Sunday, September 5, 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.

Tips to streamline your writing:

Idea resources for bloggers:

We Regret to Inform You: The Form Rejection:

Great list---this week's best articles for writers (9-3-10):

Spy novels by spies:

Looks and personality--how they can affect life for our characters:

How to read a publishing contract (20):

Using Plot Points for Character Development:

Working in Small Steps But Seeing the Big Picture: @JodyHedlund

Research - When to Stop:

How many definitions of science fiction are there?

Finding a Literary Agent:

When A Query Letter Goes Wrong:

Online Video Can Kill Your Credibility:

How to Make a Pitch Deck for Your Book (GalleyCat):

5 Tips to Increase Brain Power:

Ten of the best railway journeys:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Double-Chocolate Hurricane Muffins by Cleo Coyle @CleoCoyle

Penguin Great Ideas: the pick of the covers:

How To Title Your Story – Or Not:

The Package of Services Publishers Provide Authors and How This Is Changing:

How One Hour a Day Can Change Your Life:

The Inigo Montoya Guide to 27 Commonly Misused Words:

5 grammar resources:

The 5 best ways to meet a book editor:

How Poetry Can Inspire Your Writing:

On Queries, Part 1:

An Agent On Relationships in Publishing:

7 ways to navigate the middle of your novel (and maybe your life):

Show and Tell:

How can agents help editors? :

On Writing Fantasy: Setting & the Five Senses:

Elevator Pitch: An online writing club? What a Quilliant idea!

10 Mistakes Authors Make that Can Cost them a Fortune (and how to avoid them):

How to start a writer's group:

Building Character: Know More Than Your Reader:

The organization of a fledgling idea:

The Three Key Elements of Irresistible Email Subject Lines:

In Defense of MFA Programs:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Even More Bacon and Tomatoes

Why This is a Returnable Business:

Should Writers Pay for Book Reviews?

How a Freelance Writer Prepares for Vacation:

No, NY Times, reading is not a social event:

The Writer’s Toolbox: Walking:

Tips on novel writing:

An editor on writer responsibility:

16 Manuscript Format Guidelines:

8 Things You Need to Know Before Guesting on Talk Radio:

Telegraphing (and other pace killers):

11 tip-filled articles about marketing and promoting your nonfiction book:

The Glamorous Life? (Notes from the Indie Trenches) Part One: and two:

Ten of the best pigs in literature (Guardian):

The Season of Censorship:

Novel Advertising (on ads in books):

Metaphors, Similes, and Analogies, Oh My...

Nice tips on action through dialogue: @writingagain

On character flaw:

Writer's guide to reading people--writing focus and boredom:

Linguistic chaos and Starbucks (Guardian):

How to Really Make an Editor Mad:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Welcome Karen E Olson!

Blogging Advice for More Prolific Writing:

Writing Royal and Nobility Titles:

A Guide To Writing A Book Pitch For Penguin Books:

Subtitle-O-Matic: (Publishers Weekly)

Samuel Johnson, star of Twitter:

The Evolution of Rejection:

How to Write a Novel:

AS Byatt says women who write intellectual books seen as unnatural (Guardian):

Growing your own passion (and talent) even if you don’t think you have any:

Social Media is Bringing Sexy Back to Branding:

Mr. Rochester is a Creep: A List:

Tips for talking to book clubs:

Don't Blame The Editors or Agents When We Reject You:

Can you have your cake and eat it too? (on word count)

Four Crucial Steps to Avoid Procrastination:

On Getting Your Name Out There: Author Blogging:

Getting a Head Start on Holiday Sales (Huff Post):

Just tell the story! Preventing overwriting:

"Five Ways Blogging Has Made Me A Better Writer":

How To Write The Ending Of Your Novel:

3 Ways to Get to Know Your Characters:

Building a Case for Translations, Part 2:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Ollie's Apple Tart... And Sheila's coming!

When Life Gives You Writer’s Block, Build With It!

Why publishers drop writers:

Is the pen name mightier than the sword, or just a modern writer's flimsy foil? (Wash Post):

Ten of the best wicked uncles in literature:

The Real Secret to Twitter:

The greatest literary love affairs (The Daily Beast):

Why there's more to cookbooks than recipes (Guardian):

On Snark and Self-Deprecation: Or Why the Pie Needs to Be On Your Own Face, First:

On the value of networking:

7 Powerful Success Principles:

How to write when the world's against you:

How to Ensure 75% of Agents Will Request Your Material:

Show, don't tell:

What is the Role of an Agent?

Writing a Page Turner: Cliffhanger Practice via Flash Fiction:

Writers, Embrace Your Passion!

Questions for a Writer:

Starting out as a writer--sharing your work :

Write what scares you:

Our science fiction isn't your father's SF:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Chicken Parmesan with a Twist

How to Build Furniture Out of Books:

8 tips for freelancers to stay busy in the dog days of summer:

15 Interesting Motivations for Villains and Heroes:

Superheroes, please, not positive role models (Telegraph):

Do You Want to Live a More Inspired Life?

Tips for blog and Twitter headline writing:

How to Edit Another Writer’s Writing – 7 Editing Tips:

What To Do When You Get Bored With Social Media:

4 Ways to Improve Narrative Drive in Your Story:

Texting 101--it's here 2 stay:

Ten Tips for Blog Tours:

When literary authors slum in genre--

Show up As a Writer and You'll Achieve Success:

Nice list of links for crafting dialogue:

What are the Best Apps for Book Inventory on the Droid?

How To Improve Your Blog: Lessons Learned From The Problogger Event: @thecreativepenn

Revising a novel: how baby steps helped one writer take giant strides: @dirtywhitecandy

Rejected? Just Shut Up!

An agent on revision letters:

Critiquing voice:

Finding your plot:

Rebel With a Cause: Rule-Breaking:

When to let go of your book:

Breaking Up With Your Agent:

The Art of Self-Assertion:

Revision... Lessons Learned:

When description goes too far: