Throwback Thursday: Why You Should Read About Writing

Check out this great throwback post from A Writer’s Path blog on the topic of why you should read about writing with a great list of books to check out.

A Writer's Path

Throwback Thursday is a series where we take a look back at some of AWP’s most popular posts. Enjoy!

by Kelsie Engen

The moment you think you know everything about writing, that’s the moment your writing plateaus.

Last week I talked about why writers should read voraciously. But that was a post focused on fiction. You know, reading in the genre you write. For instance, if you write fantasy, you ought to be familiar with fantasy and read it near daily.

But writers are, first and foremost, readers, and while it’s useful to read any fiction we can get our hands on . . .

Shouldn’t writers also read about writing?

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The Graveyard Girl and the Boneyard Boy, on #LisaBurtonRadio

The Graveyard Girl and the Boneyard Boy are featured on Lisa Burton Radio as posted on the Entertaining Stories blog.

Entertaining Stories

Lisa Burton

Hello, and welcome to another edition of Lisa Burton Radio, the only show that brings you the characters from the books you love. I’m your host, Lisa the robot girl, and today we’re going to talk about Craig’s new book–. Hold that thought, we have an early caller.

“Hello, caller. You’re on the air with Lisa. What’s on your mind, honey?”

“Oh, hey… I’m on? This is live? Wow, this is so cool — I love Craig’s books — wait, is he there? Probably busy, right? That’s okay, I love girls and robots, too. I mean robot girls. Uh, I guess I’m trying to say I’m a big fan… Anyway, I’m Drake Stevenson. I’ve been wanting to call in for a while — long time listener and all. I guess I’m calling tonight because I have this weird problem. It’s kind of a girl problem…uh…wow, that sounded so lame…”

“That’s…

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What it Takes to Create a Great Social Video: A 10-Step Guide

Check out this great post from the How to eBook blog on creating a great social video

How To Ebook

 

When it comes to producing great videos for social media that drive engagement and audience growth, there’s no perfect formula. But there are certain ingredients that can go along way to achieving success.

In this guide we take you through Hootsuite’s own 10-step video creation process and tell you how we made one of our most successful videos to date (below).

read more : https://blog.hootsuite.com/create-great-video-guide/

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Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

Check out these great writing links from Staci Troilo’s blog.

Staci Troilo

Pride, Faith, EnjoymentWow, what a week.

I said I’d never use a pen name, but I broke that vow. I’m now working on my second book for a company. I can’t talk a lot about it; I’m essentially ghost-writing, although I will market for those books when they’re released. The cool thing is, I’m managing to average 5,000 words a day for them while still having time to work on my own projects. I’m currently preparing to release a novella and have another in the final editing stage. Covers for both are done; it’s a matter of finishing touches and promo materials at this point.

The most exciting thing, though, is that Story Empire (a blog I write for with five other authors) made Positive Writer’s 2018 Top Fifty List. We’re all really excited to have come so far in so short a time. Our blog isn’t even two years old…

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The Deal With Disappointment

Check out this great post from the Novelty Revisions blog on handling disappointment as a writer.

Novelty Revisions

We’ve all felt it.

That overly sour cocktail, frustration mixed with anger mixed with doubt and despair. We call it disappointment. It’s one of many things we try our hardest to avoid in our careers and throughout our personal lives, even though we’re well aware everything we do puts us in danger of experiencing it.

Creatives especially have to come to terms with their decision to pursue careers that can’t happen without bouts of disappointment along the way. Things happen. You finally let yourself hope that your hard work is going to pay off … and then it doesn’t.

How do you deal, when things don’t go your way? How do you get past feeling like you just want to stop trying to hard only to let yourself — or others — down?

Here’s my advice. I hope it eases your pain, at least a little.

You’re allowed to be…

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The Challenge Of Describing Scents In Your Writing

Check out this great post from Nicholas Rossis’ blog on the challenge of describing scents in your writing.

Nicholas C. Rossis

Scents in writing | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book Image: Pixabay

Of all the human senses, I find smell the hardest to use in writing. And yet, it’s one of the most powerful, as a number of studies have shown it’s hard-wired into our brain, and a shortcut to all sorts of strong emotions. So why is it so hard to find the right word for a smell?

Turns out, I’m hardly the only one in this predicament. As a recent Economist article on scents recently explained, the human sense of smell itself is weak. Scientists suspect this is the result of an evolutionary trade-off in the primate brain in favor of visual procession power. In simple terms, we see great, but we couldn’t smell ourselves out of a perfume factory.

This is of particular interest to humans, as the relative weakness of smell compared with sight extends to language, too. Humans have no difficulty putting names to…

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What is the best secret to writing something original?

Check out this great post from Jean’s Writing blog on the secret to writing something original.

Jean's Writing

Use a formula.

Yep, you heard me right. Sounds contradictory I know. Why? Because we are creatures of comfort and formulas work.

I mean, who doesn’t have a favorite comfort food, favorite chair, a feel-good movie, or book? We enjoy the familiar.

A genre formula is a writer’s best friend.

Sticking to a genre formula lets the reader know what to expect. You know what to expect when you pick up a book by Stephen King, Patricia Cornwell, James Pattersonor Danielle Steel.

Putting yourown unique spin, touch or style is what makes a reader recognize your uniqueness.

Sort of like spaghetti sauce. Everyone knows it’s made with tomatoes, meat, and spices. But how the cook puts it all together will determine the flavor.

Remember, how you execute a story is what makes it unique.

  • You (the cook) make the difference.
  • Different isn’t always a good thing.
  • Readers want genre…

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