Sunday, April 10, 2011



Here are writing links that I’ve posted to Twitter in the last 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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4 distinct levels of competence in writing:

Would You Ever Turn Down a Contract? @jamigold

Find the scriptwriters in your neighborhood:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Is there anything an egg can't do?

A few follies of Writerhood:

Thoughts on microfiction dark twist stories: @camillelaguire

Quick public speaking tip :

Google alerts--how to set them up and why you need them: @spunkonastick

Creativity Tweets of the Week – 4/8/11: @on_creativity

Plotbot Streamlines Scriptwriting:

Keep Characters True To Themselves:

Best Articles This Week for Writers 4/8/11: @4kidlit

Proper Use of The Colon:

Can Karma Help You Become a Better Writer? @jamigold

5 ways to see your manuscript with new eyes. @4kidlit

Want High Stakes? Amp up the Stress:

5 revision tricks:

Do characters really need to be likeable? Maybe not: @JulietteWade

How to Find the Guts to Take a Leap:

An agent says: "Think of me as a conduit, not a gatekeeper." @jennybent

How to Survive a Writers Conference: Dos and Don’ts to making it out alive:

This #FF follow these 12 Tweeters on Twitter @SheWritesaLot

5 First Draft Tips:

Why readers buy books (and how to promote to these readers):

Why Agents Take So Long To Get Back To You:

Scriptwriters, know your story:

Top 5 Writing Tools:

7 Overused Blog Habits That Look Amateurish:

7 ways freelancers can make clients happy:

7 R’s of Positivity for the Unpublished Novelist:

The challenge of writing humor: @alanorloff @mkinberg

7 Tips to sell your book on Kindle:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Artichoke Dip inspired by Rick Bayless

If I build it, will they come? @authorguy

Morning Pages Experiment: One Year Later:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: And the winner of the cheese knife is...

6 Reasons Why Romance Rocks: @writeangleblog

Romantic comedy truisms:

The Better Mash-Up: An Exoneration of a New Literary Genre:

Worldbuilding Considerations Part One -- Setting:

Borders Plan for Recovery Is Described as Doubtful (NY Times):

Not every writer enjoys a writing group:

Description--Gestures and action tags:

5 Things a Bad Dog Can Teach You About Writing Good Copy:

The Right Time for a Critique Group:

A look at literary assistants:

How Can Authors Reach (Non-Writer) Readers Online?

Top 6 movies about writers: @cristinterrill

Talking plot: @dirtywhitecandy @victoriamixon

Putting our characters in their place:


Writing book acknowledgments:

67 Things to Remember When Writing: @cristinterrill

Orienting by marking insiders vs. outsiders:

Reading your novel backwards:

How to have an impressive book signing:

Sculpting character:

4 Ways to Make Your Writing Schedule Work:

Finding Your Voice:

Revising by Color:

The Old-School Content Marketing Strategy That Scores Freelance Writing Clients:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: San Simon Prosciutto Appetizers

Story Structure - Four Acts in Erotic Romance: @SaschaIllyvich

10 tips for a great story: @SanguMandanna

Why Writer Friends Are Crucial: @4kidlit

Tips for realistically capturing a crisis: @bluemaven

Think like a publisher--all about covers:

Self-editing checklist--consistency:

Your Better Half: What Happens When One POV is Better?

3 Barriers You Must Eliminate to Maximize E-Book Sales:

Subtext: The Most Critical Tool in the Storyteller’s Box:

TADA Method of Studying Character:

The Writer's Bane: Describing a Character's Physical Appearance:

Are You Ready To Query? @writeangleblog

Why mechanics matter: @ajackwriting

Acting lessons for writers--vulnerability: @cristinterrill

Conference Surprises--Ah ha moments from SCBWI: @WriteAngleBlog

Deliver the Payoff:

How to get your book reviewed – by avoiding book reviewers:

5 Ways to Make the Most of A Small Blog Audience:

How to write cool literature:

The Learning Sequence and Why It Matters to Nonfiction Authors:

Why Most Writers Are Blind to Their Own Faults:

The signs of a good independent editor: @victoriamixon

10 Tools for Author Success, #1 Have a Plan: @SaschaIllyvich

Polishing Your Manuscript: Beyond the First Pages: @yahighway

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Spaghetti and Meatballs—With Chili

Simple tips for the Christian writer:

40 Questions You Need to Ask Every Copywriting Client:

Mystery Writer's Guide To Forensic Science - DNA Profiling: @clarissadraper

Survival Tips for the Newbie Writer:

10 signs you're *not* in the writing zone: @elspethwrites

Past tense or present tense?

Advice for Amanda Hocking from authors and agents:

Bring attention to your books with promo items:

What were this month's most popular writing articles? Sign up for the monthly WKB newsletter for links & interviews:

Bringing Out Emotions in Your Scene:

Things to do after getting an agent:

Description 911: Over Expressed Emotions:

Why Understanding Conflict Will Make You A Better Writer: @bubblecow

Back to basics--writing to a certain length:

6 Benefits of Agent Representation: @writeangleblog

Acting lessons for writers--physicality: @cristinterrill

Preparing for a book club talk:

3 Questions to Ask Before You Jump on the Indie Publishing Bandwagon:

Writing battles:

4 Ways to Avoid the Pitfalls of a Writer’s Solitude:

Ambiguity and Anchoring in Fantasy Contexts:

Think Like A Publisher #5… Some Basics on Production:

4 questions to ask about eccentric characters: @flawritersconf

Busted!—Janet Fitch and her unlikable character, Part 2:

The new rules for self-publishing:

National Poetry Month:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Supernatural Sticky Wings from Cleo Coyle

Lemmings are cute, but sometimes they just don't think: @hopeclark

Time to Unclutter Your Manuscript?

I See No Possible Way How This Incredible Cover Letter Could Ever Fail:

Never "just description": making description subjective:

5 Writing Tools to Carry in a Conspiring Universe:

Tiny beginnings--how one writer starts a novel:

Exploring an Issue for Coherence:

On creating your press kit:

7 Microsoft Word tricks for writers:

Paragraphs past and present:

Put your secondary world to the test:

Agent research: @WriteAngleBlog

How To Create Sympathetic Characters:

7 Dos and 7 Don’ts for New Bloggers:

New ways to read blog posts:

Writing for Survival:

The Secret of Subtext:

5 Ways to Persevere Through Blogging Slumps:

Freelance writing jobs: Top 10 places to find quality work:

Self-Publishing: 9 Things To Know Before You Make the Leap:

4 Top Book Formatting Mistakes to Avoid:

Aliens on book covers--human fears transferred into depictions of extraterrestrials:

10 of the best teeth in literature (Guardian):

WriterDesign: Installing WordPress:

Best underground lairs in SF and Fantasy:

The Difference Between Copyediting and Proofreading:

What your 1st love and your 1st book have in common:

Setting in tone:

3 Reasons Your Blogging Resolutions Are Doomed to Fail:

How to launch any product (incl. books) using social media:

A writer on what being a published author is like (and what's surprised her):

The Ubiquitous, Wandering It:

What You Need to Write Right:

Wanted: One Character Willing to Work With No Questions Asked:

Preparing for publication: writing your book's premise and synopsis:

Sustaining curiosity: @RavenRequiem13

Wanna be a writer… need credibility: @mjcache

Are You Ready To Query? @WriteAngleBlog

Yes, I Am Original! @ellaschwartz

Tips for Writer's Block: @WriteTime2

For Career Authors, Staying Published is the Real Challenge:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: The 1,200 Calorie Nightmare

Getting the most from a writer's conference:

Hitting it big and how to do it:

Avoid the Poison Apple:

Nice weekly roundup for historical writers: @2nerdyhistgirls

How To Stop Your Creative Muse Walking Out And Cheating On You: