Sunday, November 27, 2011


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Why Writers Must Read: @Ava_Jae

Making Connections: Buses, Weaving and Poetry: @sueorton

5 Reasons to Use Social Bookmarking to Promote Your Blog: @blogherald

How To Focus Amidst Background Static And Ghost Channels: @coachcreative

Layering Complexity,Texture &Theme Using Subplots, Secondary Characters,& Villains: @RobinPerini @MireyahWolfe

Generating Story 4: The Story Setup: @authorjohnbrown

10 tools to keep your writing fresh: @novelpublicity

Writing and age: @HopeClark

How to format your manuscript: @LaurenClark_Bks

Thoughts on Convention Panels: @jimchines

5 Absolute Essentials for Making It as a Copywriter: @TiceWrites

On running gags in our stories: @lydia_sharp

3 Crucial Aspects of Writing Scenes: @VictoriaMixon

How to be professional as a writer: @nicolamorgan

Amazon Reader Reviews: 12 Things Everybody and His Grandmother Needs to Know: @AnneRAllen

6 Steps to Building a Strong Team for your Writing Career: @LyndaRYoung

An agent advises us to make a holiday writing plan: @RachelleGardner

Author Blogging 101: Blog Design: @JFBookman

Volume is important. Pace counts. @StoryFix

NaNoWriMo Tip: Fill Out a Character Chart: @GalleyCat

The refusal of the hero's call to action: @TheresaStevens

3 perfect gifts for writers: @BookEmDonna

Spacing books in a series:

An Open Letter to Simon and Schuster CEO: via @PassiveVoiceBlg

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Plagiarist: @scholarlykitchn

Too much tech? 7 authors respond: @junglereds

Dealing with criticism: @BryanThomasS

Too Many Facebook Friends: Blessing or Curse? @JaneFriedman

50 Handy Expressions About Hands:

Why 1 writer/editor sought certification: @Eliz_Humphrey

4 Reasons to Mimic the Masters—and 3 Reasons Not to: @KMWeiland

Breaking in, Breaking out, Dropping out of Publishing: @sarahahoyt

Setting up the punchline: @TheresaStevens

A Selfpubber's Morning: @gerarddemarigny

5 Scriptwriting Tips that Will Make Any Story Better: @LiaLondon1 for @JeffGoins

5 nontraditional publishing models from around the world: @artsylliu

There Are Suckers Born Every Minute and They Are Writers: @DeanWesleySmith

Indie publishing isn't for people who couldn't get published. It's for people who could. @DirtyWhiteCandy

Self-Published Authors Invited to the Kindle Owners Lending Library: @PassiveVoiceBlg

Hearing Voices? Maybe You're a Writer: @2KoP for @writeitsideways

Ads for ebooks – are they worth it? @HowToWriteShop

Why querying isn't a popularity contest: @sierragodfrey

How to Hold a Google+ Hangout and Why You Should: @smexaminer

Freelancers: 5 ways to sell more articles by being yourself: @lformichelli

100 Questions to Help You Write, Publish, and Sell Your Ebook: @lifehackorg

Why Daydreamers are More Creative: @sbkaufman for @creativitypost

Will Neuroscience Kill the Novel? @bigthink

The going rate for freelancing: @TiceWrites

Google Alerts for Authors: @CuriosityQuills

6 key writing lessons a writer learned from horses:

Defining success in publishing: @fingers_murphy

Living the stuff of novels: the ghostwriter's lot: @dirtywhitecandy

5 Subplot Blunders to Avoid: @LynnetteLabelle

Revising Away From The Computer: @YAHighway

Do you suffer from one of these maladies? @NathanBransford

Your book...2nd and 3rd acts: @AlexSokoloff

A Social Media Survival Guide: @jennreese for @RLLaFevers

For some kids, a book is just an iPad that doesn't work: @ivortossell for @globeandmail

How to Write a Blog Post About Writing: Dell Smith for @BTMargins

Plotting Through "What's Next?" @Janice_Hardy

Applied Description: @author_sullivan

How blogging can help an aspiring writer: @nickdaws

Write with the door closed, edit with the door closed and open: @eMergentPublish

Writing SF&F military: rank and rank systems:

A series on Goodreads promo: , , , @rsullivan9597

When do readers trust you? @HopeClark

Prompts for creating conflict in a scene: @DeeWhiteAuthor

Why 1 writer is keeping his agent: @jimchines

Stephen King, James Frey nominated for Bad Sex awards: @TelegraphBooks

The bus route of a writer: @sherrinda

5 Important Tips for Building a Strong Brand: @JeffGoins

Back up your work: @mistymassey

6 Common Writing Excuses (And How to Overcome Them): @aliventures)

Writing a Selling Query or Pitch in 4 Easy Steps: @elle_strauss for @Janice_Hardy

The Ultimate Gift Guide for Writers: @JamiGold

So, You Want a Book Blogger to Review Your Ebook…: @topshelfebooks for @GoblinWriter

4 Reasons for writers to be thankful: @JulieMusil

Use the Symbolitron: NaNoWriMo Tip: @GalleyCat

Are Zombies Truly the Harbinger of Genre Crossover? @ryancbritt for @tordotcom

Does Sentence Structure Affect Tone?

Online "Best of 2011" Book Lists: @largeheartedboy #books

Publicity: Soul Crushing or Life Affirming? @thebirdsisters

How to Build a Blog Following From the Ground Up: @JodyHedlund

13 ways to begin a novel: @gripemaster

Serial Fiction With Author Entrepreneur Sean Platt: @SeanPlatt for @TheCreativePenn

A profanity-laden shotgun blast of smart advice from @ChuckWendig: 25 reasons readers stop reading your story:

Tension or frustration? @KatieGanshert

Stimulus and Response: The Writer's Path through Story: @4kidlit

Twitter: "Social Media," not "Pyramid Marketing Scheme for Your eBook": @GeoffreyCubbage

Balancing the Scenes that Make Up Your Novel: @KristenLambTX

1 writer's screenwriting process:

8 Steps to Hosting a Successful Twitter Chat: @hubspot

Screenwriting : ratcheting up the tension using parallel stories: @jacobkrueger

Suspension of disbelief in crime fiction: @mkinberg

Writing Like A Lawyer: @inarascott for @4KidLit

How to Launch a Writers Group: 6 Pieces of Advice: @JeffGoins

Authors are the gatekeepers now, but must do 10 things to succeed: @Bob_Mayer

5 tips for compelling back cover copy: @amywilkins

Affect vs. Effect:

Beware of praise: @nicolamorgan

Literary Agents and Conflicts of Interest – A Compendium: @PassiveVoiceBlg

Filtered perspectives: @RavenRequiem13

Library ebooks, Book Country, dead girls & more--this week's news from @Porter_Anderson for @JaneFriedman:

3 Easy Steps to Critique a Friend's Poem: @write_practice

How to Describe Your Characters—and How Not to: @KMWeiland

How music played into 1 writer's manuscript: @erikamarksauthr for @BYROZMORRIS

Sudoku for Writers: @BTMargins

Should Christian authors write edgy? @slamballonbooks

3 Things You Can Do Now to Prepare for Published Authorhood: @RoniLoren

Use a spreadsheet to help organize your writing: @GalleyCat

1 screenwriter's writing process and software: @johnaugust #screenwriting

A good kind of reader manipulation: @jeanniecampbell

Fanfiction can be an eloquent tribute – it deserves more respect: @mathildia

20 Types and Forms of Humor:

Writing a Marketable Superhero Novel:

Platform and Social Media Must Not Be Your Center: @thewritermama for @JaneFriedman

5 Online Distraction-Busters for Writers: @krissybrady for @writeitsideways

Don't sign dumb contracts: @PassiveVoiceBlg

Black Friday: Writing Style:

How to be a genius (or just look like one): @justinemusk

The Critical Aspects of Digital Publishing: @barryeisler

4 Steps For Organizing Plot Ideas Into a Novel: @JodyHedlund

Disney parents--dead mothers & absent fathers: @FantasyFaction

The Dangers of Outsourcing Your Freelance Work: @fuelyourwriting

Top 5 Writing Tips the Grinch Stole:

Habits that Lead to Creative Writing Discoveries: @Musesland

Understanding Heroes: @TheresaStevens

10 Modes of Modifiers:

Hiveword Novel Writing Software Launched: @Hiveword

Can Search Engine Optimization Help You Sell More Books? @TheCreativePenn

How to make your own book trailer: @BubbleCow

40 Synonyms for Praise:

Remember the agent-writer relationship is a business arrangement: @PassiveVoiceBlg

1 Author's Writing Path: @Storyfix

1 writer's scriptwriting process: #screenwriting

The Psychology of Attraction: The Intertwining of Sex and Aggression: @lkblackburne

Real Life Diagnostics: Does This Prologue Work? @Janice_Hardy

An exclusive on slush? 1 agent's response: @literaticat

The 10 Secrets to Making a Spellbinding Video Trailer for Your Next Blog, Book, or Product Launch: @problogger

When do you need an editor?

Best articles this week for writers: @4kidlit

Write with fire: @NovelEditor

Designing our scenes:

Try communal world-building: @galleycat

When Does a Writer Become a Writer? @TheAtlantic

A Creative Space of Your Own: @KateArmsRoberts

Cozy mysteries--what they are, how they fit into crime fiction: @mkinberg

The 50 Greatest Moments in Comics:

Writers and traditional publishers:

Writers and traditional publishers:

The Low Cost of Books: @randysusanmeyer

Hiveword Is Here! An Interview with Creator Mike Fleming: @Hiveword