Some of Our Best Writing, Inspiration and Business Posts of 2011

In case you are a new follower of the How To Write Shop, we thought we’d do a little look back at some of our most read, commented on posts of the past year–plus just a few we think are deserving of a little more notice.


Clothesline Your Plot – a simple plotting system for those who don’t plot.

Structuring Your Young Adult Novel – plotting a young adult novel. This one got lots of reads. Did you miss it?

Grammar: Commas, Conjunctions and Complete Thoughts– Rachel Berens-VanHeest is a new columnist here, and who can’t use some grammar advice?

Plot Your Revision – a great post that combines plotting (a very popular topic here at the shop) and revision.

Deep Point of View and Compassion – A bit of writing craft and a bit of inspiration. A great post for the holiday season.


12 Ways to Get Rid of Writing Roadblocks – practical and inspirational at the same time. Plus, with the new year approaching and resolutions coming, timely.

Creative Writing Exercises: Jump Start Your Imagination with What You See!  – Kathy Steffen’s writing prompts have been popular overall, but this one really hit it out of the park.

Fear as a Writing Prompt – another popular writing prompt article by Kathy

Reason and Common Sense in Writing – in this post, Bobbi Dumas shares some things she’s learned about “Mind Your Own Business” as a writer.


Promoting your e-books on Amazon and Yahoo forums – Edie Ramer’s posts always get lots of comments, but this one really got the conversation going, and had lots of helpful advice.

Chat with 5 New York Published Authors Gone Indie – Speaking of getting a conversation going. This post was all over the web.

The Young Adult Fiction “Land of Opportunity”? – Young adult posts are popular here at The How to Write Shop, but the comments just keep coming on this one.

The Number One Reason Why Marketing Tactics Fail – Great advice here from Monica Valentinelli! Save yourself some wasted effort by reading this post.


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