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Writing links from around the web! 5/04/2012

Writing links from around the web! 5/04/2012

Best Writing Links

It’s that time of the week already… best writing links from around the web is our weekly Friday feature. How Friday rolls around so quickly each week I’ve no idea, but I’m not complaining!

Have a wild weekend, whatever you’re up to. I’ll be watching a belly dancing performance at a friend’s birthday party, and no doubt enjoying some great middle eastern food. Yum!

– Laura


1.       When to Avoid Passive Voice  – The Write Practice

The title is pretty self-explanatory. Passive Voice is not always your best friend.

2.       C.S. Lewis on the Dirty Secret of Language – The Write Practice

Rules just don’t exist in language. Ask C.S. Lewis.

3.       Obsessing Over Your Manuscript’s Size  – Jane Friedman

Is word count keeping you awake at nights? You are not alone.

4.       How Do You Balance Writing With Platform Building?  – Writer Unboxed

Ask the expert – Jane Friedman answers the question about creating a balance between writing and platform building.

5.        The Beauty is in the Details, by Sherry Thomas – Romance University

Details are what bring out the divine in a story. Sherry Thomas explains why.

6.       Rock Your Writing with Checklists  – Word Play

If you want to write effectively make a checklist. It will save you a lot of trouble.

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Best Writing Links from around the Web! 4/27

Enjoy these writing links and get inspired to get down to business!



– Laura


1.       Five Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Writing Sessions – The Write Session

Tips from Tina Blain, an expert in helping authors finish their projects on how to get the most fromtheir writing sessions.

2.        How to Write A Novel Without Selling Your Soul – The Creative Penn

Are you a pantser or a planner? You don’t have to sell your soul either way.

3.       Character Trait Entry: Persistent – The Bookshelf Muse

Learn what a persistent character is and how to create a successful one.

4.       Ask An Editor: Theresa Stevens’ Line Editing Series – Romance University

A wonderful series of articles on content and line editing. Watch a professional editor dissect real work.

5.       How To Build Strong Foundations Underneath Your Dreams – Courage 2 Create

Speaking the truth about your dreams is the best way to cure a writer’s block.

6.       Lighting Up Your Storytelling With Flashbulb Memories – The Artist’s Road

Use a “flashbulb memories” to write your next short story or even novel.

7.       How to Create Distinctive Character Voices – Wordplay

Are all your characters speaking like you? For great characterization you have to make sure each one has his or her own unique personality easily distinguishable from the others.

8.       15 Ways to Write Tight – Write to Done

The one thing Ernest Hemingway, Chris Brigan and other great writers have in common is that they all write tight. You can too if you follow these points.

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Writing Links from around the web, 4/16-4/20

Writing Links from around the web, 4/16-4/20

Best Writing Links

There have been some GREAT articles on writing this week. If you are a newbie looking to get published, be sure to read number 6 from Jane Friedman. I’ll be reading the rest on my flight back to Seattle – 12 hours on a plane and I’ll need some good reading material!

Cheerio England, it’s been great. Have a fab weekend, all! – Laura

1.       Best Way to Kick-Start Creativity? Just Write. – Galley Cat

Yeah, that’s right. Stop worrying about writing the best sentence anyone has ever written. Writing is all about revision, proofreading and editing – remember this isn’t your final draft.

2.       How to Start Your Novel – The Write Practice

Don’t try to jump into conflict too soon. Take your time to introduce character and build the plot.

3.       Character Trait Entry: Brave – The Bookshelf Muse

Learn how to write about a “brave” character.

4.       You Can’t Be Published If You Don’t Play – The Artist’s Road

Have a play on words; create a terrible character; have a flawed plot; and only then will you be able to come up with a book publishers can’t wait to get their hands on.

5.       Is Your Character Talking the Talk Instead of Walking the Walk? – Word Play

Are your characters actually doing things or just sitting there talking about doing them?

6.       Writing & Publishing Terminology 101 – Jane Friedman

A glossary of terms every writer serious about getting published needs to know.

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Writing Links, best of the web 4/2-4/6

Writing Links, best of the web 4/2-4/6

Best Writing Links

I’m in England! As we speak my father is feeding my husband smelly blue English cheeses.. I feel I must rescue him. Here are some great links from around the web this week. I hope you have a wonderful weekend – it’s nice to be home!

Writing Lessons from the Newsroom – Jeff Goins Writer

5 lessons in writing from a newsroom journalist.

3 Reasons to Write Stream of Consciousness Narrative – The Write Practice

Faulkner may have been your least favorite guy in school but stream of consciousness exercises really helps get into the head of your character.

