Thursday 27 December 2012

Most Popular Posts Of The Year

Well, the world didn't end so I guess we'll be doing it all again next year. Thanks to everyone who dropped by over the last twelve months, and especially those who left comments. 

To round off the year, here are Moody Writing's top ten most popular posts of 2012 (based on page views):

1. How To Start A Story The Stephen King Way
March: A look at how Mr King starts his stories.

2. Chapter One: The Casual Vacancy
October: J.K. Rowling's first attempt at adult fiction.

3. Cliffhangers For Unscrupulous Writers
September: A look at the most evil of all narrative devices.

4. How To Find Your Writing Muse
March: When inspiration won't visit, it's time to go hunting.

5. The 5 Best Pieces of Writing Advice
July: My personal top five tips.

6. How To Write Better Fiction
April: Sometimes there's nothing obviously wrong but something's missing.

7. Inside A Story Part 2: The Hunger Games
January: How a story is made up of lots of little stories, using everyone's famous YA book as an example.

8. Video Games Vs Books
April: Short attention spans? Not the kids I know. 

9. Chapter One: The Night Circus
February: Another in my series of first chapters dissections. 

10. Draft Zero: Where Writing Begins
April: The first draft is just the warm up.


Quick reminder:

Nominations for the Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers will close soon. If you'd like to nominate a writing blog then send an email to (with the subject line: 101 Websites). Include the blog name, URL and reason for nominating.

It's a bit of an involved process so I guess only bother if it's a site you think really deserves it.


Holly Vance said...

What? My post "Lushes, Tweekers, and Nymphos Are People Too" didn't make the list? Unbelievable. ;)

mooderino said...

@Holly - these are just the posts on this blog, otherwise I'm sure yours would have made it.

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

I love checking stats. The one thing I admire about your blog is how you can just stay on target. My mind doesn't allow me to do that. My top searches are a post I wrote on cars followed by another on Van Gogh and then a third on Cthulhu. It's so incredibly random. I think I have A.D.D.

Unknown said...

Easily one of the best writing blogs going Mood. You're such a great resource to writers of every level, and I don't say thanks enough. I will Tweet this, however! :-)

Hope the Holidays have been good to you so far, and that the new year brings you much happiness and success.

mooderino said...

@Michael - strangely the most popular posts on my tumblr are all different to the ones on this site (the content's the same on both).

@EJ - cheers!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I remember most of those posts!
And I can send an email - not that difficult.

Christine Rains said...

Fantastic posts. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and have a great new year!

chazalou said...

Hello, love your blog posts…really good helpful articles :D thanks!

mooderino said...

@Alex - Thank you. For the email and for all the visits. My pageviews would be much the poorer (and fewer) without you.

@Christine - Cheers. And the same to you.

@Chazalou - You're very welcome!

Arlee Bird said...

You do have a very fine writing blog that provides excellent information. Let me try the email thing.

Tossing It Out

Jeff Hargett said...

This is the second or third post of this type I've encountered. Being duly motivated by these coupled with my love of lists and countdowns, I've drafted my own similar post that I'll publish before the end of the year. I really do like seeing which types of articles are showing up on these lists.

mooderino said...

@Arlee - thank you.

@Jeff - I found it was mostly 'story openings' here, about 'how to develop characters' over on my tumblr. The content on both sites is the same, but the average age over there is about half what it is here. Not sure if that's the reason though.

Charmaine Clancy said...

You boys and your stats.
Have a wonderful break and look forward to reading more next year!

mooderino said...

@Charmaine - Thanks. You too.

nutschell said...

Wohoo! I love this top ten list. Glad you put em up coz I missed a few. :)> Thanks for being such an awesome bloggy buddy. Looking forward to more exchanges with you in 2013!
Have a happy new year!


mooderino said...

@nutschell - Cheers. Here's to a cool 2013.

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Mood...


Thanks for ALL the great advice you posted this year!

I hope 2013 is a GREAT year for you... ALL the best!

mooderino said...

@Michael - Thank you! Wishing you likewise.

penandpaints said...

Happy New Year!
I'm glad to have come across your blog, it's very entertaining!

Unknown said...

Going to send that email. I may not always get here, but I love your writing advice. I've heeded it many a time and find this blog inspiring.

To an amazing 2013 for you. :)

mooderino said...

@pen - thanks. Hope you'll stick around.

@Melissa - always nice to see you. Hope you have a great 2013 too.

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