Monday, August 25, 2014

The Top Five: The Most Helpful Articles from August 18-22

5. "10 Fantastic Book Dedications" on Book Riot (Wallace Yovetich)

Link: http://bit.ly/1tbS24K

Ever thought before about to whom you might dedicate your work-in-progress? The front matter of a book is often something we think about last, and sometimes it's something we seem to give very little thought to at all. Who (or what) in your life needs to hear your appreciation? Think about it!

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4. "Depression, Creativity & Connection" on Elephant Journal (Lynn Shattuck)

Link: http://bit.ly/1oDZDtA

Robin Williams's death really took a lot of people by surprise and inundated media with musings about clinical depression and other psychological diagnoses. Here's one woman's take on the situation, with maybe the possibility that depression can contribute to a creative mind.

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3. "How a Daily Writing Habit Makes You a Better Person" on Goins, Writer (Jeff Goins)

Link: http://bit.ly/1BSsJd1

A brief article on the absolute importance of making writing a habit. Someone once said that it takes three weeks (21 days) to make a habit. Even if you just sit down at your desk and stare at a blank page for ten minutes every day at 6:30 in the morning, you'll start to develop a habit. While you're there, you can't do anything other than write --- don't check email or make phone calls or listen to messages or hold a conversation or sort laundry or stare out the window or read the newspaper. You don't have to write, but you can't do anything else for those ten minutes every single day. See what happens.

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2. "99 Essential Quotes on Character Creation" on WritinGeekery (MJ Bush)

Link: http://bit.ly/1sLGGXE

I'm still working through all of these fantastic, insightful quotes that writers can use as inspiration and guidance for creating characters that will drive their stories. There's also a bonus downloadable PDF file with the quotes so you can save it to your computer (or whatever) and revisit it whenever you need to. Includes quotes by James Scott Bell, Nathan Bransford, Larry Brooks, and K.M. Weiland, among others.

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1. "5 Guidelines for Approaching Book Review Bloggers" on Janice Hardy's Fiction University (Marcy Kennedy)

Link: http://bit.ly/1tq1HVz

Five fantastic recommendations for the author who needs an honest review for his or her work. Kennedy knows exactly whereof she speaks and gives sound advice for those looking to get their books reviewed, including following the reviewers' submission guidelines closely and not commenting on the review, whether the verdict was positive or not.

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Let me know if I missed anything from the week that should have been highlighted and/or profiled! What did you most appreciate from the week's lineup?

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