Saturday, 2 February 2019
Stacks of Useful Articles for Writers! #WritingCommunity #writers #WritersCommunity #writerslife
.... by me, and others. It's ongoing; I will add to this list as I come across new ones that are particularly good. I've sorted them into sections to make it easier to find those that will be of interest to you. Just click the title of the article to read it. Hope they help!
Debut Author Advice
Editing and Proofreading
General Writing Advice
Writers and Social Media/Promotion
ps, if you have come across another article that really helped you, please add the URL in the comments, and I will take a look at it with a view to adding it. Thanks!
Debut Author Advice
Pauses for Thought - ten pieces of advice for the new writer.
What to do if you have just decided to write a book by Lucy Adams on Nicholas Rossis' blog.
3 Misconceptions That Can Hinder New Writers
My Top 10 Writing Tips, from Shelley Wilson's interview series.
My Review of Back to Creative Writing School by Bridget Whelan
Dos and Don't for First Time Novelists
Ten Miscellaneous Tips for Debut Writers
7 Myths That Can Hold New Writers Back
The Number One Misconceptions Writers Have About Writing by Rachel Thompson
Three Mistakes New Writers Are Still Making
Not another 'how to write' article ~ but it many help new authors
Your first novel is ready to go - five things to consider
Building an Author Platform (for the total beginner) by Shelley Wilson
Writing Tips For Beginners by Shaz Goodwin - Jera's Jamboree blog (a series of tips from various authors, collated by Shaz over the years)
How Art Has Saved My Writing by Jodie Beckford
Top 10 Writing Tips on Shelley Wilson's blog (series of interviews with various authors, giving their own tips)
Editing and proofreading
How To Choose An Editor by Alison Williams
How To Find A Good Proofreader (And Avoid The Bad Ones!) by Julia Gibbs
Content Edit by Linda Acaster
What being an editor taught me about writing by Anna Pitoniak
The Five Most Common Errors to Avoid in your Writing by Alison Williams
All you need to know about Proofreading by Julia Gibbs
Authors - please choose your editor CAREFULLY by Alison Williams
Is the editor you hired actually doing the editing? by D G Kaye
General Writing Advice
#amwriting ~ or would be if I could string a sentence together
(what to do when the words just won't come)
Please learn from my mistakes - someone should by D E Haggerty
Writers - Respect Your Readers by Alison Williams
The difference between a phrase, an independent clause, a subordinate clause and a sentence
10 Tips on Writing That First Chapter by Anne R Allen
How to show what a character looks like without having them looking in the mirror and describing their reflection by Neha Yazmin
The Blurb and the Synopsis by Alison Williams
6 Ways To Create Characters That Readers Will Care About
Do your characters talk too much? by Anne R Allen
Excellent article on outlining your novel before you start - and why you should by Meghan Barnard
3 Things To Omit From Your Dialogue by L M Lily
Em dash versus ellipsis by Kathy Steinmann
8 Mundane Elements You Should Cut From Your Story by Jane Friedman
How to Handle Writers' Block by Alexandria Szeman
What Reading Has Taught Me About Writing
Three Writing Rules to Disregard by Benjamin Dreyer
Stephen King's 10% rule and the Secret Power of the Delete Button by Anne R Allen
The Grammatical Error That Even The Most Intelligent People Make
Turning Your Back On The 'Rules'
Links to lots of general writing/editing advice, by Linda Acaster
An article about professional jealousy on Girls Mean Business
28 Things I've Learned About Publishing by John Boyne
Amazon exclusivity or publishing 'wide' - which is best?
How to Self-Publish an ebook by Alison Williams
How to self-publish a book: tips from indie authors on BookBub
Choosing Amazon Keywords by Dave Chessan/Kindlepreneur
Publishing: A lot of smoke and mirrors by Jan Ruth
Why there is no point querying a book that has already been self-published by Meg La Torre
15 Things I Learned after reading 100 Query Letters by Ryan Lanz
Read This Before Signing With A Small Independent or 'Hybrid' Publisher
It's A Jungle Out There - article about vanity publishers, by Alison Williams
New Writing Scams to watch out for in 2019 by Anne R Allen
Self-Publishing and the Snobbery Issue by Alison Williams
Why Self-Publishing is a Creative Choice, not a Last Resort
Yes, We Do Judge A Book By Its Cover by Alison Williams
Writing a Blurb by Alison Williams
Book Blurbs: As Hard as Writing the Book Itself?
The Only Post You Need To Read About Getting That Novel Finished
My review of Getting Book Reviews by Rayne Hall
A Beginners' Guide to Requesting Reviews by Lilyn from Scifi and Scary
The DNF by Alex from Spells and Spaceships
Ten Reasons Your Book Is Getting Ignored by Book Bloggers by Rosie Amber
How To Deal With Bad Reviews
Why You Shouldn't Ignore Bad Reviews by Alison Williams
64 Book Bloggers who will work with self-published authors by Jo Linsdell
Spotlight on Rosie Amber, book blogger
Authors Reviewing Authors - it'a a Minefield!
(what to do if you're expected to review a friend's book and it's... just not that great)
Tips on writing a book review by Shaz Goodwin
Addressing some of the recent book blogging BS by Sarcastic Enigma
Reasons why a blogger declines your review request and doesn't want you on their blog by Sarcastic Enigma
Writers and Social Media/promotion
Don't be a 'humble-bragger' by Julie Haiselden
To Go Free Or Not To Go Free?
BookBub's Top 10 Marketing Articles of 2019
The Scourge of Auto DMs (Twitter) by Lisette Brodey
Why does my book not sell by Jan Ruth
Basic Tips For Writers Using Social Media For The First Time
Dos and Don'ts for writers new to Twitter
Great tips for taking your books to book fairs and signings by Judith Barrow
How to Get the Best out of Twitter - please note, whereas the principles remain the same, the occasional bit of practical info may be out of date, as these articles were written in 2016.
How to put the joy (and the impact) back into Twitter by Helen Baggot, for the Alliance of Independent Authors
Twitter Tips for Newbies by Emma Lombard - truly excellent and up-to-date post (March 2019) for writers using Twitter for the first time, every tiny nuance explained.
More Twitter Tips for Newbies by Emma Lombard
Make Your Own Luck by Lizzie Lamb
How to change your Twitter handle by Alison Williams
My review of Twitter for Writers by Rayne Hall
5 No Good Reasons Authors Resist Marketing by Rachel Thompson
No, you don't need superfans, 'street teams', mass tweeting sessions or newsletters by Anne R Allen (nb, this is not the title of the article)
Had to include this, though it is for book bloggers rather than writers:
Advice for new book bloggers by Mrs Bloggs
Boost Your Blog/Social Media: services provided by Suzie Speaks - I wouldn't post a link to services of this type without personal experience, but Suzie is currently running a social media site for me (not Twitter, I hasten to add), and I can most definitely recommend!
Before I started this Self-Publishing thing I used to....
How to Write a Romcom in One Easy Lesson!