Sunday, November 10, 2013


 by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig

Twitterific links are fed into the Writer’s Knowledge Base search engine (developed by writer and software engineer Mike Fleming) which has over 23,000 free articles on writing related topics. It's the search engine for writers.

This week-- November 13-14:  Get Read – Marketing Strategies for Writers: Dan Blank’s We Grow Media is a  two-day online conference for authors looking for promotion strategies--and, ultimately, readers.  Speakers include Porter Anderson, Chuck Wendig, Dan Blank, Jane Friedman, Therese Walsh, and many others.  (I'm one of the scheduled speakers and am also am serving on the advisory board.)  More information about the conference and registration information can be found here.

If you use the discount code elizabeth, you receive $20 off the conference price.

Check out the new resource for writers.  It’s Alex J. Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group website.  There you’ll find pages of links to resources—writing tips, publishers, agents, queries, self-publishing, marketing, contests, and publications for writers.

Friend and fellow mystery writer Margot Kinberg has put together a crime fiction anthology: In a Word--Murder.  The ebook retails for $2.99 and proceeds from its sales benefit Princess Alice Hospice, in memory of Maxine Clarke, a supporter of and good friend to the crime writing community.  One of my stories is in the collection, first attempt at short fiction. :) 

The Search Engine for Writers:
How to nail NaNoWriMo: @nailyournovel
Ways of approaching setting in your novel: @Diana_Hurwitz
Why Writing Alternate History is Both Awesome and Soul Crushing: @corsetscutlass @_ElizabethMay
5 Signs You Are Reading Too Much YA: @mittenstrings
Writers and the Optimal-Child-Count Spectrum: @Rebeccamead_NYC @pageturner
Don't let your story stall: @lindasclare
Crime fiction--learning about suspects by looking at their living space: @mkinberg
Self-publishing--breaking into the solid German book market: @porter_anderson  @thecreativepenn @mmatting
Lessons learned from launching book two in a series: @PAShortt
A co-publishing effort in Italy and its results: @Porter_Anderson @marcellovena @MikeShatzkin
3 signs you should give up on a story: @KMWeiland @Porter_Anderson
A closer look at ebook subscription services'  business model (Oyster, Scribd): @MarkCoker @Porter_Anderson
30 Inspiring Quotes on Writing and Creativity: @ADDerWORLD
Creative Mind Mapping for Novelists: @livewritethrive
Self-Publishing: The Business License: @nataliewhipple
5 ways to overcome the limitations of 1st person POV: @yeomanis
Tips For Writing A Better First Scene: @lindasclare
The Lee Strasberg Method School of Writing: @hilarydavidson
Customizing Genre: @publisherswkly
Lecture series on YouTube offers tips for better writing from author @BrandSanderson:
Six Ways To Describe A Character In First Person: @Writers_Write
Write something crummy today: @lindasclare
Tips for keeping your character in character:
Inside Inner Conflict: @mooderino
The Art of Paragraphs: When to Hit Enter: @LaurieBoris
Describing a Character's Physical Appearance: @angelaackerman
Tips for managing more writing time:
What Writing the Second Novel Is Really Like: @JulieWuAuthor
Tips for keeping readers reading: @susanmeier1
10 Social Media Apps that Save Writers Time: @ninaamir
5 editing tips: @JackieKessler
On Diversity and Character Depth: @literaticat
Know when to show, not tell: @lindasclare
Twitter Tips for Writers That Will Help You Get the Most Out of the Network: @thewritelife
Where to Find Free Premium WordPress Themes: @blogherald @wonderwall7
Quick Manuscript Editing Tips: @iulienel @fantasyscroll
The One Thing You Must Do Before Taking Writing Advice: @storyaday
Will publishers accept a previously self-published novel? @nicolamorgan
Parting Ways with Your Agent: @ElisabethWeed
Plot twists keep readers guessing: @lindasclare
Success and Writing—What Keeps Us Going:
Quality trumps quantity when it comes to connecting with readers: @danblank
What makes NaNo good for writers? @ava_jae
How to Overcome RSI While Building Your Dream Writing Career: @anca1268
7 People Who Will Help You Fire Up Your Writing:
How To Reduce Reader Fatigue: @ashkrafton
Ins and outs of pen names: @kristinerusch
Deepen your protagonist by giving him a world view: @DonMaass @writerunboxed
A writer's experience with BookBub: @ChesterCampbell
Common typos to avoid: @MiladyDewinter
Start a New Novel in 22 Easy Steps: @donnagambale
How to write a 5-minute Story: @sheiladeeth
Tips for giving your story originality: @Saumya35
Unclear Transitions: @Ross_B_Lampert
Dialogue as "character communication": @gointothestory
Tips for busting writer's block:
3 Ways To Build a Healthy Writing Routine: @galleycat
