The Monday Five: Writing Life – Habits (September 30)

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Write Every Day
from Jim Denney at Fay Moore

The Seven Habits of Great Writers
from Joel Goldman at Joel’s Blog

8 Essential Habits for Effective Writing
from Debra Johnson at Jeffbullas’s Blog

Top 10 Productivity Pitfalls for Writers to Avoid
from Sage Cohen at Writer’s Digest

3 Weird Writing Habits That Worked – And May Work For You
from Diane O’Connell at Write to Sell Your Book

Writing Challenge:
The Write Habit: 101 Days to a New Routine

The Monday Five: Writing Life – The Author Bio (September 9)

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Ten Tips for Writing an Author Bio
from The Fiction Desk

How to See Yourself Through An Acquisitions Editor’s Eyes
from Nina Amir at Write Nonfiction NOW!

No One Cares About Your Life Story: 9 Tips for a Better Author Bio
from Cameron Pierce at LitReactor

Does This Bio Make My Ass Look Fat?
from Michael Alexander Chaney at michaelalexanderchaney

Good Luck Changing That Author Bio
from Val Kovalin at BellaOnline

The Tuesday Five: Writing Process (June 25)

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Does Your Hero Have a Hidden Dark Side?
from Lauren Sapala at Lauren Sapala

Your Character Did WHAT?
from Fiona Harper at The Pink Heart Society

Writing Addicted Characters
from Lisa Daniels at Jennifer Lane

Write Scenes a Beat at a Time
from Carol Despeaux at onewildword

Writing Extra Scenes
from Jag Swiftstorm at From a Jagged Inkwell

Writing Exercise:

Writing Tension into a Scene from Vikk Simmons at Down the Writer’s Path

General Resource:

Writing Excuses

Opinions on Writing Advice:

50 Rantypants Snidbits of Random Writing & Storytelling Advice from Chuck Wendig at terribleminds

My Writing Advice? Take Less Advice from Blythe Woolston at Blythe Woolston

10 Things Aspiring Novelists Should Know from Amanda Patterson at Writers Write AND…
“10 Things Aspiring Novelists Should Know”…maybe. from Alma Alexander at AlmaNews

The Monday Five: Free-Entry Writing Contests (June 24)

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2013 Fiction Contest from HorseChannel
Word Count: Up to 1,500 words
Theme: Horse-inspired
Prize: Publication in Horse Illustrated; $100 Amazon gift card
Deadline: June 30

“Finish Roger’s Story” Contest from Chaz’s Blog at RogerEbert.com
Word Count: Unspecified
Theme: Write an ending to “The Thinking Molecules of Titan,” an unfinished story by Roger Ebert
Prize: Announcement on site is all that’s specified at this point
Deadline: July 18

Flash Fiction Fest 2013 from December House
Word Count: 3 pieces of up to 1,000 words each
Theme: The 7 Deadly Sins
Prize: Work included in Flash Fiction Fest in November; publication in event’s e-book (with paid royalties); chance to work with December House’s editor on a novel
Deadline: August 19

Summer 2013 Fiction Contest from Russian Life
Word Count: Up to 500
Theme: Photo prompt at website linked above
Prize: Publication in Russian Life; box of Russian Life swag valued at $50-$100
Deadline: September 1

The Dark Crystal Author Contest from Grosset & Dunlap and The Jim Henson Company
Word Count: 7,500-10,000 words representing the story you’d tell in a full-length Dark Crystal novel (50,000+ words)
Theme: Prequel set in Dark Crystal world at the time of the Gelfling Gathering, between Second Great Conjunction and the creation of the Wall of Destiny
Prize: Book publishing contract for publication of 50,000 word Dark Crystal young adult novel with Penguin Group, valued at $10,000
Deadline: Opens October 1, Closes December 31

Contest Resources:

Writing Contest News from Write Success

Contest Archives from Walrus Publishing, Inc.

Writing Contests & Book Contests from NewPages Classifieds

Submission Deadlines from Submittable

Recently Added Short Story Competitions from Short Story Competition HQ

Note: We do our best to copy details correctly from the original websites, but please verify for yourself before planning to enter any competition. 

The Friday Five: Freelance Writing (June 21)

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Crafting A Well-Written Letter of Introduction
from The Team at Freelance Writers Academy

How to Find Writing Jobs When You Are New to Freelance Writing
from Wendy McCance at Searching For The Happiness

Gaining Gigs: Your Guide to Using Freelance Bidding Sites Effectively
from Karine Heyden at Medium

Quit Getting Paid Peanuts: 10 Tips For Freelance Writers
from Heather Lloyd-Martin at Success Works

3 Ways to Give Yourself a Raise For Your Freelance Writing
from Katriena Knights at The Renegade Writer

The Thursday Five: Marketing (June 20)

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Building Your Author Platform #5: Facebook
(#4: Goodreads, #3: Amazon Author Pages, #2: Twitter, #1: Developing Your Writing Blog)
from Tony Riches at The Writing Desk

6 Reasons Google+ Beats Facebook for Author Platform Building
from Marcy Kennedy at Jane Friedman
How Authors Can Connect with Readers Via a Google+ Hangout
from Cynthia Leitich Smith at Cynsations

How To Find Readers For Your Blog
from Molly Greene at Molly Greene: Writer

Why Email Marketing Benefits Your Book’s Sales
from Doris at Savvy Writers & e-Books Online

Dear Lovely Author (Truths About Marketing You Need to Know)
from Helen Moffett at Books LIVE

Bonus Anecdote:

The Art Of Marketing from Sulci Collective

The Wednesday Five: Publishing Process (June 19)

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Note: The Daily Word does not take the stance that one type of publishing is superior or inferior to any other. Many Wednesdays the majority of The Daily Five is devoted to self-publishing, but only because indie publishing is so popular right now; there is more fresh content on self-publishing (versus traditional publishing) to choose from. We do attempt to split the day’s content equally between both publishing avenues. 

Publishing Strategies: Traditional Publishing
from Lauren at Writing Gooder

How Self-Published Books Are Made: Start to Finish (PART I)
from Catherine Ryan Howard at Catherine, Caffeinated

Self-Publishing My First Book: Lessons Learned
from Jeanette Jones at simplybusinessresearch

Designing Your Book Cover Series: Part 1
from Michael N. Marcus at Author Mingle

Should You Blog Your Novel?
from Rachelle Gardner at Rachelle Gardner

Publishing Resources

Your Guide to Self-Publishing from Christian Cawley at MakeUseOf

Everything I Know About Self-Publishing from Gayle Laakmann McDowell at Hackpad

Chuck Sambuchino’s Guide to Literary Agents Blog from Chuck Sambuchino at Writer’s Digest

Tales of Rejection from Annie England Noblin

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