Sunday, November 3, 2013


by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig

Twitterific links are fed into the Writer’s Knowledge Base search engine (developed by writer and software engineer Mike Fleming) which has over 23,000 free articles on writing related topics. It's the search engine for writers.

November 13-14:  Get Read – Marketing Strategies for Writers: Dan Blank’s We Grow Media is a  two-day online conference for authors looking for promotion strategies--and, ultimately, readers.  Speakers include Porter Anderson, Chuck Wendig, Dan Blank, Jane Friedman, Therese Walsh, and many others.  (I'm one of the scheduled speakers and am also am serving on the advisory board.)  More information about the conference and registration information can be found here.

If you use the discount code elizabeth, you receive $20 off the conference price.
Check out the new resource for writers.  It’s Alex J. Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group website.  There you’ll find pages of links to resources—writing tips, publishers, agents, queries, self-publishing, marketing, contests, and publications for writers.

20 questions to ask when creating your setting: @daycathy @jtdutton

Believable Characters: Applying Personality Types: @JuliaReffner

Free writing sprint/virtual retreat from @DIYMFA Nov. 16-17 offers motivation and tips for finishing your book:
What Do Your Characters Falsely Believe? @jamigold
A test of standing desks--more proof they make you productive:
Reasons why horror is important as a genre: @kevinlucia
Writers & Inspiration: 5 Things to Consider: @YAmuses
The Key to an Unforgettable Opening Line: @paperblanks
Looking at control as a theme in books: @CuriosityQuills
The Value of Planning Your Ebook: @ninaamir
Write Your Book: A Guide to Getting Started and Staying Productive: @KDillabough
Writers: Break The Rules—Run With Scissors:
The Heightened Sensitivity of Romance Readers: @PacificStand
Middle-grade novels for girls vs boys: @glencstrathy
Breaking Into the Comic Book Industry: @jasonboog
A site for getting ideas:
It's time to kill the idea that Amazon is killing independent bookstores: @qz @passivevoiceblg
What Drives a Book Reviewer to Drink: @stefanvucak
Are We Too Concerned That Characters Be 'Likable'? @mohsin_hamid
Mining Your Manuscript for Modifiers: @AimeeLSalter
Is Pinterest Right for You? @authormedia
Why Authors Should Believe in Their Websites: @fictionnotes
How to handle receiving an addendum to your contract: @kristinerusch
12 Facebook Groups for Writers: @thewritelife
3 Ways to Find Better-Paying Freelance Writing Jobs: @ticewrites
Writing and the Creative Life: Mind Wandering: @gointothestory
10 Characters That Turned to the Dark Side: @rajanyk
Anticipating Reader Wants: @Kid_Lit
Tag the Trait: The Game of Character Description: @WyattGBessing
5 ways to see if your novel is ready to face the world: @rxena77
What Do You Do When Your Muse Is On Vacation? @write_practice
The Tension (and Relationship) Between Creating and Consuming: @thatguyKC
Dealing With Telling and Backstory in an Opening Scene: @janice_hardy
Be sure, as a writer, to listen to yourself: @hughhowey
Want to Be Successful? Beware of End-of-the-Rainbow Thinking: @kristenlambtx
Story structure in Harry Potter:  How Rowling became a billionaire by following the rules:
World-building Tip: 15 Details to Remember: @ava_jae
Getting Real About Writer's Burn Out and Social Media Demands: @cateartios
Write More Easily: Understanding, Embracing and Moving Beyond Resistance: @aliventures
Why Don't Publishers Believe in Author Websites? @janefriedman
Exploiting Your Rights: @susankayequinn
Emotional Barrier in Fiction: Why is it so important for you to learn how to cross it? @NakedEditor
Branding 101: What Is Your Brand? @jamigold
A Warp Speed Analysis on the Influence of SF: @SmartBear
Writing the Opening Scene: @janice_hardy
Rowling's outline and The Book Architecture Method: How they both can push your writing to a new level:
The Slow Release—Not the End of the World:
Punctuation with Conjunctions: @writing_tips
5 Ways to Pace Your Story:
Writing the High ROI Screenplay: @joeteevee
Write What You Love: @jamesscottbell
Handling showing vs. telling: @Margo_L_Dill
How long should it take to write a novel?
Write YA When You Don't Read YA? @KaitGetsLit @womenwriters
4 Reasons Your Concept Counts Above All Else: @Bang2write
The Ultimate Story Checklist: @cockeyedcaravan
Are you an author or a publisher? How indies are making their own rules: @nailyournovel
Your Non-Fiction Self-Publishing To Do List: @theprexpert
Why Your Book Pitch Matters (Even If You're Self-Published): @JFBookman
4 Ways To Reach The Right Audience For Your Book: @ebooksandkids
20 Literary Tumblrs: @BuzzFeeders
How to Use Free Public Domain Art: @Louise_Myers
17 Problems Only Book Lovers Will Understand: @BuzzFeeders
10 Ways to Use Audio to Sell More Books: @bookgal
4 Ways to Sell eBooks Directly to Readers: @PaulaatAME
Discovery: Another Buzzword We're Wrestling to Understand: @bookgal
How to Get Your Book Reviewed On Amazon: @CathyStucker
5 Profitable Places To Sell Your Books: @FutureofInk
Authors and book clubs:
How to Choose Keywords and Categories for Your Kindle eBook: @FreelanceSw
Video Marketing – Trick or Treat?
12 novelists tell their scariest bite-size stories: @salon
Why You Should Be Blogging Your Origin Story: @JFBookman
Expose the inner thoughts of your protagonist:
What Terrifies Teens In Today's Young Adult Novels? The Economy: @valdesmarcela @nprbooks
Writing Secrets from Cheesy Halloween Movies: @jeffgoins
Writers' Halloween Fear List: @RMFWriters
NaNoWriMo: Should You Participate?Plus NaNoWriMo Comics, Musicals and Songs: @inkyelbows
Literature's haunted houses: @guardianbooks
Don't rush to publish: @Porter_Anderson
Using Villains to Shape Your Hero:
Killing the Top 10 Sacred Cows of Publishing:Book as Event: @deanwesleysmith
The View From Book Six: @megrosoff
Tips on Upping The Stakes: @JHBogran @angelaackerman
7 fulfilling writing careers: @thewritelife
50 Cliched Dialogues to Ban From Your Script: @Mentorless
17 Struggles Of Getting Ready For NaNoWriMo:
7 Haunted Libraries From Around the World: @paperblanks
How to Avoid the Self-Published Look: @PaulaatAME
5 Tips for Creating an Urban Fantasy World: @cairnswrites
The 7 Most Common Misconceptions About Science Fiction Publishing: @io9
What to know about writing memoir: @MacGregorLit
Reinventing your book: Reinventing the Length: @TheresaStevens
Ten Things an Author Should (or Shouldn't) Do: @Martinthewriter
What to Expect From Working With A Book Publicist: @theprexpert
Adding mystery into a story: @PAShortt
Those who stick with print books just want to show off: @AndrewCouts @Porter_Anderson
Reasons to write for free: @alexisgrant
As Amazon faces disappointment in its publishing arm, is the company really in retreat? @Porter_Anderson
Keeping readers interested in a mystery when they know the culprit from the start: @mkinberg
What Makes NaNoWriMoNoGo for Two Writers: @Porter_Anderson @ChuckWendig
Character types in romantic suspense: @camillelaguire
All about National Novel Writing Month: @fantasyfaction