Sunday, February 20, 2011


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

I’m delighted that now we have 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.

Addressing social issues in mysteries--without being preachy: @mkinberg

Getting in the mood to create:

The answer is in the work:

Need help pacing your story?

The Whole Story: Plotting Multibook Goals:

The Missing Link–NaNoEDMo:

A screenwriter answers industry-related questions:

Memo to Publishers: 8 Things NOT to Say:

An agent on why assistants should be respected:

The 3 Integral Components of a Story’s Beginning:

Does agent location matter? (Should you query agents in other countries?):

10 Ways to Piss Off Your Readers So They Never Become a Customer:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: GINGER CAKE @CleoCoyle

Konrath with numbers to encourage self-pubbing: via @evil_avatar

11 Tips To Help Make Writing Easier:

OMG! You can totally see her double spaces (on the double-space controversy):

How to use your blog to market your writing:

5 Ways Authors Alienate Readers on Social Media Sites:

Using Fear To Create A Dystopian World:

Charles Dickens – Three Principles of Writing:

Need help with scene transitions?

Prologues: Not as Evil as You Think:

A writing checklist:

How to Make the Most of Procrastination:

The Psychology of Character:

The Pros and Cons of Freelance Writing Online:

8 Tips for Dealing Calmly with Criticism:

Think kids are more creative? Think again. Think Like a 47-Year-Old to Boost Your Creativity:

The power of the short sentence:

Best Articles This Week for Writers 2/18/2011: @4kidlit

How to Help Google Find Your Site:

Science Fiction vs. Science Fantasy:

10 Tips for Effective Book Covers:

Don't lose your reader--use basic dialogue tags:

Author Publicity Makes Better Sense than Book Publicity:

Your Author Photo: Posing Tips:

Scientists Date Unreadable Manuscript:

On Moral (Fantasy) Fiction:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Chocolate Chip Cheesecake @CleoCoyle

Why Twitter freaks one writer out:

Modern Heroic Fantasy: Vibrant and Diverse or Bankrupt and Nihilistic?

SFF and the Classical Past, Part 3—Heroic Romans:

Author John Scalzi's perspective on Borders and what it means to writers' pocketbooks:

14 helpful writing links: @matthewschulz

5 Ways a Character’s Job Affects Your Story:

One Writer's World-Building Tools: @SINCnational

The Care And Feeding of a Writer - Perseverance:

What's popular on the WKB search engine today?

Screenwriters: How To Have a Successful Staffing and Development Season:

A Bankrupt Borders Makes Everyone Poorer, Especially Authors:

Making It Your Business: Setting Goals:

Building our protagonist:

A screenwriter answers "What show should I spec?":

How to Break Up With Your Writing:

What Julie and Julia Can Teach Us About Writing With Gusto:

Seven Tips to Grow Your Mailing List:

Oh no! Melodrama! -- Avoiding the Reader Eye Roll:

Countdown of Ways to Keep a Novel Pacey:

5 Traits Of Common Writing Scams: @ajackwriting

No Pain, No Gain: Killing Your Darlings:

Blog Tours For Authors: The 5 Commandments Of Blog Tourists: @thecreativepenn

When Overriding-Control-Disorder Meets Writing:

How to Beat the Fear of Being a One-Book Wonder:

Worldbuilding: How description reveals the focus of your narrator: @JulietteWade

5 Things Publishers Need to Know About Mobile Apps:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Cheddar Corn Muffins @CleoCoyle

The Bankrupt Nihilism of Our Fallen Fantasists:

Writers and Unrealistic Goals:

Zombies Rule, Vampires Drool:

(In)Flexibility and the Writing Process: @bluemaven

7 Pep Talk Points About Writing:

Ideas for finding more time to read:

An agent explains ISBNs:

5 Things To Do In Your First 3 Paragraphs:

Too many great links to bookmark? Try searching my tweets:

How to Meaningfully Grow Traffic to Your Site/Blog: @janefriedman

Character motivations versus plot motivations:

A screenwriter asks, "Does Having an Agent Allow You to Live Outside L.A.?" The answer:

The full list of Borders stores to be closed (via Publishers Weekly):

3 Strategies for Snaring the Senses:

Enough! Four cover tropes that should be retired:

Scenes–what they are and how to write them:

Dialogue tips:

E-Publishing: Choices and Pitfalls: @authorterryo

What one writer learned from screenwriting:

The Black Moment—When is it Dark Enough? @joanswan

Capitalization after colons:

Phrase Frequency Counter for Writers: @galleycat

How to Crush Clichés: Nix 'em or Fix 'em:

Borders Pulls the Trigger on Chapter 11: (PW)

Tax advice for writers: and

The 3 Integral Components of a Story’s Beginning:

5 Reasons You Might Be Hearing No:

An agent on the reasons behind the length of book production:

An agent answers 10 quick questions:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Creamy Corn Soup @CleoCoyle

Personality types on Twitter--avoid being a 'Debbie Downer':

A Twitter round-up listing new agents and agent advice: @HeatherMcCorkle

Self-Editing Part 2: Writing Style:

The Second Golden Rule of Writing:

What we say when we don’t speak. Or 5 ways to put a sock in it:

Wait—Who Said That? Keeping Your Speakers Straight:

Is your book's setting ho-hum?

How to Impress Blog Visitors Before they Start to Read:

Laying clues to your character's personality:

Making Your Characters a Character:

10 misconceptions about public libraries:

Don’t Go It Alone: Relationship-building for Bloggers:

Is the future of physical book publishing the same as the future of reading and writing?

5 Lessons for Mixing Past and Present Tense:

A writer on the importance of networking:

10 Ways to Embarrass Your Character:

Are You Ready to Freelance? A Quiz to Find Out:

Writing What You Don’t Know:

Head-hopping and a POV review:

An Agent Answers: Question from a Writer - What about older writers?

2010 State of the Computer Book Market, Post 2 - The Categories:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: A Classic French Dessert: Chocolate Pots de Crème from Cleo Coyle @CleoCoyle

4 Steps to Podcasting Success:

Love Your Novel: Just Don't Let it Take Over Your Life:

The Dangers of Dating a Writer:

Love letters--to our manuscript: @elspethwrites

For Valentine's Day: 10 Sexy Innuendos From Great Literature:

6 exotic places to meet your manuscript:

For a monthly recap of the most popular tweets and searches on the Writer's Knowledge Base, sign up for our newsletter:

A screenwriter with a screenwriting bible:

Descriptive Passages, Part III: Action:

14 ways to love what your manuscript loves:

How did the search engine for writers come about?

The Best Way to Make Time for Passion Projects:

Tips for Writers: How To Use Social Media:

The lost art of editing (Guardian):

Starting Your First Blog? 29 Tips, Tutorials and Resources for New Bloggers:

One arrow to shoot at a target? An agent responds:

What makes writers special: A valentine from an editor:

Borders expected to file bankruptcy this week--and an examination of what led to its demise (including bar codes):

8 Signs Your Writing Is Stuck in a Rut - and Why You Should Care:

Writing the Natural Way: Drawing on What Your Know:

Turn your screenplay into a novel:

For Valentine's Day--The 10 best love stories - in pictures (Guardian):

Advice on Online Presence from Publishing Experts:

A Love Letter to Writers' Spouses:

10 Websites For Writers: @ajackwriting

You know you're a book blogger when...

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Last Minute No Panic Valentine Treat @CleoCoyle

The E-Book Royalty Mess: An Interim Fix:

Tips for dealing with hand and wrist pain from writing:

That elusive voice:

Twitterific--the week in tweets:

Writing sex--the 'why?' :

Best tweets for writers (week ending 2-11): @janefriedman

Ready to query but don't know where to start?

Is Your Writing a Fling, or the Real Thing?

The Four Essential Stages of Writing:

Making Your Writing Exciting At the Sentence Level: via @SouthernBella03

Get the big picture of your novel:

The Rules of SciFi:

7 Habits of Serious Writers:

17 Reasons Why Entertainment Weekly Is Wrong About Romantic Comedy:

Tool for Writing Longhand: @CherylRWrites

Great Openings in Kid/YA Lit:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Please welcome guest blogger Vicki Delany - ta dah! @CleoCoyle

Roles That Bind: Roleplaying Games and the Fantasy Genre:

Writing Inspiration, Beating Blocks And How To Manage Your Time With K.M.Weiland:

The Essence Of your Book and The Unexpected Value Of Twitter: @ajackwriting

One song to the tune of another – dos and don’ts of mash-ups and juxtaposition: @dirtywhitecandy

Character checklist: @SouthernBella03

Beyond the most common fiction mistakes: @victoriamixon

You Know You’re A Writer When…12 reasons: @JulieeJohnsonn

How a Blogging Platform Can Aid Novelists - And Other Questions Answered: @thecreativepenn

How similar are you to your protagonist?