Sunday, March 20, 2011



Here are writing links that I’ve posted to Twitter in the last 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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Creativity Tweets of the Week – 03/18/11:

A Million Ways Not to Write a Book:

Creating Active Characters in YA Novels:

Over 6000 links to help #writers find resources:

9 Writer Woes and the Books to Cure Them:

Self-Editing at the Story Level:

Description--Fictional Characters and Setting:

On embracing our strengths:

Forget PowerPoint! How to Deliver Awesome Presentations:

Best articles this week for writers 3/18/11: @4kidlit

Getting the Most Out of Your Main Character:

Be a writing rebel--break some rules: @4kidlit

15 Exercises You Can Do Sitting In Front Of Your Computer:

Author Voice vs. Character Voice - Finding Both:

Writing prologues that work:

How non-conformist characters have spiced up crime fiction: @mkinberg

Avoiding self-evident statements:

How one set of co-authors got their agent:

Crits for Water Campaign: @janicehardy

Writing through it:

Do writers have to be closers?

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Julie's EAT HEALTHY French fries @CleoCoyle

The Power of Peer Recommendations & Reviews:

How to Use Dialogue to Avoid Lengthy Info Dumps:

5 Writing Excuses You Should Eliminate Now:

Blogging-The New Fast Food of Writing:

Use the delete key--9 places to start whacking at your words:

Newspaper Guild Calls for Unpaid Huffington Post Writers To Strike:

Screenwriting tips for novelists: @writerWyoming

Writers’ Tools: The Whiteboard: @LyndaRYoung

Search my tweets--

Indie Bookstores, eBooks and Google Books: @danielaudet

‘What I Really Want Is Someone Rolling Around in the Text’ (NY Times Magazine):

10 Reasons to Practice Freewriting: @CherylRWrites

The indie movement in media and how it may have changed us for the better: @thinkstory

Where Should You List Your Manuscript's Word Count?

For Your Non-Tweeting Friends: Reflections from a Confirmed Twitter Freak: @jennyhansen

5 Ways To Forget About Writers Block (And Actually Start Writing):

Choosing one story idea over another:

Tough lessons from a debut novelist:

Determining Your Blog's Weak Spots And How To Correct Them:

20 tips for a bestselling interview:

Tips for breaking the rules in mystery writing:

How to Record a Video Interview in 8 Steps:

Plotting is easy:

An author's personal writing checklist:

10 decisions you can make about your writing right now:

A site to help get your creative juices flowing (microwriting with prompts): @CarlosNZ

Spring cleaning for writers--clearing out that email inbox:

14 ways to enjoy doing something you've procrastinated (writing?):

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Happy St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes! @CleoCoyle

Journalists debate: Should ebook titles be in quotes or italics?

World creation:

Subconscious Storytelling: @storiestorm

5 things that turned one person into a writer:

Tips on finding an agent:

Turn Your Book Into an App: 5 Questions to Ask an App Developer:

If manuscripts were lovers:

5 free apps for writers:

The Art of Turning A Negative Comment Into A Positive:

Blood and Guts 101 for Screenwriters:

Literary vs. Genre Fiction:

Avoiding Melodrama by Writing Deeper: @4kidlit

How to Do a Structural Edit on Your Book, Part 2 of 4:

An Agent on Myths About Agents:

Dealing with the permanence of online reviews:

Fixing a Problem Scene—4 Approaches:

The Image of Canadian Authors:

Book Marketing: Understand Amazon Kindle "Before You Go": @thecreativepenn

Putting the sting in the story:

9 Ways to Give a Better Author Reading:

Is the face of publishing changing? An agent's thoughts:

SFF and the Classical Past, Part 7—Labyrinths:

100 Exquisite Adjectives:

The job of an author assistant:

St. Patrick's Day Mysteries: @janetrudolph

The Importance Of Not Being Earnest All The Time:

Writing Teaches Writing:

Improving Your Writing Through Research:

How to Run Two Blogs in the Midst of a Busy Life:

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

Get a Handle on Your Email:

Interview with an agent:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Breakfast in a Glass—Fruit Smoothie @CleoCoyle

Industry news and tips for those looking for an agent:

The path to writing enlightenment:

Can Great Characters Save a Bad Plot?

