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Monday, December 28, 2015

The Top 20 Writing Posts of 2015

Here are the top 20 posts on the blog from 2015, based on reader traffic. Among them once again are fabulous guest bloggers and author interviews. I'm in their debt for offering excellent advice to other writers, and sharing personal stories of their writing lives. (The list doesn't include any of the popular, regularly appearing Friday Fridge Clean-Out posts, rich in writer resource links. Find them here.)

Thanks for reading!

Sandra Hurtes on How a Writer Stays Committed With No Promise of Success 


Laraine Herring on The Baby Story Monkey 

 

Anna Whiston-Donaldson on a Paperback Release after the Hardcover



Listen In: Storytellers Summit Presents 20+ Creative Conversations (including little ole me)  


Publication Venues Everywhere, How's a Writer to Choose? 


Guest Blogger Lisa Alber on Hope After (Traditional Publishing) Rejection 


Kate Walter on Finding the Narrative Arc for Your Memoir  


Vincent J. Fitzgerald on That Writing Thing I Always Wanted to Do  


Linda Sienkiewicz* on her Debut Novel and the Twisty Road That Got Her There  


The Mother's Day Essay I Didn't Write  


Adam Boretz on BookLife & PW Select Editor  


My Husband and I Didn't Have a "Meet-Cute" Moment. So of course, I wrote about it.  


Where Essays Begin: Sudden news, old friend, odd lyrics, far away 



Linda K Sienkiewicz* on Lessons from AWP on Book Promotion for Anxious Authors 


Lisa Lenzo on her short story collection, Strange Love 


Of Writing Goals, Hope, the Old Year, a New Year, and One Word  


Lucy Ferriss on Why She Had to Learn to Write Badly 


*Both of my friend Linda Sienkiewicz's 2015 guest posts are on the list, which means you probably want to be reading her blog too!







Friday, December 11, 2015

Friday Fridge Clean-Out: Links for Writers -- December 11, 2015 Edition

> Check out what the Virginia Quarterly Review is doing to combine images and essay writing with #VQRtruestory on their Instagram feed.

> Speaking of Instagram, Tee Morris and Pip Ballantine offer five key tips on how authors can use the photo sharing app to build platform and audience.

> Terrific (7-minute) video at The Atlantic -- George Saunders: On Story. (Samples: Don't over-manage your material. Do: Only have a bit of an idea what the story is when you start. Bonus: When you pay attention to the sentence that bothers "your better nature rises up." Finally: "Revision is an act of love in progress.") I love this guy!

> The title of this post alone grabs me: "How to be more creative with help from neuroscience and Margaret Atwood." (via The Belonging Blog)

> Seattle (where else?) is the site of Amazon's first brick-and-mortar bookstore.

> Back online...ever wonder how online retailers make a profit when the price of a book is only pennies? The New York Times Magazine explains it all.

> Here's a round-up of links to posts about the NonFiction Now conference held back in October.

> Bragging corner: Compelling second-person essay, about interracial friendship
 over at Full Grown People by my frequent writing coaching client Patrice Gopo.

> Not new, but I really love this list post by Leslea Newman, at Bold Strokes Books Authors' Blog, on how to forge a long term life as a writer.

Have a great weekend!

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