Here’s today’s great stuff:
- Gabriela Pereira (@DIYMFA) continues her week of outlining techniques with some untraditional ones. There’s no need to feel trapped in the rigid technique we were all taught in school (I.A.i.a.mybrainhurtsalready). Check out these alternatives.
- Sometimes I wonder whether same-day or consecutive-day posts on nearly the same topic are mere coincidence, signs of the interconnectedness of the web, or something larger. Case in point: yesterday, Michael Hyatt (@MichaelHyatt) wrote about slowing down when things get crazy. Today, Robert Lee Brewer (@robertleebrewer) takes a related look at figuring out what’s important in Near Death Experiences: Why I’m Thankful My Near Death Experience Kept a Little Distance, and what that experience has taught him on My Name Is Not Bob.
- And then–wouldn’t you know it?–Timo Kiander (@ProductiveSd) touches on the same topic, but with a focus on blogging, in Blog Better by Slowing Down on @ProBlogger. See? There must be something in the air–or the ether.
- Rachelle Gardner (@RachelleGardner) asks her once-a-year question, which would you rather have, Great Reviews or Great Money? I know what my answer is: YES! 🙂
- Speaking of making money, Jane Friedman (@janefriedman) provides 4 Way to Immediately Improve Your Book Marketing Efforts. We always hear that marketing takes work and effort, but what specifically does that mean. This post is identifies some of the tasks marketing involves. For those of us new to this game, this is tremendously valuable. Thanks, Jane!
- This is the last day of Angela’s (@AngelaAckerman) and Becca’s (@beccapuglisi–MISSPELLED YESTERDAY! Sorry, Becca!) Random Acts of Kindness week on The Bookshelf Muse. Today’s giveaways are two more copies of Scrivener and access to a Writer’s Digest webinar by agent Irene Goodman on how agents pick clients.
- Speaking of Angela, she guest posts today over at WORDplay, writing about Visceral Reactions: Emotional Pay Dirt or Fast Track to Melodrama? The answer to the question, of course, is “it depends on how you show and use them.” But that doesn’t tell the whole story (pun fully intended).
- When I saw the title to Anna Elliott’s (@anna_elliott) post on Writer Unboxed, Contracts, I naturally thought it was going to be about those confusing paper nightmares with agents and publishers. Not so–it’s about the contracts we writers make with our readers, our obligations to keep them, and the consequences if we don’t.
Tomorrow’s post may be very brief, or even invisible, due to a busy schedule. Back on Sunday, for sure.