Posts I loved this week

A wonderful week in posts, these posts made me grin, smile and be grateful I’ve started blogging and have found them. What a wonderful set of posts. A huge thank you to every author for their talent and wisdom!

If you’re thinking of advertising to boost sales or even just create awareness about your book, check out this fantastic post by Chris McMullen. It has the pros, cons and all the choices you need. A huge thank you to Chris for all the research that went into that post!

Are you editing? Here’s a great post with 5 steps to edit your manuscript from Nikki Woods, a Global Visibility Expert.

Having trouble getting motivated? Try this post with 8 suggestions on how to get going from Sage Weidner or this other one by Mazie Bishop both on Writerology.

Just adorable, this post on what writing and dog training have in common made me laugh. A huge thank you to James L’Etoile for the laughs!

Mystery vs. thriller? Urban fantasy vs. paranormal romance? If you’re having trouble classifying your WIP or have ever wondered about the difference between some genres, this post is for you. From Writers in the Storm, a great, clear way to know which is which with answers straight from agents! And while you’re there, check out this other fantastic post with 8 Tips on Writing faster!

Trouble formatting from Word to Createspace? Here’s a post with a video showing the steps on how to do just that. A huge thank you to Steve Vernon for that great post!

Julie Lawford has 10 tips to instantly improve your writing. They’re precise, easy to follow and hold a lot of sense. A huge thanks to her for the post and to The Story Reading Ape for finding this gem!

Need a little help getting your blog writing and other activities balanced in your life? Check out this post by Ronovan Writes: Blogging Personality: The Key to Success. Ronovan Writes is a fantastic blog full of great positive ideas like BeWow.

Overwhelmed with the WordPress Dashboard? You can customize it! Check out this YouTube video showing you how to do just that. A huge thank you to Barb Drozdowich of Bakerview Consulting and to Molly Greene for the great post that had this tip in it.

If you’re still debating having a blog or website, check out this post by Anita Lovett on that subject.

Looking for a great book to read? Check out the Top Ten Tuesday post from Part Time Monster with its choices for Spring Reads. What a great selection!

Both true and insightful, this post by the Crimson League hits them all, Six reasons why writers can’t write.

The Story Reading Ape is an incredible blog full of resources for authors, bloggers, book reviewers and poets. Now, even better, it has updated its resources. Check it out here.

If you’re looking for a great blog to follow, check out Sourcerer, a fantastic blog with a wide range of interests. Here’s a great post from this site telling you just what’s coming up and what you can look forward to!

Finally, a quote that I particularly loved.

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Posts I loved this week

I’m humbled and delighted with these posts. They’re simply amazing. Bloggers are highly talented people and, in my opinion, produce amazing posts. Check out this week’s great offerings.

I really appreciated this post on reasons to keep going when the editing gets tough. Editing is tough. You’ve created this beautiful story and, in editing, you cut it to pieces. It’s hard to do it day after day. I loved hearing reasons to keep going especially now that I’m editing Amy’s Courage like mad. A big thank you for the awesome post to Victoria Grefer.

I loved this post by Jodie Llewellyn because I think all writers find themselves in that place of doubt at one point or another. She writes with incredible courage and raw honesty that made me not only feel for her but identify very strongly with that incredible post.

A really cute post (and funny!) about lessons learned from the 80’s movies. Check it out and laugh! A big thank you to Dadmissions for the great post!

Seven great tools to hook your reader. Of course, great writing should always be our goal as writers but these are gems to keep in mind. I know I will keep these close to my fingertips. A big thank you to Monica M. Clark for the great post on The Write Practice!

I loved this post because it spelled out just how to connect emotionally to your readers. I find that my enjoyment of a book depends directly on how well I connect emotionally to the hero or heroine. That’s such a key point, so I loved this post and I’m very grateful to Nate Philbrick and Writerology for the great ideas!

Wow. Don’t miss this picture post by The Writing Catalog. Just…wow.

A big question all writers have to answer is what name to be published under. This post interested me because I struggled with that question myself and it offers a myriad of answers. A big thank you to  for the great post!

I loved this post by Mishka Jenkins on characters’ backstories. I love having characters with a rich backstory. I love reading about them too. Her post brought that to life for me. Plus, it had links to other posts on the subject! Bonus!

Oh, this post touched my heart. A dog’s eyes can say a million things. Incredibly, Part Time Monster caught a picture of this phenomenon. Amazing post.

If you’re an author thinking of starting a website, this post is for you. If you are considering starting a blog or want to know what yours should include, check out this one instead. A big thanks to Mishka Jenkins for sending those beauties my way and to Callisto Green for the awesome posts!

If you’re editing, you might want to check this one out. I have to admit, I make those mistakes. This post has great examples that really clarify the difference–for example between whom and who. Who knew! A big thank you to Jon Gingerich for the great post and excellent examples.

Finally, four tips for writing a great novel. This one was a hit for me because it’s only four, not twenty or fifty. A big thank you to  from Writer Unboxed for the great post!

Blogging ideas

Having a blog is a necessity for an author. Not only do you practice writing, you reach potential readers and grow a following. But keeping a blog can also be stressful. That blog can become an entity you have to feed with daily posts.

Victoria Grefer wrote a great post with three great tips on being more efficient blogger. Efficiency is great for me because I keep a blog and I’m always grateful for ideas or ways to improve it.

I have to admit I already used her idea of writing the posts ahead of time. I write my posts on Saturday mornings. I try to write the entire week’s worth of posts. The only one I can’t is the ‘Posts I loved this week’ because that, by necessity, grows each day. Now, that doesn’t mean that, should something interesting happen, I don’t ignore my ‘saved’ posts and write a new one, I do, but I have some in ‘reserve’ should I need them.

What about you? What works for you? Do you go with inspiration or do you prep ahead?