Welcome to this week’s Top Pick Thursday! Our weekly roundup of writerly links has something to readers and writers alike. Peruse and enjoy!
It’s November, which means NaNoWriMo is in full swing. Kristen Lamb shares 10 ways to own NaNo and the other 11 months, too.
Keith Cronin reflects on the delightful experience of reading a classic story through new eyes.
So many writers are caught up in the rat-race of publishing—or think they ought to be if they’re still writing only as a hobby. Janet Reid reminds of that writing for fun is completely okay.
Writers get lots of ideas, then we have to make them into stories. Melissa Donovan tells us how to harvest creative writing ideas from the news, Susan Bischoff shows how to take a story from idea to concept to premise, and Nils Odlund has 3 tips for winging it when you write what you don’t know.
Writers have got to keep those readers turning the page. September C. Fawkes discusses mastering stylistic tension, Janice Hardy gives us the key to creating suspense, Zoe M. McCarthy explores how hyperbole in description piques interest, and Roz Morris has 2 cool ways to use misdirection in our stories.
Andrea Merrell answers the often-asked question: why pay for a professional editor?, Liza Wiemer lists 30 words to watch out for as you edit, Mark Nichol shares 5 case of erroneous usage, and Janice Hardy has 7 things to remember when giving (or receiving) feedback on a manuscript.
Trying to be more creative? Kendra Levin explains how self-talk can help us be more creative, Dawn Field extols the virtues of reading about writing, and Colleen M. Story lists 5 signs you need to shake up your writing routine.
Others writers can share advice and help you get through the low points along the journey. Tamar Hela shows how to stay connected to the writing community even when traveling, Red L. Jameson has 7 steps to making envy work for you to overcome discouragement, Jordan Dane discusses the challenges of writing historical fiction, and John Lanchester explores how Jack Reacher was built.
Many writers dream of having a writing career, not just a hobby. Anne R. Allen shares 6 things new writers can do to forward their career, and Nina Amir discusses intention: how to set achievable and meaningful goals.
Colleen Dunn Bates shares 10 lessons gleaned from 10 years of running a small press.
Those authors in the self-publishing trenches have to learn a lot of technical skills. David Kudler offers part 1 of learning CSS for ebooks, while Anna Elliott has Audiobooks 101: a beginner’s look at the process of getting an audiobook made.
In the traditional world of agenting, Janet Reid explains why multi-book deals are often better for the author than selling books one at a time, and Nathan Bransford raises a defense of personalized queries in response to Janet’s rant last week claiming they were bunk.
Book marketing can eat up a great deal of time. Glenn Ashton shows how to lighten the load using a 120 small step checklist, while Nina Amir advocates a different approach to book promotion. Brian Jud suggests searching off the beaten path for buyers with his 12 ways to find potential buyers for non-bookstore sales.
To get greater sales, writers need to increase their discoverablity. Shari Stauch lists 12 book discovery tools, and Carla King explains the basics of book metadata and keywords. Sometimes we get discovered in person, and Brandi Megan Granett shares her lessons learned from creating a multi-author event.
Much of our marketing is online these days. Jane Friedman tells us how to get 10,000 blog hits in one day with no platform, this infographic shows how to get your first 100k Twitter followers, Frances Caballo suggests it might be time for writers to stop using Google+, while Greer Macallister advocates joining Litsy.
THE UNIQUE SHELF
R.L. Stine shares 13 things you never knew about the Goosebumps series.
Check out this beautiful Medieval bestiary that once belonged to King Henry VIII.
Although we five chroniclers don’t live close to each other, we do live in the same region — southern and central New Jersey and southeastern Pennsylvania — and we’re going to show our support for libraries by concluding with a photo of a local library for the next several weeks (until we run out of them!) This week, we’ll give a shout out to the Free Library of New Hope and Solebury in New Hope, PA.
That’s it for this week’s Top Picks Thursday!