Sunday, February 12, 2012


by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig

Twitter2Below are the writing-related links I tweeted last week. The free Writer’s Knowledge Base search engine, designed by software engineer and writer Mike Fleming, makes all these links (now over 12,000) searchable. The WKB recently celebrated its one-year anniversary.

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Midpoint, & Second, Third Plot Points: @rebeccaberto

New Facebook data: Be topical, ask questions, and tell jokes to win audience: @niemanlab

The problem with using dialogue to dump backstory: @theresastevens

A post with some guidance on copywriting rates: @MichelleRafter

The importance of opening up a vein when we write: @sarahahoyt

5 Attitudes Toward Publishing You Should Avoid: @JaneFriedman

The best writing advice you'll never get: @ejcop for @junglereds

Ebooks--are we still in the Stone Age? @jfbookman

When you want to stray from your current manuscript: @Mommy_Authors

Art History Through Sci Fi-Colored Glasses: @IreneGallo

The importance of building readership and maintaining the relationship: @KristineRusch

Freelance Writing 101: Overcoming Where-do-I-begin-itis: @krissybrady

Before and After: Reveal Character:

Why a Book Editor Becomes a Literary Agent: @oliviasnaije

A checklist for novelists:

What Do You Love About Your Characters? @mooderino

A checklist for self-publishing: @goblinwriter

One Author's First Month in KDP Select: @victoriastrauss

When promoting, remember not to trivialize your story: @behlerpublish

Some agencies wanting a 15% commission on self-pubbed books? @theresastevens

Outlining your novel: a method:

A scene checklist: @janice_hardy

The DNA of a Book's Beginning: @BretBallou

Desensitizing your inner censor: @eMergentPublish

Top 5 Tips Writers Can Learn From Reality TV:

4 ways your protagonist can learn the truth: @jammer0501

Learning the Writing Craft--of Magicians, Wizards, and Apprenticeships: @gary_author for @jhansenwrites

Gaining Something From Fairy Tales and Mythology: @greyhausagency

25 Reasons Why Google Hates Your Blog: @problogger

Self-Editing: Back to Basics, Part 2: @authorandeditor for @DavidGaughran

Character Development: Fear: @ava_jae

Seth Godin's thoughts on beating writer's block:

An agent with a reminder about keeping it professional on social media: @literaticat

Making time to write:

3 Steps to Freedom–Grab Hold of Your Brilliant Future: @KristenLambTX

Tips to Make Selling Your Fiction a Reality: @robeagar

100 Words for Facial Expressions: @writing_tips

Novel Plotting Worksheets: @AnnieNeugebauer

How To Sell 130,000 Books Without A Publisher: @thecreativepenn

Wanting to have your book published? A beginner's guide: @janefriedman

Heightening the Tension and Emotion in Your Scenes: @janice_hardy

How 1 writer tripled her daily word count with Google+: @phoebenorth

How to Get Out of Your Own Way: The Secret to Becoming a Successful Writer: @annerallen

7 Tools for Tracking Ebook Sales: @PYOEbooks

The empty world – is your novel eerily deserted? @dirtywhitecandy

Watermarking ebooks instead of using DRM: @matteoberlucchi

Create An Inner Dialogue Within your Hero, and Your Villain: @storyfix

10 Types of Wordplay: @writing_tips

Why 1 writer hates grammar Nazis...but is one: @KMWeiland

Tips for instant networking: @MrBuzzFactor

YA writers--know today's schools: @StevenPiziks

Tips for dealing with Sock-Puppet Cyber Bullies:

Gender Issues In Publishing. Using Initials As A Female Thriller Writer: @thecreativepenn

When Your Critique Partner's Career is on the Move and Yours is Standing Still: @AdriennGiordano

All about pen names: @deanwesleysmith

All the links I shared on Twitter last week: htp://

Your Book Tour: Seize the Opportunity to be Memorable: @RCchrps

About book tagging: @judy_croome for @JFBookman

How to start building your platform: @chrisbrogan

Writing a 1-2 punch at the end of your story (using a middle grade book as an example): @laurapauling

Handling changes in the publishing ind: @ericavetsch

4 Ways to Find the Right Freelance Editor: @cslakin for @janefriedman

Crafting Your 90-Second Pitch: @marcykennedy

Think Backward to Write Meaningful Metaphors: @serbaughman

A look at agents' quick impressions on queries: @sierragodfrey

'Social' media: What isn't in a name: @PorterAnderson

Use strong nouns: @janice_hardy

Imagining Multiple Platforms: @Kid_Lit

Reverse Outlining: @KMWeiland for @angelaackerman

Time for publishers to get (even more) social (a look at Google+): @thefuturebook

