Sunday, April 8, 2012


by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig

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5 Ways to Get Past Writer's Block: @fictionnotes

Fight scene basics: @jamesagard

You're agented? Cool! But can she sell you? @behlerpublish

PublishAmerica, Literary Agent: An Inside Look: @victoriastrauss

5 Ways to Liven Up a Description: @DiYMfa

Making Platform our Art: @KristenLambTX

How Screenplay Structure Can Help Plotting & Pace In Your Novels: @BryanThomasS

Taking the Mystery Out of Writing Mysteries: @DPLyleMD

Trust your instincts: @anna_elliott

Is creativity going the way of the collective? @creativitypost

6 Benefits of Blogging: @LyndaRYoung

Advice for writers on GoodReads: @WriterCrys

4 tips for writing humor: @write_practice

Character Development Questions: @HeatherMcCorkle

The Rise of Indie Authors and How This Helps Publishing: @thecreativepenn

Startup Costs Of Freelancing: @writertank

5 Tricks To Adapting A Well Known Story For Fiction: @BryanThomasS

3 Writing "Cheats" for Making Dialogue Work Harder & Ring True: @MuseInks

A TV Guide Approach to Hooking Your Reader: @writerashley

Turning your ebook into a free ad: @curiosityquills

When Characters Change (or Don't): @beth_barany

Read Your Way to Better Writing: @writeitsideways

Should You Write the Whole Trilogy Before You Query? @Janice_Hardy

An Agent Defines "Unsolicited Manuscripts": @bookendsjessica

What If Our Story Idea Has Already Been Done? @JamiGold

Precise story summaries are key to queries: @greyhausagency

How to do Social Media Right: @AskATechTeacher

A helpful look at the Wordpress dashboard: @jhansenwrites

Why We Need to Put Our Books to Bed: @jodyhedlund

Goodreads' guide to dystopian novels (infographic):

Outside the box marketing:

The Next Self-Publishing Frontier: E-Books In Translation: @laurahazardowen

The Write It Forward Author Marketing Plan: @jentalty

The New iPad Reviewed For Authors:

Making Sure Your Agent Can Sell You – Part 2: Description vs. Specifics: @behlerpublish

Symbols in The Hunger Games: (series spoilers): @tordotcom

How Honesty Compels Readers to Comment: @problogger

The Marketing Paradox: Start Small to Get Big: @janefriedman

That Final Manuscript Cleanup: @noveleditor

Narrative, Plot, and Story: @writing_tips

Scene endings and sub-genres:

The Potential of Social Media in Driving Book Sales: @digibookworld

What Authors and Publishers Can Learn from the Hunger Games Marketing Campaign, Part 2: @syntactics

A Dialogue Comparison of Twilight and Harry Potter:

Moving Beyond Self-Publishing: How are Locke, Hocking, and James selling? @PublishersWkly

PublishAmerica, Literary Agent: An Inside Look: @victoriastrauss

Tips for a non-fiction proposal: @nicolamorgan

Thoughts on being a hybrid author: @KristenLambTX

Writer @ChuckWendig on rejection:

Recommending Books for the Characters of "Mad Men:" @bookriot

A Reader's Drinking Game, First Edition: @NewDorkReview

6 Tips For Hiring The Right Freelance Editor: @meghancward

Does Your Character Wear Purple Converses?

Humor Writing for People Who Aren't Funny: @jeffgoins for @write_practice

12 Steps to Blog Tour Success:

Creative Writing Prompts: Secrets and Lies for Your Characters: @howtowriteshop

Believing We Have a Story to Tell: @AReasonToWrite

Tips on Showing Character Motivations: @Janice_Hardy

Worldbuilding--measurements: @JulietteWade

How writers can flourish when confronted with story restrictions: @storyfix

Freelancer Advice from NYT Magazine Culture Editor: @jasonboog

Traditional Publishing: The Query And The Funnel: @thecreativepenn

60 Synonyms for "Trip": @writing_tips

Patient Sues Doctor for Using Her in a Book: @passivevoiceblg

How Much Should You Write Every Day?

