Sunday, March 4, 2012


by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig

[twitter_newbird_boxed_blueonwhite%255B96%255D.png]Below are the writing-related links I tweeted last week. The free Writer’s Knowledge Base search engine, designed by software engineer and writer Mike Fleming, makes all these links (now over 14,000) searchable. The WKB recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. WKB

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What makes a good-looking ebook: Tips on ebook design for standard titles: @thefuturebook

How to Revise for Structure: @jamigold

6 Interior Design Tips to Make Your Blog User-friendly: @bobwp

10 Types of Rotten Writing Advice:

Worldbuilding--making a city work: @JulietteWade

Is the publishing industry ready for change? @rachellegardner

Dos and Don'ts for Introducing Your Protagonist: @annerallen

Blogging for writers - make your blog work: @nicolamorgan

Fact or Fiction? The Entirely True Saga of A Woman Torn Between Two Genres: @BTMargins

In Support of "New Adult Fiction": @WriteAngleBlog

Writers Conferences--Your Elevator Pitch: @Bob_Mayer

Adapting to Create Success: @4kidlit

Using canned responses in Gmail: @alexisgrant

10 Questions to Ask When Offered Representation: @Kid_Lit

The Crucial Story Arc:

Children's Books Defined:

2 Ways to Make the Most of Goodreads: @JaneFriedman

The Future of Big Publishing in the New Paradigm: @KristenLamb

Applying screenwriting structure to novels:

Religion in Fantasy: @fantasyfaction

Avoiding the Dreaded Infodump: @Janice_Hardy

How to fall in love with writing again: @originalimpulse for @ollinmorales

Tips for writing historical fiction & a list of its subgenres: @MarciaARichards for @nicolebasaraba

How to make the most of school visits:

Does Your Story Have Too Many Characters? @KMWeiland

The 5 Point Finale: @sierragodfrey

How (Not) to Write the Perfect Query Letter: @Ava_Jae

The Power of Symbolism: @storyfix

Research before you make claims in your queries: @behlerpublish

3 Vital Keys to a Good Book Trailer: @Beth_Barany

Curing Author Ignorance: @Porter_Anderson

Tips and highlights for the upcoming AWP conference: @Porter_Anderson @DanBlank

7 Powerful Ways to End Your Next Blog Post: @aliventures

An agent on "letting projects marinate": @greyhausagency

Are You Making These 7 Mistakes with Your About Page? @copyblogger

The Changing Face of SFF: @fantasyfaction

Thoughts on appropriate ebook pricing: @zoewinters

Competence is hot: @SF_Novelists

29 Soundbites On Writing And Publishing: @thecreativepenn

A look at Book Tango: @victoriastrauss

The life of a literary agent's assistant:

Editing to Life – Characterization: @lydia_sharp

Need Voice? Think Out Loud: @JamiGold

Riveting Our Readers By Using the Death Factor: @jodyhedlund

How to create suspense: @jammer0501

Music Lessons (that work for publishing, too): @ProjectDomino

3 Character Archetypes in Fiction: @write_practice for @KMWeiland

6 Tips to Make the Most Out of Writing Workshops:

Querying your unlikeable character: @querytracker

Elements of a good narrative arc: @WriterSherry

5 Ways to Create Memorable, Multi-Layered Characters: @jeanoram

Markets & Manners: Tips for Writers:

There's Never Been a Better Time to Be a Reader: @readingape

Why Writers Must Be Readers First: @Diymfa

The importance of using specific verbs: @AimeeLSalter

Don't Write a Book Without a Buyer: @writersdigest

List of Superhero Origin Stories:

A word to keep in mind when writing your screenplay: @misfitsandmascara

10 Myths About Editors: @theresa_stevens

Editing Technique: Lists: @Ava_Jae

Use A Hollywood Trick To Plan Your Next Novel:

Focus—What's This Story About? @noveleditor

Book Promotion Basics — Useful Articles for New Authors: @goblinwriter

An agent on the different levels of middle grade:

How to Stop Procrastinating and Start Writing: @thecreativepenn

Reasons for a Trade Paper Edition: @deanwesleysmith

Voice in 3rd Person: @janice_hardy

12 Dos and Don'ts for Author-Bloggers: @annerallen

Take Your Characters to Therapy:

5 Reasons It's Less Dramatic That Greedo Shot First:

The Authors Guild – Providing Blogging Opportunities for the Clueless: @PassiveVoiceBlg

21 Ray Bradbury Quotes: @writersdigest

30 Archaic Adjectives and Adverbs: @writing_tips

Invest in Your Own E-Book:

