Apr 18 2013

My Top 5 Most Helpful Blog Posts for Writers

top 5Here are links to the top 5 most helpful blog posts on this site from 2012 or earlier. This list is especially targeted to writers, aspiring or established. Here’s your chance to view some of my earlier but most influential posts, chosen by me. Hope you find these posts helpful and inspiring.


  1. Embracing Rejection Instead of Fearing It – All writers experience publisher/editor/agent rejection at one point in their writing careers, but serious writers learn to embrace that rejection and use it to improve their writing. Here’s how.
  2. Why Writing Well Consistently is Crucial for an Author – Part of an author’s job is to market themselves and their work. We keep up with our online social networks, updating Facebook and Twitter and engaging with other authors, editors, agents and readers. We blog, we’re interviewed and participate in discussions on online forums and blogs. Whether we’re writing books or writing Facebook updates, our number one job as a writer is to write and write well.
  3. Read More to Write Better – Sure we read fiction to escape reality or to be entertained. We read nonfiction to learn or to be inspired. We read for various reasons. However, did you know to be a better writer you have to read? Not just read, but read analytically.
  4. Reasons Writing What You Love Works – The titles I like most are the ones with subjects I enjoy writing about. The stories with an underlying theme or issue that’s close to my heart. And I found I get thoughtful, more positive responses from readers when I write what I love. Below are some reasons why writing what you love can create better, more fulfilling writing.
  5. The Complicated Story Ending – The ending of your story should be just as engaging as the beginning hook. It should be emotionally satisfying, and tie up most if not all loose ends. If the book is part of a series, it still needs to stand on its own, and answer all major story questions.


Go ahead and click on the titles that you are most interested in. Leave a comment too (this blog uses CommentLuv so your most recent blog post will be displayed in the comments section when you leave a comment). So, please, share your thoughts.



About the author

Leslie Lee Sanders

Leslie is a publishing Industry blogger, freelance writer and an author of over a dozen erotic romance & thriller titles. She self-published over two dozen works of fiction since 2004. Her blog was a finalist in the first annual Goodreads Independent Book Blogger Awards in 2012, and her story Benefits of Sharing is a finalist for the 2013 EPIC Award in the short story category. Her work has been included in the following Writer’s Market books: 2016 & 2017 Writer’s Market, 2016 & 2017 Novel and Short Story Writer’s Market, and the 2014 & 2015 editions of Guide to Self-Publishing. As well as online blogs like Be a Freelance Blogger. She resides in Arizona with her husband and 3 daughters.


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  1. Lee Jenna Tyler

    Hi Leslie!
    Great tips and I adore your blog. Found you through the link party with Carol Tice. (I couldn’t post as I had other business to attend to.)
    I will be back to visit again!
    Lee Jenna Tyler recently posted…Are You a Self-Published Author? Can Your Readers Find Your Book?

    1. Leslie Lee Sanders

      Hi Lee!

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I’m gonna go check out your site as well, since you weren’t able to participate in the link party this month. I look forward to seeing you around. :)
      Leslie Lee Sanders recently posted…Writing Scenes, Settings & Descriptions Using the Film Director Method

  2. Flora Morris Brown

    Hi Leslie,

    I’m delighted to have discovered your blog from Carol’s Link Party. Congratulations on the votes you received.

    Your blog posts are encouraging to me, and are exactly what my coaching clients need to hear as well.

    I especially concur with your post about the importance of reading. Although it’s tempting to neglect our own reading in favor of spending our time writing, we must fight that urge. Stephen King said if you don’t have time to read, you don’t have time to write.
    Flora Morris Brown recently posted…Choose Happiness Even If It’s Raining Crap and You Can’t See the Sun

    1. Leslie Lee Sanders

      Hi Flora,

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

      Stephen King is right. How could one call themselves a writer if they refuse to read? I think the two go hand in hand. And not reading out of fear of being influenced is a bad excuse, in my opinion. Reading as a writer helps us be inspired, among other things.

      Thanks again for stopping by and commenting. I’m glad my posts encourages you. I hope to see you around. :)
      Leslie Lee Sanders recently posted…Readers Hate Realism in Fiction

  3. Cheryl Ragsdale

    Hi Leslie,
    Thanks for a great round-up of your best posts. I’m off to read the one about rejection. Seems like your advice will apply to other areas of life as well.
    Cheryl Ragsdale recently posted…Am I Being Disrespected? 6 Clues That Say Yes

    1. Leslie Lee Sanders

      Hi Cheryl,

      I love your post on disrespect! It reminds me of one I posted on this blog 13 Unprofessional People in the Writing Biz: Are You Behaving Badly?

      Thanks for your comment. I hope you find my advice helpful, even in other areas of life. :)
      Leslie Lee Sanders recently posted…My Top 5 Most Helpful Blog Posts for Writers: Part 2

  4. Sania Lali

    Thanks for this post. It’s very helpful.

    1. Leslie Lee Sanders

      Welcome! :)
      Leslie Lee Sanders recently posted…New Releases & Up-Coming Books by L.L. Sanders

  5. John Wheeler

    I would say that #1 is the best one yet and i think it applies to everyone else not just writers. Embracing rejection instead of fearing it puts you in a better learning experience. If we’re courageous enough to take risks then there’s always a better chance for a surprising experience.

    1. Leslie Lee Sanders

      Absolutely! The message of embracing rejection often does apply to everyone in many situations.

      Thanks, John.
      Leslie Lee Sanders recently posted…Most Important Advice for Fiction Writers

  6. John Wheeler

    This is great Leslie, I love how you all of these articles build your confidence and help you in becoming a great blogger. It is a great compilation that can help beginners in becoming a better writer.

  7. Palo

    short and informative….nice post!
    Palo recently posted…Top 10 Best Love Quotes

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