Does comedy have to be cruel? @salon

Elements of Fantasy: Brownies: @fantasyfaction

Why The Hunger Games Is the Future of Writing: @jeffgoins

11 things to know about blogging: @victoriamixon

Finding the Story in Nonfiction:

Tips for Writing the Small Town Romance: @ktlane3

A tip for making a living as a writer: @rachellegardner

Amazon's Author Central: Keeping Track of Your Books: @fictionnotes

Story Structure--Inciting Event and Key Event: @KMWeiland

How Writing against the Grain Creates a Niche: @hopeclark

The Writing Life: The Value of Tenacity:

Quirks and legs matter more than talent and perfection: @speechwriterguy

Feeling stuck? 7 "block" busters for writers: @RuthHarrisBooks for @annerallen

Writing Tips: Guns, Bullets And Shooting: @dsawyer for @thecreativepenn

The Chicago Manual of Style isn't the only guide, reminds one editor:

Steps to take when preparing to write a novel: @lisagailgreen

Trends in Publishing: Android Apps for Writing: @chicklitgurrl

Give Your Writing A Case of Spring Fever: @serbaughman for @writeitsideways

Basic Plot Brainstorming: @eMergentPublish

Persistence Often Leads to Publication: @livewritethrive

Why 1 Writer is Considering Deleting Her Facebook Account: @janice_hardy

The use of gossip and rumors in crime fiction: @mkinberg

When worldbuilding becomes too much: @greyhausagency

5 blogging lessons inspired by parenting: @rzive

Celebrating the Complicated Girl: @yahighway

10 tips for conferences: @msheatherwebb

Scrap"irregardless": @howtowriteshop

5 SEO Blog Tips to Increase Traffic to Your Site: @karencv

3 Pieces of Advice For Aspiring Authors: @ChuckSambuchino

Tips for ending chapters: @Kid_Lit

The Seattle Times--no fan of Amazon: @Porter_Anderson @LauraHazardOwen

Writers--self-pub moonlighting is serious business: @Porter_Anderson @CFSaller @jamesscottbell

Completion, and Resonance: why the first chapter is like the last: @juliettewade

3 ideas for developing voice: @KristenLambTX

Farther vs. Further: @writing_tips

13 Ways to Develop a Story That's Too Short:

Life is Short. Read with Purpose. @diymfa

Story structure tips:

Story endings and resolution of conflicts:

How To Pitch Your Book to Online Outlets: @galleycat

Simple tips for keeping a journal:

Training The Writer: @sarahahoyt

Do-It-Yourself Publishing: @passivevoiceblg @Occupy_Pub

5 Ways to Get Your Book into Bookstores: @jkairys for @JFBookman

Defining literary fiction: @janefriedman @sanjidaoconnell

7 Dialog Basics That Can Help Tighten Our Stories: @jodyhedlund

You Must Engage Your Creative Side: @jeffgoins

7 deadly sins:

Keep Your Characters True To Themselves: @SharlaWrites

The Dos and Don'ts of Novel Endings: @writersdigest

10 Blogging Fears Worth Chasing Down: @catseyewriter

Selling Ebooks Direct: How To Set Up A Simple E-Bookstore: @DavidGaughran

Who to Trust When Writing Your Book? @originalimpulse

Writing lessons learned from Heist Society: @juliemusil

When query letters mention professional editing: @behlerpublish

Microsoft OneNote – An Author's Best Friend: @selfpubreview

Twitter Tips: How to Keep Your Followers: @AnnieNeugebauer

The Power Of Diligence: @BryanThomasS

7 Blogging Mistakes Authors Make: @goblinwriter

8 Reasons Your Story Might Not Be Selling:

1 writer's typical process for writing a chapter: @fictionnotes

2 Tips to Accelerate Completion of Your Writing Projects:

Use music as motivation to write: @byrozmorris @jamesscottbell

How to start a blog: @woodwardkaren

Top tips for cozy mystery writing:

Story structure--the reversal: @Mommy_Authors

Is your book a Fence-Sitter? Consider finishing your book! @behlerpublish

6 Core Storytelling Competencies: Good… Better… Best. @storyfix

How to successfully launch a YA print novel: @laurapauling