Posted on May 4, 2012 - by Nicole Humphrey Cook
Writing is easy: All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead. ”
- Gene Fowler
It has been forever since I did one of these posts; I think all the way back in September. After noticing some exceptional posts for writers floating around twitter, and the new facelift to the blog, I decided it was time to bring This Week in Writing back. Did you miss some of these? I have collected a lot in the past couple of weeks, hoping to do another post like this – here we are! I’ll try to get more regular about this again, since I always get comments and emails that these are great because they are missed by some.
- Why Every Self-Publishing Author Needs an Editor
- Hiring a Freelance Editor: A Step-by-Step Guide
- Submissions 101: Keep the Kids out of Your Author Bio
- How to vet an independent (freelance) editor
- Why it might take an agent a while to reply to your submission
- Agents: Remember them?
- The Importance of Reversion Clauses in Book Contracts
On Character Development & Dialog:
- Creating Believable and Well Rounded Characters (Writing for Success)
- The Starburst Method: The Character Grid
- How (Not) to Write Great Characters
- Creating characters that “jump off the page” will be covered here.
- Finding the True Protagonist of Your Story
- 8 Tips for Naming Characters
- Tips for writing villains
- How do you get away with basing characters on people you know?
- The Key Ingredient for Dramatic Tension–Understanding the Antagonist
- Here’s some interesting thoughts about writing strong female characters
On Genre Specifics:
- What contemporary fiction do you recommend for high school students?
- YA Highway: Expectations Within Genres
- Here are a few tips on getting materials together for a travel writing article.
- The YA Genre Is Killing Itself
- Oh, Mother, Where Art Thou? Connie Brockway on Moms in Romance Novels.
- Race in YA from a Biracial Perspective — Guest Blogger Jean-Paul Bass Weighs in on the Issue
- Some Notes Towards a Working Definition of Steampunk
- The 10 Commandments of Thrillers: The Article That Inspired John Grisham
- The Secrets To Ebook Publishing Success. A Must-Read For Authors.
- Taking critique like a pro
- It’s a Business– Is Amazon an Enemy? Or a potential ally?
- If you are a self-publisher you NEED to know about metadata. Here’s a super sexy intro.
- Wade Rouse explains How He Got Published
- Has Publishing Become a Kinky Game? Ruth Harris Talks about Writer Masochism and How to Cure It
- Big Six Publishing is Dead–Welcome the Massive Three
- Self-Publishing Basics: Introduction to Metadata — The Book Designer
- 5 secrets of getting free publicity – Sales Machine – CBS News
- 4 Simple Steps to Creating a Vanity URL for Your Amazon Author Central Page
- Ebooks–Pricing, Visibilty & Experimentation
- The ebook pricing monster has been slumbering in recent months
- Launching a successful blog tour
- Useful Tools and Websites to Help You Improve Your Grammar
- Ebook Pricing: How Much Should I Sell My Book For?
- Book Marketing: Why I Gave Up Trying to Build a Big Social Media Following
- If you are about to design your own book cover, please read this first
- Author Branding: The You That Is Everywhere
- How to Convert an Adjective to an Adverb
- Writing and deadlines
- Self-Editing Your Novel (Writing for Success)
- 36 Adjectives Describing Light
On Outlining & Plotting:
- When you get stuck
- Writing in the Third Person
- Tips for ending chapters with a bang
- 10 Things I Learned While Writing a Sequel
- 5 steps for testing your opening scene
- Are Your Scene Breaks Rude?
- 4 Simple Ways to Create a Well-Written Ebook
- Setting the Mood with your First Lines
- Perfecting Your First Page: 3 Tasks or Exercises
- Want your readers to find it impossible to put down your book? 4 tips to keep them reading
On Social Networking/Blogging & Other Online Stuffs:
- To Link or Not to Link Your FB & Twitter Posts
- Pinterest for Authors: How to Promote Your Writing on the Fastest Growing Website Ever
- Facebook or Twitter, Which Is Better for Book Promotion?
- YA Authors on Pinterest
- Jody Hedlund explains why writers need to use Pinterest
- 5 free ways to monitor your brand on Twitter
- 10 Twitter best practices for journalists…or anyone
- 12 ways Twitter makes you a better writer
- Has The Internet Made You Into A Pretend Writer? via BubbleCow
On Writing in General:
- Writing For Success: Don’t start the story at the beginning
- How to Find Your Daily Writing Motivation: A guest post by James Chartrand of Men with Pens…
- It’s Time to Start Your Novel: Here’s Why
- Pushing Past Procrastination, by Melissa Foster
- Want to be a professional writer? Act like one.
- The importance of keeping a notebook
- Writing a novel that people want to read.
- Finding Ways to Find and Manage the Time
On Everything Else (including new, cool things, inspiration, creativity, free things and funny stuff):
- Self-Published Author Lands a book deal after 125 years!
- A free directory of ebook pros–for covers, editing, formatting, & more
- A Writer’s Enemy: Feeling Like A Fraud
- Target to stop selling Kindles, citing “conflict of interest”
- Use the YouTube Time Machine to research your book or writing project
Did I miss anything? I’m sure I did. Please leave a comment with a link so others can find it!
Added this week: If you are interested in getting your own posts included, the best way to get me to notice you is for you to tweet me the link. I visit sites daily looking for new articles to post on twitter. I primarily use Twitter to find awesome articles – it’s full of them.
Have a great weekend, and come back next week for more!
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