2015 was a big year for me. I moved back home from Florida, finished and released my debut novel Blood and Water, visited Chicago and New Orleans, became a full-time writer and editor, and committed to vlogging regularly. I also had some pretty interesting blog posts. Keep reading to see what my most popular posts of 2015 were.
The following data was gathered using Google Analytics. I have a nifty WordPress plugin that installs the tracking code on each page of my blog. If you want to read any of these posts, all you have to do is click the title–I’ve already linked them for you!
- How to Get to Know Your Characters
- Guest Post: My Top 5 Tips for Writing Fantasy Fiction
- How Writing Out of Sequence Got Me Unstuck
- The Secret to Getting Things Done After Work
- How Kimmy Schmidt Boosted My Productivity
- How to Avoid Writing Burnout
- How to Stay Focused While Writing
- Why I Don’t Outline Anymore
- NaNoWriMo Prep Tips
- BLOOD AND WATER Characters
These are just my top ten blog posts from the past year–there are several more I wanted to include, posts I adore, but they didn’t seem to get much attention. These other posts include My Semi-Secret Struggle, How to Handle Plot Bunnies While Editing, and How to Write with Someone Else.
Thanks for helping me have such a wonderful year in writing, editing, and blogging. I seriously couldn’t have done it without your love and support. Happy New Year, everybody!
What were some of your favorite posts I wrote this year?
Happy New Year! Have you read @brianawrites’ most popular blog posts of 2015? (Click to tweet)
This past week was pretty hectic. I’m trying to finish everything I have to do for finals and prepare for graduation (which is Saturday, May 10!), and I’ve almost forgotten it’s time for another Lovely Links post. In honor of my graduation, you get five more links than usual:
- Reader Questions Answered: All Things Blogging
- How I Organize My Blog – And My Life!
- Giveaway: Anne Brashares’ Latest Book
- 10 Not So Obvious Blogging Tips
- Writing Every Day Will Change Your Life
- The Hardest Part of Writing Really Well
- How to Complete Every Writing Project You Start: Become a Completion Addict
- The Perfect Workspace (According to Science)
- How to Make Cuts Without Losing Anything Useful
Go forth and learn, my friends!
Side note: I am currently in the market for freelance clients. Let me know if you’ve been searching for a writer! If you’d like to see my work, check out the portfolio link at the top of the blog.
This post should’ve gone live last week, but it didn’t happen. Oh well.
Here are some cool resources I found around the Internet for this month:
- How to Write the Dreaded Query Letter
- How to Write Books that Sing
- The Pros and Cons of Writing a Novel in Present Tense
- The Dreaded Mirror Scene
- On Writing Dead Genres
What do you think? Do you find these links helpful?
It’s the first week of a new month, which means it’s time for another round of useful writing links! Let’s take a look at what I found over the past month or so:
- The Five Best Pieces of Writing Advice I Didn’t Get in School. Sometimes Cracked surprises me by posting practical content. Worth reading no matter what kind of writing you do.
- How to Kill Writer’s Block and Become a Master Copywriter in Only 3 Hours a Day. This post blew my mind. Check it out.
- Six Strategies that Have Quickly Improved My Writing. I love Lifehacker.
- What It Is to Write. A thought-provoking post from Thought Catalog. Gave me the best kind of chills.
- How to Write Down Story Ideas so You Can Remember Why They Were Brilliant. Oh, yes.
That’s it for this month. Keep your eyes peeled for a new post of links at the beginning of April! In the meantime, check these out, bookmark them, and share them with your loved ones.
What do you think of these lovely links?
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The first post of every month is going to be dedicated to extraordinary links I’ve gathered from various places on the Internet. Most of the links will have but one thing in common: they will be related to reading or writing. Other than that, who knows? Here’s what we’ve got this week:
- How to Write the Perfect First Page. This The Write Practice post is a must-read for any writer. While you’re at it, follow them! This blog is ah-mazing.
- Beyond the Pencil (Skirt): Selby McRae, Random House. Though I suppose this article doesn’t directly relate to reading or writing, the Levo League conducted a fantastic interview with one of the brilliant women behind Random House Publishing. You need to check it out.
- Into vs. In to. Just because.
- 7 Keys to Write the Perfect First Line of a Novel. Start your perfect first page with a perfect first line.
- Write a House. The city of Detroit is giving free houses to writers.
- An Evening with Ray Bradbury. This man could do no wrong. This talk alone is worth more than a year of writing classes.
- What is a book with a relatively “meh” title that ended up being pretty damn good? Find your next read here.
- Book Hive Teaser Trailer. I may or may not be drooling