Sunday, November 14, 2010


Terry3_thumb[1]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.

Be sure to come by tomorrow when Julia Buckley will be guest posting on "Ethnicity in Writing."

Best articles this week for writers (11-12 edition): @4kidlit

Writing Killer Content in 140 Characters or Less:

A useful foreshadowing device for crime fiction writers: @mkinberg

On Submission Etiquette and Offers:

Smart Querying for Unagented Writers: @Georgia_McBride

How to write a review:

Taking our readers into account as we write:

Should You Use A Pen Name or Pseudonym?

Question Mark Placement in Dialogue:

Best book marketing tweets of the week:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Going Bananas! @CleoCoyle

Ten of the best zoos in literature:

When—and How—to Compress URLs:

The Unauthorized Biographer's Challenge (Daily Beast):

How to Use Google Reader to Keep Up with Your Favorite Blogs:

The 3 stages of speed writing:

No More Drinking the Publishing Cool-Aid: @KristenLambTX

Blog tour effectiveness:

Nominate Your Favorite Writing Blog:

Tips to keep your blog from getting hacked:

Don't label your characters:

Stop Worrying About Subgenre:

Dust off your drafts and submit them:

How to write yourself out of a dead end:

Deepening Your Novel with Imagery, Symbolism & Figurative Language:

All Writing is Good for Writing:

4 Tips on What NOT to Say (or Pitch or Do) to Get Your Book Reviewed:

What one writer wants to tell new writers:

10 Important But Overlooked Tips for Writing Conferences: @MasonCanyon

Learning from Rejection: The Ongoing Monologue:

Tips on writing great novel hooks from Writer's Digest:

When is close TOO close? @bluemaven

Excuse Editor Troubleshooting Guide for Successful Writing:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: You CAN Beet Chocolate Cake (just don't underestimate Flour Power!) @CleoCoyle

6 Golden Rules of NaNoWriMo:

Toward a Steampunk Without Steam:

The Small Press Book Contract, Pt 2:

Dealing With the Self-Doubt Monster: @jodyhedlund

Impressive collection of "Best Books of 2010" lists (B&N, Library Journal, PW, etc): @largeheartedboy

Dictate your novel draft:

14 Ways to Make Your Facebook Page Fun and Lively:

Acquiring An Agent After Self-Publishing:

Plotting with Scenes:

7 Ways to Use Writing Prompts With Your Current Project:

5 Good Practices to Use with Writing Clients (for freelancers):

Three Lessons from Nano:

Five Writing Tips From Reading J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter":

"Niceness" only goes so far in the publishing industry:

The Making of a Novel: The Lessons of a Bad Book (Huff Post):

Why realistic teenage dialogue isn't necessarily a good thing:

Wake Up! 7 Simple Ways to Energize Your Writing Powers:

Word count--incl. links to find the target count for your genre, beefing up your count, or slimming it down:

The art of the gesture:

The Importance of the Uglies:

How to Get Past the NaNoWriMo Danger Point and Finish Your Novel (Huff Post):

6 Useful Steps To Tackle Procrastination:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Sweeeeeeeet Potatoes @CleoCoyle

Digital to Represent 20 to 28% of Publishing’s Profits, says Forum d’Avignon/Bain & Co. Report:

Writers who love their characters too much:

Moving from gaming to novels:

Under Pressure: Dealing With Deadlines:

Book cover design--a book designer explains the process (video): @thecreativepenn

The agent-client relationship:

Amazon Increases Kindle Royalties to Publishers (NY Times):

Writers, it's not about the toys:

Polishing up a manuscript draft:

The 3 elements of a novel hook:

20 Essential Works of Noir Fiction: @janetrudolph

7 things your characters do too much of:

Before you write: @elspethwrites

Creative blocks and how to overcome them:

Now You Have No Excuse Not to Write:

To Prologue or not to prologue:

10 Resources and Tips for Writers - setting:

An agent on publishing contracts:

Judging the quality of your writing:

So You Want to Be a Book Editor?

Manuscript formatting:

Social networking should work for you:

5 Keys to Building Networks Over Time:

The curse of being a writer:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Sunday Chicken--on Wednesday @CleoCoyle

Berlinica is Born: How a German Journalist Became a US Publisher:

Resources for writers--an exhaustive list:

External and internal conflict:

Checking for Plot Holes: Does Your Story Add Up?

When an agent requests your manuscript:

10 writing pests: @elspethwrites

Let Their Reputation Precede Them: Introducing Characters For Maximum Impact:

4 Post-Its to Stick Up Over Your Writing Desk: @victoriamixon

7 rules for utilizing writing time:

Knowing when to cut or fix a crap scene, and how to do it: @jammer0501

Mystery Writer's Guide to Forensic Science - Poisons V: @clarissadraper

Bolstering your word count:

Showing character through reaction:

Flashbacks and backstory:

5 tips for writing scenes:

Building a strong story foundation:

Staying True To Your Character's Voice:

When writers break their agreement with their readers:

Using Facebook to market your book:

Word placement and micro-construction of sentences:

Lit agents in and around Ireland:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: A Writer's Breakfast: Pumpkin Muffin Tops from Cleo Coyle @CleoCoyle

Agent Scott Eagan On: Author Branding and Career Planning:

Subtext in dialogue:

Micro-Inequality: Why Review Equality Matters:

Questions to ask as you write your novel:

How to write fights, games, races and chases – in three easy stages: @dirtywhitecandy

Lighting our scenes--keeping it real: @authorterryo

Pacing, dialogue, and research:

The writer's comment filtration system: @EverettMaroon

What Makes Romance Awesome:

Authors weigh in on what makes a good blog tour: @spunkonastick

The 3 act plot structure:

Writing: Mistakes Are Future Tips:

How To Handle Subjective & Contradictory Feedback:

Deciding which story to write:

Bolstering your word count:

Secondary Characters:

Magic Systems as Characters:

Useful websites for writers:

The great backstory debate:

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 11/5/10):

Writing time jumps:

Is NaNo Really What Writers Need?

Nathan Bransford’s Decision, Self-Published Kindle books, and You:

Are you dating your fiction?

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Pecan Lace Sandwich Cookies with Orange Buttercream @CleoCoyle

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Welcome, Kate Carlisle! @CleoCoyle

ElizabethSCraig is having another busy weekend--please check back Monday morning for more writing tweets. Happy weekend!

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Pomegranate Goodness! @CleoCoyle

How to Improve Your Blogging Quickly and Drastically:

Formatting sample pages of a manuscript in a query email:

The crux of character:

Managing Writers in the Workplace: A Guide for Employers:

How textbook publishing got so scary:

Are Blog Comments the new Mundane Commute?

The Making of a Novel: Developing Character Through Dialogue (Huff Post):

The Argh Moment: vanity publishing = mainstream contract?

NaNo: It's okay to fail:

The Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Main Characters:

The joys of the plot twist:

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Writers:

Writing With a Daily Word Goal:

The role of a Rights Manager at a literary agency:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Mushroom Risotto! @CleoCoyle

Writing with heart:

An unofficial guide to NaNo:

Why Sex and Violence May Be Good For Young Adult Books (WSJ):

Personalizing queries:

ISBNs and E-books: The Ongoing Dilemma:

Getting a lot of critique is great--if the advice is all in sync:

Why revisions matter (or, giving editors a reason to say yes):

Get others to make your writing mistakes for you:

The 10 Horrors of Blogging:

Writing humor:

Publishing in the land of Larsson:

The action/adventure genre:

A caveat about starting your book with action: @authorterryo

Facebook Blocking Friend Requests:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Avery's Easy Cheddar Soup @CleoCoyle

The wrong end of the telescope:

Online Tools for NaNoWriMo:

The Pitch and Why We Should Care: