Sunday, August 8, 2010


Terry3 Here 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.

Do the things you *think* you cannot do:

The World is Ready For Your Book – But Are You?

Stuff your friends know about your writing--that you don't:

Free online writer's conference for children's lit writers:

7 Secrets to Getting into Libraries:

How to ensure your readers suspend disbelief--link included! :)

Tips for planning a scaled-down book tour:

14 Reasons Your Manuscript Got Rejected Before Page 1:

Excel for Authors:

Why Books? 9 Reasons to be Optimistic:

Can a writer have a staff?

About theme...the muscle of your story:

What Motivates the Book Buyer? (Huff Post):

Literary last words (Guardian):

5 Links for Speed Reading and Concentration:

In praise of the novella:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Fig & Blueberry Clafouti @CleoCoyle

Eliminating sentence clarity errors in 2 easy steps:

7 things one writer has learned so far:

How to be a very silly science fiction/fantasy writer:

How to indent the first line of a paragraph:

What Should I Write About? Finding Inspiration:

Series synopsis:

Point of View overview:

The Million Word Myth:

Respecting Your Readers:

First Novel Karma:

Finding more story ideas (for freelancers):

On writing dialect:

Best articles this week for writers--8/6: @4KidLit

Strike Back Against Procrastination With A Mental Mongoose:

The High Cost of Self Promotion: @jakonrath

Are you a #blogger? @CleoCoyle Roast Mortem Pub Party is on. #Win great prizes for yourself and followers: @CleoCoyle

Why a bad day makes for a good story. @p2p_editor

Urban Fantasy Reading Recommendations:

2 steps to a better revision: @ClarissaDraper

Behind the Scenes with Fine Print Lit's Assistant and Intern:

8 Tips for Boosting Your Energy:

The Difference Between Begging for and Building Influence:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Instant Giveaway! California Firehouse Cookbook + a Recipe for Cleo Coyle's Coffee... @kristadavis

Mini-Vacations-Fuel for Writers:

5 Ways to Build Your Blog’s Voice:

Mind your manners and be known as a writer that's easy to work with:

Is Your Story Premise Plausible?

Backing Up Your Blog: @HeatherMcCorkle

In the first 1 1/2 pages, engage the reader with your character and their problem:

Creativity Reloaded: Why You Should Try New Creative Activities:

How to Use Details to Suspend Disbelief (Video):

The Trouble with Dialogue – Part 4:

Keep Track of Library Books and Avoid Fines:

The Pain of Rejection Never Gets Easier: @JodyHedlund

Tips for creating character presence (before the character actually makes an appearance in your book):

Writing THE END. Be BOLD!

A touch of Frost: the story of Penguin's secret editor (Telegraph):

How one writer develops her characters:

Reviewing those tough books:

Congrats Cleo! @LesaHolstine review: No one combines cozy atmosphere w/ a realistic crime novel better than @CleoCoyle:

Literary Movement Series: Beat Generation: @micheleemrath

The Writer’s Life: Listening:

Grounding the Reader:

Introducing the jumper colon:

One writer's process:

Who will read your book? @bubblecow

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Healthy Weeknight Meal in a Hurry--Black Bean Quesadillas @kristadavis

Writing--Noble or Selfish?

On Writing Fantasy: The Plot Thickens--

The Short Synopsis:

Magazine Query Checklist:

Abstinence or Sex: Twilight vs. In Praise of Older Women:

Rejection? Rejection? We don't need no stinkin' rejection!

Simon & Schuster sees profits grow 64%:

The significance of milestones:

Pitching based on your goals:

8 things that help make a good novel: @wendypmiller

An Overview of Different Types of Punctuation Used for Emphasis:

Why is Passive Voice Considered Taboo?

An Agent on Writing vs. Storytelling:

Sean Penn Might Play Editor Maxwell Perkins: @GalleyCat

Ooo, Aww, Ah! - an emotional approach to querying: @CherylAngst

"The Great Typo Hunt": The irresistible allure of bad spelling (Salon):

Top 100 Killer Thrillers (chosen by the NPR audience):

The chick-lit debate: who in Playboy Mansion Hell calls women chicks? (Guardian):

Mystery writer's guide to forensic science--guilty, but sleeping:

What happened to genres?

Self-Publishing & Online Publishing Will Not Ruin Your Chances at a Traditional Deal (Writer's Digest):

POV--tips for staying in one character's head: @authorterryo

5 Reasons to Practice Timeboxing:

Really Great Sex: A Writing Lesson: @HartJohnson

7 Simple Ways To Say “No”--and maybe free up more time to write?:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Vacation Potpourri @kristadavis

The best way to make sure your book is the right length for your genre:

How Book Club Readers (and Bookstores) Can Drive Success (Writer's Digest):

The Deer Hunter Guide to Social Media Networks:

10 ways to procrastinate before you begin writing: @elspethwrites

Barnes and Noble bookstore chain put up for sale (Guardian):

On the writerly task of waiting (via @JaneFriedman ):

The Sun Sign Guide For Writers:

What Your Twitter Numbers Say About You, part 1:

Avoiding "talking heads" syndrome: @Paize_Fiddler

Using the bystander effect in your novels: @p2p_editor

5 Ways to Skyrocket Your Blog Traffic:

SCBWI Conference Soundbites:

My tips for managing blog reading with Google Reader:

Useful things to know about your characters (before you write them):

Mobile Tip: Managing Notes between Desktop and Mobile with Gmail: @merylkevans

Why You (Still) Want an Agent:

Tips regarding writer's conferences:

An Agent on Making a Living at Writing:

An agent on how to write a thriller:

7 Success Lessons from Dale Carnegie:

Pulling A Story Out Of Nowhere:

Huge congrats to my friend, @CleoCoyle for her brand new release, "Roast Mortem!" Picking up my copy today. :)

Thanks so much to @PatriciaMWarren for making my blog her blog of the week! :)

More encouragement to do the 15 min. a day writing challenge:

Survey Finds Mystery Readers Surprisingly Savvy:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Super Fabulous Summer No-Bake Cheesecake! @kristadavis

Marketing your book on your blog? 101 Ways to Make More Sales Online:

How to Outline a Novel:

Writing Woes:

Writers, enough with the self-flagellation!

The Quickest Way to Create a New Mindset:

"Everything I needed to know about writing I learned from my 6 year old." :

Organizing Your Days on a Weekly Basis:

Premature Querying (Rapid Submission), or, It’s Not Me, It’s You:

The Incredible Highs & the Discouraging Lows of the Writer's Life: @JodyHedlund

Perfect characters are boring--10 tips for non-perfection: @elspethwrites

Micro-level Revision Tips: @paulgreci

Developing your craft--tips on character development: @4KidLit

What the heck is steampunk?

Antiques dealer jailed for handling stolen Shakespeare First Folio (Guardian):

Is a writer's loyalty to the research or the reader?

The 15 Biggest Bestsellers EVER After The Bible (Photo essay--Huff Post):

Writing scenes that sizzle: @KatieGanshert

Help spotting POV errors and POV practice: @authorterryo

Targeting niche markets:

Tips on creating lifelike characters:

How to Keep Your Blog Posts from Dying in Your Archives:

Nice overview of the Gothic lit movement:

How a Sticky Note Can Change Your Life:

Ten Things One Writer Knows For Sure: @labanan

Info on the free, online writing conference, The Muse Online (deadline to register Aug. 15): @nasharpe

How to type em-dashes, etc. into your Word processing program correctly:

Tips for blog headline writing:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Fan Request @kristadavis

Create a clickable link when you comment on blogs:

The Write-15-Minutes-a-Day Challenge:

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 7/30/10)--Writer's Digest:

7 things one author has learned so far:

Making Your Passion a Higher Priority:

Thoughts on perseverance--

Writers as characters in crime fiction: @mkinberg

Mad Men and Bad Men:

Why Kindle-Killers Haven’t Killed Kindle:

An agent on what you should look for when choosing between agents:

Is the Booker a barometer of the best literature? (Guardian)

Sex disappears from the British novel as authors run scared of ridicule (Guardian):

Your inner teen and you:

Ebook Predictions Redux:

That New Kid Smell: The Allure of the New Kid at School:

Do You Have an Online Hub?

Did Twitter Just Kill Off Follow Fridays?

Need Novel Fodder? Visit Snopes.

21 Tips for Overcoming Writer’s Block:

On character block:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Cleo Coyle's Blueberry Buttermilk Firehall Pancakes + 2 Instant Giveaways! @kristadavis

Writer Websites: Do it Yourself or Hire a Professional?

6 Tips to Add Time to Your 24/7 Work Schedule:

One Writer’s Top 10: