Sunday, October 24, 2010



Here are writing links that I’ve posted to Twitter for the past week. 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.

Finding—and Losing—Memories in Fiction:

Telling others that you're a writer--is it time to own up to the fact?

20 heroic librarians who save the world:


Not Starting with the Action:

Branding Leads to Landing...the All-Important Second Contract:

What if an agent doesn't like the revision I've done just for her?

The Truth About How Long it Takes to Get a Book Published:

Writing pitfalls to avoid:

Backstory blunders:

Writing full time--a user's guide for the newly agented:

How to Publish Your Book in the iBookstore:

When characters surprise you:

Skirts on Camels: Early Women Travel Writers (Huff Post):

Things Every Author Should Know about Promotion:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Apple Butter Spice Cake @CleoCoyle

E-Books Finally Impact Bestseller Market:

10 steps to a better story:

Bob the Builder’s advice to writers:

Storytelling Voice:

Spicing up the sagging middle of your manuscript--some tips: @juliemusil

iTunes and your writing:

Are You A Slave to Your Email?

Outline? Not if you don't want to. Do what works for *you*:

6 Ways to Optimize Your Blog for Search Engines:

Flashback into Character Development:

Best Articles This Week for Writers 10/22/10: @4KidLit

Series writing for crime fiction writers--keeping it fresh and knowing when and how to end a series: @mkinberg

Writer's GUILT:

Authors Behaving Badly: What NOT to Do at Your Bookstore Event:

Writing Tip: Trim the Fat:

Find the RIGHT agent, not just “an” agent:

5 Things Every Writer Should Know About Rights:

8 Great Mind Mapping Tools For Effective Brainstorming:

Insights about the current state of the ebook market:

Developing contacts to promote your book:

The Writer as Apprentice:

Eliminating unnecessary words:

Author acknowledgments:

Mary Stewart—An Appreciation:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Cleo Coyle's Chocolate Fudge Pumpkin Cookies with Easy Pumpkin Glaze and Two Instant... @CleoCoyle

"Why I love Peanuts" (Guardian):

A picture book author/illustrator stands up for her protagonist after letter by concerned parent:

Dropbox for backup:

Spending cuts put libraries at risk, authors warn (Guardian):

Using old technology to buy & sell used books:

The "Strong Female Character":

How to Write One Page Per Day:

An agent on some opening page tactics that fail:

5 tough truths about the writing life:

Literary Terms--A Writer's Choice:

How to Write a Nonfiction Book Proposal:

The Great Steampunk Timeline:

What Not To Do At A Conference:

Richard Ford's 10 rules for writers (National Post):

Are you using protection? Free speech, libel, and risky writing:

5 ways to tap your unconscious creativity:

The Making of a Novel: 8 Enduring Truths About Publishing (Huff Post):

On the way to the Final Draft – Self Editing #5:

The Edward Cullen Guide to Metaphor Posts:

How To Create Believable Characters:

Seven Ways Electronic Books Will Make Us Better Readers (Huff Post):

Keep Unlikable Characters From Alienating Readers:

Writing Devices : If the Glove Doesn’t Fit, Introduce a Rooster. And Raison d’etre:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Halloween in a Hurry—Spooky, Yummy Ghosts @CleoCoyle

Novel Writing Strategies and Links:

Copy-Editing the Culture: The Rise and Fall of Woody Allen, as Experienced Through His Punctuation:

Manuscript Request Etiquette: @HeatherMcCorkle

The Secret to Social Media Success–Slow & Steady Wins the Race:

I Don't Like You! - Creating Sympathetic Characters:

Ways to Generate More Traffic to Our Blogs:

Mark Twain on bestseller lists with release of memoir (Globe and Mail):

5 Ways to Make Your Novel Inescapable: @VictoriaMixon

The importance of test readers:

Finding free images for your blog:

How to kill your story before you write it – in 7 easy steps:

Make Your NaNoWriMo Experience Count (4 Posts):

How to handle agent questions when you tell them you've found representation:

Countdown to NaNoWriMo Part 3: Outlining A Novel Worth Reading:

Cold Iron: David Boyer, Plagiarist:

Reading fees – a money spinner?

How to speak publisher - A is for Agent:

Block That Adjective! (Wall St. Journal)

Originality in Genre Fiction – An Oxymoron?

3 Simple Ways to Rapidly Create Custom Facebook Landing Tabs:

Twitter 101--Who Can See My Tweets? :

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Coconut-berry granola goodness! @CleoCoyle

Paris’ Seine-side Bookselling bouquinistes Tout Trinkets, but City Hall Cries “Non”:

Why Simply Knowing Your Book’s Genre Isn’t Enough To Get Published:

3 Things To Help You Make The Most Of Every Day:

10 ways to find material to blog about:

An Agent on The Value of Professional Organizations:

Finished your novel? Start writing the next one:


The 10 Psychological Stages of Public Speaking:

View to A Kill: Finding the Best Point-of-View:

Making a Book Stand Out: What Helps the Most?

Debut series writing:

How to revise your novel without getting stale – take a tip from Michael Caine: @dirtywhitecandy

Nanowrimo Prep: Elements of Act One:

The writing advice you need but don't want: @jammer0501

6 Things To Do Before Submission Day:

How to reject an agent and let other agents know you have an offer:

Moving past checklists and writing rules--it's all about the story:

"Stop Beating Me Over the Head With Your Book":

An Agent Answers General Questions on Proposals:

Do It All, Or Die Trying: The Way Of The Renaissance Writer:

Why give critiques? @clarissadraper

Those unsolicited guest post offers:

Peter Jackson to begin filming The Hobbit in 2011:

The Seven Stages of Editing Grief:

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 10/15/10--Jane Friedman, Writer's Digest:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Bloody Shirley @CleoCoyle

New Agent Alert: Elena Mechlin of Pippin Properties:

Dramatic Tension:

Writing Articles to Build a Solid Online Business: Four Tips:

Ten of the best taxis in literature(Guardian):

Plotting--should we be keeping it simple?

Five great e-reader apps for your iPad:

Make sure it's your character's voice speaking, even when they're not talking: @authorterryo

Kurt Vonnegut, e.e. cummings & Shel Silverstein Are Most Popular Literary Tattoo Inspirations:

5 common Facebook faux pas:

The Art Of Writing And Selling Memoirs (NPR):

Don't mention blogging in your query...unless you *really* blog:

Silhouette Fades as Harlequin Rebrands:

Horror fiction--10 cliches to avoid:

5 Famous Writers That Lived in Exile:

Our libraries must branch out into a world of tweets and blogs (Telegraph):

Remember to write like Strunk and White:

10 Steps to Successful Video Blogging:

4 Factors for Choosing an MFA Program:

How to Show Up and Write:

The Rule of 5 for Book Promotion (Huff Post):

6 Ways To Cure Blogger Writer’s Block:

Listen to yourself--why writers should interview themselves:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Trick or Treat! Say Cheese!! @CleoCoyle

Ten Things About You To Make You An Identity Theft Victim (some can be found by our carelessness online):

Agents Talk Trends, Platform, eBooks and More at Wrangling With Writing:

On parallel construction of your sentences:

How to break in to non-fiction and fiction... a primer:

Themes in crime fiction--"the one that got away": @mkinberg

RT When novelists sober up (via @WillLangdale, @AdviceToWriters)

Best Articles This Week for Writers 10/15/2010:

E-reading--pros and cons:

Authors--is your book missing from your local bookstore? Don't be afraid to ask about it:

10 things writers should never forget: @ZiggyKinsella

Amish Romance: More Faith And No Sex In This Slice Of Christian Fiction (NPR):

Using Dropbox with your Kindle device:

How to pick the right POV for your novel: and

Why writers *must* write: @camillelaguire

An independent editor with tips on creating unique characters:

Why authors should love all their characters:

Confused about writing synopses? Take a look at Wikipedia:

The book tour: is it worth it? (Huff Post):

The author bio--6 important components:

James Ross and The Agony of the One-Hit Wonder:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Welcome Guest Blogger Kathleen Ernst! @CleoCoyle

Do You Try Your Agent’s Patience?

8 Lessons To Learn from Screwing Up Your Manuscript: @victoriamixon

Thoughts From An Aspiring Picture Book Author:

5 Reasons You Should Do NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month: @thecreativepenn

4 Tips for Researching a Novel:

Time Saving Tips for Freelance Writers:

10 classic SF books that were originally considered failures:

The Making of a Novel: A Simple Solution for Overusing Certain Words (Huff Post):

5 Articles on Perseverance:

How to fire your agent:

How to speak publisher - A is for Advance:

"My Story Isn't What You Represent But You Should Still Sign Me":

Should you mention your competitor in your marketing message?

The Top 5 Free eBooks for Fiction Writers:

Countdown to NaNoWriMo Part 2: Why Outlining Your Novel Is Essential: