Sunday, April 17, 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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Jewels in crime fiction: @mkinberg

Foursquare Tool for Crime Novelists: @galleycat

How to write a screenplay:

You Need a Complete Manuscript:

What Not to Worry About in a 1st Draft:

Rejecting the genre, not the writing:

When agents fly the coop:

Is it YA or Not? 5 Ways to Tell:

Can Reading Great Books Really Help Writers Grow?

Tips for perfecting your prose:

A manifesto for creatives:

Writing Is Like Comfort Food:

5 Ways to Repair Misused Em Dashes:

On opening lines:

Smart, Non-intrusive Ways to Monetize a Blog:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Hurry Scurry Berry Tart

2 writers with thoughts on writing humor:

Offbeat Lessons From 3 Late-Blooming Writers:

Where does dystopia fit as a genre?

4 places to check your transitions:

Self-Publishers Speak: Weaving Your Safety Net Mid-leap:

Get Prepared for Maximum Writing Effectiveness: @NewbieAuthor

What a good old-fashioned lie can do for your story:

Crafting an Opening That Draws You In:

Finding Your Voice: 7 Tips: @CherylRWrites

The Top Seven Reasons Publishers Reject Nonfiction Book Proposals:

Now with over 7000 links to help #writers find resources:

Creativity Tweets of the Week — 4/15/11: @on_creativity

The Query Quandary: @WriteAngleBlog

Outline Techniques for Those Who Hate Outlines:

The Princess Bride—Storytelling Done Right:

Best Articles This Week for Writers 4/15/11: @4kidlit

Tweets, texts & posts: New sources for memoir writers:

A look at literary assistants (part 2):

10 Sentences with Muddled Meanings Made Clear:

5 Innovative Poets to Watch & Learn From:

Tips for writing transitions:

To Kindle, With Caution:

When Your WIP Is Too Short aka Massive Panic Attack Time!

Ebook Spam - "Bound" to Happen: @hopeclark

What to do if you love a book: @MaryJaneMaffini

Author income streams:

Character Development in the 4 Act Structure (for erotic romance writers & others): @SaschaIllyvich

99 cents only works if you actually sell more copies:

The Periodic Table of Storytelling and Cultural Gender Bias:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Cookies from Leftovers!

Self-Publishing 911:

Dystopian Fiction: An Introduction:

What does a writer need to succeed? Discipline:

What is your social media influence score? (And does it matter?):

Changing the Writer's POV:

Widows and Orphans:

Theories of literary greatness that enrage and perplex:

7 writing sins and tips for avoiding them: @Riduna

Apple’s Incredible iPad, One Year In:

10 writing issues that stop agents in their tracks:

8 secrets writers won't tell you:

Don’t Ignore Logic When Writing Fiction for Children:

Think Like a Publisher #7… A Sales Plan:

Surviving the publishing apocalypse: @ajackwriting

Tools for writers who are learning addicts: @jamigold

Writers Conference or Workshop?

Updating a novel--yes or no to including current music and tech trends? @authorterryo

The Short Synopsis:

Steinbeck's travel book gets fact-checked (NY Times):

Confessions of an A.D.D. Writer: @jhansenwrites

Want to write? 18 great writers and thinkers show you how: @inkyelbows

Top 5 Ways to Get Your Articles Found and Read Online:

Explaining steampunk:

How a Simple Timer Can Magically Improve Your Productivity:

Keeping book clutter off the bookshelf:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: How to Make Fondue

Support Your Fellow Writer:

The Secret History of Ads in Books (NY Times):

A writer worries about giving his Social Security number to editors:

Writers' torture: waiting for your script to be read:

Your Backlist Is a Veritable Gold Mine:

Costly pitfalls to avoid when setting up your website:

7 Rules to Pitching a Glossy Magazine:

Is your book's setting ho-hum?

A Dollhouse Metaphor for Writing:

Accept your foibles and observe your writing patterns:

5 tips to quickly finish your 1st draft: @alanorloff

Selling Poetry? 5 Ways to Market Your Book of Poems:

Query letters for scriptwriters:

Launch a Brand New Blog … with Authority:

Interactive Narratives and the Future of Storytelling:

How to use props in your writing: @cristinterrill

Track Changes…Friend To Writers and Trees: @jhansenwrites

First Person Verses Third Person:

The Top 10 books Americans most want banned (Guardian):

On Editor/Agent Requests - Some things to consider:

Dialogue--make it matter: @juliemusil

Win vs. compete:

This Week’s Fail Whale–The Twitter Tyrant:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Fruit Salad in a Flash

The E-Publishing Outlook for Average Authors:My E-Book Sales:

And now there's a book out there with your name on it. Imagine that. (Guardian):

Short Stories vs. Novels - "natural length" and the fractal structure of stories:

Writerly confessions: @SW_Messenger

The Kindle as a revision tool:

Confessions of a Dangerous Twitterer:

The Fine Art of Conquering Impatience:

Tips for Kindle Authors: @thecreativepenn

Dialogue Problems and How To Fix Them 1: All your dialogue sounds the same. @ajackwriting

ABCs of story analysis:

One writer has a publisher but still wants an agent. Here's why:

Proper Use of The Semicolon:

When friends and family don't get the point of our writing:

The importance of setting:

More on Success and Rejection:

The difference between editing and proofreading--and tips for both: @jhansenwrites

3 steps to finding alternate endings that work:

Want to Sell Your Story? Peel Away the Layers to Create Memorable Characters: @authorterryo

The Best Agent Blogs of 2011:

Need tips for plotting?

5 things stand-up comedians can teach you about self-publishing:

Protagonists shouldn't be bystanders in their own lives:

The Protagonist: Using Character Clusters:

The ingredients of a perfect writer's blog:

Top 5 Mistakes Writers Make at Conferences:

Less is more when writing: @Paize_Fiddler

The Dreaded Query Letter:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Maple Cookies 2 Ways from Cleo Coyle

All about line editing: @victoriamixon

Telling Just Enough:

How to keep having great ideas: @jammer0501

Some examples illustrating authorial voice:

Give yourself permission to be as creative as you can be:

Research--how to do it and when to stop doing it:

Trends in Middle-Grade: @jemifraser

One writer is a Kindle convert (National Post):

What if literary characters were agents?

Pre-pub book marketing tips:

Writing your Synopses: How to begin?

Write For A Living In 7 Easy Steps: @thecreativepenn

You Can’t Hook a Reader with a Yawn:

The Positive Side of Rejection:

The phrase every publisher craves: word-of-mouth success (Guardian):

Dialogue Tags: How To Kill Off Some Of The Little Buggers:

The Pain and Pleasure of Back-to-Back Releases: @MasonCanyon

3 Traits Your Hero and Villain Should Share:

Using Comments to Build Your Blog Readership:

Helpful Wordpress plug-ins:

Excel: A Writer's Best Friend:

4 social media lessons from the world of book publishing:

Ebook Authors: The Kids Are Coming:

The Trouble With Triples: Writing Trilogies:

I Didn’t See That Coming: How To Avoid The Kiss-Of-Death Of Being Predictable:

A crossword puzzle for romance readers (Borders blog): @joanswan

Creating characters with disabilities:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Un-Blueberry Pie

The less you spread yourself thin, the better your work: @hopeclark

Query Letters: Part 2:

Two Sides to a Story: Plotting For Everyone:

3 Tips For Finding Something To Say When You're Out of Ideas:

Scoring a Well-Rounded Manuscript: Voice:

You gotta have an agreement first, doggone it:

No, Really. Finish the Manuscript.

Conversion Journey: One Writer's Word-to-E-book Workflow:

Pacing Potholes: Common Hazards that Slow Forward Motion:

Query Letters That DON’T Work, Not Even a Little Bit:

Top 5 Children's Lit Agencies:

Why being agented is weird: reason #1:

Defining a content edit:

10 Creativity Lessons from George Carlin:

Manuscript makeovers:

Pitching *is* a job interview:

A mobile scriptwriting app:

Write A Synopsis, Disney-Style:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Killer Kugel - to die for!

Should Self-Pubbed Authors Refer to Themselves as “Indie?”

Switching your character's goal:

How Much More Do You Have to Learn?

Beautifully Written:

On dramatic POV:

Story architecture--lessons from "The Source Code":

Screenwriting glossary:

8 tips for making your editor love you:

5 Reasons Your YA Character Might Flop:

Lemony Snicket’s (Very Random) Guide for Writers:

Evaluating Critique Feedback:

Once upon a backstory:

5 things one writer wishes she'd known about the writing business:

Eliminating Distancing Verbs:

Organizing a Writers Workshop: Pre-Publicity:

Amping up your writing by getting fresh:

Dangling modifiers: