Posts I loved this week

This week the posts are filled with helpful tips and how-to’s. An absolute feast for the reader, this selection made me grin through a very cold, February week. A huge thanks to everyone for these amazing posts!

Looking to do a little blog promo? Suzi81 Speaks has an opportunity for you. Check it out here.

If your manuscript is finally done, check this list on how to self-publish with 12 handy steps. Don’t do what I did which was to do it wrong over and over until I stumbled on the correct way by sheer luck! A big thanks to The Sprint Shack for that very helpful post!

What would a Saturday be without me getting my WeekendCoffeeShare fix? I love these posts and this one in particular had everything from a good update to Mardi Grass, to Compassion. A big thanks to Part Time Monster for that gem!

Filled with his great sense of humour, Bill Ferris has this great post on how to Nurture Your Fan Base and it’s filled with great ideas. A huge thank you to Writer Unboxed for that wonderful post!

Another hilarious version of the Weekend Coffee Share, this one is by Write On Sisters and I laughed out loud because I’m from Canada too and I get those comments on the weather!

If you have a couple of minutes and are into this, check out this survey on reading and methods of reading. When you vote it’ll show you the results but here they are all tallied up. Pretty interesting stuff! A big thanks to Chris McMullen for setting that up.

Not only does April mean the start of Spring, it’s also the A to Z Challenge. This blog challenge comes with a Theme this year and it’s growing into an epic movement. Check out the sign up site and you can add your blog or find an awesome site to follow! Where did I hear about this? From the one and only Just Gene’O. Check out this post with all kinds of awesome announcements.

If you’re into Twitter, here’s a great post with links and tips just for you from Writer Christoph Fischer. If you’re into Facebook, here’s a great post with tips for for you from Ellen Meister at Writers in the Storm.

Thinking about joining WordPress.org and hosting your own domain and website? Check out this post from Jemima Pett, someone who did. They cover all the do’s and don’ts. A huge thanks to Chris The Story Reading Ape for finding this awesome post!

On that topic, if you’re not ready for your own domain and website, check out this step-by-step post on how to set up a blog of your own from On Blast Blog. It’s simple, easy and has not only links but buttons. What an awesome post from a fantastic blog filled with resources! And if you do set up your own blog, let me know so I can snoop around and give you a shout out! 🙂

Help me congratulate Winter Bayne on her debut release! Secret Identities is out and looks absolutely amazing! Typical of Winter, she humbly posts about her success while sharing the secrets that got her a publishing contract. A huge congrats to her on this great accomplishment!

The Annual Reader Poll for 2014 releases is in at All About Romance. Find out what book made it to the top of the Best Romance according to readers just like you, or the best Historical or Paranormal. It’s a great chance to find a new book!

Tiny Buddha had this great post, 10 Choices that Lead to a Happy, Fulfilling Life and I loved it. Maybe it was the coffee but I’d bet it was the wisdom in those 10 suggestions. If you’re looking for something to make you feel better, I couldn’t recommend a better post.

Jen Owenby has this great post with Stephen King’s Top 20 Rules for Writers. They both surprised me and made me laugh. A big thank you to her for this great post!

Finally, a little something to make you smile.

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Posts I loved this week

A great mix of funny and resourceful links this week. Check them out!

A great post on first drafts and how to go about getting them done by Margarita Morris. This is her second post on ‘How I write’ series that has been absolutely fascinating so far.

Does Writing Advice really work? is a great post by Bottled Worder that shakes up a few myths.

There’s something about how these posts are written that just draws me in time after time. Check it out on Part Time Monster.

Five Facts About Fear for Writers. A great post with fantastic insight from The Write Practice.

Oh so funny, this post made me laugh from Infinitefreetime.

A great post on silencers for those who write mystery from Romance University.

How to write a book: The 5-Draft Method by Jeff Goins.

How Best-Selling Writers Sabotage Themselves is a great read even if I’m nowhere near there because it’s fun to pretend. A great post by Live Write Thrive.

I’m editing Amy’s Courage so this post was just perfect. Finding Problems vs. Fixing Problems from Jami Gold.

An eye-opening, chilling post on what can happen with publishers on Dear Author. A huge thank you to Winter Bayne for the link.

Another incredible photograph from Sourcerer. Many thanks to Gene’O for that post!

Hilarious review of Outlander’s first episode. I laughed so hard at this one. A huge thank you to Auralee Wallace at Penny Dreadful Book Reviews.

Why you should self-publish by Chuck Wendig from Terrible Minds.

51 Resources for writers from Positive Writer via Jen Owenby. A fantastic find!

Posts I loved this week

A ton of excellent post this week as we say goodbye to Summer and hello to Fall. Check out the beauties below!

If you’re looking to submit to a literary agent, check out this post from one of them with her best tips on Romance University. Then stick around the site to enjoy this great post by K.M. Weiland on tips to make your love story an epic love story.

Avoiding the dreaded info-dump is crucial for a good story. Here are three essential questions for a better backstory on The Write Practice. And this fantastic one on writing villains.

Joe Bunting promises that this exercise will get you unstuck every time you try to write and can’t. I have to say I tried it and it worked–at least for me.

If Mondays get you down, go over to DBCII for some inspiration. Starting next week, he’ll post writing prompts from books he has. Check out this great idea here.

When I don’t write, I worry about my book and when I write, I worry about making mistakes, so I worry about my book! This post on the Tiny Buddha on how to relax was just what I needed to read.

Sooo excited because I was certain we might not get it but Outlander is coming to Canada. A huge thank you to Penny Dreadful for letting me know and for reviewing it!

If you’re into Westerns, check out this post by Amy Alessio with seven fantastic Western romance reads for you to check out on Romance University.

Five ways to increase your productivity while you’re not writing by Chuck Sambuchino from Writer’s Digest.

Just for fun, this post had me in stitches. So funny by Suzie81 Speaks.

This one has great inspiration with quotes by those who’ve achieved great things on Jen Owenby.

If you’re writing a query letter, check out this post on how to write a killer blurb on Writer’s Relief.

Here come the categories. Again, keep in mind they’re just for fun.

* Best Achievement of the Week – To D. Emery Bunn for completing his book Darkness Concealed.

* Best Short Piece of the Week – A definite gem, this one‘s by Mishka Jenkins.

* Best Rant of the Week – to Infinitefreetime, for this one.

* Best movie Review – to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire by Natacha Guyot.

Most Unusual Tips for Writers – This one needs a word of warning. Some tips are truly…disturbing, from the Thought Catalog.

* Best find of the Week – Very cool. You type in three words and it generates 5 blog topics for you. Check it out here at HubSpot.

* Funniest Post of the WeekWhat not to say to a mom with a Colicky Baby by Outmanned. Never had a baby colicky or otherwise, but I still laughed out loud.

Posts I loved this week

This week’s posts are just below. Interesting and inspiring, I’m always amazed by the quality of writing in blogging posts.

I loved this post by Jodie Llewellyn because it made me think about my own writing and my self-awareness. An excellent post and very thought-provoking.

If you’re looking for inspiration, go no further. This collection of great quotes by great writers will get you moving. A big thanks to Jen for the post!

Nathan Bransford had a guest post from Natalie Whipple who posted about the differences between indie publishing and traditional publishing. See the post here.

DBCII had this great post about newspapers in the internet age. Really, really interesting. If you’re wondering what the trends are and what’s going on, definitely check it out.

Mishka Jenkins had an awesome idea on her blog to help anyone looking for a good read. We’ll share links to our books! She’s got a list going and it’s got some very interesting choices. Some of them are free! 😀

And don’t miss out this superb post by Gene’O on Narrative. Beautifully written, with links for support, it’s insightful and captivating. I started reading and I just wanted it to go on. Then go onto this one on Pacing. With great insights and very clearly written, it’s one not to be missed. A big thank you for the great posts to Gene’O on The Writing Catalog!

A really alarming post about males and reading (I suspected male readers weren’t on the rise but I didn’t think it was this bad) and trends. I found it through Alianne Donnelly’s great post on Readers and Reading.

Posts I loved this week

So, every week I go hunting for good posts…and this week, they seemed to come out of the woodwork. They were everywhere! Bloggers are working their tails off to keep their posts fresh, relevant and interesting. Check out these post. They’re absolutely incredible.

A great blog I just discovered, Zenhabits.net had this older post but it’s so good, I cheated and added it to this week. It’s on finding focus for writing. Awesome.

I really liked this post from Outmanned because I too have tried putting mayo in my hair…and, be warned, it doesn’t work. Like she says: no condiments in my hair! Then stick around and read this beautifully written piece on what we pass down through the generations. Talk about a gifted writer.

Of course, Infinitefreetime did it again and created some great posts this week. This one and this one. Do not miss them. Really. So funny.

This one is also funny. From Bill Ferris, a post on how to get over rejections that made me laugh out loud. And the reasons just kept getting funnier.

A big thank you to The Writing Catalog for this post. It’s a great editorial about writers, it has great insight into the world of writing. It comes from the blog Therefore I Geek. Check it out to see where you fall.

If you’re looking to be inspired, check out this post by Jeff Moore on the Everyday Power Blog. It has 28 amazing quotes by Rumi. Moving, inspirational and eye-opening, they made my day. Or this great motivational post by Jen Owenby. Absolutely wonderful. Thank you Jen!

On plot development, I read this awesome post by Emily Wenstrom. I loved the idea of a 3-D conflict and, when I applied it to a scene in my novel, it really enriched it. I’m going to try and use that in my plot development.

And on editing, don’t rush out your work! Edit and re-edit until that manuscript shines like a diamond–or possibly more. D. Emery Bunn has a much more eloquent way of saying it it in this post.

This one is a great heads up for all who blog or write. Live to write – Write to live‘s Wendy E. N. Thomas wrote this post on ‘Nothing gets deleted on the internet – know this‘. It really hit home because I blog and I need to remember that what I post is both public and permanent. Have you heard about the controversy surrounding Lynn Shepard’s post? Enough said.

I worry and, when I do, my writing freezes and comes to a stop. This week, Mishka Jenkins had this amazing post on worrying while writing. Even better, she has these amazing resources to find inspiration. Check it out here.

I also really enjoyed this post by Kristen Lamb on the difference between Introverts and Extroverts. I used to think an extrovert was someone who spoke a lot and an introvert was someone who was quiet. Okay. I had no idea. If you don’t know where you fall, check out the post.

I’ve always heard, in writing, less is more. But I write novels not novellas and they have to be a certain length. Here’s  an amazing post about how to ensure that novel has that length. A big thank you to Kris Bock for the amazing resources and great post!

If those run-on sentences are giving you grief, Shanan had this great post on her site The Procrastiwriter with grammar links. It’s an excellent one to keep on tab for those sticky semi-colons too!

And finally, one cutie of a post by Winter Bayne. Loved this post, especially the bit about seizures.

Posts I loved this week

Here are the posts I loved this week!

Jamie Lee Wallace wrote an excellent post for the blog: Live to write – write to live. It had everything from great tips to advice, to a great quote to great links on ideas for blog posts! Excellent post! http://nhwn.wordpress.com/2014/02/08/weekend-edition-writing-is-not-for-sissies/

I liked this one from The Writing Catalog. How do we compose? Do we do it in our head or do we need a pen and paper (or computer)? http://gno112.wordpress.com/2014/02/09/question-for-writers/

Kristen Lamb wrote this How-to post for authors. I really liked it. It has some great tips on how to get writing and stay there. http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2014/02/10/journey-from-aspiring-dreamer-to-hardened-professional-author/

Absolutely awesome, James speaks is a blog not to be missed. I certainly was glad to check it out this week with its incredible posts. http://jamesneed.com/2014/02/10/resistance-creates-pain-accetpance-creates-peace/

Short but sweet. I loved this one and it happened to be posted on the day when I needed it so much! http://everydaypowerblog.com/2014/02/10/you-too-can-become-great/. But check out the Everyday Power Blog. It’s filled with goodness!

I really liked this post by Jen Owenbyhttp://jenowenby.wordpress.com/2014/02/12/whispers-of-the-heart/. It posed a question I’ve asked myself before. How well do writers have to understand their characters? Even their villains? She puts it much, much better than I do.

For fans of Game of Thrones, there’s this awesome post from Sourcerer. Great video! http://sourcererblog.wordpress.com/2014/02/12/best-cast-comments-ever/

Living with Izzy had a great happy-ending story (I love those!) about the dogs in Sochi. Loved it!

I cried with this one…I’m such a sap for a love story…I just love them. And Outmanned wrote such a wonderful post. I cried. I hope you enjoy it too.

Finally, this great one by J. A. Hennrikus on Social Media. I thought it made so much sense. http://nhwn.wordpress.com/2014/02/12/my-8020-rule/

Hope you liked them as much as I did. If not, what were your favourites?

Posts I really liked this week

This week’s posts that tickled my fancy!

I don’t know how Sourcerer manages to have such engaging posts and on such cool topics. I’m always in awe. Here’s the latest one to make my jaw drop. http://sourcererblog.wordpress.com/2014/02/03/the-best-superman-stories-since-2000/

This one is by Gene’O on the A to Z challenge. I thought his plan was awesome. I love reading about literature and I’m really looking forward to his posts. http://gno112.wordpress.com/2014/02/03/my-idea-for-the-a-to-z-challenge/

Infinitefreetime is one blog not to be missed and this week, he had the proper urinal etiquette. Who knew men followed this? I had no idea. Hilarious. Nope. Change my mind, this one on chemicals is better. Hm…okay, they’re both laugh out loud funny.

This one is from Men with Pens an excellent site. The post I really liked talks about why writers can’t write at times. I thought it was dead on and very insightful. http://menwithpens.ca/why-you-cant-write/

This one is from Nina Kaytel. She wrote 50 000 words in three days and describes her process to find the ‘hero’ in her story. Very, very interesting. http://ninakaytel.wordpress.com/2014/02/04/let-me-tell-you-about-my-stones/comment-page-1/#comment-645

Jen wrote a great little group of inspirational quotes from the greats. I loved them. What a great post! http://jenowenby.wordpress.com/2014/02/05/inspiration-for-writers-2/

Now Frances and Lynne had this great post on the ending of Harry Potter. I couldn’t believe what J.K Rowling said! Check it out! http://francesandlynne.wordpress.com/2014/02/05/random-news-hermione-and-ron-debate/

Great news: Ankush Meta is back on his blog: http://icanbeatit.wordpress.com. I, for one, am thrilled to have him back.