Sunday, March 6, 2011



Here are writing links that I’ve posted to Twitter for the past week.

I’m delighted that now we have an efficient method of locating resources on writing topics when you need them—via the Writer’s Knowledge Base search engine and software engineer and writer Mike Fleming’s ingenuity. The links I tweet (which are writers’ blogs, agents’ and editors’ blogs) all are added to the engine to make it easier for you to access the information you’re looking for.

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Unpredictable perpetrators in crime fiction: @mkinberg

5 Things Twitter Haters Have Wrong:

The Procrastination Equation:

On the current friction between some authors and book bloggers:

Manuscript formatting: #amwriting

Want to write more? Set comfortable goals:

Tools For Writers: OpenOffice The Free Alternative To Microsoft Word:

Querying the multiple-protagonist novel: #amwriting

6 common plot fixes: #amwriting

Writers’ 6 top tech tools for getting work done: #amwriting

A book raffle to support the relief effort in New Zealand: @mkinberg

Distance & POV in Fiction Writing: via @JulietteWade

How to effectively emphasize: #amwriting

Questions and answers about querying: #amwriting

How to Grow and Build Your Author Platform: #amwriting

The truth about writing books:

Blog for Foreigners Without Getting Lost in Translation: #amwriting

Need Writing Focus? 5 Tips for Focusing Your Magazine Ideas:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Hippie Chippies @CleoCoyle

54 rules on writing: #amwriting

Show, don’t tell: Writing lessons from The Social Network:

Sex in Fiction—Do They or Don’t They?

Facebook for Authors - How to Get Started: #amwriting

5 Mentors Everyone Needs: #amwriting

Reaching the e-teen: #amwriting

Introducing the Writer's Knowledge Base Newsletter: #amwriting

3 Reasons to Sign Up for a Writers’ Conference in 2011: #amwriting @KeriJoRaz

Best articles this week for writers: @4kidlit

Is your book's setting ho-hum? #amwriting

How to Write in 700 Easy Lessons (The Atlantic): #amwriting

Consolidating Critiques Using Track Changes: #amwriting

Why Writers Suck at Marketing: #amwriting

On writing and puzzles:

An Agent on Derivative Works: #amwriting

An Agent on Namedropping in Picture Books: #amwriting

5 Points on Proper Usage for Proper Nouns: #amwriting

Where have all the book editors gone? (Globe and Mail):

Should you finish your book before you try to sell it? #amwriting

SFF and the Classical Past, Part 5—Meddlesome Gods: #amwriting

Writing for Your Audience: #amwriting

Writer karma: #amwriting

Writers and The Fear Of Failure: @ajackwriting

Sometimes it's the little things that can get you rejected--cliches, overused actions, predictable dialogue: #amwriting

Small Press vs. No Press: #amwriting

How Do We Know When It's Time To Quit Being A Writer? #amwriting

How to Increase Your Focus: #amwriting

How to Accelerate Your (writing) Career After-Hours: #amwriting

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Julie's EAT HEALTHY Quick and easy Kale Chips @CleoCoyle

Modern Myths in Final Conflicts: #amwriting

Top 10 books about running away (Guardian):

Myth, Undead: The Apocalyptic Imaginary: #agent139

When should you use a pseudonym? #amwriting

Author Nightmares–Product Trumps Promotion:

Want to create vibrant characters that pop off the page? #amwriting

Selling our readers on our writing: #amwriting

A preview of the premiere edition of the WKB newsletter: @hiveword

Top 20 ways writing is like motherhood: #amwriting

Benefits to having critique partners and some resources for finding them: #amwriting @bluemaven

101 Ways To Kick-Start Your Creativity: #amwriting

Top 5 Marketing Mistakes Authors Make: #amwriting

Psychology in Writing: Using Setting to Reinforce Character Development: #amwriting

When Does Author Openness Become TMI? #amwriting

Making Up A Genre Doesn't Make Your Story Unique: #amwriting

4 Reasons You Shouldn’t Ditch Your Writing Blog: #amwriting

Why tapping into your emotional sweetspot = your best, most remarkable you: #amwriting

YA Mafias & Other Things You Don’t Need to Worry About: #amwriting

Tips for quotations within quotations: #amwriting

11 Ways to Write an Irresistible Intro to Your Blog Post: #amwriting

What one writer learned from her editor in the 1st 60 days: #amwriting

Spotlight: RWA: It's Not Just for Romance Writers: #amwriting

Inspiration and influence: #amwriting

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Goat cheese truffles @CleoCoyle

Chasing “The Writer”: #amwriting

111 Science fiction books to read before a supernova kills us all: #amwriting

Red Riding Hood: Neurology, Narrative & Storytelling: #amwriting @agent139

Foreshadowing -- Don't You Love it? #amwriting

7 things one writer has learned so far: #amwriting

Author Beware: Unsteady Terrain Ahead: #amwriting

Need tips for plotting? #amwriting

Novelist as a book's director: #amwriting

Writing is a journey--with treasures along the way: #amwriting @joanswan

Expanded Story Elements Checklist (Act I): #amwriting

3 questions to ask when you don't know your plot from your story: #amwriting @jammer0501

Bell's Pyramid of Plot: #amwriting

Thinking of working with a POD publisher? An 8-pt checklist: #amwriting

Auction to benefit the Red Cross-- bid for a 30 minute consultation with @JaneFriedman: #amwriting

The Great Agent Search –resources and etiquette:

Publishers Look Beyond Bookstores (NY Times): #amwriting

Can't hit send? #amwriting

Reading Ebooks On iPad Is Great, But Has One Glaring Problem: #amwriting

An agent with suggestions of things to do *after* the writing conference: #amwriting

Dynamics of good dialogue: #amwriting

Building a Believable Author Brand: #amwriting

Culling our crutch words: #amwriting @authorterryo

On myth and writing: #amwriting

Fiction for adults: #amwriting

Story Planning For The Disorganized: #amwriting @ajackwriting

Are your love interests lame? #amwriting

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Shrimp and Broccoli Pasta @CleoCoyle

Who is knocking at your door? #amwriting

Epic Fantasy: Notes Toward a Definition: #amwriting

Style is Story is Style: #amwriting

When does a reader know too much about an author? #amwriting

Publishing is not ending. Books are not dying. The world, in fact, still spins: #amwriting

What one writer learned in 15 minutes a day: #amwriting

For the most popular writing articles each month, sign up for the free WKB newsletter (1st edition launches Saturday):

"3 Times I Remember Why We Writers Do This Work": #amwriting

Commonly misused words:

Conventions of Literature: Time, Place, and Point of View: #amwriting @agent139

8 Rules About Punctuation and Quotation Marks: #amwriting

4 Reasons Why the Sales Growth of e-Books Will Be Slower Than Industry Executives Think: #amwriting

Tips for title crafting: #amwriting

POV confusion? Helpful links: #amwriting

Publishing terms to know: #amwriting

How Not To Starve And Die As A Writer: #amwriting

Promote Your Books in the Publications Section on LinkedIn: #amwriting

10 writerly fears: @elspethwrites #amwriting

On author intrusion in a novel: #amwriting

Tips For Authors Forced into Public Speaking: #amwriting

When multiple agents are interested: #amwriting

10 freebies for writers: #amwriting

Get your Shakespeare right: #amwriting

The use of selective repetition in our writing: #amwriting

Speculative fiction and the literary canon: #amwriting

Cutting out passive voice and weak writing when revising: #amwriting

A Conversation About Outlining and Worldbuilding: #amwriting

Reading judiciously: the skill of reading in order to learn from other writers:

How to network at conventions: #amwriting

60 Inconvenient Personal Development Truths:

The Short, Happy Life — and Digital Afterlife — of Berlin’s Dialogue Books:

One writer's successful query letter (and what made it work): #amwriting

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Got Leftover Meatloaf? Try My Mex-Italian Wrap by Cleo Coyle @CleoCoyle

The easiest way to market:

Aspiring vs. Achieving:Claiming the Title of “Writer”: #amwriting

Is Marketing Non-Stop & All-Consuming For All Authors?

Deadlines can give life to creative writing (Guardian): #amwriting

Writers’ Groups Vs Beta Readers vs Going Solo:

Being receptive to ideas--whenever they strike: #amwriting

The 5 components of successful queries: #amwriting

Excellent article on establishing character through endings: #amwriting @p2p_editor

What does choice of point of view (POV) mean? How does it challenge a writer? #amwriting @JulietteWade

Need help with scene transitions? #amwriting

Omniscient Point of View: #amwriting

How to Build Trust With a New Blog:

Writing short when you're long-winded: #amwriting

Choosing POV: #amwriting

What Will Make an Agent "Gong" Your Query: #amwriting

Two Simple Steps To a Steady Writing Habit: #amwriting

50 Common Mistakes in Speaking and Writing: #amwriting

Which of Feb.'s writing links was most popular? Sign up for the monthly WKB newsletter for links & interviews:

5 Ways to Keep Readers Riveted With Conflict: #amwriting

Lessons From the Slush Pile: Your Cover Letter and You: #amwriting

Get the most out of Twitter in the least amount of time: A 10-tip guide: #amwriting

A Word tutorial for writers--tricks to help you find/replace, etc: #amwriting @authorterryo

Ten Reasons I'm Not Reading Your Blog: #amwriting

How do you know what to cut? Tune into the rhythm of your story: #amwriting @dirtywhitecandy

Should you query a big publisher, a small press, or self-pub? 3 views from 3 authors: #amwriting @SpunkOnAStick

Should You Write Your Blog Post Title First or Last? #amwriting

5 things one author has learned about promoting a 2nd book: #amwriting @alanorloff

Surviving the test of time: #amwriting

What to consider when you get an offer to buy a link to your blog:

Why Most People Quit Blogging: The Princess Syndrome:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: A Fresh Take on Chicken Legs @CleoCoyle

12 Mistakes to Avoid (in writing and in life): @tobywneal #amwriting

Writer-Brain and the Messy Desk: #amwriting

How one writer landed an agent: #amwriting

Publicity Tips When Publishing Your Book: #amwriting

Lessons For Writers From The Theater: #amwriting @thecreativepenn

7 Dos for Dangling Modifiers: #amwriting

Twitterific--the week in tweets: #amwriting

Search my tweets-- #amwriting

Benefits of Writing for a Blog Network: #amwriting

5 Ways to Pull Your Blog Visitors Into Your Content:

If it Smells Like a Cliché, It is a Cliché. Try Something Different: First Lines: #amwriting

Why "fiction novel" is redundant: #amwriting

Writer's block woes--how to find inspiration now: #amwriting

No Comma Necessary—Coordinating Conjunctions Don’t Always Need Commas: #amwriting

Examining Trends vs. Style in Children's Books: #amwriting

The Three Most Important Things NOT To Do While Waiting to Get “The Call": #amwriting

10 best neglected literary classics (Guardian): #amwriting

Is Your Book Hiding Inside Your Blog?: 5 Steps to Finding It: #amwriting

Phrases an aspiring author shouldn't touch with a 100-foot pole: #amwriting

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Fun in the Kitchen with Toni Kelner @CleoCoyle

Tools of the writing trade: #amwriting

Those Gimmicky First Lines: Ax 'em! #amwriting

Making Your Book Memorable: Creating Moments: #amwriting

Turn Your Facebook Profile Photo Into a Video: #amwriting

Tools for writers--to help brainstorm, write and, promote: #amwriting

There is no script: improvisation & creative living:

4 Ways to Prepare For a Professional Writing Career:

Finding the root cause of a productivity problem: #amwriting