Weekend Edition – At the Intersection of Words and Life plus Good Reads and Writing Tips

A fantastic blog, Live to Write – Write to Live has great weekly posts and the Saturday version includes some awesome links!

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At the Intersection of Words and Life

A winter landscape that provided the perfect backdrop for my writerly reflection. A winter landscape that provided the perfect backdrop for my writerly reflection.

I’ve noticed a theme emerging in my last few weekend edition posts. For whatever reason – where I am in my own writing journey, the usual end-of-year reflections, the muted desperation that seems to pervade the news these days – I find myself wanting to better understand how this writing thing fits into my life. I want to explore the “why” as much as the “how” and the “what.”

I am not questioning whether or not I should write. No matter what happens, I will always write. It is too much a part of who I am and too deeply embedded in how I experience the world. I may as well lose my sense of sight or hearing as lose my ability to write. Putting words down is how I give…

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Posts I loved this week

It’s the end of November and, like our American neighbours, I’m feeling incredibly grateful for everything I have, a job, a wonderful husband and two very silly and loving dogs. In that list, I also have the gift of a wonderful community of bloggers and writers who support and inspire me. Thank you so much for these wonderful posts!

Such a beautiful and uplifting post, I loved this one by Rachel Mankowitz. Dogs are such a gift…I just need to remember that when mine wake me up on the weekend. 🙂

Very cool announcement from Infinitefreetime about his books! All kinds of goodies in this one!

This one is a great post on how to build your book from Live to Write – Write to Live. It even includes tips with Scrivener (a favourite of mine).

A wonderful thank you from Melissa Barker-Simpson. It’s no surprise because she’s so kind, but did you know she’s an amazing author? I loved her books. Loved them!

This is what’s coming up on Sourcerer, point by point. This is one blog I never miss. And this post was no exception. Updates are so exciting!

Margarita Morris had this beautiful version of the very popular: If we were having coffee.

A very talented author, photographer and graphic designer, David C. Cassidy just revealed the cover for his next book The Dark. It looks absolutely awesome. Check it out here.

Part Time Monster had this great countdown of posts they’d like to write. Great ideas mixed into a great post, I absolutely loved it.

Finally, this wonderful post about self-care for writers from Writer Unboxed that had me reading it twice. It’s certainly advice I could use, so I thought I’d share it.

And just to make you smile,

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Posts I loved this week

A fantastic set of posts this week as we start September. These are awesome!

With her own set of posts she loves this week, Live to Write and Write to Live is a blog not to be missed. A huge thank you to Jamie Lee Wallace for her awesome post!

A great post on how to write better dialogue on The Write Practice. And while you’re there check out this post on Mondegreens, a great way to add humour to your story.

Do you have an author platform? Here’s a post with 12 rules you need to know to build one on Writer Unboxed.

A great post that made me stop and think, this one is by Jodie Llewellyn.

For those who are curious about Scrivener but need a little help getting started, here’s a link to a video course that will teach you the program step by step from Helping Writers Become Authors.

I never, ever get poems…but this one is incredible by Callum McLaughlin.

The Best Websites for Indie Authors according to Molly Greene.

Some great tips and tricks on how to create genuine characters for your novel from Live Write Thrive.

Top 30 websites for Indie authors from Author Marketing Experts.

If you’re considering getting a business plan, you’re doing awesome. Don’t take my word for it, check out this post by Jami Gold on why and when writers need a business plan.

Catch this one at the very start. It’s a brand new blog by Gene’O. Fantastic already!

This one has a bit of math and a great kick for indie authors. I loved it so a big thank you to Shawn Coyne at Steven Pressfield.

Total self-indulgence, here‘s a great review of Outlander S1 Ep 2.

If your book is published but you want to pitch it to an agent, this post is for you by Chuck Sambuchino in Writers in the Storm.

Finally, super-interesting on how to research for a book. I loved this post by Margarita Morris.

Posts I loved this week

A fantastic week for blogs everywhere. I was a little worried about the size of this post (again). Then, just to add to the madness, I created a group of nonsensical categories and added more posts!

This is an awesome post on how to get deeper into your characters by finding out who they blame. Is it others or themselves? Locus of control is key. Writerology is such an awesome blog!

The Positive Writer has this great post on beating burnout with 4 great ideas. Loved it!

If you’re trying to get published and have written some short fiction, check out this post on how to get that fiction published in a Literary Magazine by  at Writer Unboxed.

Cute and informative, Winter Bayne tipped me onto this great post about punctuation from an editor in Zen/Xen.

Here are Molly Greene‘s 15 Must-have essentials for your website. A fantastic post! And, while you’re at the site, check out this other post on how to write a great blog title.

Interesting and touching, 5 Things I’ve learned since Publishing had me at the title by Skye Callahan.

The Write Practice is smoking with great posts! Check out this one on how long a post should be and how that affects its goals. And this other great post on 5 elements for writing the ‘perfect post’. Both by Joe Bunting!

If you’re writing the blurb for your book, this one is for you. It has explanations and examples of duds and great blurbs by Becca Puglisi in Writers Helping Writers.

I’m always interested in checking out what other programs there are out there that will help me become a better writer. This post has several productivity tools described and explained on Live to Write – Write to Live.

If you write science fiction, fantasy or paranormal, check out this post on world-building with great tips and steps by Catherine Spangler in Writers in the Storm.

From guest blogging to secrets to writing, this post has 51 resources to help you get there. An great post by Bryan Hutchinson on the Positive Writer.

There are six archetypes every novel needs and this post tells you who they are and why you need them. It’s by Bill Ferris from Writer Unboxed. A great post and reference.

Check out the new Just Gene’O. With a new, easy-to-navigate layout, amazing photographs, great resources and new blogs to check out, this is a blog I followed instantly. Don’t miss it.

For bloggers, check out this post on 10 blog content ideas on The Bookbaby Blog.

For those looking for an agent, Author Zone has 12 Query-Writing Resources that are not to be missed.

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In an effort to entertain, I made up the following categories. Please keep in mind this is just for fun. There is no award for getting one of these.

Best Writer’s Rant: My choice for Best Rant of the Week has to go to Infinitefreetime for this post.

Funniest Movie Review: Goes to Yours in Storytelling and his hilarious review of Noah (and happy birthday!).

Kindest Post of the Week: Goes to Callum McLaughlin for this wonderful post in support of Indie authors.

Best Find: Inside the Life of Moi, hilarious and with great posts. Check this post on The Good Wife: Expectations vs. Reality.

Funniest Post of the Week: I had to give it to this one by Outmanned. OMG.

Wacko Post of the Week: Goes to this hilarious post on Penny Dreadful pondering Chewbacca’s dating qualities.

Posts I loved this week

Though it had its losses, this week in posts was absolutely awesome. Check them out below!

I love diverse, complicated characters. Here‘s a great post on how to create those nifty, deeply layered personalities in your books by Nicohle Christopherson in Writerology and, before you leave the site, check out this other post. It’s got tips on how to take a character who appears nice and move them over to the ‘nasty’ side of things with just a slight personality change. Awesome post by Skye.

Super-interesting and certainly a stand out post, I loved this one by Alianne Donnelly because it was gutsy, eloquent and full of passion.

Robin Williams passed away this week and this particular post about him was so beautifully written that it moved me to include it here. It has incredible poetry and wonderful prose from I Am not the Batman.

7 reasons why writing a book makes you a champion, what a lovely message by Now Novel.

Just an indulgence on my part, this post has 50 weird town names in Canada you won’t be able to pronounce from Reader’s Digest! Hilarious–at least to me.

A fantastic blog by a wonderful person, Gene’O is reorganizing things. I’m so excited because I know there are good things coming our way on this blog, Just Gene’O. Just look at what he’s planning!

