Sunday, March 13, 2011



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.

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The Focus Group:

Detail Enhances Your Fiction:

Style sheets, cheat sheets, & series bibles--keeping track of what we've written:

7 Tactical Fixes for Syntactical Impact:

Road test your writing by reading aloud (Guardian):

Saturate your life with Creativity:

One writer says, "Everything I Ever Needed to Know I Learned from TSR Hobbies."

20 freeware apps for blogging:

10 Reasons Your Blog Readers Don’t Hang Around:

Finding the Right Agent For YOUR Book:

Make it easier for reviewers to review your new book:

15 Blogging Tips A Blogger Wishes She Knew When She Started:

10 of the best lectures in literature (Guardian):

Clear and simple writing advice:

A useful revision tip:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: THE BREAD OF IRELAND @CleoCoyle

3 Lessons of Confession–Lead a Happier & More Productive Writing Life:

Why writers should keep a personal journal and tips for doing so:

5 Must-Have Qualities of a Successful Tech Writer:

Crime fiction--how murder investigations resemble chess matches: @mkinberg

The Creative Personality: Imagination and Grounded Reality:

Have You Considered Speechwriting?

POV confusion? Helpful links:

Tips for writing authentic dialogue:

6 steps to a successful plot:

Thoughts on keeping motivated daily:

Best Articles This Week for Writers 3/11/11: @4kidlit

Writing Theory -- The Monomyth Part 5:

Sex in YA:

Too Much of a Good Thing: Over Plotting Your Novel:

15 Top Writing Guides for Novelists:

Should Beta Readers Match Your Market?

Freelancers--Go From Temporary Help To “Trusted Ghostwriter”:

The emailed query:

An agent on nailing voice:

Juggling characters:

Stuck in the Middle: What Makes a Good Middle:

Blogging bullies:

When depleted, fill the creative well: @tobywneal

Skipping ahead in time in your manuscript:

The Problem of Place, or Dude, Where’s My Hometown?

Senses and feelings:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Julie's EAT HEALTHY Mushroom Barley soup @CleoCoyle

Breaking into Magazine Writing:

Lessons for writers from a Steve Martin event debacle:

Test your screenwriting IQ:

Tracking an author's career path (the arc of the journey):

Blogging and Maintaining Our Sanity:

A writer with a brutal truth about publishing:

SFF and the Classical Past, Part 6—Odysseys:

Writing Mechanics: Redundant Modifiers and Other Disasters:

10 ways freelance writers can get the most out of Twitter:

What's popular on the WKB search engine today?

Don’t Fear the Semicolon—It’s a Useful Writing Tool:

How to Do a Structural Edit on Your Book:

How to Build Your Writing Team: @jhansenwrites

Your reader--an often-overlooked key to your writing success:

Why Entering Contests Boosts Writing:

Writing On The Days Between: @storiestorm

An article in Salon that quotes writers who credit "Dungeons & Dragons" for helping them succeed:

Elements of a successful book proposal:

The Perils of Pacing:

Critique Groups: Etiquette:

Platform, product, promo--the 3 author variables:

Worldbuilding--taking your time:

Is your blog quotable?

Handling Back Story: @authorterryo

Tips for promoting your book with bookmarks:

A roundup of posts for aspiring writers to help put them on the right track:

12 Great Literary Ladies, 12 Valuable Lessons for the Writing Life:

It's a Hurry Up And Wait Business With No Promises:

8 Reasons Why Livescribe is the Best Tool for Taking Digital Notes:

Does a Blog Sell Books? Survey Results:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Yummy Cheddar Bread & It's gluten-free @CleoCoyle

Social Media and the Future of Poetry:

The New Growing Segment of the Reading Population: Writers:

Want more blog readers? You need to go out and find them:

A fond farewell to secondhand bookshops (Guardian):

Mystery Writer's Guide to Forensic Science - Collecting Evidence II: @clarissadraper

Small press vs. large press:

Need help with plotting, characterization, querying, or book promo?

Raising the Stakes: Revising to Keep Readers Reading:

5 Ways Writers Kid Themselves:

How to write believable heroes:

Creating Multi-Faceted Characters:

Master Tweeting for Authors: @joanswan

5 apps to help you interact with your Facebook fans: What they do and how to install them:

How to Blog, Muppet Show-Style:

The writer’s toolkit: Breaking the rules of the narrative arc:

6 Key Steps To Finding Your Passion As A Writer:

How to write a synopsis in a hurry:

Paying Attention by Shutting it Off (s Sensory Detail Exercise): @4kidlit

Blogging lessons from Britney Spears?

50 Rhetorical Devices for Rational Writing:

SEO Basics for Bloggers:

Formal vs informal queries? An editor's response:

The dark side of guest posts: @merylkevans

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: SALAD DAYS OF WINTER @CleoCoyle

Who Killed Science Fiction? It's been 'dead' for over 50 years: @martyhalpern

Is the Anthology Dead? @hopeclark

Who Wants To Be A (Kindle) Millionaire? (Forbes):

On the semicolon:

Mystery Writer's Guide to Forensic Science: Collecting Evidence: @clarissadraper

Publishing Romance: The More Things Change...

Search my tweets--

A crazy anthropologist's view on close POV:

An agent on movie deals:

HarperCollins caps e-book library loans at 26 check-outs. 2 sides of this argument: and

Amanda Hocking and the 99-Cent Kindle Millionaires:

5 ways to find truth in your writing: @jammer0501

Why Do Writers Abandon Novels? (NY Times):

How Excel can make book publicity easier:

Writers with tips on writing fantasy:

More tools for writers (including 1 that you might already have on your computer and not know it):

What the SCBWI Is and Is Not:

5 Keys to Unforgettable Story Introductions:

Transitions: linking forward through the story:

Metaphors vs similes: @Paize_Fiddler

Elements of your novel's/script's 2nd act--a checklist:

Is Your Contact Page Holding You Back?

9 Ways to Find the Time to Write:

7 Don't-Miss Sites for Online Marketing:

Things One Writer Wishes She'd Known Before Starting The Manuscript:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Shakespeare, Fat Tuesday + a Recipe for Pumpkin Pancakes with Butter Pecan Sauce ... @CleoCoyle

The fantasy of development:

Returning to Our Creativity:

Is Getting Traditionally Published Just a Crapshoot?

A comic that those with writer's block might appreciate: @inkyelbows

One writer lists 5 Twitter tips he doesn't like and 2 that he does:

Rhetorical devices: You can say that again! @clarissadraper

12 Tips for Clipping Unnecessary Words:

Elements of a successful synopsis:

How knowing Bookscan numbers is useful for writers:

10 Time Management Tips for Writers:

6 Best Ways for Writers to Remember Ideas:

Quiet Time: Handling the Non-Action Scenes:

The Great Agent Search--Organizing it All:

How one writer knows when she's got the right ending:

Back to Basics, part I: Be a Writer:

The benefits of writers' groups:

Fantasy, Romance, and the Omega author:

What Makes a Good Ending?

Writing tools of the trade:

5 Misconceptions That Might Just be Stopping You Getting Published (And How To Fix Them):

The Freelance Life: Tips on Staying Sane:

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 3/4/11):

7 Good Things that Blogging Brings:

8 traits of a first page that would encourage agents to read more:

4 critical points for writers:

Describing with Verbs:

Why do writers have to justify themselves?

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Reader Appreciation Day! @CleoCoyle

Why aliens are hell and zombies are heaven:

5 Tips for Conducting Stellar Interviews:

The magic of 100--a practical guide for writers to generate new ideas: @camillelaguire

Conference dos and don'ts:

On choosing a font:

The 4 pitfalls of praise:

Are You Stalling Your Writing Journey?

Want to search my tweets?

Twitterific--the week in tweets:

How to spotlight important prose:

Facebook changes that might help your blog or website:

Play by play narration:

What a Coincidence! Creating Plots That Don’t Feel Like Accidents:

4 tricks for getting to know new characters:

5 Ways to Show Emotion in Your Writing:

Advice to writers: Skip the scenery (Salon):

What I Love Lucy Can Teach You About Writing Tics:

What's better than a writing course?

Talking about Voice--3 authors, 3 books:

Mystery novel intrigues Manhattan:

Preserving the art of discovery:

The bare necessities of pitching:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Don't Glaze Me, Bro! A Field Trip to Cops and Doughnuts Bakery and Mom's Coffee Cake @CleoCoyle

50 important (or not) things to do before writing a novel:

3 goals for writers:

The Backwards Approach to Drafting a Novel:

Recipe for a Quality Manuscript: @hopeclark

Fact Versus Truth in Writing Fiction: @janefriedman

SFF and the Classical Past, Part 7—Labyrinths: