Helpful Writing Sites and Blog Posts July 2011

It’s been a quiet month here on the blog (due to my family being hit by some nasty illnesses), but I have still been collecting helpful writing sites and blog posts during July to share with you.

Writing

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far

A guest post by author Sydney Salter on seven things she’s learned on her writing journey so far. She has some great advice on rejection and criticism of your work.

How to Write with Kids at Home

As a mum with two young children at home I know how difficult it can be to find five minutes quiet time to get some writing done. This writer/mum offers some tips on keeping the kids occupied so you can write.

4 Writing Crutches That Insult a Reader’s Intelligence

Some great reminders for writers on writing crutches and how to avoid them. (Are you guilty of using too many adverbs or telling instead of showing?)

What Makes for a Great Thriller

Some tips from two thriller authors on the essential elements of a thriller.

Pitching/Queries

Why Pitches Fail

Three reasons why pitches fail.

Self-Publishing

Three Reasons to Self-Publish (and a big one not to!)

Advice for anyone considering self-publishing.

Social Media

What Social Media Stats Should You Include in Your Book Proposal

A look at blog stats agents and publishers deem relevant.

6 Secrets to Writing a Killer Author Bio

On our blogs, Twitter, guest posts, interviews, etc. it’s important to have an author bio. This post gives tips on writing an effective bio.

The 5 Biggest Mistakes Writers Make on their Websites

The five most common (and easily fixed) mistakes writers make on their website.

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7 thoughts on “Helpful Writing Sites and Blog Posts July 2011”

  1. The “How to Write with Kids at Home” is SO timely. And I love Kristen Lamb’s post on the 4 Writing Crutches. I look forward to this wrap-up every month, Jo!

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  2. I thought you might find that post helpful after your last blog post, Beth. I loved Kristen Lamb’s post too – it was a great reminder on avoiding those crutches.

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  3. I love your site. I just started a site devoted to the question of how writing is made vivid. If you have anything you want to share on this subject, send it on. Or if you publish something here on the subject, let me know and I’ll link to it.

    My site is a bit weird, just to keep me from getting bored.

    T.

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