Writers Should Struggle Against Style – Jane Friedman

Don’t be a slave to your style. Find a way to look at the world in a different way to bring more creativity to your writing.

6 Ways Bloggers Can Avoid a Visit from the Grammar Police – The Creative Penn

Blogs are not meant to be perfect pieces of writing. They are a way for a writer to get what’s on their mind out of the way – a place to unwind and relax. Occasional typos and grammatical mistakes will happen. But too many and the Grammar police will get on your case. (more…)

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Writing Links: Best of the Web 3/26 – 3/29

Writing Links: Best of the Web 3/26 – 3/29

Best Writing LinksBest links from around the web this week! Have a great weekend, and happy reading!

1. The Best Way to Begin a Writing Career – Jeff Goins Writer

The best place to practice your writing skills is by writing for magazines. Find out why it’s important to write for websites and magazines etc. 


2. 7 Reasons Your Muse Isn’t Talking to You – The Write Practice

Being a good lover to your muse and working on your relationship with her/him can get your far in your writing career. Learn how. 


3. Bestselling Women Authors Discuss Women Writing – Jane Friedman

A 2-minute treasure trove by bestselling female authors for aspiring women writers. 


4. Writing Tips: Guns, Bullets And Shooting With J. Daniel Sawyer – The Creative Penn

Want to write action thrillers but have never fired a gun? Listen to a podcast or watch the video of Joanna Penn interviewing J. Daniel Sawyer on his latest book, “Throwing Lead” which gives writers a feel for how it feels to hold and shoot a gun and more.


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Best Writing Links From Around the Web – 3/19 – 3/23

Best Writing Links From Around the Web – 3/19 – 3/23

  1. One Piece of Indispensable Writing Advice – Jeff Goins Writer 

The best advice anyone can give a writer – two dirty words, “Keep Writing”. 

2. How to Be Funny With Well-Chosen Words – The Write Practice

Being funny is difficult. Telling jokes is an art – some will swear it’s a science. People seem to have forgotten the power of the written word in telling a funny story what with the influx of memes and imgurs. Four tips to writing humor. 

3. The Tension Between Art and Commercial Realities – Jane Friedman

Learn from publishing guru, Ron Hogan, about forming a connection with your readers, and keeping true to your artistic values.

4. Character Trait Entry: Cautious – The Bookshelf Muse

What is a “cautious” character? What are the layers it needs? This blog answers these questions on characterization of a particular kind and how to avoid certain clichés. 

5. Strong and Sassy Heroines with Annie Seaton – Romance University

Conveying a strong and sassy heroine can be hard in the romance genre when the focus should be on an alpha-male. Keeping her lively without going overboard is hard. Annie Seaton, author of Winter of the Passion Flower, shows how to create one successfully.  (more…)

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Writing Links – Best of the web, 3/12-16

Writing Links – Best of the web, 3/12-16

BestWritingLinksLooking for some articles on writing this weekend? Each Friday we’ll bring you the best of the web – so you don’t have to go searching for them!

Have a fantastic weekend! – Laura.


1.       Stuck in a Creative Funk? Try These 12 Tricks – GoinsWriter.com

All writers suffer from a writing-block at one point or the other. This doesn’t mean one should get discouraged and give up. There are tips and tricks to get around these obstacles.

2.       How to Write With an Accent – TheWritePractice.com

Writers have to be very careful about their spellings, grammar and punctuation but there is an exception. To make characters more realistic, authors often use accents which means getting playful with spellings and punctuation.

3.       7 Mistakes To Avoid When Writing Your Memoir – TheCreativePenn.com

Writing a memoir is one of the hardest things for even the most experienced authors. It’s easy to fall into the traps of trying to be a hero, or confusing a memoir with an autobiography. Spot the pitfalls and avoid them.  

4.       The Best Way to Edit, by Tracy Sumner – RomanceUniversity.org

The secret to the best way to edit is that there is no best way to edit. It varies for different people.

5.       3 Helpful Tools For Writers Who Struggle With ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) – OllinMorales.wordpress.com (Courage 2 Create)

Don’t let ADD prevent you from pursuing your writing ambitions. Organize yourself, keep doing what you feel passionate about and don’t worry too much about adhering to a schedule.

6.       Shot Through the Heart – Your Story’s Throughline – TerribleMinds.com

A throughline is the string that keeps your story together. It varies and can be based around any element that can be made into a focal point of your book. Learn how to use it effectively.

7.       What a Creative Writing Immersion Can Provide – WriteToDone.com

An MFA residency provides wonderful value to creative writers who know how to tap into its full potential. Some tips from a veteran on how to get the best from it.

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