Great bloggers are writing FAB stuff – check it out!

It’s Thursday and that means it’s time to share the blog luv.

Blog Out Loud:

  • Kristen Lamb (yes…I have a hero complex) did a fantastic post this week on why writers need a platform. It didn’t touch just on blogging but on the need to essentially build our brand by connecting with people so that no matter what “platform” you are on, people will always follow you. Writer, blogger, Facebook person. If you are interested in creating a following for any reason, this post is a must read!
  • I found this great post by Neil Patel on ProBlogger about the 6 laws every blogger needs to obey so they don’t get sued. I don’t know about you, but the title really caught my eye. It’s easy to understand and I always say it’s better to be informed and safe rather than sorry!
  • The ever beautiful Lena Corazon wrote a stunning post about the joys she’s experienced from blogging. The post touched my heart deeply as I could relate to her on so many levels. So beautifully said Lena!! My gratitude for the blogging family I’ve found swells my heart – each of you is a gift! Lena recognized that to and handed out some BLOG awards!!

Write Out Loud:

  • Last week, I pointed to Jennifer Eaton who did a fab job on explaining point of view. She followed up with two more fab posts that bring the concept that much clearer and answers the question of how many POVs are acceptable.
  • Have you been reading any craft books?! Most of you know I am in the midst of James Scott Bell’s Plot and Structure. This week Nicole Basaraba did a wonderful review of Larry Brook’s Story Engineering. She got a LOT out of it! Would you?
  • Ever heard of a plot wheel? Kathy Owen did a fantastic post with a ton of visuals on plot wheels that Erle Stanley Gardner used in writing his novels. Hmmmm…this is NEAT stuff!
  • I’ve read about storyboards. I took a writing workshop a few years ago and the instructor used an entire wall in his apartment and yellow stickies to create a large storyboard. This week, Elena Aitken did a fantastic post on Wordbitches with GREAT PICTURES of her and Trish Loye’s storyboards. I loved it. It’s like your plot outline gone visual! Do you use storyboards?

Laugh Out Loud:

  • Menopausal cougars: the title says it all. Telling Dad did a hilarious post on how he will not write about menopausal cougars on his blog for anything less than $75000. I marvel at his morals!
  • I couldn’t stop chuckling at Noa Gavin’s post on stuff she hides from her husband. Hubby busted me this week singing Amazing Grace while the tub was filling up. Thankfully I caught HIM just before he got it recorded.
  • Y’all know I’ve been struggling with weight. Well this week Paige Kellerman broke up with Oreos with a heartfelt letter. O.M.G. I nearly died! I might use this as a template to breakup with numerous fast food restaurants and Kraft Dinner!

Life Out Loud:

  • The Hack Novelist has a dream manager. Shut the front door?!?! I KNOW, eh?!? Coolest thing ever. It’s someone who is helping him articulate and reach his dreams. I could definitely use one of those.
  • Earlier this month, Jenny Hansen guest posted at Marcia Richards’ with her 3 rules in writing and life. They were poignant and true. Check em’ out. And then Jenny guest posted over at Stacy Green’s (yes, she’s everywhere lately…) on how to avoid dating disasters and find “the” one. Her advice is dead on! I used her tactics to make sure hubby found me!
  • I loved Jillian Dodd’s post on the way a man smells. It was a great way to think about all the ways we can bring more intimacy into our characters lives and our writing but also made me think of the million things that made me fall in love with hubby.
  • Claire LeGrand touched on one my major pet peeves; the importance of etiquette! There’s nothing more annoying than going with someone to an event where they then seemingly refuse to introduce you to groups of people they know leaving you standing there like a douche! You go Claire – loved it!
  • Read a simply astounding guest post by Heather Marie Adkins on Shéa MacLeod’s blog about an author’s journey on finding herself. Heather is one the 24 women featured in the Indie Chicks anthology and the story is inspirational and empowering. Go. Read it now.

I hope you enjoyed this week’s line-up of fantabulous blog posts. Stay tuned for next week’s. I promise to go and spend oodles of time (time away from friends and family I’ll have you know…) to bring you this do-or-die information…My god…you guys must really love me!!

Got any ditties of your own to share? Let me know and maybe they’ll be featured as part of next week’s line-up…



  1. Oh we do love you and this post is just one of the many reasons. Do you know how much time you save the rest of us by gathering all of this together and offering it to us in one big beautiful blog bouquet? Thank you, thank you!

  2. Awesome links, as always. I already read a few of these posts and agree — they are fabulous!

  3. Thanks for the linky love, Natalie! Glad you liked the post. Not sure if I’d consign the fate of my plot to the turn of the wheel, but maybe I’d change my mind after I’d written a few dozen novels, lol. I’ve been trying to put a story board together, so I’ll go check out that link for sure, and probably a bunch of others!

    • My pleasure Kathy. I agree, not sure I’d enlist the wheel for the faith of my novel but I could even see how it could spark a lot of creativity and idea brainstorming. Woot woot!
      Enjoy the reads. 🙂

  4. Thanks, Natalie, for introducing me to fun and interesting bloggers I might not have encountered on my own,

  5. Natalie – you have a great knack for doing round ups. It’s a must-read for me and I always click through to at least three other blogs. 🙂

  6. Ouu another mashup of goodies. I can tell I’ve been sick for the past week. Lots I haven’t seen. better get my read on. Thanks girl! 🙂

  7. Thanks for the serious link love. 🙂 You’re all that AND a bag of my favorite chips!

    P.S. It’s the 3rd day into antiobiotics and the 2nd day on steroids and I am starting to think I’ll live. 🙂 WOOT!!

    • You are most welcome Jenny – you know hubby and I are seriously smitten with ya! 🙂

      Yeahhh…she’s on the mend – so glad to hear it!! But don’t go crazy to soon or you’ll just end up back in bed. Ease back into normal life with lots of breaks, rest, and drugs. Woot woot!!! 🙂

      • Ya! Ease up on the undergarments and the portmanteauing and you might star feeling better – I’m getting a sympathy cold over here just for you Jenny. If you need anything ring that COWBELL!

  8. Hey, Natalie! Thanks for the love on my guest post at Shea’s blog. You rock 🙂

  9. Your blog is adorable, Natalie! So much pizzazz and personality. Eager to stay tuned and laugh often. 😉 Thanks for the fab list of links—I see some goodies I must check out!

    • Awwww…thanks so much August! I really appreciate you swinging by and here’s to the laughs to come! 🙂 I tried to visit yours today but got sidetracked and was out all evening but I will be swinging by soon!! Cheers!!

  10. Elena Aitken says:

    Natalie, thank you so much for including the Wordbitches in your mash up of awesomeness this week!
    As always, some great posts. I’m off to do some reading. 🙂

    • Absolutely Elena! Love that you included great visuals of a storyboard. Helped it all make sense. 🙂 Enjoy the read and hope you feel better soon (my land, everyone’s been sick…and we are all over the planet…weird!?!?) Cheers! 🙂

  11. OMIGOSH! How do you have the rime to go to so many blogs! As always, I love popping over here to see what I’ve missed, and these are some good ones.

    It’s also always a tickle when you list me! I’m so glad you are enjoying the posts!

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