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Writer Wednesday

Writer Wednesday

Issue 8: The Walking Wounded Issue 8: Creativity wound, conflict in fiction, build mysteries around whether characters will succeed or fail, hold reader attention using character flaws, 5 lessons to connect with your audience, self-editing to take your novel to the next stage, 5 reasons…

Writer Wednesday

Writer Wednesday

Issue 7: Don’t Worry Be Happy Issue 7: Why we worry, how to structure Act Two, write like no one is reading, writer’s inner critic, starting a writing business, write your second book, tells in crime fiction mysteries, a morning routine, how to see opportunity.…

Writer Wednesday

Writer Wednesday

Issue 6: Be Brave

Issue 6 – 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

Writer Wednesday

Writer Wednesday

Issue 5: Writing Advice Red Flags Issue 5 – Spot bad writing advice, things they don’t tell you, making story structure your own, preventing brain fog, a year without social media, reasons to exercise, the full-time job, author branding, marketing mindsets. If you’re a new…

Writer Wednesday

Writer Wednesday

Issue 4: Have Fun & Don’t Forget to Dream Issue 4 – Have more fun writing, questions to ask, dreamzoning, authenticity, boost your writing confidence, 8 good habits, bestselling titles, stay true to yourself, publishing trends and useful insights, and how we all need a…

Tuesday’s Tips and Inspiration

Tuesday’s Tips and Inspiration

Dear Storytellers,

The new year is off to a great start, although a rather cold one here in the North. I hope you’re finding time to write and also taking time to inspire your creative mind. Hopefully one of this week’s links will give you the wisdom, inspiration, or how-to you were looking for…

Writing Tips

How To “Go Deeper” Into A Character’s Emotions

What’s Your Story’s Focus? Plot vs. Character Arcs

Writers, Grab a Knife: How To Kill Your Darlings

Writing Mojo: Are You Languishing or Flourishing?

In Medias Res—A Very Good Place to Start Your Novel

How To Use Sound To Make Your Writing Memorable

Catch Readers With The Unexpected

What goes into a good cozy mystery novel

Neil Gaiman on Writing: “Your first draft doesn’t count.”

8 benefits of writing mentors for authors

Don’t Let Your Characters Fall Into the Daily Routine Trap

Want Your Characters to Stand Out? Give Them a Skill

Productivity Tips

What Do You Need to Write Regularly?

Here’s What Can Happen When You Resolve to Write a Little Every Day

An At-Home Writing Retreat

Write or Die: Is This the Tool That Finally Conquers Your Procrastination?

Author Platform

The Existential Horror of Making an Author Website

3 Author Platform Resolutions for 2022

Branding & Attention: Busy Brains in a Busy World

Book Marketing

Top 5 Twitter Tips to Powerfully Market Your Books

Book Launch Tips for 2022


Review Your 2021 and Plan 2022: Annual Planning for Indie Authors

Manuscript assessments: 6 insights from writing reports

When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going (in Publishing)

Release Checklist

Five Book Cover Trends from 2021

Weekly Dose of Inspiration

5 Reasons to Keep Writing

Happy Writing!

J.L. Winters

Tuesday’s Tips and Inspiration

Tuesday’s Tips and Inspiration

Hello Storytellers! Here is another link feast for the week. Hopefully you find one thing to take away! Writing Tips 10 things serious writers do without fail How to Overcome Perfectionism to Achieve Your Writing Goals How Symbolism Adds Depth to a Story How to…

Season’s Greetings

Season’s Greetings

Dear Storytellers! As we close out another life-changing year, I want to wish you a very merry Christmas and happy holidays! For me, the end of the year is always a time for reflection and gratitude. It has been filled with ups and downs, learning to…