Sunday, January 30, 2011

Twitterific and Writer’s Knowledge Base

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As usual, here are writing links that I’ve posted to Twitter for the past week.

My addition this week is an efficient method of locating resources on writing topics when you need them—via the Writer’s Knowledge Base search engine and software engineer and writer Mike Fleming’s ingenuity. The links I tweet (which are writers’ blogs, agents’ and editors’ blogs) all are added to the engine to make it easier for you to access the information you’re looking for.

Sympathetic antagonists:

For horror writers--a submission resource:

Writing Theory -- The Monomyth:

The overlooking and discounting of clues by sleuths in crime fiction: @mkinberg

A Proper Break…in life and in Microsoft Word:

Five Strategies For Writers to Deal With Rejection and Critique:

Four Strategies for Creating Titles That Jump Off the Page:

5 Ways to Set Smothered Verbs Free:

Crafting the Perfect Story, or, I Gush About Veronica Mars:

Goal - Conflict - Stakes. Why You Need All Three:

Ten Traits of Successful Writers:

Is The Future Of Print Books Limited Edition Beautiful Art?

Introducing the search engine for writers--finding resources that Google won't: @hiveword

Dos and Don'ts of Opening Pages:

Website Stats 101 for Authors:

Nancy Drew and The Case of the Guilty Silence:

The Making of a Novel: Set Decoration (Huff Post):

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: MY GRANDMOTHER'S MEATLOAF @CleoCoyle

8 Rituals to Get You Focused:

10 Biggest Time-Sinks in Science Fiction and Fantasy:

How to Explore New Careers (Without Quitting Your Day Job):

Breaking the Rules of Writing:

You *can* edit yourself:

How to determine your character's motivating need:

Typing vs. Longhand: Does it Affect Your Writing?

The Process of Creation – Concepts – Themes: @JustusRStone

5 writing mistakes one writer has made that he encourages you to learn from: @ajackwriting

Psychology in Writing: Adding Sound Effects to Your Writing:

Rick Riordan's top 5 misconceptions about writing:

"My Agent is Exhibiting Inappropriate Behaviors. Now What?": A Five-Step Program for the Anxious and Forlorn:

5 Things I Learned About Writing by Watching Football:

Why I won't take the bait:

How to avoid an endless revise:

The blank page--don't be afraid to make a mess:

Love, Crush, Infatuation... Do your YA characters know the difference?

An agent on the agent-author relationship:

Word count for the fantasy genre:

To Advertise, Promote or Market Your Book?

How writers avoid getting stuck with a story that feels like a bad marriage:

3 problems with writing a series:

The Essential Code for Aspiring Bloggers:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Crusted Beef Tenderloin Crisis with a Happy Ending @CleoCoyle

The art of good writing (Financial Times):

When your editor isn't great to work with:

Somebody Loves You: What To Do When An Agent Says Yes:

100 Mostly Small But Expressive Interjections:

Seven Tips for Submitting:

The Very Basics: Ten Things All Writers Need To Do:

Why Every Writer Should Complete More Than One Book:

An agent on unlikeable characters:

Three problems with writing a series:

Tips for freelancers on setting fees:

Literature maps:

Need resources on POV, voice, characterization? The writer's search engine: @hiveword

Using visualization to drive creativity:

Tightening Your (Manuscript’s) Belt: a Checklist for Eliminating Unnecessary Prose:

A Responsibility to Creativity:

Before You Decide to Pursue an MFA: 7 Essential Tips:

The importance of knowing what trips us up as a writer:

Managing coincidence in our stories:

Are You a Renaissance Soul? Use It to Your Advantage:

The 6 Essential Steps to Writing a Killer Press Release:

How to Make Your Writing Resolutions Stick:

9 Ways to Encourage People to Comment on your Blog:

"I Know Why Real Writers Have Cats":

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Ahhhh, New Orleans! @CleoCoyle

Gifts to accessorize books and e-readers (Chicago Tribune):

Definitions of Speculative Fiction (or why spec fic is specific):

Point of View: Stories Are About *people*:

Tips for encouraging kids to read:

On keeping your day job:

Bold Predictions: Half of US Publishers Expect E-books to Be Dominant Format by 2014: @pubperspectives

Mystery Writer's Guide to Forensic Science--Linguistic Fingerprinting: @clarissadraper

For freelancers--How to Organize Your Assignments, Research, Interviews & All the Rest:

How to Write Your First Novel in Under 4 Weeks:

Not Everything Can Be Made Up When Writing Fiction:

What to ask an agent:

Showing & Telling in Scenes & Dialogue:

A query and some query lingo:

13 ways to start a novel.

How Writers Can Use Dropbox Apps:

Book Contracts 101, Part 8 (Payment of Royalties):

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff: The (Back) Story of Our Lives:

A day in the life of an agent:

A Golden Rule for writers:

Your protagonist must have a goal:

The heart, mind and murder test for writers:

7 Tips for Tweeting Links that Get Clicked:

BBC to provide answer to Charles Dickens' final mystery (Guardian):

Hawk Roosting at the Library of Congress:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Mushroom and Rice Casserole @CleoCoyle

'Hunger Games': Why Kids Love Disaster, Distress and Dystopia (Huff Post):

Characters: What Are They Good For?

Tips on effective use of hashtags:

A writer with a round-up of agent advice on Twitter for the week: @HeatherMcCorkle

Does Your Novel Fall Victim to the Protagonist/Goal Switcheroo?

Need ideas to jump start your project? The Thirty-six (plus one) Dramatic Situations:

A Writer’s Shortcut to Stronger Writing:

An agent on how to write a book proposal:

How to Prevent Reader Boredom in Your Novel:

You've Written a Novel. Now What?

A day in the life of an agent:

Why being unpublished is great:

Tall, Dark & Handsome: How Much Do You Need to Describe Your Characters?

Introducing the search engine for writers--finding resources that Google won't:

Subjective Point of View: expressing judgment with adverbs and verbs:

A glossary of copyrights for writers:

5 tips for being a good book reviewer: @camillelaguire

The 3 Traits of a Writer—and Why You Can’t Succeed Without Them:

An interesting look at how crime fiction sleuths cope with the stress that murders create: @mkinberg

Another post in the interesting series "Understanding Screenwriting":

Clean Out Your Inbox Week:

Breakdown of "The Mist" to help explain the story structure concept:

Ghirardelli Mocha Challenge Winner shares his $1500 prize-winning #recipe: #chocolate #barista #coffee

5 Ways Facebook’s Discussions App Will Make You a Better Blogger:

Twitter – Time to get Social: @JustusRStone

Internet Broadcasting is the Next Big Wave:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Welcome Ghirardelli’s Mocha Challenge Winner: Jason Dominy Shares His $1500 Prize... @CleoCoyle

What’s In A Title? Everything:

The Art of A Short Story:

A Post for Procrastinators:

Can You Hear Me Now? Developing Your Voice:

Is Schmoozing the New Way Into Traditional Publication?

Typos--how much do they matter? And a list of grammar resources for writers:

A lit agent with writers' conference tips:

Forget Google. Here's a new search engine...for writers: @Hiveword

Boozing the Muse: @lauramunson

Formatpalooza--the emailed query:

8 Keys to Blogging Success:

Reasons Why your Submissions didn’t get Published:

How To Use Facebook Advertising To Market Your Book: @thecreativepenn

Crafting Outlines That Work for You:

Why You Should Read the Type of Stories You Write:

The Process of Creation – Concepts – Scenes: @JustusRStone

7 things one writer has learned about writing:

Signal words:

One writer says, "Careful, or you'll end up in my novel.":

8 tips for creating a unique personal brand:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Rigatoni with Chicken Thighs and Sausage @CleoCoyle

Top 10 dead bodies in literature (Guardian):

In the moment dialogue:

Why Writers Should Go To Writers' Conferences - It's Not What You Think:

Making use of your Kindle--some tips:

So You Want to Start a Book Blog: Pre-Blogging Advice:

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 1/21/11):

Famous literary mentoring:

The week in tweets--Twitterific:

Ten Steps to Writing Your Memoir in 2011 (Huff Post):

Is deep reading becoming a thing of the past? @CCTimes

The tone of your story:

Trail Blazing With Your Plot: Planting the Clues and Hints in Your Story:

Finding creative balance--making room for writing in your life:

3 fixes to make your first novel fly: part 3 – don’t be linear: @dirtywhitecandy

Max Your Dreams:

Going with the Flow of Your Reader’s Early Training: @TheNoteProject

The Top 20 Passwords Of All Time (That Need To Be Avoided):

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Welcome, Guest Hannah Dennison @CleoCoyle

Make your book unique by making it twist:

How Querying Agents Is Like the American Idol Auditions:

Writing a Young Narrator:

Beware of Agent Solicitations:

When Is a Story Worth Writing – Part Two: @JamiGold

What Happens to Your Blog When You’re Dead?