Thirsty Thursday Blog Round-Up

If you haven’t heard, I’ve reached a huge milestone. I have, for the first time ever, finished the first draft of one of my WIPs! Virtual champagne and confetti for everyone!! It’s about a half a month behind the goal I set at the beginning of the year, but it’s ready to be set aside for a couple of weeks before revisions begin. Now, I have plenty of time – and a revived sense of “I CAN DO THIS!!” – to get my other WIP done=)
But, now it’s time for another Thirsty Thursday Blog Round-Up! Let’s see what the blog-o-sphere has for us this week.


On Writing
4 Quick-Fix Ways to Improve Your Novel’s Opening: Right Now — Posted by Ami Hendrickson at MuseInks
Six Tips on Writing from John Steinbeck — Posted by Maria Popova at Brain Pickings
The Right Way to Expand a Too-Short Piece of Writing — Posted by Ali Luke on her blog, Aliventures
The Big O — Posted by Keith Cronin at Writer Unboxed
Shot Through the Heart: Your Story’s Throughline — Posted by Chuck Wendig on his blog, Terrible Minds
Writing Toward Your Midpoint — Posted by Lydia Sharp on her blog, The Sharp Angle
The “Why” Factor — Posted by Mary Vee at The Writers Alley
How to Be a Writer — Posted by Ava Jae on her blog, Writability
7 Mistakes to Avoid When Writing Your Memoir — Posted by Joanna Penn on her blog, The Creative Penn
Can the Right Tools Help You Write Better? — Posted by Melissa Donovan at Writing Forward
Quotation Marks and Other Punctuation Marks — Posted by Noemi Twigg at Freelance Writing Jobs
True Colors: Using Color Theory to Boost Your Writing — Posted by Cynthia Morris at Do-It-Yourself Degree in Creative Writing
Protecting Your Writing Time — Posted by Elizabeth S. Craig on her blog, Mystery Writing is Murder

On Publishing & Agents
Tumblr: Online’s New Frontier for Publishers — Posted by Gabe Habash at Publishers Weekly
Beware of Kings with No Clothing – Calculation of Royalty Fees In Publishing Contracts — Guest Post by Susan Spann at Writers In The Storm Blog
A Quick Guide for Self Publishers Worried About eBook Formats — Posted by Gary Smailes at Bubble Cow
How Does a Publishing Auction Work? and What’s an Author-Agent Agreement? — Posted by Rachelle Gardner on her blog
Rich Burlow Talks About His $1 Million Kickstarter Book Project — Posted by Todd Allen on Publishers Weekly

On Social Media
Why Pinterest is More Worth Your Time Than Google+ — Posted by Alexis Grant on her blog, The Traveling Writer
Facebook Timeline for Pages Tips — Posted by Jason Boog at Galley Cat

On Blogging
How to Boost Your Writing Confidence So You CAN Hit Publish — Guest Post by James Chartrand at Write to Done
5 Things to Email Your Subscribers About Today — Posted by Darren Rowse at ProBlogger
Is A “Niche” Or “Non-Niche” Blog Right For You? — Posted by Sarah Baughman at Write It Sideways
10+ Sure-Fire Ways to Find Blog Post Ideas — Posted by Cheryl Reif on her blog
Comments – The Weakest Part of Blogs, the Weakest Part of Online Journals — Posted by Kent Anderson at The Scholarly Kitchen
3 Blogging Rules You Should Break — Guest Post Anish Majumbar at ProBlogger
Blog Tours: The Good – The Bad – The Ugly — Guest Post by Cynthia D’Alba at Writers In The Storm Blog

On Reading
How Critically Do You Read? — Posted by Amy Lukavics at YA Highway
The Real World and the YA Novel — Guest Post by Meredith Zeitlin at Writer Unboxed
So, you want to read YA?: Jen’s Picks — Posted by Jen Petro-Roy at Stacked
How to Spot a Reader — Posted by Wallace Yovetich at Book Riot
How e-Books Made Reading Sexy Again — Posted by JoJo Moyes on The Telegraph
When Does Fan Fiction Cross an Ethical Line? — Posted by Jami Gold on her blog, Beach Reads with Bite

Other Useful Stuff Too
I’m Not Above Spying — Guest Post by Julia Munroe Martin at Writer Unboxed
Nine Writing Milestones to Celebrate (and Aim For) — Posted by Ali Luke on her blog, Aliventures
How to Handle Criticism — Posted by Lynda R. Young on her blog, W.I.P It
Overcoming Depression to Publish a Novel — Guest Post by Bridget Straub at My Name Is Not Bob
25 Things You Should Know About Creativity — Posted by Chuck Wendig on his blog, Terrible Minds
How to Smash Writer’s Block Forever — Posted by James Chartrand on Men With Pens
How to Submit Short Stories — Posted by Elizabeth Sims at Writer’s Digest
3 Helpful Tools for Writers Who Struggle With ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) — Posted by Ollin Morales on his blog, Courage 2 Create
One-Stop Shop for Writing Tools — Posted by Cheryl Reif on her blog
Stuck in a Creative Funk? Try These 12 Tricks — Posted by Jeff Goins on his blog
The 5 Most Common Author Website Mistakes — Guest Post by Thomas Umstattd, Jr on Rachelle Gardner’s blog


That’s it for this week! See you next week with a new set of links=)

About Katie Doyle

Katie Doyle is an avid reader, writer of NA and Adult fiction, a mom to two tornadoes that resemble an eight and six year old, and pet to a tuxedo cat named Oz and a German Shepherd/Boxer rescue named Charlie. If she's not reading, writing, or getting Oz out of a tree, she's screaming at characters on TV and trying not to curse around her kids.
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7 Responses to Thirsty Thursday Blog Round-Up

  1. Congrats on reaching "The End", Kathleen!!!

  2. Amber Clites says:

    Congrats on finishing!!!!

  3. Congrats on finishing the first draft!!! So exciting.

  4. Morgan says:

    Oh my goodness… ISN'T IT THE BEST???? I'm just about there… And holy links! Thanks a bunch! 😀

  5. Congratulations! Woo-hoo!

  6. V. Furnas says:

    Yaaay! Congrats on the big accomplishment. That is such a great feeling. I love the art you have on your blog. Do you do it? Looking forward to perusing your links. Thanks for sharing. Found you via A to Z and can't wait to read more.

  7. Congrats Kathleen! And thanks for some great links 🙂

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