Using projection/anticipation to improve your manuscript: @juliettewade

Writing is More than the Writing: @KristenLambTX

10 habits for a positive workshop experience: @CAMorganti

Links to help create a book trailer:

Truth is stranger than fiction--

Working with images for more emotion:

The Two Most Important Things About Writing a Book: @bookemdona

Exercising for writers:

Infringement, Fair Use and Derivative Works: @diymfa

How To Develop a Subplot: @ClaireAshgrove for @roniloren

Tips for author photos:

Scene execution @rebeccaberto

Scriptwriting: The Power of the First and Last Image: @jacobkrueger

7 things 1 writer has learned from Stephen King: @victoriamixon

What Can We Learn from JA Konrath's $140,000 E-Publishing Sales Month? @goblinwriter

The art of being an introvert creative (forced to cope with social media): @justinemusk

Why Every Entrepreneur Should Self-Publish a Book: @jaltucher for @techcrunch

Pros & cons of social media for writers: & @JulieBMack

Go to a Workshop? No Thanks: @geardrops

No Website: The Biggest Mistake Most Writers Make: @seanplatt

Author anxiety: @Ravenrequiem13

What to Do When Your Writing's Worst Enemy Is You: @krissybrady

Effective openings for your book:

Superhero stories: Creative Ways to Use Supersenses:

A Quiz About Misplaced Modifiers: @writing_tips

Setting: It's in the Details: @yaHighway

Author blogging 101--platforms: @JFbookman

10 Tips to Avoid Clichés in Writing:

Narrative Tense—Right Now or Way Back Then: @noveleditor

3 Numbers That Matter to Your Platform: @JaneFriedman

Drawing on Literary Traditions: "The Hunger Games" and "The Maze Runner" as Case Studies:

Pitching Is A Job Interview: @greyhausagency

Will Only Those Who Shout the Loudest Be Heard? @JodyHedlund

DRM, "social DRM," and the madness of publishers: @doctorow

Never Enough Conflict: @mistymassey

Advantages of a small press: @aliciarasley for @HP4Writers

5 techniques for writing poetry: @writersdigest

Changes in the crime fiction genre: @mkinberg

More changes in the crime fiction genre over the years: @mkinberg

Writing and a busy life? 4 tips for making it work: @WomenWriters

Keys to a Reasonable Blog Schedule: @EdieMelson

Ways to View Your Manuscript with Fresh Eyes @CherylRWrites

Facebook danger, smutty & genre e-reading, library ebook lending update, ind. news & views from @Porter_Anderson:

Writing on the Ether's @Porter_Anderson features @AndrewRichard @RebeccaBricker @philipdsjones @ScottDAnthony

The Pacing Triad:

Facing (and Writing) the 2nd Novel: @BTMargins

Prepare 5 articles when you submit 1: @GLeeBurgett

10 Tips for Submitting Short Stories: @writersdigest

Tips for a Successful Public Presentation: @WriteAngleBlog

Visible Plot Goal Gets a Twist: @LiveWriteThrive

Chinese Element Personality Types for Writing: @FaeRowen

An explanation of speculative fiction: @theskypirate

Don't pick typefaces and sizes strictly "by the numbers": @jfbookman

Differentiating Your Blog and Your Writing: @julien for @NinaAmir

50 Musical Terms Used in Nonmusical Senses: @writing_tips

The Fictional Family: No character is an island:

Preparing for a writers conference--the pitch: @Bob_Mayer

Tortured Language – Discerning Ebook Rights in Ancient Publishing Contracts: @PassiveVoiceBlg

Forensic Evidence of Motive, Means, and Opportunity: @AuthorTomAdair

Research vs. Observation: @DonMaass

7 Book Marketing Tips for Writers:

Don't hit your reader with repeated strong emotion in your book: @Kid_Lit

Top 10 Self-Editing Tips: @janice_hardy

The Secret to Writing a Standout Picture Book: @writersdigest

Author's Guild Argues That Amazon's Dominance Comes From Antitrust Laws: @ebooknewser

Don't Even Think About Using First-Person Unless...: @KMWeiland

Who, Whom, and How to Misuse a Pronoun: @write_practice

An agent critiques a query: @bookendsjessica

Authors need intent, reminds an agent: @greyhausagency

How Choreography Helps a Scene: @RavenRequiem13

Why Some Book Buyers Are Increasingly Resistant To E-Readers: @laurahazardowen

3 Ways Authors Can Use Pinterest Guilt Free: @AuthorMedia

Worldbuilding--cities: @JulietteWade

3 ways 1 writer judges contest entries: @LadyGlamis

The fallacy of creative success: @tannerc

Dig Up and Rebuild Writing Platforms:

Using Social Media Effectively: @AnnetteLyon for @pegeditors

What's Good Controversy? @Beth_Barany

Licensing vs. Work for Hire: @DiYMFA