Sunday, April 24, 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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How to Punctuate Dialogue in Novels and Short Stories:

An editor on show and tell:

Use a character web to track your characters:

3 types of secondary characters:

17 Places to Get Headline Ideas:

Description 101: Is Your Description Helping Your Story or Holding it Back?

How one writer's nonfiction project came to life:

What No Writer Should Ignore - Their Health:

3 Guidelines for Creating a Title with Shelf Appeal:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: IRISH STEW @CleoCoyle

On Epistolary Novels:

On motivation:

Writer/editor @JaneFriedman 's thoughts on drinking + life + writing:

Types of writing warm-ups:

The Armchair BEA:

Character traits instead of physical descriptions to identify characters & writing prompts for warm ups: @writeprompts

Turning Short Stories Into A Novel:

50 Ways to Dodge The Blog Burnout Sucker Punch:

My Story Got Workshopped. Now What?

On conflict and the amount to have in your story:

Who’s Misusing Whose?

Scenes that do double-duty. Or when your characters need to unionize:

Making Writing Your Business: Specifying Actions:

Tips for writing a travel memoir:

Get control of your characters:

Read, read, read – and why you should:

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

The role of memory in crime fiction: @mkinberg

A Defense of Traditional Publishing:

For Earth Day: 7 Ways to be a Green Writer: @LauraMarcella

Ways for Writers to Stay Fit:

The Skill List Project: Viewpoint and Story Experience:

Slow Blogging: A Commitment:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Lemon Cookies for Easter @CleoCoyle

An editorial chat on prose:

Fantasy Is Not Safe:

Are you prepared to answer the question, "What's your book about?"? @jamigold

Writing rituals:

Can’t Write? Draw:

Working Through an Agent’s Critique Letter: @4kidlit

Guest Blogging Etiquette: Let's Make a Deal:

Things to consider before branching out into other genres:

What to Do When Your Writing Takes a Back Seat:

How to choose the best story idea:

5 Critical Areas to Focus On For Writing Skills Growth:

Self-editing checklist--voice and viewpoint:

How Amazon Recommendation Algorithms Help Sell Your Book: @thecreativepenn

Making the Author-Editor Connection: The Importance of Being Edited:

7 Reasons Why Your Posts Aren’t Getting Retweeted:

Got social media app challenges? A software trainer & writer wants to help: @jhansenwrites

Why one writer quit querying: @keligwyn

Doubtlessly, there is doubt:

Writing Your Character’s Thoughts: @CherylRWrites

A Yes-and-No Answer About Hyphenating Phrases:

Exploring the difference between having readers and having *fans*:

Mental Signposts That Tell, Not Show:

Defining foundation concepts:

7 Secrets of Creating Effective Email Campaigns:

A revision success story:

Beware Milli Vanilli Syndrome:

Broadcastr Launches Android App: @galleycat

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Easter Dessert @CleoCoyle

Is Myth Dead? What is Myth and how did we kill it? @agent139

4 Ways to Keep Your Lifeless Blog from Boring Your Readers to Tears:

13 Ways to Screw Up Your Query:

10 Tips for Writing Excellence From Top Writing Bloggers:

Help For Those Late Night Fights With Your Blog: @jhansenwrites

Beneath Our Feet and Above Our Heads:

On Earning Out:

7 Considerations When Writing Descriptions: @authorterryo

Standing Out in the Slushpile: Some Basic Tips:

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Best of the Best - Speculative Fiction Resources: @bluemaven

Top 10 Reasons You Should Rewrite That Scene:

5 brutal truths about feedback on writing: @jammer0501

If you've had near misses with agents and publishers – should you self-publish? @dirtywhitecandy

Blogs and branding:

Writing and taxes:

Care and Feeding of the Discouraged Writer: @CherylRWrites

Romantic comedy truisms:

Publishing, POD, eBooks, Self-Publishing—Indie Editor FAQ:

What Makes a Strong Female Character Strong?

Do you know enough to self-publish?