Finish what you start? The internal editor doesn't agree:

3 Ways Bloggers Can Attract Twitter Traffic:

6 fillers to avoid in dialogue:

Literary devices in the non-literary novel:

How *not* to Self-Publish:

The Power of Repetition:

10 questions to drive a writer wacky: @elspethwrites

Take a Second Look When Switching POV Styles:

5 Essential Blogs Every n00b Writer Must Devour: @ScottMcCumber

How Changing The Structure Of Your Novel Can Help Get Your Book Published: @bubblecow

6 Reasons Writing Is Coming Home: @victoriamixon

Back to Basics, part II: Organizing Your "Writing" Time:

3 strategies for writing endings:

Best and Worst Agent & Editor Advice:

Like With Like = Great Story Flow:

How to get out of your own way and quit procrastinating on your novel:

Leading into a scene vs. including backstory: @juliettewade

Story elements checklist:

Building Character Arc: Why a Motto Is Vital:

Creating Memoir That’s Bigger Than Me, Me, Me:

10 Hard Truths About Blogging:

Best SFF Novels of the Decade Readers Poll Results:

The New Facebook Page for Authors:

The complicated relationship of poetry, film and poetry-film:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Irish Oatmeal Cookie Muffins for St. Patrick's Day from Cleo Coyle @CleoCoyle

The 10 best modern European crime writers - in pictures (Guardian):

Omniscience (in fiction writing):

Slow blogging works:

Head-hopping as seen by publishing pros:

An agent posts "Hoping for a Movie Deal, Part 2":

4 Ways to Deal with Narrative Summaries:

How to Be Your Own Intern:

I post on my writing process--how I start a new project and my mindset throughout:

Where Should a Second Chapter Start?

100 things about a novel:

Using Conferences to Your Querying Advantage:

How long does it take to get published? An agent answers:

Open letter to anyone producing a sitcom pilot:

My book is Kryptonite: do I need a secret identity? @dirtywhitecandy

Gauging your writing ability and what you can do to reach the next level:

Are You Asking These Important Questions About Your Fantasy Setting?

A list of writing reference books directed toward learning specific skills:

Pen & Paper: Better Than All Things Digital:

The 5 Elements of Authoritative Content:

Writing Exercises to Get Your Pen Moving:

Is All publicity Good Publicity?

11 Savvy Social Media Strategies:

A writer on writer's block: @agent139

Writing Binges and Writing Blocks:

Twitter's effect on journalism:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: @CleoCoyle

Exclusives and multiple submissions:

Books and TV need to find a happy medium (Guardian):

'Nonfiction' Is Like Reality TV Shows, Right? And 'Creative Nonfiction' Is Like Fox News:

Engage with the public – or fade into the past (Guardian):

5 Critical Social Media Sharing Guidelines for Moms (& others who wonder about boundaries):

News for Authors with Facebook Fan Pages:

Key points in the digi vs traditional publishing debate:

Making change work for you: @joanswan

Convincing Readers Your Fiction is Real:

We Expect Far Too Much of a First Sentence: @AdviceToWriters

Why Do We Tell Stories?

Write Lots Of Books Or Build An Author Platform. Which Is More Effective? @thecreativepenn

Why Book Design & Editing Matter:

The not-so-glamorous life of a newly published author (Ntl. Post):

The birth of steampunk in the 19th Century:

An editor answers: Do I need an agent?

Writer envy:

The 10 best American poems (Guardian):

Writing vs. critiquing:

The 10 Most Awesomely Terrible Sci Fi/Fantasy Paperback Covers:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Killer Tofu From Guest Blogger Alan Orloff @CleoCoyle

The Perils of an Overactive Imagination:

Writers’ cul-de-sacs:

Five finalists for National Book Critics Circle award in poetry (Washington Post):

Implausible exchanges that pulls readers out of the story:

A somewhat controversial stance on ebook piracy:

Amazon Rankings: What they mean:

Why Overthinking Could Stifle Your Creativity:

Science fiction author begins war of the books worlds:

A Novel is Not a Story:

When an Author Meets His Critics: WordPress Plugins To Rock Your World: The Charlie Sheen Guide to Winning! at Online Marketing:

A Writer Blogs About Process:

Six Limitations of the First Person POV:

What's popular on the WKB search engine today?

9 Mindfulness Rituals to Make Your Day Better (a little zen for writers):

Self-Editing: Character Development:

Writing is about growing up:

Developing Voices for Different POVs:

8 iPhone Apps to Grow & Connect With Audience:

How To Tell If Your Writing Is Any Good - Part 1:

6 Ways to Promote Your Book for Free:

Social Media: There's No Such Thing as Too Early:

A Writer’s Antidotes for Envy:

Top 12 iPhone Aclip_image001pps That'll Increase Your Productivity:

The Preposition Gnome:

The art of hitting send:

Connections between some well-known crime writers' lives and their stories: @mkinberg

Resources for Christian Fiction Writers:

How Captain Kirk Led An Author to Write Historical Fiction:

Immersed in our stories:

Desperate writers: