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*5 Things You Should Know about Working with Beta Readers*
very smart post written by professional editors on why beta readers are
important, how to find them, and how to benefit from them when you have
*How to Write Scary by Gretchen McNeil*
If you like scary novels, this is a helpful and succinct breakdown of the steps to writing tense/suspenseful/horrifying fiction.
*6 Tips for Writing YA Horror by April Genevieve Tucholke*
A few brief but interesting thoughts about writing horror for any age.
*Band-Aids by Sarah LaPolla*
Some excellent advice on specific edits that will fine-tune your Manuscript before querying.
*Difference between Commercial and Literary Fiction by Annie Neugebauer*
Discussion of components specific to literary and commercial fiction, with links to other great posts she's written on the topic.
*10 Things Nobody Tells You About Being a Debut Novelist*
by Tim Federle, this
is a great list for debut authors, but it also includes tips for
establishing an audience, interacting with agents and publishers,
treating other authors respectfully, creating a press kit, and so many
other excellent insights that every author should review, at every stage
of the journey.
*10 Catastrophic Blogging Mistakes by Derek Murphy*
This post isn't specific to writing, but it has helpful advice for those who are trying to grow an audience through blogging--whether you're just starting out or have been going at it for a while. If you're an author, you'll likely benefit from the straight-forward analysis of what blogging is good for and how you can get the most out of it.
*Google Plus for Beginners by Julie Christine*
Great step-by-step instructions for getting started on Google Plus.
*Hyphens, En Dashes, and Em Dashes*
A quick guide to the different types of dashes.
*Using an Em Dash vs. Ellipses in Dialogue*
Awesome post on whether to use em dashes or ellipses in different aspects of dialogue.
*Running on Empty by Sarah Guillory*
I really like this reminder that in order to write--or do anything creative long-term--you have to take time to relax and enjoy and be inspired. Or, as Guillory's post says, "Listen.
Watch. Absorb. You can’t run on empty forever."
*How to Write a 1-Page Synopsis by Susan Dennard*
is my favorite source ever for synopsis writing. It simplifies the
process by distilling the information and structure to its necessary
components in a very straight-forward and manageable way, mostly by
forcing you to ask yourself the right kinds of questions.
*How to Write a Query Letter*
love this post because it helps breakdown and organize the information
you need in your query letter by paragraph, as well as providing
excellent examples each step of the way.
*The Query...simplified by Brenda Drake*
Brenda runs Pitch Wars and offers all kinds of writer help and engagement on Twitter, so you should follow her and read everything she writes, but this post about queries is particularly helpful. She outlines the information you need in a query and makes the structure really succinct and manageable. It's a fantastic post for beginners and experienced query writers alike!