Sunday, November 21, 2010



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.

For crime writers--handling lengthy investigations in our fiction: @mkinberg

Why fairy tales are immortal (Globe and Mail) :

Making Sense of a Rejection Letter:

5 Tips For Choosing The Perfect Book Interior Designer: @thecreativepenn

Understanding Advances And Royalties:

Things that have surprised me about the writing life:

Publishing -- The Synopsis:

Thanksgiving Mysteries: 2010 List: @JanetRudolph

How to Make Your Website Mobile Friendly (And Keep Your Readers Happy):

Writing Cannot Be Strictly An Independent Activity:

A tale of a successful query:

For God's Sake, Buy Your Friends' Books:

When Writing Doesn’t Pay (And It Feels Great):

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Hot Seafood Dip @CleoCoyle

Bloggers: How to Slash your Writing Time in Half:

3 Steps to Fan Page Awesomeness:

Tips on Writing Action Scenes:

Agent Donald Maass On: Your Tools for Character Building:

How to Use WordPress as an Online Notebook:

Keep the Passion to Write:

"Should I Quit My Job to Work as a Writer for Hire?"

6 Tips for Writing for Young Adults:

13 Tips for Beginning Bloggers (Which One Blogger Learned the Hard Way):

Writing Should Be Treated as a Business:

How to write a Q&A:

Get Past a Motivational Brick Wall:

Writing the synopsis before the book:

Should You Include Illustration Notes in Your Picture Book?

Writing Devices: Transitions:

Stop and Go Sentences:

Can An Online Presence Help Make a Best Seller?

Working as a Copywriter Abroad:

Six Ways to Trick Yourself into Working Harder:

Nicolas Gary: France’s Digital Man of Letters:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Pumpkin Pie! @CleoCoyle

The Most Sympathetic Villain Ever:

Literary rejections on display:

The Dark Side Of Your Novel's Hero:

Negotiating your own contract:

How to Connect and Network With Writers – 5 Social Media Tips:

Steampunk Abstractions: The Inevitability of Imperialism:

4 Agent Pet Peeves:

The Cons of Procrastination:

Writing Through the Doubt:

Starting a Scene with Dialogue:

Should You Grant an Exclusive Read to an Agent?

7 tips for improving your writing (especially for bloggers and freelancers):

Seven Tips to Start Your Travel Blogging Journey:

Novels – Sagging Middle Fixes:

How to Gain Twitter Influence:

Lock up the darn writer:

12 Dozen Places To Self-Educate Yourself Online:

Top 5 Query Mistakes Freelance Writers Make:

How to speak publisher - A is for Acquisitions:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Thanksgiving Treats @CleoCoyle

How to Write for Translation:

17 ways for writers to publish their content:

The importance of first impressions: @joanswan

How to Write Safely in a Publishing Universe:

How to Salvage a Scene:

Thanks to the Writing Masquerade blog for interviewing me: ! I shared my recipe for corn pudding, too. :) @eveningfades

6 Articles for a Stronger, Faster, Better First Draft: @Writeitsideways

How To Write Three Blog Posts A Day:

9 tips for writing back cover copy: @TheCreativePenn

How to Unblock Your Writing and Create Effortless Words:

Building an Author Platform from Scratch: @pubperspectives

This Is Your Brain on Metaphors (NY Times):

Developing contacts to promote your book: @spunkonastick

How to write a profile article:

6 Vital Signs of A Healthy Plot:

The value of pre-publication blurbs:

iPhone Apps for NaNoWriMo:

Tips for having a blog tour:

Things one writer didn't expect about writing full-time:

Book rejection bingo:

Cultivating your Imagination: @jammer0501

Five Steps to a Strong Main Character:

Checking for plot holes:

Inspiring the uninspired:

3 blogging blunders:

A reader asks:is Our Attention Span Getting Shorter?

Do You Even NEED an Agent?:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Thanksgiving With a Little South on the Side @CleoCoyle

Using flow for writing productivity:

How to Make Down Days Work for You:

Is Our Attention Span Getting Shorter?

Anatomy of a Scene Cut:

A Hidden Market for Freelance Writers:

Writers: Be Bold!

How to Set Up Your First Blog the Right Way the First Time:

For freelancers: Ten Good Reasons the Editor Said "No":

Want to Be a Professional Writer? Act Like One.

Why modern books are all too long (Guardian):

Writing the flip side of our characters:

The 7 Rules Part III: Rejection:

The 3 types of negative book reviews:

5 Steps for Crafting the Perfect Book Review Pitch:

The Writer’s Bucket List:

How to Keep the Conversations on Your Blog Civil:

Researching believability:

5 Tips for Writing Scenes:

One easy way to improve your writing--be specific: @Paize_Fiddler

An agent with some Twitter tips:

The power of perspective:

Take the Fantasy Novelist’s Exam:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: COMMENT TO WIN TODAY! What is Your Must-Have Thanksgiving Side Dish? @CleoCoyle

Character Traits vs Author Traits - Reaching for the Brass Ring:

Why are you writing this story?

Why good guys need to win in detective novels (Boston Globe):

Biographers fear that publishers have lost their appetite for serious subjects (Guardian):

5 Ways To Tell Your WIP Is Progressing:

9 Ways To Elevate Your Speaking To Black Belt Level:

Don’t Prejudge Editorial Taste When Submitting to Magazines:

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 11/12/10):

Things that authors get wrong:

Modifiers to avoid:

Pleasing Ourselves or Pleasing the Reader?

Avoid 5 Plotting Mistakes by Using Scenes:

Multiple Points of View:

Bad Boy Heroes: Three Types:

Top Five Mistakes that New Freelance Writers Make:

An Agent on Addressing Your Query:

5 Reasons Writers Get Stuck with Tips How to Unstick:

Ethnicity in writing--should you worry about including it?

A look at ending our scenes:

Archetypes, not Stereotypes:

Finding the Writing Groove:

5 Causes and Solutions to Writer’s Block:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: First Murder Bourbon Pecan Pie @CleoCoyle

Ten of the best angels in literature (Guardian):

An editor on backstory:

Character Emotional Development:

Definitive list of cliched dialogue:

An agent on whether a writer should resubmit a manuscript, even if only one chapter is changed:

The online graphical dictionary:

Twitterific--the week in tweets:

Business Writing Jobs and Rates – How Much Do Writers Make?

Taking history: top writers select their photographs of the decade:

An agent answers whether it's all right to scream or squeal when you get 'the call':

The New Girls' Network: How a debut author got a little help (PW):

Feed your writing soul:

Events not worthy of a full screen:

5 More Ways to Jump Start a Writing Career - Part 2:

Did all these fantasy stories really rip off Harry Potter?

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Welcome Guest Blogger, Barb Goffman! @CleoCoyle

One writer's 10 ground rules for writing about her kids online:

The Life of a Furtive Writer:

15 Secrets For the Perfect Business Portrait (or Author Photo):

The debate on prologues:

An agent with a thoughtful post on the necessity of author platforms: @pubperspectives

How to Use StumbleUpon: Your Comprehensive Guide:

10 Guest Blogging Tips: