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Twitterific Writing Links

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by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig

A weekly roundup of the best writing links from around the web.

Twitterific writing links are fed into the Writer’s Knowledge Base search engine (developed by writer and software engineer Mike Fleming) which has over 40,000 free articles on writing related topics. It’s the search engine for writers.

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Creativity and Inspiration / Goal setting

Creativity and Inspiration / Inspiration

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What I’ve Learned in 20 Books’ Time

by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraigGame Night

I realized a couple of weeks ago that I’m working on my 20th book.

A lot has changed since book one.  I shopped the first couple of books  to agents and traditional publishers since self-publishing wasn’t the great option it is now.   Digital publishing and digital reading hadn’t yet exploded on the scene.

Here’s some of what I’ve learned:

Process: 

Outlining helps me write faster.

However, writing from an outline doesn’t give me as much job satisfaction as when I make it up as I go along.

Readers sometimes enjoy my subplots better than the main plot. Lesson: don’t neglect the subplot.

Self-edit to make my manuscript as error free as I can. Printing it out, converting it to a format I can read on my Kindle, or reading aloud is a good way to get distance from it. This saves me money on my self-published editing. Continue reading What I’ve Learned in 20 Books’ Time

Twitterific Writing Links

by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig

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Twitterific writing links are fed into the Writer’s Knowledge Base search engine (developed by writer and software engineer Mike Fleming) which has over 30,000 free articles on writing related topics. It’s the search engine for writers.

Irony— The Final Cliché:  http://ow.ly/LdN9c  @DavidCorbett_CA

The Big ‘W’ and Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey Story Arc:  http://ow.ly/LdNbH @writeabook

7 Ways End Your Novel:  http://ow.ly/LdNwz @enderawiggin

5 Price Points to Consider For Your Book:  http://ow.ly/LdNCj @amcbooks

Tips and Tools to Make Your Writing Life Easier:  http://ow.ly/LdNIq  @ecoversed Continue reading Twitterific Writing Links

How to Write Compelling and Balanced Backstory

By Jeni Chappelle, @jenichappellepad-black-and-white

Writers often spend hours creating a realistic and compelling backstory for each major character in their novels. After all that hard work, it’s natural to want to include as much of that as you can. But there’s a fine line between clarifying a character’s past and writing too much backstory. Readers don’t usually need to know much of the characters’ history in order to engage with the story. Here are some ways to help you find the right balance.

The Four I’s

First, let’s revisit what makes an engaging backstory. Only include backstory that fits four criteria—I call it The Four I’s.

  1. Important: It’s directly relevant to the plot.
  2. Individual: It reveals something essential about the character.
  3. Interesting: It pulls the reader in with mystery.
  4. Interval: It’s spread out so it doesn’t overwhelm or bore the reader.

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Twitterific Writing Tips

by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraigBlog

Twitterific links are fed into the Writer’s Knowledge Base search alengine(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.

3 Deadly Traps for a Writer:  http://ow.ly/vqpld @jonathangunson @RogerDColby

Writers: Fire Your Guru:  http://ow.ly/vqkxv @rchazzchute

How to Stop Procrastinating and Just Write: http://ow.ly/vqknz @screencrafting Continue reading Twitterific Writing Tips