Sunday, August 7, 2011



Below are my tweets from the last week. Hope you’ll enter this month’s WKB giveaway for a chance to win Donald Maass’ excellent Writing the Breakout Novel, from our friends at Writer’s Digest. Enter the drawing by signing up for the WKB newsletter. Blogging with typewriters? Sure!

Incompetent characters in crime fiction & how they add to a story: @mkinberg

The core of the arts: @WriteAngleBlog

3 Ways to Rehab Your Inner Critic: @BookEmDonna

The 5 Biggest Mistakes Writers Make on Their Websites: @thecreativepenn

How to Style Names of Food:

Should You Make Your Romance Novel Erotic?

5 More Mistakes That Will Expose You As a Rookie:

The Hybrid Writer: Balancing Traditional and Self-pub: @pubperspectives

Writers’ Blogs: 5 Essentials for Engaging Your Readers: @jfbookman

What 1 writer told her family about publishing:

1 Simple Question All Writers Should Ask Themselves:

Being the other: @bookviewcafe

Healthy Eating Habits for an Awesome Writing Day:

How To Make One Story into Many By Being Multimedia Savvy:

A Look behind Lod’s World, or How to Strike Gold:

Reasons why 1 writer opted for a book trailer: @JodyHedlund

Saying You Want to Write Versus Actually Writing:

Google+ for writers:

Don't query until the manuscript is ready:

Research your book's details, but... @authorterryo

Thesis statement for fiction:

3 tricks to make your manuscript seem fresh when revising: @jillkemerer

Why Blogging About Writing Can Help Writers Improve:

Everything I Needed to Know About Living with a Writer I Learned by Living with a Writer: @BTMargins

Author branding vs. experimentation: @mkinberg

A mid-distance point of view:

An agent on first lines:

What everybody misses about chapter breaks: @dirtywhitecandy

Why Most of What You’ve Read About Characterization is Untrue:

Choosing Narrative Distance in Multiple Third Person:

4 Writing Crutches that Insult the Reader’s Intelligence:

Should Books Have a Rating System? @JamiGold

Revisions: raising your story on multiple levels: @JulietteWade

The Art of Revising: Macro Revision:

How to Make Yourself Write When You Really Really Don’t Want To:

Why Fantasy Isn't Just for Kids (WSJ):

Why Your Serial Fiction Is Likely to Fail and What To Do About It:

What it Takes to be an Indie Author @JoanSwan

A look at layering in subtext, with Harry Potter as an example:

Writing lessons from the U.S. women's soccer team: @laurapauling

Editors are Calling For Projects, But Where Are The Authors?

6 More Things Writers Won't Miss About the Big 6 "When They're Gone": @annerallen

4 Tips for Pitching Guest Posts Like a Pro:

How to rewrite rapidly and efficiently: @jammer0501

What Will Publishing Look Like in 2021? @AnneRAllen

Scaling Syndication: @RavenRequiem13

Word Count Goals: How Much is Too Much? @GeoffreyCubbage

Writing with an IPad: @yamuses

On Brands and In Person Appearances:

Beasts, Monsters and Eldritch Abominations:

Why 1 social media guru failed at maintaining 2 Twitter accounts: @MarianSchembari

The best-laid plans: @elspethwrites

The importance of writers' networks:

So, You Want to Sell More Books at Amazon--reviews:

Conference Prep: Six Essentials for Your Checklist:

Writers: You Are Responsible For Your Own Career: @PassiveVoiceBlg

The “New Author Platform” – What you need to know:

Choosing the Right Literary Magazine for Your Work:

An agent with tips for effective email communication:

The Three P’s of Writing Women’s Fiction:

Logic, Emotional Truth and Inspiration in Stories: @dirtywhitecandy @Janice_Hardy

Identifying Your Writing Strengths, step 3: @msforster

Draft Your Platform Action Plan: 5 Worksheets: @JaneFriedman

How to Save Money on Your Book Proof Corrections:

5 ways to keep our writing brains active: @JulieMusil

The 99 Cent Ghetto:

The Art of Writing Continuities:

Good Writing = Good Grammar:

Tips for Surviving the Pitch Session: @MuseInks

The Cure for Frustrated Writer’s Syndrome:

Saturated settings: @RavenRequiem13

Cyberpunk as a SF subgenre:

My thoughts on Google+:

5 Ways to Use Flickr Photos for Writing Inspiration: @writeitsideways

On ADD and Writing:

On influencers:

A 10-Point Comma Quiz:

Would You See Your Character At The Mall? @greyhausagency

A ratings system for books, part 2--including context? @JamiGold

What Drives a Story: Plot or Characters? @JamiGold

6 Daily Habits for Facebook Marketing Success:

Anton Chekhov's First Lines:

The importance of team-building on Twitter:

An agent on creating genres:

Speech mannerisms and body language: @JulieMusil

Tips for short story writing: @sherryisaac @JoanSwan

Twisting and deepening the final battle (with plot twists): @HP4Writers

Dangling, Squinting, Messed Up Modifiers: @YAHighway

17 Stock Plots:

Turn off your distractions:

Working with book bloggers:

One writer asks, "Do I still want an agent?" @DorteHJ

3 mistakes 1 newbie critiquer made: @marybaka

Creating the *Feel* of a World: @JulietteWade

How to Keep Up Online Without Losing Your Mind:

Agents in Conflict with Clients – Issues and Responses: @PassiveVoiceBlg

Why Bad Writing is Essential to Good Blogging:

In Praise of Working Late: 10 Reasons to Write at Night: @GeoffeyCubbage

Powerful Settings: Finding What is Unique for Your Characters:

Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing: Book as Event:

Why You Should Never Comment on Blogs. Ever.

Writing from the Panicked Side of the Brain: @BTMargins

Why Prologues Often Don't Work:

How book bloggers are like agents:

Dialogue Development:

On phobias and tips for handling public speaking (1 of the most common fears): @Jhansenwrites

How to build a villain:

How to speak publisher - D is for deadline:

Revising a scene--remembering the big picture & questions to help you edit:

How to Write Like a Viking:

Beating the "Sugar" Addiction–Tightening the Writing:

Finding Your Hidden Audience: Advice from a Book Marketer:

Being careful of what we say and write:

Why You Should Kick Your Story Aside and Write a Different One: @KMWeiland

Pre-Revision: Before You Break Out the Red Ink:

Using dashes instead of ellipses:

An agent's tips for writing queries:

How To Co-Write A Book Without Falling Out (Or Committing Murder!): @BubbleCow

Working mythical allusions into your story: @HP4Writers

Build your brand name: @keligwyn

Thoughts on writing for kids:

Quirky Characters: Can You Relate?

Friends or Enemies? @KatieGanshert

Ageism in the literary world: (The Independent)

It's Not Who You Circle; It's Who Circles You:

Practical Tips on Writing a Book from 23 Brilliant Authors:

Novel Pitching Made Easy: @catewoods

The true price of publishing (Guardian):

How to Read a Book Contract – Agents and the Law: @PassiveVoiceBlg

Digital and high r.r.p.s hitting hardback sales:

Tips for writing for kids: @writeangleblog

The Don't Ask, Don't Tell of Writing: @AEWrites

The ultimate ordeal from the hero's journey, with Harry Potter as an illustration: @HP4Writers

The 23 Blogger Breeds—Which Are You?

Dialogue as a rhythm: @FantasyFaction

5 Ways to Kick Your Writing up a Notch:

If you normally blog about writing, how will you promote your fiction? @dirtywhitecandy

The correct way to format dialogue: @bubblecow

How Books Work: The Hunger Games:

Using Distractions to Your Advantage:

Write even faster:

How to lose a reader in 10 pages--the visual disadvantage:

How to Silence Readers From Commenting on Your Blog:

1 writer's tools of the trade:

On Showing Up, Changing Your Life & Limited Goals:

Things Are Changing But We Have To Be Careful:

When writers embellish the truth:

5 Reasons Why All Freelance Writers Should Learn To Write a Sales Letter:

Finding your voice:

The art of getting more traffic for your blog:

The tricky nature of sending free book promo to bloggers:

Antidotes for excuses: @JulieMusil

What’s Inside Your Dystopia?

5 filler words to choke out of your writing: @Grammar_Diva

How to Undress a Victorian Lady in Your Next Historical Romance (WSJ):

Book Blog Tours and Review Sites: