Saturday, October 16, 2010


Terry3_thumb[1] Here are writing links that I’ve posted to Twitter for the past week.  I’m doing a special Saturday version of Twitterific since I’ll be hosting a guest tomorrow—Marvin Wilson.

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.

Hope you’ll return tomorrow as Marvin Wilson addresses “Creating Unique Characters.”

Some questions to ask as you revise:

How to Use the New Twitter Design (Video Tutorial):

The Fiction of Memories:

5 Ways to Make Your Blog Posts Outstanding:

Madonna’s 6 Secrets to Personal Branding Mastery:

On Teaching the Graphic Novel:

Writing Erotica: A Little Steam May Be Just What You Need:

3 Critical Steps After Rejection:

5 basic tips for writers:

When truth is too strange for fiction:

How a writer can develop multiple streams of revenue: part one:

Future Classics: Best science fiction by women written 2001-2010:

Considering A Rewrite? Some things to mull over:

Newbie writers: Watch out for these big writing no-no’s:

Are you organizing your novel's information well?

Judge Refuses To Dismiss Suit Against J.K. Rowling (NPR):

This Query Sucks (or how to fail and still succeed):

Dialogue tips--a balancing act:

5 Resources To Help You Plan Your NaNoWriMo Novel:

An agent on--"I Was Published In The Past And Want To Be Published Now!":

Small ways to show, and when to tell:

Writing Discipline. Or Not.

How to Integrate Video Into Your Social Media Marketing:

How To Adjust Your Blog According To Your Visitors:

Reading like a writer (Writer's Digest):

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Coffee Drinking Cocker Spaniels and a THIRD RAIL LATTE for Victoria @CleoCoyle

10 ways to know your WIP is in trouble:

Are You a Triple-Crown Writer?

Social Media Savvy–The Art of Making Others Feel Welcome:

The Writer's 10 Commandments:

Is the First Line Really THAT Important?

Let's talk about goals--for your characters: @p2p_editor

Synopsis transition words:

Dr. Seuss Manuscript Surfaces:

What's our character like on an *ordinary* day (when they're not trying to save the world):

Unpublished writers--an agent on your chances of getting published:

Writing a sex scene is an impossible task (Telegraph):

Adults Take the Fun Out of Reading, Again (Huff Post):

Ease Up On The Self-Pressure:

The Nine Stages of Dating a Novel:

The Future of Publishing: You Get to Decide (Writer's Digest--Friedman):

6 reasons you should be a writer:

The Best Characters of All: Seth Johnson on Gaming & Writing:

Myths and misconceptions in publishing:

What do writers make at different publishers? The famous (and now updated) "Show Me the Money" survey with answers:

Five Digital Publishing Considerations:

Plots and Characters and Settings, Oh My!

Why You Shouldn’t Click “Free Public Wifi” Network While Writing Remotely:

What Writers Can Learn from the Masters of Horror:

Keeping Books vs. Getting Rid of Books:

Are Book Signings Worth the Time & Effort? @jodyhedlund

Writing mentors:

Your blog is your resume:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: A Family-Pleasing Casserole—Creamy Beef Noodle @CleoCoyle

Thoughts on Writing Series:

The rebooted "Sherlock" world where Dr. Watson blogs and Holmes prefers to text:

How to email a busy person (like an agent):--six tips for effective emails:

When writing just isn't fun anymore:

Word Count Violations and You:

Sex in YA:

Why the Booker is the best literary award (Salon):

To be or not to be: on passive writing--

2010 National Book Award Finalists Announced:

Talking crap about your WiP:

Mistakes writers make: "Dear Editor":

Thinking as Writing:

A publishing timeline:

How to use Facebook to promote your writing business:

The Best-Selling Novels That Made You Snore:

10 things writers know: @elspethwrites

Five Ways to Add Suspense to Your Story:

Mystery Writer's Guide to Forensic Science: Poisonous Plants: @clarissadraper

On book blurbs--why an author might not be able to blurb your book:

Debunking some publishing myths:

Tips for writing emotionally gripping scenes (use visceral reactions): @authorterryo

A Few Common Writing Problems:

An unusual writing challenge:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Cupcake Love-In was off the hook! @CleoCoyle

Choosing Which Manuscript to Query:

A Few Words on Word Counts:

On Ted Hughes's 'Last Letter' to Sylvia Plath (Guardian):

Creating a character is like dressing a mannequin: @YolaRamunno

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: And the winner is... @CleoCoyle

Nobel Literature Winner Tried Other Jobs (NPR):

Top 10 Classic Horror Stories:

Writing long fiction--the allure of plus-sized books:

Publisher Evaluations--a Checklist:

How to create a futuristic world (with working link!) :) :

The 7 Deadly Fears of Blogging and How to Overcome Them:

The printed book is not dead yet (Guardian):

The All-Important First Chapter (and tips for yours) :

Writers should have a domain name--here's how: @clarissadraper

How to write presidents, kings, queens and superstars: @dirtywhitecandy

5 Ways to (Re-)Capture Creativity:

Brainstorming--Turn "What If" Into "Maybe": @ultraswan

The Value of Writing for Anthologies:

Writing Tip: Use of Body Language:

Writer's block--2 different types and resources to cure yourself of it:

5 Free Online Writing Courses for Freelancers:

10 typical questions from writers (that are really just fear in disguise):

Winning the staring contest:

Halloween Mysteries 2010: @JanetRudolph

Comics Publishers Recognize Digital Opportunity:

Dickens in Lagos:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: @CleoCoyle

10 Minutes of Fun: (The Importance of Not Taking Our Writing Too Seriously):

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Julie's Fish Delish! @CleoCoyle

Children's writers--Cricket Magazine Group Looking for Writers and Illustrators:

Matt Forbeck on Gaming & Writing:

Self-Esteem Tool Kit, for Writers:

A Tale of Contracts: One Children’s Author’s Experience:


Writing memoirs--thoughts on making yours as readable as fiction:

Book promo gone wrong--book thrown at Obama a misguided publicity stunt?

An RSS rant: (I second this--it's hard for me to find blogs to tweet w/ truncated feeds in my Reader). @nethspace

Are US Publishers Using E-books to Undermine Territorial Rights?

How Not to Be Inspired:

Writer Zen Ten:

Can We Create a National Digital Library?

American writers--want to be a writer-in-residence? Try crossing the Atlantic:

Developing a character? Try this questionnaire: @epiguide

Picture Books No Longer a Staple for Children (NY Times):

A Character Development Questionnaire:

Police procedure and info to help crime writers get their facts straight: @authorterryo

Are You Overworking? 7 Important Steps To Avoid Burnout:

10 ways to start your mystery with a bang:

5 Blog Naming Basics:

I Can, I Will, I Should, Maybe Later:

Tips for querying:

5 Articles You Should've Read Over the Summer (Writer's Digest):

Two Brilliant Strategies for Overcoming Fear of Failure:

E-book Pricing:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Do you love breakfast? @CleoCoyle

5 Life Skills You Already Have that Can Make You a Great Blogger:

50 Excellent Photography-Related Tutorials (for all the writers who dabble in photography):

The magic of reading aloud:

Self-help and Memoir: Dos and Don’ts to Save Your Book:

Buying books is fun, with a glass in your hand (Guardian):

How to Promote your Book with a Blog Tour: @annerallen

Excel For Authors – Characterization:

How E-Readers Are Changing Readers (Atlantic):

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 10/8/10):

7 Things Your Blog’s Sidebar Can't Live Without:

10 essentials for an inspired author's life:

Why Should You Publish a Regular Email Newsletter?

12 Reasons to be Excited About Publishing’s Future:

When should you stop marketing your book?

The Easy-to-Use Tool that Helps You Build a Breakthrough Blog (for WordPress users):

6 Self-Confidence Tips for Writers:

Strong Dialogue:

Twitterific--the week in tweets:

Wordiness: "The Post in Which I Discuss Reduction of the Aforementioned":

Refresh Your Writing By Leaving The Past In The Past:

Deleting Hard Returns with Find and Replace:

5 Ways to Become Your Own Muse:

How to Promote Your Facebook Fan Page:

Subscribing to Blogs in a Feed Reader:

Publishers Weekly Editor Finds Egregious Formatting Problems In Poetry E-Books (NPR):

National Graphic Novel Writing Month (part 3):

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Welcome Kathy Borich! @CleoCoyle

5 situations where it's better to tell than show in your fiction:

YA writers--don't be a geezer:

Procrastination: 5 Perspectives:

Backing up your work--some options: @DaphWrites

5 Ways Gigs with Deadlines Help Freelance Writers:

Author Branding: The You That Is Everywhere:

Keeping Ourselves & Our Stories as Pliable as Clay: