Be Brave

No. 106: Be Brave

No. 106 – tl;dr – Be brave, writing is like building a house, 6 cheats to “tell”, pampering on a budget, 9 habits to stop today, author platforms for those who don’t have a clue, developmental editors, reader profiles, become financially independent, history of St. Patrick’s Day.


It’s Writer Wednesday, and that means I’ve got a collection of some of the best writing tips and other fun links for the week, all in one convenient place. If you find a takeaway or an idea to inspire your writing and your creativity, then dream big and make it happen!

Here we go!

Want to Write a Great Novel? Be Brave.

I write on this subject a lot, because I believe that a strong character arc really is the key to an emotionally affecting novel, one that will make a strong connection with readers. And over my decade plus as a book coach, I’ve seen it over and over: the strongest, most affecting character arcs are anchored in the author’s own experience. Susan DeFreitas via Jane Friedman.

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My Writing Process Is Like Building a House, I Think

I always compare my writing process to building a house (which is something I’ve never done, but I think I deserve a pass given the sheer amount of HGTV programming I consume on a weekly basis).  

via Books by Women

6 Cheats to “Tell” Well (When It’s Warranted)

Most of us are familiar with the “Show Don’t Tell” rule. In short, it’s more effective to dramatize the story than to simply tell what happened. Nonetheless, almost every story needs at least some telling. It can help keep the pacing tight, relay background information, and enhance tone, among other things. So how do we tell well? Here are six cheats to help you.

Pamper Yourself On A Budget

Want to pamper yourself but don’t have the extra cash? Here are 10 ways to pamper yourself on a budget ->

The Not-To-Do List: 9 Habits to Stop Now

The easiest way to get through your to-do list – is to eliminate things you don’t need to do. Here are nine common habits that entrepreneurs and office workers should strive to eliminate. From the Tim Ferris blog.

1. Do not answer calls from unrecognized phone numbers
2. Do not e-mail first thing in the morning or last thing at night
3. Do not agree to meetings or calls with no clear agenda or end time
4. Do not let people ramble on
5. Do not check e-mail constantly — “batch” and check at set times only
6. Do not over-communicate with low-profit, high-maintenance customers
7. Do not work more to fix overwhelm — prioritize
8. Do not carry a cellphone 24/7
9. Do not expect work to fill a void that non-work relationships and activities should

How To Build Your Author Platform When You Have No Clue What That Means
Bad Redhead Media

Why does an author hire a developmental editor?
Iris Marsh

How to create a reader profile (and why you want to)
Build Book Buzz


7 Ways to Become Financially Independent

Financial independence is when you have enough money saved and invested to support your basic living expenses for the rest of your life – without having to work for a living. Achieving financial independence is when you’re able to do whatever you want without worrying about money. Fiona Smith publishes Millennial Money Woman and recently shared 7 proven strategies to reach FI.

1. Ignore the Joneses
2. Increase Your Savings Rate
3. Increase Your Monthly Income
4. Live a Lean Life
5. Pay off Debt ASAP
6. Use the Right Tools
7. Diversify Your Portfolio

The History of 9 St. Patrick’s Day Traditions

The color green, cornbread, parades, shamrocks, and the Blarney Stone! via Mental Floss

Happy Writing!

J.L. Winters


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