Sunday, December 18, 2011


by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig

Below are the writing-related links I tweeted last week. The Writer’s Knowledge Base search engine, designed by software engineer and writer Mike Fleming, makes all these links (now over 12,000) searchable. Sign up for the free monthly WKB newsletter for the web's best links and interviews: . Hiveword

In recent news, my writing and computer programming friend Mike Fleming has launched his Hiveword Novel Writing Software. To check out what it’s all about,just click here.

I’ve also released another backlist Myrtle Clover title to ebook. A Dyeing Shame is available on Kindle and Nook for $2.99.

*******Happy holidays to all! I’m going to have a weeklong blocation to celebrate Christmas with my family. I’ll be back with the next Twitterific roundup a day later than usual…Monday, Dec. 26. *******

A useful resource for describing settings, emotions, shapes, textures, and more: @AngelaAckerman

A free directory of ebook pros--for covers, editing, formatting, & more:

How Much Do We Want To Be Paid Tomorrow? @DavidGaughran

How Not to Blog: Beginning Blogging for Authors: @AnneRAllen

10 Easy Ways to Improve Your Dialogue: @aliventures

A flawed vs. an unlikeable character: @JulieMusil for @lisagailgreen

The 12 Most Dangerous Words for Writers: @Kim_Wright_W

9 Steps to a Daily Blogging Schedule: @ytravelblog

Inexpensive Ways to Improve Your Writing or Get Published in 2012:

The New World of Publishing: The Big Hurry: @DeanWesleySmith

How to Use an Outline to Write a First Draft: @writersdigest

5 Dialogue Mistakes You Can Fix Right Now: @ashleymarch34 for @RoniLoren

A Writer's Christmas Carol: The Ghosts that Haunt Us: @fuelyourwriting

8 Writing Techniques to Win You a Pulitzer: @JaneFriedman

5 Places to Find New Article-Writing Ideas: @KrissyBrady for @writeitsideways

1 writer's tips for self-publishing: @nicolamorgan

Character name use--when introducing characters & during dialogue: @KeliGwyn

Is "it's a Wonderful Life" really a YA novel? @LauraPauling

Holiday gifts for writers: & @thewritermama @HowToWriteShop

The trap of social media noise: @thisissethsblog

How to Find Gratitude through Writing: @VictoriaMixon

Why we should avoid auto-DMs and pleas to check out our blog: @alexisgrant

How a Shift in Your Vocabulary Can Instantly Change Your Attitude: @michaelhyatt

Is There Life After Plagiarism? Not For Journalist Stephen Glass: @elanazak for @10000Words

A Key Attribute for Strong Novel Writing That's Often Overlooked: @wendypmiller

An example of outlining (using "Ghostbusters"):

New Year's Resolutions for Marketing Your Book: Say Yes to New Things: @ZimblerMiller

Tips for writing queries: @billsonskinner

4 tools for breaking your blogging writer's block: @smexaminer

What makes a SF/F work a classic? @BlackGateDotCom

Suspension of disbelief: @Scalzi

Worldbuilding With Horses: Ramifications: @dancinghorse

How to think creatively: @TonySchwartz for @HarvardBiz

Put Adjectives in Their Place: @writing_tips

1st person or 3rd? How to decide point of view: @dirtywhitecandy

Tips for writing strong heroines: @BryanThomasS

Social Bookmarking 101 for Authors: @curiosityquills

An agent on the meaning of persistence: @rachellegardner

1 Bookseller's Modest Proposal: Amazon Pay Bookstores an Affiliate Fee: @Rachelrooo for @pubperspectives

Travel Writing: Shaping Experience Into Stories: @BTMargins

Sleeper Hits from Big Houses: @DeahlsDeals for @PublishersWkly

10 Ways To Help Boost Your Confidence as a Writer: @OllinMorales

It takes more than a question mark to make a question: @TheresaStevens

6 Steps to Building Your Creative Endurance: @EnduranceLeader

Movies about Writers and Writing:

How to Hook a Reader and Never Let Go: @KristenLambTX

Archetype vs. Prototype: @writing_tips

The Indie Bookstore in the Amazon Age:

10 Writing Skills Worth Practice: @CherylRWrites

5 Steps to Transform Meals into Writing Experiences: @diannej for @writersdigest

7 Lessons In Self-Publishing 1 Writer Learned in 7th Grade: @mainakdhar

The Rule of 3 in Writing: @authorterryo

4 Ways Inspiration Helps You Beat Writer's Block: @writersdigest

Writing male point of view: @JulietteWade

5 Steps to Meeting Self-Imposed Deadlines: @on_creativity

Hitting the Reset Button When Life Kicks Your Creative Keister: @Jhansenwrites

How To Prolong Your Book's Exposure: @JodyHedlund

3 Reasons Why You Should Be a Formulaic Blogger: @aliventures

Questions to ask yourself about your plot while you revise: @DeeScribe

Paying authors more might be the best economics for publishers in the long run: @MikeShatzkin

50 Simple Ways to Build Your Platform in 5 Minutes a Day: @BrianKlems for @writersdigest

Quality is the new gatekeeper: how ebooks have changed 1 woman's reading:

10 Marketing Strategies All Writers Should Consider: @ajackwriting

Storyboarding Timelines: @RavenRequiem13

Explaining sample chapter submission: @BrianKlems for @writersdigest

Zombies aren't characters in a story. What zombies are: @PatrickFreivald for @hartjohnson

10 reasons 1 writer can't write right now: @ElspethWrites

Cheap Kindle Textbooks for Mystery Writers: @ClarissaDraper #reference

How to take criticism: @TheCreativePenn

Make time for writing by making lists: @AmySueNathan for @BTMargins

Exceptions in the Rules of Hyphenation: @writing_tips

The Inevitable Identity Crisis That Happens After Publication: @JodyHedlund

Making Bad Characters Good: @elixing for @4kidlit

Google+: Do Writers Need It? @JFBookman

The Black Art of Debut Novel Promotion: @cischafer

Platform for non-fiction writers: @RachelleGardner

Freelancers: Softening the Blow of Rejection: @KrissyBrady

Is KDP a good deal for self-publishers? @rule17

Setting a Word doc for 25 lines a page: @jhansenwrites

How Social Media Can Change Your Life: @JaneFriedman

Tips On Responding to Public Criticism (Inspired by Steve Jobs): @lkblackburne

The difference between writing a play, screenplay, & novel: @authorterryo

Including a romantic subplot in crime fiction series: @mkinberg

Using history to inspire: lessons from Attila: @GeneLempp

1 agent's newbie mistakes: @SaraMegibow

Obstacles to being traditionally published: @nicolamorgan

New Book Discovery Tool Offers Groupon-Style Deals: @Readuxreads for @pubperspectives

3 reasons most aspiring authors will never write books: @KarenCV

Easy Ways to Keep Up with Publishing News in 2012:

How Can Superheroes Maintain a Day Job?

Follow the market or follow your heart? @RachelleGardner

Moms in Fantasy: Beyond the Stereotypes: @AmyJRoseDavis for @FantasyFaction

Customer vs. Client: @writing_tips

Temporary triumphs: @Mommy_Authors

Only a small percentage of authors sell through. What's the solution? @LauraPauling

The Case of the $0.49 Print Book: @JFBookman

One Hour of Daily To-Dos: @watched1

Story Threads—Tie the Elements Together: @NovelEditor

Hints that you have too much dialogue and helpful fixes: @NovelEditor

Weed Out Author Intrusion: @NovelEditor

Freelance writing work--the possibilities: @KarenCV

Pearson Education Extends Scope of Permissions Licenses: @VictoriaStrauss

1 writer's Undercover Soundtrack: @byRozMorris

The enjoyment of fantasy--how and why readers read it: @Fell_Gard

Character Motivations versus Plot Motivations: @JulietteWade

3 critical ways to shuck off the negative & boost fortitude as writers: @angelaackerman @Janice_Hardy

Easy Goal Setting for Your New Blog: @ABasanti

Do your secondary characters have lives of their own? @HP4Writers

Tips for successful plotting: @lynnettelabelle

Ways to regain or retain our enthusiasm for writing: @JulieMusil

How much does a 99c ebook cost on Amazon? @EPubGuide

What To Cut Out Of Your Story: @ollinmorales

Correct use of ellipses: @write_practice

An editor reminds us to keep writing through our blocks: @behlerpublish

1 writers 5 ways of dealing with reviews: @LadyGlamis

1 writer's top tip for querying: @RoniLoren

Screenwriting --Script To Screen: "Up": @GoIntoTheStory

Twitter by Post: @gilest for @themorningnews

Ins and outs and dos and don'ts of Twitter: @SeanPlatt

How many times should you query the same agent with different projects? An agent answers: @greyhausagency

Tips for querying bloggers for guest posts: @KSElliott_Shark

When Critique Goes Wrong: Crit Group Calamities: @Janice_Hardy for @LauraPepWu

Core Character Values: Finding the Moral Compass: @HowToWriteShop

Writing Shouldn't Be a Solitary Activity:

1 editor's process for determining story order in his anthology: @martyhalpern for @madhatterreview

Why Steampunk (still) Matters:

SF for MFAs: @sonewpublishing

Why You Should Never Write Like You Talk: @menwithpens

Villains: Evil and Otherness: @DeborahJRoss

Amazon's Jungle Logic: Richard Russo for @nytimes

An online tool to help you organize your novel: @litlift

2012 Events for the Screenwriter: @scriptmag

Why you won't go to hell for putting two spaces after a sentence: @shunn

Increase Your Story's Suspense With Breadcrumbs: @KMWeiland

5 Easy Fixes for the Most Common Twitter Faux Pas: @hubspot

10 Ways to Conjure Up a Viral Blog Post Title: @catseyewriter

O. Henry, Criminal and Crime Writer: @crimehq

Tips for writing plot twists and laying clues: @LisaGailGreen

A tip for making characters real for readers: @VeronicaRoth

The 10 Least Thrilling Thriller Clichés: @crimehq

Amazon vs. The Shop Around the Corner: @harriet_poetry

Has the Price of E-Books Really Increased? @JDGsaid

Tips for novel pacing:

Tips for novel pacing:

Finding balance within our writing: @billsonskinner

On pricing ebooks: @JamiGold

Tips for Writing a Killer Thriller: @JodieRennerEd

Letting Go In Order to Write: @EllenByerrum

Slate Mag w/ a controversial post: Don't Support Your Local Bookseller: @fmanjoo

Who Am I Today? Managing the Writer's Many Online Personae: @GeoffreyCubbage

Top links this week for writers: @4KidLit

Starting Small Is Better Than Not Starting At All: @krissybrady

Introducing magical elements into our story: @HP4Writers

Free ebook of writing prompts: @JoeBunting

Kindle sales top 1 million for third week in a row: f @PassiveVoiceBlg