Playing with Story Structure:
Scene Pacing: Balancing the "Beats": @lindasclare
7 Tips for Amazon Keywords and Best Selling Books: @passivevoiceblg
What scriptwriters should know: @scriptmag @LeeZJessup
The Three-Act, Eight Sequence Structure: @AlexSokoloff
Why Writing is a Partnership: @Woollz
The current state of self-publishing: @jamesscottbell
Seven Tips for Writing How-to Books: @Writers_Write
What To Do If Your Plot Doesn't Hang Together: @raindance
7 Twitter tips for writers: @wherewriterswin
Supplementing Your Blog With Expert Guests: @BloggingTipsCom
Balancing Inner/Outer Conflicts: @lindasclare
Count Your Rejection Letters Proudly: @galleycat
When you're a fiction writing professor: @glimmertrain
5 Tips for New Authors: @StacyClaflin
How the world's most creative people get their ideas:
5 Ways to Untangle Plot: @awesome_dawn
Why Writerly Words Are Not Your Friend:
Adding magic to the real world: @JCareyAuthor @lytherus
Categorizing your book into a genre: @passivevoiceblg
The popularity of Black Science Fiction is rising: @StaffordBattle
Tips for avoiding the self-pubbed look: @PaulaatAME
Publicists aren't wizards: "I can get it there but I can't make them love it": @PJNunn
How Silence About the Realities of Publishing Hurts Authors: @KameronHurley @locusmag
11 types of plots: @shalvatzis
4 Tips to Solve 99% of Your Writing Problems: @Janice_Hardy
3 tricks to sharpen your proofreading eye: @LaurelGarver
The Novelist's Guide to Writing (Only) What you Know: @cdivakaruni
5 Ways to Make Your Novel Unforgettable: @victoriamixon
Thoughts on Social Reading and Other Intrusions:
Hashtags for writers: @AdriennedeWolfe
How to Use Scrivener's Cork Board: @ava_jae
5 1/2 Reasons You Should Kill a Draft Blog Post: @copyblogger @demianfarnworth
5 Reasons You Should Take Questions From Your Audience: @RobBiesenbach
How to Create Your First Invoice as a Freelancer: @carefulcents
3 objectives of a proposal (and how they can motivate you after a writing break): @AngieDicken
3 Easy Tips For Better Email Interviews: @ticewrites
Which eBook Publishing Platform is Best? @KristenEckstein
How Not to Fire an Agent: @byDougRich @scriptmag
12 Things That Will Happen in Your 1st 3 Months of Blogging: @lindadessau
Simple is the Key to Telling a Story: @SouthrnWritrMag
Setting Up a Blog Tour: @DavidBCoe
Considerations when setting up a website: @fictorians
4 Tips for Dealing with Plot Holes: @RinelleGrey
10 Tips For Utilizing WordPress To Start Your Website: @Firmology
Scene Arcs:
The Request to Revise and Resubmit: @JulieEshbaugh
How To Conduct a Live Facebook Author Interview: @MsBessieBell
When Fear Is a Good Thing for Your Writing: @Christi_Craig
How to Plot With the Three-Act Structure: @janice_hardy
Deep POV Basics:
It's Hard to Trust the Process: @fictionnotes
Good advice 1 writer finds hard to follow: @tmAlexander
Fight for unabridged audio rights: @thebookseller
3 Ways To Build a Healthy Writing Routine: @galleycat
Scene Pacing: Balancing the "Beats": - @lindasclare
What scriptwriters should know: @scriptmag @LeeZJessup
The Three-Act, Eight Sequence Structure: @AlexSokoloff
The current state of self-publishing: @jamesscottbell
Seven Tips for Writing How-to Books: @Writers_Write
The popularity of Black Science Fiction is rising: @StaffordBattle
How risk averse publishers kill trends: @JanetKGrant
Ways Novelists Can Brainstorm Plot and Scenes: @livewritethrive
How to switch point of view without confusing the reader: @nailyournovel
10 Steps to a Creating a Book Launch Team: @anitahigman
Top 20 Literary Quotes About Short Stories: @amandaonwriting
Benefits of having a publicist:
Adapting a book to film--What Stanley Kubrick got wrong about "The Shining": @salon @magiciansbook
Despite competition from digital entertainment, there are young readers excited about books:
An explanation of show, don't tell: @maria_mckenzie
18 Months of Social Media: One Writer's Progress Report:
25 Questions To Ask As You Write: @chuckwendig {lang}
How Literary Agents' Responsibilities and Compensation are Changing: @chrisrobley
Top Writing Tips for Self-Published Authors: @PublishersWkly
3 Ways to Use Dialogue to NAIL Great Characters: @niniehammon
Conscious writing:
Overcoming Writing Road Blocks:
Science Fiction Romance vs Romantic Suspense: @dmburton72
The better way to self-publish: @author_sullivan
Why Facebook Contests Really Do Work: @lizstrauss
6 Tools That Stop Computer Distractions and Help You Stay on Task: @Trekity
How we present ourselves plays into our brand: @fictorians
Why Getting Some Negative Reviews Can Be Positive: @jodyhedlund
Romantic, Thinker, Skeptic: Using Personality Types to Flesh out Your Character:
Power Up Your Prose With Poetic Devices: @martinaaboone
It's better not to imagine ourselves as successful: @sharww