Author Inspiration and Last Week’s Writing Links

Finish Your Novel
Ciao, amici!
  1. Weekends are family time for me and I’m having trouble balancing my time with them while keeping up with your comments. I want to give you the time you deserve, so posting during the week makes more sense.
  2. Friday posts cost me the ability to add Friday and weekend links. So I decided to give you a week’s worth of links—specifically, the last week’s links—on Mondays.
We’ll try it this way for a while and see how it goes. Who knows? I may end up moving the post again. But I think I finally have the right day. It’s all a learning process. Which brings me to this week’s quote by the talented and prolific James Scott Bell:

Finish your novel. Because you learn more that way than any other.

Writing—good writing—doesn’t just happen. It’s a learning process. I have a master’s degree in writing and decades of experience, and I still learn, still improve. I’m proud of what I currently know, but I’d like to think twenty years from now, I’ll look back on today and marvel at how far I’ve come. I know I currently look back at my writing from twenty years ago and am surprised at what I’ve learned since then. I’ve finished more novels this year than ever before. To date, since January 1, I’ve written five novels plus some shorter works. And I’ve learned something with each completed work. My wish for you is that you write more this year than ever before, and that you learn with every word, too. And now, last week’s writing links: Posts by me, about my work, or at sites I contribute to: Me Story Empire Romance University Posts by others in the industry: And when you’re done with these links, don’t forget to check out the sidebar, where you’ll find more links to some of my favorite sites. Have a great week! Arrivederci!

Published by Staci Troilo

A writer fascinated with interpersonal relationships, the importance of family, and the relevance of heritage. Learn more at

34 thoughts on “Author Inspiration and Last Week’s Writing Links

    1. I love your devotion to the sport rather than one specific team (although I know you have a favorite). My team hasn’t been doing well for decades, except for a decent stray season here or there, so I haven’t been interested in the game in a long time. If I had the World Series on, I’d probably be doing more work than watching.

      I hope you enjoyed the game AND got stuff done.

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  1. Holy moly, way to go, you! My career has a shorter lifespan- five years, but I definitely have learned a ton of stuff (eloquent, yes?) since that first book.
    Your family must be justifiably proud of your accomplishments.

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    1. Beautiful turn of phrase. 🙂

      Honestly, Jacquie, I don’t talk much about work at home. I try to leave writing behind at the end of the day and just enjoy my loved ones. I’m sure they are proud when they think about it, but I really try to keep the two parts of my life segmented. (Otherwise, all anyone would hear at home are plot twists and rants at Amazon!)

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    1. I recently got the rights back to the Nightforce Security series. (More about that in another post.) I may re-release some of those this year and then continue the series. I might wait for 2019, though. I haven’t decided. All the other novels will definitely be 2019.

      Thanks for asking!

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  2. I think doing this on Monday is brilliant, if you can manage it. Monday is always a good time to take stock of the previous week, and plan the one ahead. So why not? 🙂 Love these posts full of links, and they are SO helpful for me, since I seem to be perpetually behind these days. THANKS, Staci! ❤

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  3. I try to devote weekends to family, too! Writing is always about learning and improving. I’m amazed what I learn with each book. Thanks for the links and have a great week.

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  4. I’m amazed at how I continue to grow as a writer. I look back to what I wrote 20 years ago and the changes are staggering. I can also look back on my earliest published work just six years ago and see growth. We never stop learning and should always be open to improvement.

    And, BTW, you are kicking butt this year with all those books and shorts!

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  5. I’ve mentioned this to other aspiring writers, Staci – just because you publish a book, it doesn’t mean you quit learning. Writer should always strive to improve their craft. I’ve also learned a lot from these links you post, so thanks, and have a great week!

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