Great tips for your blog posts, this one is from Jeff Bullas and his site is oozing with awesome posts on how to improve traffic.

Yet more reasons to switch to indie publishing from an author who’s been traditionally published, , via Jane Friedman.

A lovely twist on waiting so that it becomes a gift. I needed to read this post by  in Writer Unboxed because I hate waiting.

I don’t have a publishing contract, I simply envy those who do, but this post is for those of you who do because there are hidden dangers inside those contracts. This is a post on what to look for in your contract by Susan Spann a pro on Writers in the Storm.

From Hannibal Lecter to Jaws, the villain can make or break a story. This post is about creating a fantastic one for your story on Live Write Thrive.

A great post on images and where to get them by Jamie Lee Wallace on Live to Write – Write to Live.

If you write historical fiction or romance, you might want to check out this post on No Wasted Ink. It has a great list with explanations of each site and what they can give you.

Maybe it was the coffee, but this post has some of the best tips for breaking Writer’s Block  I have seen. A huge thanks to Succeed at Writing for this post!

A list of 12 things every indie author needs to know by Knite Writes. I knew some of them but others were complete surprises.

A great post by Mishka Jenkins, it has four different ways of creating a plot with their pros and cons.

Writing tips from J.R.R. Tolkien that are not only wise but uplifting. I loved this post from Writers in the Storm.

Finally, a huge congrats to Winter Bayne, a fantastic author, on her publishing contracts and her new look!

Posts I loved this week

This was a particularly festive week with Canada Day and the Fourth of July and there were a ton of great posts out there as well. A ton! Check out these beauties!

I loved this post because of the picture of Bella mid-twirl. I can just see how happy she is and there’s something magical about a child smiling and being happy. If that wasn’t enough, I also read the background into this very special picture in this other post and that doubles the reason for this comment.

A great post by Sourcerer on Search Engines and how to get your posts at the top of a search. Sourcerer keeps putting out amazing how-to posts for bloggers. It’s a site I’d highly recommend following. Here‘s another example, this time on tags.

I love the theme posts “If we were having coffee.” I look forward to them each week. Here’s one that’s particularly beautiful. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

This post is a taste of the newest book by Jill Shalvis. Since I’m a big fan, this post was right up my alley.

I loved this post by . He claims that, if you know too much, you can lose touch with the newcomer and your audience as a consequence. I loved not just how well he wrote it (it was light and funny) but also his ‘fix’. “If your grandma doesn’t understand it, you need to revise.” Ha! What a hoot.

Congrats to Infinitefreetime for this. Awesome accomplishment!

I’m in awe of those Camp Nanowrimo participants. I have no idea how they manage to juggle that with life and work. Big congrats to Crystin Goodwin, Chris Musgrave, Inky Tavern and Winter Bayne for taking it on. (If I missed you, feel free to give me a shout and complain! 🙂 )

This one is very beautiful and full of Zen. I do the exact opposite of what it suggests. I resist life with every molecule. I gain acceptance in spite of my resistance through tears, shouts, and sometimes, even kicks.

Part Time Monster had this great list of the Top Ten Monster Books. I love lists and I love book lists even better, so this post was an instant hit with me. A big thank you for the list to Part Time Monster!–A side note: check out this little guy painting! Awwww! So cute!

This one moved me almost to tears. I have a lot of trouble reading about animals who are in pain or neglected. Careful if read this post and you’re sensitive about the topic because it’s very well written and will definitely make an impact. A big thank you to Living With Izzy for the beautifully written post.

This post is a great how-to if you’re considering getting beta readers. It explains what to ask and how to work with the feedback you get. An excellent post to keep as a reference or just to read by someone who really knows the craft.

Sending out query letters and work to editors is one of the hardest things I’ve done. If you’re in the middle of that process, check out this post by Winter Bayne. She changes a very stressful situation into a funny one and made me laugh out loud.

This post united writing and soccer and had me at the title. They’re definitely two of my passions and love anything that puts them together. On a personal note: I can’t wait for those final games! Soooo exciting! I know Birgitte Rasine gets where I’m coming from. 🙂

These Wordless posts are absolutely amazing. No words, just a beautiful picture. They certainly have me smiling every time I see one. Check out this one and help me cheer on the newly re-named blog Just Gene’O!

I loved this post because it’s eloquent, beautifully written and so logical. It’s one of those I could just sit and savour. At the same time, it’s on a subject close to my heart: self-publishing. Definitely one worth reading. A big thanks to D. Emery Bunn for the fantastic post!

And finally a new blog was born, The Mighty Trebuchet. It’s a blog with a very interesting mission. Check it out here.

Wow! That’s a lot of awesome posts in one week!

Sleep-deprived

 

Writer’s doubt

I fight writing doubt on a daily basis. It helps me to know that others do as well. It also helps me to know I’m trying to help others fight that doubt. Here’s another round of help for you and me!

This post helps fight doubt by writing about it. Written by Bryan Hutchinson, it’s not only motivational, it gives you tips and ideas.

I always believed the pros write perfect manuscripts effortlessly. This post helped me deal with that myth. Flog a pro is a weekly theme for Writer Unboxed.

Just like the title says, Five ways to Gain Confidence and Overcome Writer’s Doubt by Live Write Thrive.

A great post on how to feed your inner muse and keep writing by Deborah Lee Luskin.

Steven Pressfield wrote this great post on how to let-go and let the universe bring your success to you. No stressful worrying needed!

Men with Pens has this funny, witty post on how to find your muse and what to do once you find her! 🙂

Carlos Cooper wrote this inspirational post for when you’re having trouble.

Here’s a great post on how to embrace your fears and still write on the Positive Writer.

Whew! Quite a few links! I didn’t think there would be this many…and that in itself might be a hint at how prevalent writer’s doubt is.

Posts I loved this week

Here are the posts I loved this week. Tons of help in tips in everything from Twitter to researching for a character. Absolutely amazing posts, a big thank you to those wonderful bloggers who worked so hard on them!

The Benevolence Archives, Vol 1‘ came out this week in amazon. A big congrats to Infinitefreetime!

This post is the must-read follow up for Twitter by Sourcerer. Sourcerer breaks down the process of getting followers into clear, easy to understand steps. He warns and explains the pitfalls so even I understood them and promises more to come! A big, big thank you for sharing those proven steps, Gene’O!

A great way to turn leisure activities into writing inspiration. I loved this post by Karen O’Connor in Live Write Thrive because it not only gave me tips, it also encouraged me to self-care!

Want more inspiration? Check out this great post by Lisa L. Jackson on how to kick-start your writing.

Want more still? All right. One more on how to start writing when you can’t. Here’s a great post by Marianne Richmond with four great tips on how to make that muse inspire you on The Write Practice.

This post on Writer Unboxed was awesome. One, not only is  a good writer, he’s funny–this post practically read itself. And two, I’ve had the issue he talks about. I’d like to have a heroine that is a pharmacist…except I know nothing about it. I dread having to do that research. Keith comes up with great ideas that he shares with you and I. A big thank you to him for those tips.

A how-to for choosing a WordPress theme and customizing it,  does a great job of explaining not only how to pick a theme but how to customize it. I’m always looking for new ways to freshen up my blog, what a great post at Romance University!

It’s a list and a countdown, so I loved it. The top seven qualities all writers have by Victoria Grefer. 

This post contains a little sample from Phoenix. I love samples and this one rocks. A big thanks to Winterbayne!

This post on Part Time Monster is another countdown. I loved it. Cute, humorous and plain fun, it kept making me smile.

I loved, loved these quotes by Oprah. They’re just something else. A big thank you to Jeff Moore for them!

Finally, I love themes in blogs and this one is one of my favourites. Wordless Wednesday. Check out this picture.

Posts I loved this week

I had all sorts of interesting posts this week to choose from. Check them out!

Winter Bayne is hilarious. Check out this great post about knitting of all things and hold on to your hat. This is not a post about socks. Don’t tell me I didn’t warn you.

What would this post be without a reference to Infinitefreetime. Here‘s an example of why he’s mentioned here over and over. Cute and funny at once.

If you’re a fan of historical romance, don’t miss Geri Walton’s blog. From men’s fashion in hair to words and terms used in the day, she’s a great place to go to for resources and to answer questions. She’s also got an amazing reference page for authors here. And a great link to Victorian Era Top sites!

If you’re struggling with the writing process or looking for a fresh perspective into it, check out this great post by . She’s someone who loves editing and has the tips to prove it!

Now it’s April and it’s also the A to Z challenge. The Writing Catalog is taking part in this and I was so excited to see the posts. The topics alone had me drooling. I wasn’t disappointed! Check out this awesome post on Audience by Gene’O. I had never thought of it like that!

Along those lines, what else is awesome and exciting in April? Book releases! The Book Chick has this great list (that just keeps growing as she finds more releases) right here. A big thanks to her for this awesome list (with covers and buy links!).

Jamie Lee Wallace does a beautiful job of describing what a writer is in this post. Almost poetically explaining how writers see the world differently. I loved it. What a beautiful post.

I particularly loved this post by Skye Callahan. One because it was personal and, like Gene’O comments here, a personal connection in a post helps me connect to it as well. But also because it’s a question that resonated with me. Why do we write? For ourselves? For the audience? For our bank accounts? Skye Callahan answers those questions in her great post.

 

Posts I loved this week

Beginning of Spring and blogs everywhere seem full of inspiration. These are the posts I particularly loved this week.

Poor Infinitefreetime…I felt really badly for him after this post. We all have days like that…but they sure suck. On the other hand, I’m not the only one who likes this blog, check out his numbers here. However, don’t click on this post. Do as he says and don’t click on it. It scared the bageezees out of me. Instead go to this post. It’s both cute and funny.

From Live to write – Write to live, a totally cute post. These are problems only readers will understand. And they are all so, so true! Plus the pictures are hilarious.

I’ve had to do it. I’ve had to erase chunks of a story because it just wasn’t right. Just like D. Emery Bunn says, you have to be true to the story. Loved his post on this subject. Absolutely, true. Great post.

Great set of resources in The Writing Catalog for writers. Check them out here. Thank you Gene’O!

Check out what’s happening at Sourcerer, a round up of great blogs! Love discovering new blogs and this is a great selection.

This was a lovely post about an adopted doggie becoming part of the family. Since we’ve just adopted River into our home, I both related and loved the story. Set with beautiful pictures, it’s a great read. Enjoy it in the great blog Rachelmankowitz.

While on the subject of doggies, check out this new doggie-friendly version of Veda’s Blog! Loved the change!

Chris Musgrave had this amazing post on narrative points of view. He didn’t just explain the difference between each one, he added examples and pros and cons. I absolutely loved it. A big thanks to him for that great post!

Another great post was Winter Bayne’s Teaser Tuesday. Loved that idea! Not only does it make a great post but I get to see a little bit of another book to try! A win-win in my book. As well, check out this great post full of promos for other blogs!

Outmanned did it again and wrote another post that both moved me and left me awed. She’s one incredibly talented writer. Check out the post here.

An excellent post on what to do if the thrill of writing is gone. Now, I’m only just discovering my thrill of writing, but burn out is a real issue for writers just like for anyone else. I loved this post by Barbara O’Neal. And here’s one for that dreaded Writer’s Block. Awesome post (and funny!) from Chris Musgrave.

I also loved this post by Mishka Jenkins on writing attraction well. Mishka writes historical romance, where attraction is even harder to write with today’s impatient readers in mind. Thank you for the great post, Mishka!

And finally, a big congrats to Jodie Llewellyn for reaching her word goal for ‘Wrapped in Darkness’! A thousand words a day. Absolutely awesome.