Sunday, January 23, 2011


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.

I’m also archiving these posts in what I hope is an easily searchable format—if you look at the Twitterific tabs under the blog’s heading, I’m posting the links there, too.

Steampunk Archetypes:

When Is a Story Worth Writing? – Part One: @JamiGold

The Process of Creation – Here’s a Concept: @JustusRStone

Getting a new idea:

Editing by instinct and some tips to distance yourself from your manuscript:

Don't Show Up In Overalls:

Failed at Installation:

6 Steps to Fight Content Theft:

The app I use to schedule my tweets ahead of time is down for scheduled maintenance. Tweeting will resume after SocialOomph is back up. :)

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Cream Scones: A Theme and Variations @CleoCoyle

Intern Tips: Query Edition:

Love's labour's located: how one writer plotted Shakespeare's London with an iPhone app (Guardian):

The 4 stages of writing--in comic form via @inkygirl:

Mystery writers guide to forensics--forensic linguistics: @clarissadraper

Quick editing tip for rewriting weak scenes:

Character building tips from King's "On Writing":

Resistance is futile: 10 ways you can find NOT to write that novel: @ziggykinsella

Thoughts on realistic sexual tension for your book:

A tip for adding realistic tension to your book:

Best Articles This Week for Writers 1/21/11: @4kidlit

Taming Time—Practical Tips to Increase Writing Productivity:

Barnes & Noble makes small -- or big? -- exec changes:

Insufficiently challenged heroes:

How to Find a Direct Line to Your Readers:

How to Feature Your Book on Your LinkedIn Profile:

When Social Media Becomes a Time-Suck:

Making your super characters extraordinary: @cvaldezmiller

10 ways to be awkward at a writers' conference:

The part that a lack of perspective and perception plays in creating crime fiction victims: @mkinberg

How Do You Know if Your Writing is Getting Better?

Why You’re Only 1/4 of A Writer And How to Make You Whole Again:

Rediscovering the fun in our fiction:

Reading like a Writer:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Vegetarian Split Pea soup @CleoCoyle

Advice From An Editor: The Three-Word Non-Magic Formula:

B&N lending features are disappearing:

Is It Just Too Much to Ask of an Author? (Huff Post):

Writer's Platform Vs. Writer's Foundation: @HeatherMcCorkle

8 Tips To Launch Successful Challenges at Your Blog:

How original do you have to be? Writing for a market:

Links addressing whether our manuscript is ready for querying: @bluemaven

The difference between "pitch" and "query":

6 Mistakes That Make Your Website Look Like a 1970s Kitchen:

RT @KMWeiland Need to brush up your grammar? Useful site for a crash course:

Formatting Your Manuscript – 25 Lines Per Page: @jhansenwrites

SFF and the Classical Past, Part 1: Atlantis:

Writers' group etiquette:

Self-Editing for Writers: Part 1, Mechanics:

Steps toward establishing a writing habit:

5 Tips for Freelance Mentor Relationships:

Authors, don't take offense at changes your editor & production team make to your book:

How to Optimize Your Blog for Google:

An agents says--Be Careful Over-working Your Story. You Will Never Finish:

Blog design counts-- tips on what to avoid:

Steampunk thoughts: the novels of Felix Gilman:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Leftovers and Editing @CleoCoyle

Do-Overs: 10 speculative fiction books that got major rewrites after they were published:

How to be a Writer and Have a Life: or, Livin’ the Dream:

Trying to Explain Characterization:

Writing The Next Book:

How blogging helped one writer find an agent:

The Increasing Importance of the First Chapter:

Need inspiration? A coffee break for writers: @elspethwrites

Developing a Unique Voice - Links, Tips, and a Useful Tool:

Interesting post on narrative distance:

What your writers block may be telling you: @flawritersconf

Unknown and unpublished: enjoy it while it lasts:

Finding--and Leading With--Theme:

Free Books Aren’t Free:

Setting the Right Tone for Your Story:

Branding: The Secret to Selling More Books (Huff Post):

Wikipedia is the non-fiction writer's best friend (Guardian):

Foreign Rights: Not for the Faint of Heart:

Edgar Nominees 2011: Mystery Writers of America: @janetrudolph

5 Reasons to Tackle Freelance Projects You Don't Love:

Is the Print-and-Pray Model of Book Publishing Dead?

Each scene in our book needs to earn its keep: @authorterryo

Should I Mention My Blog in My Query?

With All the Hype, Is Self-Publishing Really for You?: 5 Questions to Ask Yourself (Huff Post):

Beat Procrastination With a Stopwatch:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Combatting the Weather With a Southern Favorite—Goulash! @CleoCoyle

Critiquing with grace and a little panache:

Reject the "New Rules For Writers" (Huff Post):

The 2 Guaranteed Ways to Ruin Your Novel:

An agent with conference tips:

One writer's experience with Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Award process: @hartjohnson

A Writer's Quick-fix Toolkit: @jammer0501

More Cuts at Borders (Publishers Weekly):

Showing your characters' emotions through dialogue: @Paize_Fiddler

Editing made easier:

How Authors Move Their Own Merchandise (Wall St. Journal):

The Writing Process: From Idea To Print:

The Snowball Effect of Social Media:

Finding Book Endorsements:

Non-Fiction–The Road to Becoming an “Expert”:

What Makes a Hero:

Me or You? Choosing Between First and Third POV:

A litmus test for your opening scene:

6 Common Dialogue Mistakes to Avoid:

The Problem - and Reality - of Adding -LY:

Why one tweeter says 'no' to RTs:

Combining characters:

Looking back on past writing goals and tweaking them for the future:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: The Particular Happiness of Orange Cake by Cleo Coyle @CleoCoyle

4 business moves you'll never regret, as a writer: @wendypmiller

Writing children's fantasy--what sets it apart from other fantasy:

An interesting journey--one writer goes from self-published success to agented author:

Authors weigh in on being published by small presses (and thoughts on distribution): @LadyGlamis

Keeping characters real by allowing them to be moody: @elspethwrites

Know thy hub:

NPR's new short fiction contest is on (LA Times):

The best practices list--for writers:

How to write a press release for your book--8 tips: @alexisgrant

The Neil Gaiman master class for writing--headhopping vs. POV shifts: @SimonCLarter

The Cons of a Freelance Career:

How to Write a Synopsis When You Have Lots of Characters in Your Story: @chucksambuchino

New Rules For Writers: Ignore Publicity, Shun Crowds, Refuse Recognition And More (Huff Post):

An additional post on openings--defining our characters at the start of our book: @p2p_editor

Openings: In the Beginning . . .:

Lessons from the Slushpile: Good vs. Great:

Be Focused, Be Prepared, Be Committed – Steps to Take Before Hiring a Publicist:

40 tips to become more productive:

Edits vs. Revisions: One on One Death Match:

How to Make Powerful Connections Through Social Media:

Jospeh Conrad – A Writer Must Believe:

5 desk exercises for writers (or others who are attached to their desk):

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Winter Salad with Black-Eye Peas and Spinach @CleoCoyle

Avoid this "writing contest":

Trade magazines for writers:

3 fixes to make your first novel fly: 1 – hook your reader by the head AND the heart: @dirtywhitecandy

Why ebooks cost so much:

10 Steps for Working Past the “This Stinks” Blues:

What the powers-that-be think about DRM, and an explanation of the cloud:

One reader's top 10 paranormal picks for 2011:

Creating empathy for your characters:

How to create a podcast: @thecreativepenn

Tension vs. Just Plain Old Annoying:

Using Setting to Help Build Your World:

How novels came to terms with the internet (Guardian):

America's most literate cities:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Welcome Our Guest Blogger Terry Odell: What's in a name? + Honey and Orange Glaze... @CleoCoyle

When the Bookshelves Spilleth Over: Ideas and Links for Book Donations:

Creating unforgettable settings--world building:

An illustrator's process in the spotlight:

An agent believes that writers who don't read their reviews limit their potential for growth:

Let's call the whole thing off: @sarahlapolla

This post rates a rare 2nd tweet from me...just b/c I think it's an easy, clever method for deep POV:

Ways to go from Plod to Plot:

Writing like it’s a game of chess: @JustusRStone

Literary tattoos (Guardian):

Tips for making your writing sparkle:

The use of artistically-arranged crime scenes in mysteries: @mkinberg