Special Punctuation—Ellipses, Em Dash, En Dash and Hyphen: @BryanThomasS

Why Stress Hurts Performance: @cherylrwrites

3 Things 1 Writer Learned from Henry James: @VictoriaMixon

The True Prize That Comes From a Significant Writing Life: @LiveWriteThrive

Why Amazon Is Winning the Book Wars: @scholarlykitchn

Tips for inexpensively creating a website: @JenTalty

Why a Critique Relationship is Crucial for Better Writing:

The 90/10 promotion rule: what to do with the 10%? @nicolamorgan

The 7 Deadly Sins of Prologues: @KristenLamb

An Agent on Questions You Might Be Asked When Offered Representation: @Kid_Lit

Writing the Right Story vs Writing the Story Right: @writeitsideways

How to Restore a Character's Voice When They Develop Laryngitis: @jan_ohara

Marketing Direct To Kindle Readers--On Advertising And KDP Select: @thecreativepenn

How Important is Genre in Today's World of Ebooks? @Janice_Hardy

What You Should Know Before Considering a Career as a Freelance Editor: @victoriamixon

2 writing questions that are hard to answer:

What an Angry Flight Attendant Taught 1 Writer about Doing Meaningful Work: @jeffgoins

An agent warns against writing without thinking:

Finding a good book is a challenge: @passivevoiceblg

Breaking down story structure using Heist Society as an example: @laurapauling

The Editorial Process - 1 Writer's Experience vs Misconceptions:

Experimenting With Writing Techniques...With Fanfic: @jenniecoughlin

Digital Eloquence: @thefuturebook

Keeping it Fresh—Writer's Craft: Color: @LindaGray_

Put your character in a trap:

How to Manipulate Your Audience Like Downton Abbey: @write_practice

The trick for curing writer's block: @krissybrady

Each book is a thriller: @Ravenrequiem13

What to write first: @noveleditor

Newsletters 101: Email Marketing for Authors: @goblinwriter

3 tips for getting over writer's block: @diymfa

4 ways to make your own luck using social media: @alexisgrant for @rachellegardner

Do traditional publishers treat authors badly? @JAKonrath

For Women Writers--Men Are Not Women With Chest Hair: @authorterryo

How To Take Writing Advice: @novelrocket

The Reality of Amazon and the Digital Publishing World: @bob_mayer

Tips for memoir writing: @kathypooler

Dos and Don'ts for Handling Bad Reviews:

A compelling story vs. a perfectly executed one: @jodyhedlund

Tips for radio interviews:

Moving into the self-encouragement phase of our writing life: @TamarMek

Piracy, Apple's ebooks, Amazon & authors, publishing news & views in @Porter_Anderson 's on the Ether:

A deep editing technique for tighter storytelling: @JoanSwan

Tips for writing suspense: @JoanSwan

The importance of sleuth intuition in crime fiction: @Mkinberg

Writing on the Ether by @Porter_Anderson features @craigmod @calebjross @LornaSuzuki @JDGsaid @naypinya

Can We Have Too Much Voice? @JamiGold

Choosing to leave a publisher:

Pinterest: 5 Best Practices for Writers:

10 Obstacles to Creativity–and How to Overcome Them: @CherylRwrites

5 Steps to Writing a Novel that Sells:

5 Ingredients To Create Successful Blog Content: @JulieBMack

7 Time Management Tips to Write Your Book: @originalimpulse

When Blurbs Attack (Do Blurbs Matter?): @NewDorkReview

Make your villain 3-dimensional by adding positive traits: @JoanSwan

Dialogue Lessons From Downton Abbey: @lgreffenius for @BTMargins

Amazon–Beware of Greeks Bearing Gifts: @KristenLamb

13 Ways to Impress an Agent: @rachellegardner

1 writer's road to publication: @randysusanmeyer

When to Add a Scene Break:

An Author's Guide to Surviving Goodreads: @blurbisaverb

How To Use Physical Activity to Banish Writer's Block:

How to Survive Your First Year of Blogging:

The Tenuous Relationship Between Question and Quotation Marks: @write_practice

Religion in Fantasy, part 2: @fantasyfaction

Better Homes and Novels: Confessions of a haphazardly organized writer: @btmargins

First Paragraph, First Thoughts: @livewritethrive

A quotation mark quiz: @writing_tips

5 Simple Steps on Creating Suspense in Fiction: @writersdigest

A nice roundup of this week's best blog posts for writers: @4kidlit

Librarians Feel Sticker Shock as Price for Random House Ebooks Rises as Much as 300%:

Using mind maps to write & finish your book on time: @BookBuzzr

Answers to 7 questions on writing memoirs: @soulofaword

11 Google Analytics Tricks to Use for Your Website: @SEOmoz

Eliminate passively constructed sentences: @ScottTheWriter

Having a successful debut--it's all about the book: @rachel__abbott