Sunday, June 20, 2010


Terry3 Here are writing links that I’ve posted to Twitter for the past week. I'm setting this up as a Sunday installment on Mystery Writing is Murder. If you’re looking for a particular topic, just plug in your keyword into the search box at the top left-hand corner of the blog (on the black header right above my blog name…next to the Blogger symbol…the small search window is next to the magnifying glass) and the roundup with your subject will come up. To narrow your search down on the page, do a CTRL+F, type your subject, and hit enter. Daddy, who always reads my posts--thanks! And have a Happy Father's Day. :)

Challenge Yourself To Take On Your Biggest Writing Fear--

How Poeming Is Like Dating (Writer's Digest):

Balancing Writing, Life, and Multiple Projects--

The Writer’s Life: Getting in the Mood--

Writers: do your characters fight to win, but fight even harder NOT to lose? They should. @p2p_editor

What I learned from the query process-- @alexisgrant

Keep Your Middle From Sagging--

Don't let writing excuses pile up:

Steampunk Aeronautics:

YA girl's case of gender fender bender:

Conference roundup--tips from the NJ Annual Conf. SCBWI:

Directories of SF & Fantasy on Twitter: and

Find reporters who need your expertise and build buzz:

For the Zombie Fan: The Most Effective Zombie Survival Plan: Become One: @EosBooks

Man created absurd world in plot to sell stolen Shakespeare folio, court hears (Guardian):

What one writer has learned a year after publication:

5 Writing Super Powers I Would Like to Have-- @JulieeJohnsonn

Father's Day Mysteries-- @janetrudolph

A glimpse into an editor's (mad) world: @BookChickCity

The Sophistication and Stupidity of Video Game Storytelling:

How Do You Style a Character's Thoughts in Writing? (Writer's Digest):

Serendipitous Searches for Book Lovers (@GalleyCat) --

Creating 3D Characters: The Character Interview-- @gracefuldoe

You’re never too old to write: @flawritersconf

Writing Science Fiction vs Fantasy--

Thoughts on a common element in YA:

Write from your heart? Or follow trends?

Erasing Women from the English Language:

Beginning Novelist? The First Draft Is Your Oyster!

Tips for Workshopping Your Writing When You’re Too Poor To Pay For It-- @jesakalong

50 Power Twitter Tips--

Get Wild – How to Set Your Creative Beast Free--

Facing our fears: @JodyHedlund

Info dumps don't belong in dialogue (video):

Deep POV: Three mistakes and how to fix them, Part II:

Stretching ourselves--writing outside our comfort zone:

The Monstrous Feminine--

On making our writing perfect:

Mystery Lovers' Kitchen: @cleocoyle with a virgin mojito to cool off from a hot summer day: @kristadavis @AveryAames

Writing Your Book, part IX: You're Finished! Now Get to Work!

Knowing Your Process: Who: @wawriters

Can the Experts Be Wrong? Or, The Limits of Expertise--

Agents-- 7 ways to spice up your form rejection letter:

Do Readers Want to Read Your Work or Do You Wish They Did? @hopeclark

4 Reasons You Should Avoid Social Media--

Vary the ending clauses in your sentences:

The ominous rise of 2nd person:

A roadmap for the future: 6 suggestions for today’s publishers that many can’t follow:

7 things one author has learned so far (incl. "your book isn't yours anymore"): @alanorloff @ChuckSambuchino

Can I read the free ebooks if I don’t have an Ereader?

Clearing permissions in the digital age:

40 Twitter Hashtags for Writers:

10 Things About Submission Opportunities for Writer Trade Magazines:

Write what you love, not what the market wants:

What is an UN-Professional Writer?

Writing mentors:

Why one person is saying goodbye to Facebook: (Daily Beast):

Dealing with contradictory feedback:

Finishing Part 1 — The Fear is Real--

I'm interviewed on Beth Groundwater's blog today--talking a little about my writing process and challenges:

Why You Need Dynamic Characters--

Choose to Spend Time on High Impact Activities--

A Writer's Serenity Prayer (JA Konrath):

Online resources for writers: @ClarissaDraper

15 things that *aren't* true about being a writer:

Pros and cons on fictional vs. real settings and setting research tips: @SpunkOnAStick

How to Write Magical Words:

5 questions to ask if you aren’t motivated to write: @flawritersconf

Marketing--make them feel something:

My Backlogged Pages (NY Times):

Genre - Magical Realism--

Serendipitous Searches for Book Lovers @GalleyCat :

'100 Things Every Writer Needs to Know.' Well, Here's Six:

Favorite Tweets for Writers June 7-June 13, 2010 (categorized):

Literacy and the Audiobook--

50 query tricks. Are you brave enough to try no. 43?

Psychology of non-verbal dialogue:

David Bowie, Pleonasms, and Stating the Obvious-- @SimplyOlivia

Write Tight-- @SylviaDSmith

When Elevator Speeches Don’t Work for You--

Doing Comic Book Covers Well: 5 Tips--

How to Find More Hours in the Day--

What makes a backbone character?

