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Writing Links 11/6/17


Writing Links…11/6/17

Traci Kenworth



  1. What do you all think? Do stars matter on a review? I sometimes put them there, but I think it’s the impression the book had the reviewer that matters.
  2. Artist Ken Kelly.
  3. Latest Raven’s dream story. Opinions?
  5. Stealing the candy.
  6. Seasonal problems your heroes could face.



  1. On not writing to trends.
  2. On being ambitious and being a writer is hard work. True, true. I haven’t published anything yet, but I know the hours I put in for writing-related things. I love it, but sometimes we need a break.
  3. Secret mission.
  6. Adult and NA entries.


Romance/Women’s Fiction:

  1. Never bring politics into the bedroom. Never mix business with pleasure.
  2. The critical piece of backstory is key to understanding the characters motivations.
  3. The trouble with 2017.
  4. The Firebirds.
  5. It doesn’t matter.



  1. Writer focus.
  2. Rumors and gossip have no place.
  3. Have you made any of these mistakes? I did with my first book. I wrote it over and over, changing the genres and the characters. It’s hard to let go but necessary sometimes.
  4. Setting deadlines could be good. Do you do this? Does it work for you?
  5. How are your projects coming along? Some things to keep in mind.
  6. Pre-marketing before, during, and as you edit.



  1. Welsh history.
  2. 8 writing tips.
  5. College campuses in the 1960s.



  1. Crystal Lake Publishing releases fourth anthology and more.
  2. Women in weird fiction.
  3. Lovecraft and the times are changing.
  4. Goings on.
  5. Ghost Story.
  6. Great tips, Staci! In today’s horror, you need a reason for them to be isolated. I.E. Someone’s cellphone has to be lost or dropped in the toilet. Something, lol.



  1. Adding the details that put your reader into the period you’re writing about.
  2. Reader fatigue on recent similar-themed books.
  3. The whys.
  4. The bohemian lifestyle.
  5. This week’s links and Story Empire nominated for best writing blog.
  6. Voted!


Short Stories/Anthologies/Novella/Comics:

  1. Stepping up.
  5. Raven’s masterpiece.
  6. Little brown bat.



  1. Evil musings.
  2. Unseen cells.
  3. Gentle caresses.
  4. Juan Te has such amazing insights into things! I enjoy her posts and we are kindred spirits!
  5. Icy fingers.
  6. A catch.



  1. On writing fast but keeping the quality. Eight books in one year. Do you think this is possible? What do you think would be the challenge for you?
  2. Advice on pricing your book.
  3. Know who you’re writing for.
  4. How to dredge up the past to make our characters more relatable.
  5. Mark Lefebvre is leaving.
  6. Giving something free to grow your email-list.



  1. Checklist on important notes to hit in a story.
  2. Vlogging your writing career. Do you like vlogs? Have you been interested in trying one or do you have one? How is it working out?
  3. It seems that a query letter comes down to personality and luck. What do you think?
  4. Occupation entry.
  5. Knowing when a throwaway character is a star.
  6. Getting past a publishing fail.



  1. How to get reviewers for your stories. I get occasional arcs to review and I try to get to them asap. I’m not always successful at how fast, but I do try. Especially if I know the author from online. I also review from Netgalley which is where I get most of my books for review.
  2. Deadlines are vitamins for creativity.
  4. Universal words.
  5. Nano and updates. I didn’t do Nano this year. I’m a slow writer though I used to be faster. I guess I’m more conscious of my decisions while writing and what I put down now instead of rushing to the end.
  6. The Press button.
  7. Doubting yourself can be a common theme. I do myself. I try and keep positive things around me to combat this.
  8. Editing consistency.
  9. The week and its repercussions.
  10. Copying 50% of a work is not fair use. Copying a sentence and linking back to the original is. I do this sometimes in respect to the blog as a lead-in so-to-speak to what the other blogs say or when quoting a line or two from the blurb to give the reader an idea of what to expect.
  11. I think this is a great feature! I’m thankful for my kids and my pets and Jesus who helps me though all life throws my way.
  12. Tracking your health. As in companies.
  15. Three keys.
  16. Don’t make your characters perfect!
  17. Slow works out for me. Well, for now. I don’t how that’ll change in the future with deadlines and such.
  18. A self-published author’s story of why she went traditional.
  20. I wish I’d known a lot of this stuff in the beginning as well. I’m always striving to learn more about writing and I hope I never stop doing that, to think you know everything is to stop growing. And to stop growing means your creativity dries up.
  21. Local book speech.
  23. Italy visit.
  25. Chris works so hard to bring us some fabulous guests. Todays: Peanut butter lovers. I like peanut butter occasionally on celery sticks. I prefer the crunchy.
  26. I sometimes think of the titles while discovering the characters and their world. As of yet, I haven’t started writing a story without a title. I like to consider what the story’s about and use that to find the title.


I write YA as Traci Kenworth. I also write romance as Loleta Abi.

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