Sunday, January 29, 2012


by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig

Below are the writing-related links I tweeted last week. The Writer’s Knowledge Base search engine, designed by software engineer and writer Mike Fleming, makes all these links (now over 12,000) searchable.

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Story structure: the 1st plot point: @rebeccaberto

7 Lessons For Writers From Leonardo Da Vinci: @thecreativepenn

20 things you need to know before you self-publish: @guardian

Round out your characters with contradictions: @dirtywhitecandy

Make an Image become a Symbol:

Will an agent ever recommend self-pub? @rachellegardner

Tips for finding your writing voice: @rebeccaberto

Starting Off a Book in Unfamiliar Territory: @janice_hardy

Tell a story only you can tell: @bookemdonna

3 tests for the opening scene of a romance: @teresamedeiros

Balancing reason with our love for writing: @WomenWriters

7 Negative Prefixes: @writing_tips

How 1 writer learned to write: @KMWeiland

12 Twitter Tips for Writers: @ajackwriting

When Book Publicists Go Too Far: @pubperspectives

Author Blogging 101: Video Interview Tools & Tips: @JFBookman

The Value of Ambition:

Getting back in the writing groove: @pepperbasham

Motivation and characterization: @Dragonmuse

How to Keep Up Your Writing When You're Sick: @writeitsideways

Why Isn't Literary Fiction Getting More Attention? @AprilLineWriter for @Janefriedman

Basic manuscript formatting: @behlerpublish

89 Book Marketing Ideas: @Caitlin Muir

Word Count For Writers: To Count or Not to Count: @epubworld for @thecreativepenn

As demand for e-books soars, libraries struggle to stock their virtual shelves: @passivevoiceblg

Don't present written proposals to agents at conferences: @bookendsjessica

Breakdown of the story structure of a middle grade mystery: @laurapauling

Can Critique Groups Do More Harm than Good? @KristenLambTX

A show, don't tell example in dialogue:

The first thing you do when you sit down at the computer:

Yes, You Do Need a Theme: @LiveWriteThrive

Tips for lending realism to the paranormal: @lisagailgreen

Writing means many types of beginnings for writers: @eMergentPublish

The Joys of Rewriting: @mooderino

Why Use Past Tense? @ava_jae

When to use modifiers: @theresastevens

The difference between sequence and scene: @AlexSokoloff

The Power of Creative Storytelling: @maxdubinsky for @jeffgoins

Book Cover Design and the Problem of Symbolism: @JFFriedman

Getting Through the Editing Process: @Sarafurlong

Determining if your book is a "hot" property for agents & publishers: @rachellegardner

5 Confused Word Pairs: @writing_tips

The new author pitch: Show, don't sell:

Getting the most from your book's sell sheets: @BryanThomasS

Tips for introducing characters: @Janice_Hardy

3 Ways to Use Pinterest for Book Publicity: @booksparkspr

1 Important Way for Authors to Get Discovered by Readers: @JodyHedlund

10 Tips for a Successful Author Talk: @janice_hardy

Getting started with Triberr: @JHansenWrites

What Sort of Goals Do You Need? 10 Questions to Ask: @CherylRWrites

The Rhythms of Work vs The Rhythms of Creative Labor: @jkglei

Trying to make your fantasy unique? Try making a twist: @JulietteWade

Themes and Story Premise in Novel Writing:

The Role of Google+ in Marketing: Get Googled: @candacemountain

The road to epub--Smashwords, KDP, PubIt:

Starting out our day with outgoing instead of incoming:

Self-Pubbed Author Beware: @jakonrath

Tips for writing tension--complex protagonists & escalating conflict: @JodieRennerEd

Writing Nonfiction: Using Quotations: @KarenCV

Forcing yourself to write a "big idea" instead of the scale that suits your story: @sarahahoyt

10 ways to boost your freelance writing income in 2012: @michellerafter

Fuel Your Critique Group With Google+: @authormedia

Why Reader Taste Differs from Publisher Taste: @jennybent

Reader Reviews and What Not To Do: @WendySMarcus

How to prepare for a writers conference: @Bob_Mayer

Myers-Briggs: A Tool for Authors: @FaeRowen

10 tips for writers to keep procrastination at bay: @TaliaVance

A report on a free ebook experiment: @TheresaStevens

Tips for sifting through feedback: @WriteAngleBlog

Digital Rights Showdown: HarperCollins v. Open Road: @VictoriaStrauss

Correct use of apostrophes: @authorterryo

Bookish things for book lovers: @LitMusings

3 elements of a book title that sells: @beth_barany

Creative Thinking Comes Before Creative Writing: @bob_brooke

Do You Hold E-Rights to Your Traditionally Published Book? @PassiveVoiceBlg

Why Amazon's Plagiarism Problem Is More Than A Public Relations Issue: @jeffjohnroberts

Description in Fantasy: Finding the Sweet Spot: @AmyJRoseDavis

Poking Dead Scenes With A Stick: @Janice_Hardy

How deep is your POV? @JoannaShupe

Reasons your book isn't selling: @DavidGaughran

10 ways to cut costs from your freelance business: @michellerafter

Harry Potter and the 3 Types of Heroes: @write_practice

Explaining "genre in the mainstream:" @tordotcom

How to Write a Publishable Memoir: 12 Do's and Don'ts: @annerallen

A look at Harlequin contracts: @PassiveVoiceBlg

Why playing safe in publishing is riskier than ever: @dirtywhitecandy

What is Copyright and What Does it Do? @DiyMFA

5 Ways Bad Reviews Can Help You: @AJackWriting

6 Signs of Description Misuse: @LyndaRYoung

2012 tax tips for US writers and publishers: @GLeeBurgett

How Unemployment Inspired an Interactive Book: @GalleyCat

The value of publicity: @JAKonrath

How to Clean Your Blog's Junk Drawer: @pushingsocial

12 Evocative Words That Include "Ae": @writing_tips

Remember what really matters..and write: @amysorrells

Fact-checking matters with fiction, too: @JodieRennerEd

Interesting roundup of Digital Book World, esp.the gulf btw. writers & the publishing industry: @Porter_Anderson

How to Make Your Book Play Out Like a Movie: @JodyHedlund

Book Sales Aren't Everything: @selfpubreview

Writing your book's final sequence: @katepaulk

Found Object Stories: Think Like a Writer:

4 Writing Routines You Can Live With: @writeitsideways

Worldbuilding--Setting up alternate social parameters: @JulietteWade

Blog Topics: Original or Commonplace? @cherylrwrites

Han Solo, Scarlett O'Hara, and Your Characters: What Makes Them Compelling? @KMWeiland for @write_practice

Why our voice and the rhythm of our writing is important: @janice_hardy

10 Questions for Publishing CEOs: @DonLinn

Querying a publisher after you've fired your agent: @bookendsjessica

Authors, Bloggers, and When the Internet Feels Like A Low-Budget Horror Movie: @BooksAreMyBFs

How to Remove the OCD from Your Blogging: @KrissyBrady for @catseyewriter

How to Add Goodreads to Your Facebook Timeline: @GalleyCat

The importance of keeping in touch with our readers: @GoblinWriter

The Skinny on Social Networking: @writersdigest

Read. Write. Repeat: @SusanMayWriter

Line editing in action: @theresastevens

What a teething toy taught 1 writer about branding: @Lit_Gal

The Uncertainty Principle: how do writers know if they're any good?

The myth of the bestseller: @JAKonrath

Publishers Less Optimistic About Digital Books This Year: @GalleyCat

5 Tips For Social Media Promotion Success: @BryanThomasS

Writing for Life: 5 Practical Goals For Writers: @thecreativepenn

Coincidence Destroys the Suspension of Disbelief: @noveleditor

Coincidence Destroys the Suspension of Disbelief: @noveleditor

Lies that Can Poison Our Writing Career: @KristenLambTX

Adverbs: They're Really Not All Bad: @janice_hardy

97 Ideas for Building a Valuable Platform: @chrisbrogan

Writers: How to Avoid Stagnation:

Strip down your writing:

3 ways to alleviate self-doubt: @turndog_million for @JaneFriedman

3 ways to alleviate self-doubt: @turndog_million for @JaneFriedman

Is KDP Select Salvation or Damnation for Indie Authors? @craftycmc

How Computer Games Can Help You With Your Plotting: @janice_hardy

Agatha Christie on writing: @becke_martin