Sunday, October 2, 2011



Below are the writing-related links I tweeted last week.

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Hope everyone has a great week! Good luck with your writing.

10 Tips Writers can Learn from Bad Movies: @LyndaRYoung

What makes a novel a page-turner? @jamesscottbell

Weeding or editing: @nicolamorgan

Is your YA setting hitting the wrong nerve? @YAConfidential

Real Life Diagnostics: Dreaming of a Good Start:

Creating Cover Art: Down & Dirty Tips:

How do you get fans without 1st having word-of-mouth? 1 at a time:

How to Self-Publish an Ebook with Smashwords: 32 Authors Share Their Tips and Tricks:

5 Steps to Adding Social Follow Buttons to Your Website: @bookmarketer

Book Cover Design Tips: @thecreativepenn

The Philosophy of Writing and Reading: @FantasyFaction

What Elements Make a "Good Book"? @KMWeiland

Self-publishing news & views on @jfbookman 's Carnival of the Indies:

Fictional sleuths who disarm their suspects with charm: @mkinberg

Handling both good and bad reviews:

The danger of inspirational fiction: @NovelRocket

Should Your Story Be Told by an Unreliable Narrator? @LTWFblog

Thoughts on writing for kids: @spacejock

A writer's partnership with editors & the importance of revisions:

The similarities between self-publishing and blogging: @jfbookman

Why You Should Only Query 6-8 Agents at a Time:

Where to Find Free Market Listings for Writers: @JaneFriedman

Resources for writing SF/F:

15 Terms for Forms and Types of Governance:

A Good Editor – Don't Leave Home Without One:

Plot is linear, story doesn't have to be: @dirtywhitecandy

Why are our heroes getting darker? @FantasyFaction

A Checklist for Marketing Your Ebook: @JaneFriedman

Tips for writing action: @jhansenwrites

Agents Who Want to Be Publishers: Get Author Consent in Writing: @PassiveVoiceBlg

Straddling Genres: @jemifraser

25 insights on becoming a better writer: @the99percent

Review: Kobo eReader Touch: #ebook

5 Android Apps For Writing: @ebooknewser

Write Yourself into Your Characters: @fuelyourwriting

10 Websites and Blogs of Punctuation Protectors:

How to speak publisher - D is for day job:

Thoughts on putting an anthology together:

Bust-A-Myth #1: Don't Start Sentences With Because: @Grammar_Diva

11 Habits of Highly Effective Interviewers: @write_practice

Change of Seasons--Visioning Time for Your Book?

5 Ways to Keep Your Writing Engine Running: @writeitsideways

The Fear of Not Succeeding: @PBRWriter

Add layers to your first chapter: @laurapauling

On daydreaming and word counts:

The Emotional Roller Coaster Ride of a Book Release: @jodyhedlund

7 steps for better blog design: @jeffgoins

Become the Hero of Your Writing Life: @katie_tallo

Artfully Editing Your Personal Essays:

How The Amazon Tablet Will 1-Click Enable Your Life: @PassiveVoiceBlg

Does writing affect one's love of reading?

The benefits of humor in suspense: @joanswan

BannedBooksWeek-- A look at Huckleberry Finn: @p2p_editor

#BannedBooksWeek--A look at "Catcher in the Rye": @p2p_editor

#BannedBooksWeek--A look at "Fahrenheit 451": @p2p_editor

How *not* to introduce a new character: @write_practice

Trouble at Aspen Mountain Press: @VictoriaStrauss

Poetic Forms: Rispetto:

How To Check Out Kindle Library On The iPad: @ebooknewser

A writer's minimum viable product: @jfbookman

A look at what makes a story a story: @JaneFriedman

3 Places To Get Off Your Grammar High Horse: @Grammar_Diva

4 skills fantasy writers need:

1st round edits--the editorial letter:

Tips for beta readers: @Sarafurlong

5 Essential Tips For Creating A Children's Book: @thecreativepenn

10 ways to increase story tension: @CherylRWrites

Differentiating between characters:

"Playwrights...stand in the back of the theatre & watch the audience, not the play." @LaurHarrington RT@Porter_Anderson

#BannedBooksWeek: A look at "Lolita": @p2p_editor

10 Reasons It's Great to Be a Writer: @elspethwrites

Tips for finding a good pen name: @WriteAngleBlog

10 questions to ask your characters : @jammer0501

10 tips for planning a blog tour: @BryanThomasS

Tips for staying inspired to finish your book: @NovelRocket

Conference flubs aren't fatal:

Why Seth Godin says we are all weird now + what this means for your blog: @justinemusk

The Parable of the Little Book of Stories: @jfbookman

5 Words and Their Nonantonymic Antonyms:

Are you writing the right medium? @jammer0501

6 tips for author readings: @RLLaFevers

Stiff competition makes self-editing essential: @bubblecow

Reading our old books is like an echo from the past: @barbaraoneal

Bad v. badly:

Writers--learn & manage the business side of : @DeanWesleySmith

Enough with the 'Facebook is Free' Already: @catseyewriter

How many sample chapters should we sent agents or editors? @WritersDigest

10 Things You Can Do Now to Promote the Book You Haven't Even Sold Yet: @NovelRocket

Shortcut to scene: @Mommy_Authors

7 Ways to Perfect Your Writing "Tone": @WritersDigest

Tips for staying on task:

Why nouns matter--objects and labels: @JulietteWade

5 Facebook Changes and What You Need to Know:

The "Than" Versus "Then" Debacle: @write_practice

A few queries that didn't work:

The Future Of Books: A Dystopian Timeline: #publishing

7 Tips to Improve Your Novel's Pacing: @janice_hardy

Do you have to write high-concept to have a successful novel? @LauraPauling

Pre-Writing Preparation--or Not: @elspethwrites

How To Find Free eBooks for Your iPhone: @galleycat

4 years into the ebook revolution: things we know and things we don't know: @PassiveVoiceBlg

Facebook attempts to be more like Twitter & Google+: @KristenLambTX

Catch up w/ industry news & views with this thoughtful digest by @Porter_Anderson for @JaneFriedman:

Words to consider cutting if your word count is too high:

When Writers Don't Agree With the Publisher/Publicist's Message: @BlurbIsAVerb

Konrath looks at his ebook predictions from 2009 & makes some new ones:

Can You Really Force a Character To Do What You Want? @lisagailgreen

Yes, you do have time to write:

Free Alternatives To Microsoft Word: @bubblecow

Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt Into Fuel for Brilliance: @jfbookman

A Writer's Reading Diet And Why It Is Crucial To Stray: @BTMargins

1 writer says not to waste time and energy on bad books:

If you write a great script, Hollywood will find you: #screenwriting

Nanowrimo Prep: Writing Your Best Idea: @AlexSokoloff

Bad Publishing Contract Clauses, Part 1: @VictoriaStrauss

6 Common Myths About Book Reviews: @BookMarketer

Using Scriptwriting to Fix Problem Scenes: @Janice_Hardy

Queries: keeping records: @donnahosie

The waiting game for screenwriters: @scriptmag

How Should Publishers Respond to #eBook Errors? @galleycat

#BannedBooksWeek--Cat's Cradle: @p2p_editor

6 Keys to Opening Up New Possibilities in Your Story:

Seat of the Pants Writers: Tips and Tricks to Overcoming Challenges: @jeanniecampbell

Best Articles This Week for Writers 9/30/11: @4kidlit

A Balance of Action and Information:

Fantasy Tropes: Freakishly Familiar Settings: @a_shostak

Elements of Superhero Stories That Might Be More Realistic Than You Realize:

Embracing the embarrassing: @Mommy_Authors

A Tour of India Finds Publishers Focused on the Digital Future: #publishing

Amazon Kindle Fire: Setting the Tablet World Ablaze? @jfbookman

Tips for writing literary fiction: @dirtywhitecandy

Social Communities: Build Your Name & Brand Through Networking: @CuriosityQuills

10 tips for editing your own book: @bubblecow

What Advertising Can Teach a Children's Writer: @JaneFriedman

A writer with 3 query tips:

7 Writing Tips from The Princess and the Pea:

What's Your (Story) Problem? @BookEmDonna

Gettin' Physical: The Dos and Don'ts of Character Description: @BTMargins

For literary inspiration follow @AdviceToWriters. Jon Winokur dispenses writerly wisdom of the ages.

Finding the perfect writing notebook & using it to finish your book:

Author Blogs–Solid Platform, Wrong Audience: @KristenLambTX

An author under the influence: Why alcohol and ink don't mix (National Post): @nationalpost

Breaking into screenwriting: writing between the lines: @scriptmag

Quick Tips for ISBNs:

An agent answers a question about multiple agents: @greyhausagency

Need to cut words from your manuscript? Tips to make it easier:

Where to find critique groups:

Joe Konrath encourages writers not to wait to :

Writers Must Kill Self-Doubt Before Self-Doubt Kills Them: @ChuckWendig

People with Tablets Buy More Online: Wall St. Journal via @PassiveVoiceBlg