Sunday, June 27, 2010


Terry3Here are writing links that I’ve posted to Twitter for the past week. If you’re looking for a particular topic, just plug in your keyword into the search box at the top left-hand corner of the blog (on the black header right above my blog name…next to the Blogger symbol…the small search window is next to the magnifying glass) and the roundup with your subject will come up. To narrow your search down on the page, do a CTRL+F, type your subject, and hit enter.

Purposeful Daydreaming:

The dirty writing rule happy authors swear by:

Writing New Worlds to Life:

Follow the yellow brick rules:

Writers--how to toughen up: @JodyHedlund

The Hero’s Journey Part 10 – The Road Back: @JustusRStone

7 Interview Tips That Help You Get the Killer Quotes and Color Your Story Needs: @WritersKitchen

When Your Writing Bores You (Writer's Digest):

When is doing a single-book contract ideal and when is a multi-book contract best?

Resort to trickery to force yourself to write:

Big publishers have reason to be happy about how the book market is evolving:

Significantly Speed Up Your WordPress Blog in 9 Easy Steps--

How to throw out your 65,000 word WIP – And Use The BEST BITS To Build a Better One: @DeeScribe

Inherent Contradictions in Character:

Revision Indecision:

Dude, you write books? The 3 classic reactions:

Ethics of Review Copies :

8 Oddball Writing Tips: @yaHighway

Top 5 Twitter transgressions for writers: @yaHighway

7 Things to Do on a Plane (the writer edition): @nomadshan

20 Warning Signs That Your Blog Content Sucks:

4 Things that Big Bloggers tell You that You Shouldn’t Ignore: @LiteraryNobody

How one writer successfully faces her writing demons: @elspethwrites @margotkinberg

5 ways to tell your WIP is progressing (LOL): @Amanda_Hannah

Scene transitions--don't follow your characters around when they're being boring: @authorterryo

Authors and the media--tips for interviews: @

Building Your Book/Author Website: @QueryTracker

How to Write Drunk: A Revising Technique: @paulocampos

Best fantasy books for children (Salon):

How one writer uses crits in her editing process:

Urgency vs action in your writing: @TeresaFrohock

10 Errors that Drive One Agent Crazy:

Why I Don't Care About Grammar (and Why You Should Stop Worrying)--Writer's Digest:

12 Secrets to Selling More Books at Events (Huff Post):

Things to keep in mind when writing for children:

Does your mood affect your writing? @ territiffany1

How well do you know your characters?

The importance of taking editorial advice:

Are Agents Underpaid?

What to remember if you have the unagented blues: @ authorsampark

Summer Mystery Conferences & Conventions-- @JanetRudolph

Put your reader to sleep:

What 81% of agents expect on the 1st page:

Don't just be a 'good' book marketer--be a great one:

The Rise and Fall of the Mass Market Paperback. Part 1: & part 2: @ereads

Quotations: Writers on Religion:

For fantasy writers: Dwarves and Gnomes:

List of Gender-Neutral Names for Writers Looking for Pen Names:

Food writing moves from kitchen to bookshelf (Guardian):

Daily Writing Goals: Why Are They So (Bleeping) Difficult?

Are video games the next great art form? (Salon):

How to write the breakout novel: Part 5 - A Vivid Setting:

How to Clean Up Your Formatting in a Query:

Multiple POVs:

Tips for handling transitions: @authorterryo

Ready to query? @calistataylor

Different paths, same destination: @elspethwrites

Problems with writing in first person: @ClarissaDraper

Newton’s first law of writing:

How to Network Effectively--

Setting as tone reinforcement--

Getting rid of the boring stuff in our writing:

Hooking the reader: how Rowling and others pulled it off-- @LisasWords

Technology and Books--

Ethics and Professionalism and Blogging--

8 Ways To Bring Your Creative Passions to Work--

12 Ways to Make Your Blog Posts more Credible--

How to Keep Inspired When Blogging Gets Tough:

Confused about irony? The Oatmeal explains the 3 most common uses: @Oatmeal

Making Sure Our Novels Are Worth Reading--

Alphabet soup--how one writer was bounced from editor to editor (New Yorker):

The Google Wave:

5 ways to create sympathetic characters: @p2p_editor

What makes a book review worth reading? @ bibliophilicboo

Single Or Double Space-- @BubbleCow

Ten of the best good doctors in literature (Guardian):

Writing Jobs: 3 Reasons You're Not Getting Hired as a Freelancer:

Tips for writing realistic sex scenes:

Jarring elements to avoid in your manuscript:

7 Things That Can Go Wrong & Generally Do: @VictoriaMixon

Finding the Story in the Story (the triggering event):

Playing With Your Blocks (build a lasting monument) --

Some insights on the picture book illustrating process:

Context and Subtext:

The Value of an Unpublished Blog Post--

The 3 main reasons why published authors are struggling right now:

6 Common Publishing and Marketing Mistakes:

The central action of a story:

Freelance Writers: Be Careful Out There: @carsonbrackney

The Secret to Getting Published--

Video Games Are Art and Genre Fiction Is Literature--

The Inciting Incident of Our Story:

From One Young Writer to Another: Being Your Own Editor:

Kill Your Darlings . . .

Four Steps to Finding Your Ideal Writing Voice:

7 pieces of wisdom from Socrates:

What to do when a foul person achieves great success:

Your Excuses About Writing Are Vitally Important! (Writer's Digest):

How To Handle a Bad Review--

Marxism as Science Fiction:

The plan and central action of your plot:

Is quirky a good thing?

Top 10 books written for teenagers (Guardian):

Submission Purgatory--

Don't tell friends they *should* read something:

Writing Sex and Sensuality--

The Tangled Web We Weave (Experimenting with New Territories in a Book):

Too Cliché or Not Too Cliché? - That is the Question--

The Emotional Side of Setting-- @CPatrickSchulze

Context is Everything--

Writing a synopsis can rock your novel: @dirtywhitecandy

Interfering characters:

Subtle word changes can make a big difference to your manuscript:

Walking the tightrope between translation and interpretation (Guardian):

Balancing family and writing--

Queering SFF: Writing Sex—To Do, or Not to Do?--

All you ever wanted to know about critique groups:

Blogs writers can't live without: @AngelaAckerman

Plot Tip: Showing character emotion--not telling:

ElizabethSCraig's Twitterific: and a post on how to open multiple links in Firefox: @ClarissaDraper

Cryptomythology: Imaginary Myths for a Modern Life--

A 3-Step Recovery Plan for Over-Writing--

What does Fantasy teach us? --

Working as an Author and Illustrator Team Before Submission--

Why Writers Need to Emerge From the Cocoon--

20 Questions to Ask When You're Struggling-- @PauloCamposInk

8 Habits of Highly Excellent Bloggers--

Being Too Close to a Manuscript--

Staying within your world--and keeping it believable: @annastanisz

An agent says that writers should enjoy their pre-published time more:

Public Speaking Basics For Authors--

A Better Way to Interview Characters-- @CPatrickSchulze

Healthy Writers Are Happy Writers! 5 Fitness Tips for Writers--

Literary life today--including the new world of promo for authors (Telegraph):

One Writer's Top 10 Poetry Picks :

When to sell your writing. When to pawn it. @catewoods

“Can I have your book?” When authors are asked for free copies of their books: and

Memorable Characters--

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