13 Ways to Add Depth to Your Genre Novel-- @VictoriaMixon

The Five Basic Plot Elements--

A summer of great writing--tips for writing with kids:

Proper use of conjunctions: @crystalproofing

Change is key to powerful character arcs:

How to portray an inspiring leader: @p2p_editor

So you want to write a legal thriller:

What All Content Creators Need to Learn From Roger Ebert:

Manuscript mood swings:

Pros and Cons of an MFA: @kierstenwhite

Unenjoyable novels dominate literary prizes--

Find a vehicle for creative collaboration:

Meet @LornaBarrett 's Jeff Resnick today on Killer Characters: @kristadavis

If It Hurts, You're Doing Something Right: 3 Ideas About the Pain of Writing--

The Invisibility of Women in Science Fiction--

Chocolate and writing--why they belong together: @elspethwrites

How to make page buttons on Blogger:

One freelance writer longs for simpler days: @authorterryo

Twitter Book Publishers, Consultants, Agents, Editors, and PR peeps for Adult Fiction/Nonfiction: @jevonbolden

Flawed characters--how far can you go with them?

The Poetry Feminaissance --

A roundup of marketing tips from around the net:

20 Questions to Ask When Revising a Blog Post-- @PauloCamposInk

Writing as an Art —Words That Dance--

3 tips for cultivating an online brand: @JodyHedlund

4 life lessons from blogging:

Ten of the best bad doctors in literature (Guardian):

The Pavarotti Principle for Creating A-list Blogs--

On creating characters:

Writing a series? Why you should use a style sheet: @BookEndsJessica

Valuable Writing Tips from One Writer's Most Trusted Professors (Writer's Digest):

Tension, Character and Story--

Avoiding redundancy: @Paize_Fiddler

How to Build a Tribe of Followers--

How to cook up a cozy mystery:

The lazy reader (Globe and Mail):

What's that you say? Thoughts on dialect:

Writing tips from famous writers:

It's a Good Time to be a Writer … and a Gamer--

Writing contests ending this month:

Oh My Gosh! My Scene Is RUINED!

Struggling with feelings of failure: @JodyHedlund

What are client referrals? @nataliebahm

100 All-Time Best Historical Fiction Books-- @MargReads

Write your novel in an hour a day: @dirtywhitecandy

8 Tips For Creating Memorable Business Cards:

Common writing mistakes:

7 Signs of an A-List Blogger in the Making--

On Taking Advice--

Who said what? Identifying dialogue speakers (video):

3 Best Takeaways for Writers from BookExpo America (Huff Post):

Wordle update, how to get more information about word clouds:

When not to quit--a twisty fairytale: @emiliaplater

Tips to narrow down what you want from a crit group:

Will eBooks Make Midlist Authors Extinct? (Huff Post):

The Rural Fantasy Reading List--

Creating multi-layered characters--

Providing Better Critiques: Being Detailed in Your Feedback--

Do editors change their minds?

The Most Important Marketing Acronym: WIIFM (Writer's Digest):

A Memorable Blogger Is A Guest Under Many Roofs--

6 Things to Check Before Upgrading To Windows 7--

Basics of an Elevator Pitch---

Publishing Terms to Know: Lead Title:

Copyrighting Submissions and Agent Plagiarism--

Using SPA to help with revisions:

5 Incredibly Useful Gmail Features--

A whole new meaning to deadline:

Mystery writer @AveryAames ' cheese shop owner Charlotte Bessette is on Killer Characters today: . Say cheese!

A day in the life of a writer:

Is there such a thing as blogging snobbery? @JodyHedlund

Exploring: Web Resources for Writers: @PStoltey

Outline your weakness as a writer:

An Agent Offers Basic Help with Contracts:

How to Come Up With an Author Tagline--

A Kiss Is Still a Kiss--

Writer's block and one trick to beat it:

Twenty Free Ways to Love Your Manuscript-- @thmafi

Don't Try to Be Someone Else--

Twitterific--the week in tweets from ElizabethSCraig:

Best Articles Writers Should Have Read (1st Half of 2010)--Writer's Digest:

What's for supper? Mystery writer Cricket McRae with some Baked Chile Rellenos: @kristadavis @CleoCoyle

Why One Writer is Enthralled With Blogging… @JulieeJohnsonn

Reading Blogs Might Make You a Better Person--

Who says you need a publisher? @jevonbolden

Read to be a better writer:

American Author Contest (or, Why Writers Should Use Craigslist With Caution)--

How to Get Help With Blog Problems, Blog Crashes, and Blog Blips--

Worried about being original? There are only 36 plots out there: @ClarissaDraper

What’s Considered a "Clip"? (Writer's Digest):

25 Ways to Make Social Media Work For You--

Your Online Persona – Writers, Stay Consistent: @simplywriting

Writing your pitch – pass me the bullets, please--

So, you want to write Science Fiction and/or Fantasy? @TheNewAuthor

12 Hands-on How-tos for Repurposing Blog Content into a Book--

Listen up: writing project asks authors to eavesdrop and tell (Guardian):

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