



Do Writers Need To Blog (and great tips) by Amber West

4 Ways To Better Understand Your Blog Audience (Bloggertalk)

Sharpen Your Blogging Habits: 4 Ways To Define Your Audience by Kristin Nador

Sharpen Your Blogging Habits: 7 Keys To Consistent Blogging by Kristin Nador

The Difference Between Simply Writing A Blog And Making A Difference (Pushing Social)

Successful Blog Post Types + His Formula (Pushing Social)

19 Essential WordPress Plugins For Your Blog by Eric Siu

23 Hot Blogging Tips by Annabel Candy

5 Good Stock Image Sites For Bloggers by Judy Dunn

Is A Blog Tour Really Worth It by Janice Hardy

Tips On Doing A Blog Tour by Janice Hardy

Blogging Tour by Stina Lindenblatt

Results of the Reverse Blog Tour by Laura Pauling


Social Media

How Much Time Should You Spend On Social Media by Jill Kemerer

Social Networking for Authors: Tips For Using Twitter Effectively by Joanna Penn

Twitter Content Strategy Guide by Adam Justice

Does Your Grasp Exceed Your Reach? Triberr Can Help by Ash Krafton

Using Pinterest As A Reader, Writer and Author by Livia Blackburne


Collected Wisdom

Blog Treasures by Gene Lempp (June 16)

Twitterific by Elizabeth S. Craig (June 17)

Fill Me In Friday by Roni Loren (Friday 15)

Friday Features by Yesenia Vargas (June 15)

Writing on the Ether: uAreWhich? by Porter Anderson (June 14)


Deep Stuff

What Are You Doing Today And Why Are You Doing It by Louise Behiel

Are You A Visionary or A Crazy Maker, Responder or A Victim: Test Your Personal Productivity Quotinent (Lifehacker)

Why I Write YA by Stina Lindenblatt (Not All 16s Are Sweet)

Don’t Hate Me Because I’m Beautiful by Kassandra Lamb

The Help: A Multicultural Perspective by Jan Morrell

Book Review: The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

The Beauty Of Something New by August McLaughlin

How To Write A Masterpiece at Just 18 and 3/4 by Colin Falconer

Why Are Fantasy Films All About The Men? (

10 Changes From Books To Season 2 of HBO’s Game Of Thrones Series ( [Spoiler alert!]

Ripley vs. Shaw – The Women Of The Alien Universe ( [Spoiler alert!]


Fun Stuff

Who’s The Best Archer by Fabio Bueno

15 Thrilling Moments At The Cinema by Ellie Ann Soderstrom

Mancandy (Pinterest board)

4 Steps To Buying Indie Books You’ll Like by Laura Pauling

How To Create An Awesome Summer Reading List (Lifehacker)

Huge List of YA SF Books by Margo Berendsen (includes dystopia, steampunk & fantasy)


  1. coleen patrick
    Jun 20, 2012

    Wow, lots of links that are new to me–thanks Reetta!
    coleen patrick recently posted..It’s Research, not Stalking: Q & A with a Teenage WriterMy Profile

    • Kristin Nador
      Jun 20, 2012

      Thanks so much for all the link love, Reetta! This is a great resource page. Can’t wait to settle down and sink my teeth into it.

    • Reetta Raitanen
      Jun 20, 2012

      Thanks for dropping by. I’m glad to hear you found new links.

  2. Thanks so much for the link love! It really means a lot. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Krissy Brady, Krissy Media Ink recently posted..Why You Should Put Your Writing Dreams on a ShelfMy Profile

  3. Pat O'Dea Rosen
    Jun 20, 2012

    Wow, Reetta, I’m honored to be included in this link feast. Thank you!
    Pat O’Dea Rosen recently posted..A Tribe DividedMy Profile

    • Reetta Raitanen
      Jun 20, 2012

      Thanks for the great post. It’s strange that some writers think other people’s choices (and success) are away from them in some way.

  4. Louise Behiel
    Jun 20, 2012

    great links, Reetta. thanks for including me.
    Louise Behiel recently posted..Histrionic Personality Disorder โ€“ One of the Claims Arising from the Penn State Pedophilia TrialMy Profile

    • Reetta Raitanen
      Jun 23, 2012

      Thank you, Louise. I love your psychology posts and the writing posts are brilliant too.

  5. Lynette M. Burrows
    Jun 21, 2012

    Wow! What a wonderful list! I’m going to work my way through it starting now. Thanks for sharing, Reetta.
    Lynette M. Burrows recently posted..Glorious Mistakes or Wave of the Future?My Profile

    • Reetta Raitanen
      Jun 23, 2012

      Thanks, Lynette. I’m glad you found links that interested you.

  6. Debra Kristi
    Jun 21, 2012

    I always find it so overwhelming when I step into your virtual room. How do you find the time? ๐Ÿ˜€ Thank you for all the links!
    Debra Kristi recently posted..Whatโ€™s In A Carโ€™s History โ€“ Picture Post -Where Is He Challenge 3My Profile

    • Reetta Raitanen
      Jun 23, 2012

      Thank you, Debra. My secret is that I have 5 hours a day to myself as the kids are in daycare. Next year it will be a different story as I start job hunting.

  7. Fabio Bueno
    Jul 9, 2012

    Great feast once again, Reetta! Thanks for the shout out.
    Fabio Bueno recently posted..Writers and Writer-Adjacent People: The Hermit MythMy Profile

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