Top 10 Writer’s Fun Zone Posts of 2018

Happy New Year!

I hope that 2019 is starting well for you and may this year bring you fulfillment, joy, and success!

Here are the top 10 most popular posts on Writer’s Fun Zone in 2018.

It’s fun to see what you, the WFZ readers, found the most valuable. Thank you for reading and commenting!

#1: Setting Up Your Project in Scrivener by Vanessa Kier

Our #1 post this year is by Vanessa Kier, novelist, teacher, and tech specialist. Congrats Vanessa! Vanessa also taught our Scrivener for beginners webinar available here.

#2: Three Tools for Planning Your NaNoWriMo Novel by Vanessa Kier

Our #2 post is also from Vanessa, as writers focused on planning their novels this year. (As we invite them to do every year via our Plan Your Novel course, and now a book.)

#3: What is GDPR and How Does it Affect Authors?

One of the biggest changes affecting authors and anyone doing online commerce was the implementation of the GDPR rules. My article on the topic is our #3 post of the year.

#4: Are there other giveaway tools like Rafflecopter? Yes! by @Beth_Barany

We authors are always looking for ways to market our books and giveaways have been a fun and often affordable option. One of my clients asked for some options, so I wrote an article on other choices other than Rafflecopter, a popular choice for authors.

#5: For a Free Writer Discovery Mini-Course, Start Here!

In the #5 position is the call to action to sign up for our free 5-Day Writer Discovery course. Eager to jump to the free course? Click here.


#6 in the most popular list, while not technically a post, is my article on the 4 stages of writing a novel. I had this page pinned on Twitter for about half the year, which probably drove traffic.

#7: 6 Types of Writer Pain You Could Be In by Beth Barany (Part 1)

#8: 6 Types of Writer Pain and How To Resolve Them (Part 2) by Beth Barany

#7 and #8 are parts 1 and 2 of an article that arose out of my observations working with authors for over a decade and also out of my own experiences writing novels and nonfiction for over 30 years.

#9: Double Vision: Vision Boards and Travel by Catharine Bramkamp

#9 is from monthly columnist, Catharine Bramkamp, about the power of vision boards and traveling.

#10: 2 Steps to Your Writer’s Stance by Beth Barany

The #10 most popular article on Writer’s Fun Zone this year arose out of a conversation I had last year on Jan. 1st, 2018 with my friend and sometimes project collaborator, Jon Low. I’m also grateful to all my students who workshopped the exercises in this post.

BONUS #11: My Top 12 Favorite Writing Books by Beth Barany

Another list post, I know, but an essential one, in a bonus #11 position.

Top Pages on Writer’s Fun Zone

I hosted 3 webinars with experts this year. As you may imagine, these pages got most of the visits compared to all other pages and posts.

This Powerful Tool Pulls Readers Into Your Story (Webinar Training on Deep Point of View) with Alice Gaines

Also available as a book here.

10 Power Techniques for Starting Your Scenes (Webinar Training with Bonnie Johnston)

Bonnie has created a masterful class to help to revise and edit your novel, called “Manuscript Magic,” and this is a piece of it, plus a sneak peek into the extensive course. This training is free and I am an affiliate to her “Manuscript Magic” course.

Bring Ease into Your Novel Writing Process with Scrivener (A webinar training for fiction writers by Scrivener expert, Vanessa Kier)

I was excited to bring Vanessa and her expertise to the Writer’s Fun Zone community. She is a wealth of knowledge about Scrivener and other tech tools for writers and good teacher to guide us step-by-step through this useful tool.

What’s Next for WFZ?

2019 promises to bring more guest authors, both our regular contributors and new writers. If you’re curious about writing for us, go here to read the writer’s guidelines and then query me.

If you have any questions about this blog, writing fiction, or anything else, just email me through the site.


About Beth Barany

Beth Barany, Award-winning fantasy novelist, Master Teacher, Creativity Coach for Writers, BaranySchoolofFiction.comBeth Barany is an award-winning novelist, master neuro-linguistic programming practitioner, and certified creativity coach for writers. She specializes in helping writers experience clarity, so they can write, revise, and proudly publish their novels to the delight of their readers. Her courses are packed with useful hands-on information that you can implement right away. She runs an online school for fiction writers and a 12-month group coaching program to help them get published.

More resources on publishing, book marketing, and novel writing are on her blog, Writer’s Fun Zone.

When she’s not helping writers, Beth writes magical tales of romance, mystery, and adventure that empower women and girls to be the heroes of their own lives.


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  • Mary M Van Everbroeck says:

    Thanks for providing an extensive review of the many helpful resources you shared with us throughout 2018.

  • Beth Barany says:

    You’re so welcome, Mary! My pleasure!

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