Be a Transparent Tweeter:

Mix your industry learning with writing time: @jamigold

A look at 'quiet' murder mysteries: @mkinberg

Color theory and color symbolism:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Quick Potato Casserole @CleoCoyle

10 Reasons Why You Should Be Blogging:

Abstraction of interactions: @RavenRequiem13

Mystery Writer's Guide To Forensic Science - Paternity Tests: @clarissadraper

On em dashes:

When did your love affair with books start? How one editor's love of books began: @p2p_editor

How Do Your Characters Sound? @Paize_Fiddler

Tips for designing your own cover from an author who's done it: ,, @smreine

Will E-Books Save Short Stories? @ajackwriting

10 lies you might tell yourself while editing: @elspethwrites

Reality vs Drama (modifying reality to fit our story needs):

Turn Writing Weaknesses into Strengths:

The entire NY Times "Writers on Writing" series: via @Quotes4Writers

Fictional Time Travel That Won’t Make a Physicist Cringe:

When Should Writers Worry About Copyright?

12 Signs Your Novel isn't Ready to Publish:

5 Tips for Getting Back in the Groove: @CherylRWrites

3 myths about agents: @tawnafenske

What Will It Take To Make Science Fiction Romance "Truly Excellent"?

Using the sense of smell in your writing:

The reader's experience:

Don't hide info that readers need:

Design themes for your WordPress site:

Independent tracking of eBook sales:

5 helpful questions for building a story:

Writing in the Golden Age of Ebooks:

Scriptwriters: A Procrastinator’s Guide to Surviving Act 2:

Celebrating the 'empty nest' of a new book:

The Ebook Will Evolve. So Should Authors:

The writer's thesaurus--now with entries for weather to join the entries for setting, emotions, symbolism:

How to develop raving blog fans:

The Writer’s Life? Only You Know:

Think Like A Publisher #8… Price, Discounts, and Sales:

10 Reasons to Practice Freewriting: @CherylRWrites

What were this month's most popular writing articles? Sign up for the monthly WKB newsletter for links & interviews:

Introducing The New Slush Readers:

Booksigning Etiquette:

The importance of pathos:

Writing Your Character’s Thoughts: 3rd Person Limited POV: @CherylRWrites

5 Qualities to Consider During Character Development:

Brainstorming tips:

Style Sheets: An Editorial Tool:

Key Story Elements - Ordinary World and Special World:

How to Avoid the Comparison Trap: @keligwyn

YA Deals By The Numbers:

They’re Just Not That Into You: Dealing With Reviews:

An editorial chat on character development: @dirtywhitecandy

Learn how to write a screenplay by studying great scripts: #scriptwriting

Freelancers--Avoiding Unscoped Work from Unreasonable Clients:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Cadbury Creme Style Chocolate Easter Eggs From Scratch? @CleoCoyle

A Loose History of Vampires:

The Problem of Absolutes in Fantasy Literature:

Do We Need Our Heroes to Slip?

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 4/15/11):

A roundup of interesting links for historical writers:

The Dystopia/Utopia Dichotomy:

Book Fair Bewares for Writers:

Overstuffed Dialogue:

27 ways to promote your book—before writing it, before launching it, & after publishing it:

Need help with scene transitions?

4 Places to Get Your Creative Juices Flowing:

When the Words Won’t Flow: 4 Tools to Try: @CherylRWrites

How Not to Use Speaker Tags and Action Beats:

Just make the pancakes. @Christi_Craig

12 Weak Words We Can Turn into Strong Ones: @keligwyn

Writing prompts to jumpstart creativity: @WritePrompts

Job-hunting advice for journalists selling skills in the digital market:

Novelist proposes to girlfriend in print (Guardian):

The Aches and Pains of Being a Writer:

E-publishing With a Publisher Versus Self-publishing:

Slipping in Character Description:

How do you know which critique advice to take and which to ignore?

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Welcome Guest Blogger Amanda Flower @CleoCoyle

How To Amp Up Sexual Tension In Your Story: @RoniLoren

20 Great Similes from Literature to Inspire You:

Should we jot down story ideas we get, so we won't forget them? Stephen King says not to: @hektorkarl

7 Strategies to Keep Momentum When You Don’t Have Time to Write: @CherylRWrites

Want to write a book but don't know where to start?

Mistaken Newbie Writer Beliefs:

Jewels in crime fiction: @mkinberg