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Sunday Wash-Up 6th September

09-09-06a BarleyFitz, Girl at Water Park Welcome to my Sunday Wash-Up. This post is for all the writers who cannot catch the information being passed around on the net, due to work or other commitments.

It is quite simply a collection of interesting writing based web pages that fluttered past me recently. Most links have come from Twitter and if these little tweeting birds had elegant plumage, then whilst they perched on my desk, I quickly added their roosting details my list.


Five Tips For Writing Dynamic Dialogue
Sharon Lippincott, shares her five tips on dialogue. I like the tip of making it do “double duty”.

A Strategy for Books and Marketing
Chip McGregor, amongst other things includes an impressive book list to help you gain the wisdom needed to market your book.

Ten Critical Points to Consider Before Workshifting Internationally
Mark Hayward, lays out some serious considerations when thinking about writing for a living where sun and inspiration abounds.

Victoria Strauss — Bad Impressions for Good Impressions Audio Books
Heard of “Good Impressions Audio Books”? Victoria Strauss illuminates the practice of fee referral schemes and the miss-information directed at desperate authors.

The search for the next generation of public intellectuals – Pt 1
The search for the next generation of public intellectuals – Pt 2
The search for the next generation of public intellectuals – Pt 3
The search for the next generation of public intellectuals – Pt 4
The search for the next generation of public intellectuals – Pt 5
Huge and thought provoking post from Drusilla Modjeska. This excerpt shows how she questions the goals of the publishing industry and not the consumer for why “colour-supplement talk” dominates.
The perception that publishers are becoming ever more ruled by narrow notions of the market is one I hear a lot. And with it, the perplexing question of whether it’s reading habits that are changing, and that is what we should be responding to, or whether it’s the changes within publishing that are causing the grief.

10 simple things you can do to improve your writing
Jody Gilbert, gives us some common grammatical mistakes and misused words to consider. She even mentions ice-cream in the post so how could I not list it.

Writing Excuses
This is a link to a website and not an article. Writing excuses pops their posts on fifteen minute MP3 podcasts. If you are hard pressed for time why not listen to them on the way to work or to the shops? As they say “Fifteen minutes long, because you’re in a hurry, and we’re not that smart.”

How Second Life Helped Me Lose Weight, Fly Above My Fears, & Advance My Writing Career
Sitting motionless in front of a screen all day has always been considered a sure way to collect the pounds. Joan Kremer would beg to differ and she claims to have proof. Oh, she also explains how second life can give you experiences that will assist your writing.

Avoiding Scams Aimed at Writers
Holly Jahangiri guest posts on Jan Geronimo’s blog, giving out sage advice on how the scams suck people in. Of course you can’t be caught by such nonsense, can you. Can you?

Dan Brown book causes panic in publishing
Pity the poor publishers, time your publication badly and there will be no window space for your book because Dan Brown’s book will be there hogging the limelight. I just love lines like “In 2003 The Da Vinci Code was mocked for its pedestrian writing style, lumbering plot and cliched characters, including evil British aristocrats… …it went on to sell more than 60m copies.”

Writer, This is Your Job
So on which part of the writing Pyramid are you? Don’t know? James Scott Bell has a few motivational words for aspiring authors.

892 Tips you can learn from 36 top bloggers
Jade Craven has put together the who’s who of bloggers, plus loads of links to their best articles. One to bookmark. (A little crowing, at position 9 is Marko Saric and he follows this blog. Talk about pressure to perform.)

Self-Publishing: Great Idea… or Worst Idea Ever?
Eric throws his rattle out of the pram and claims “99%+ of the time, however, these books are either written by the functionally illiterate… …In short, most self-published novels are crap.” Always interesting to have the other side of an argument.

Self-Publishing: Best Idea Ever
In a direct response to Eric’s post (linked above), Henry Baum points out some inconsistencies in Eric’s argument. Ah now we have both sides to consider. Nathan Bransford adds a comment and lets slip an interesting view of the future.

How to Write a Novel: The Snowflake Method
Plotting not your thing? Maybe you are approaching it from a wrong direction, i.e. one direction. Randy Ingermanson uses fractal models to approach it all at once (well sort of.)

What is iFiction?
Andrew Burt has produced another outlet for your stories and it is free. Best bit is, some of his customers money will also come your way.

Is Your Big Idea Big Enough For a Book?
George from TumbleMoose Writing Services outlines some simple tools to first check out if your idea has merit and then some more to hone it in to the best in its class.

The Basic “How to Write a Short Story” Post
Annie give you a informative short post on the main points to consider when writing shorts. I like this one “One of the charms of short stories is the mystery of back stories

Selling Your Story: The Thing About Theme
This weeks ‘find’ is Larry Brooks site. Here he talks about Theme in a story. This post is a must read as Larry is talking common sense but I feel many people haven't realised what he makes obvious. What is Theme? “Theme is the relevance of your story to real life.”

Books will survive, but not on paper
Susan Hayes picks up her crystal ball and wonders when she can swap her heavy books for a single tablet.

Ask the editor: Help! I can’t seem to finish my book
Alan Rinzler has years of helping authors out when stuck at the end of their book.

What Agents Talk About When We Talk about Auctions
What is a round robin or a best bid? Kristin explains what they are and the pros and cons of each.

District 9 – Breakdown of the story structure
District 9 is a perfect example of the primary story strategy on which the worldwide entertainment business is based: use a popular genre as a vehicle to carry a larger theme.”

Short Stories Can Improve Your Writing Skill
Why make the same mistake for a year when you can have your nose rubbed in it within weeks? This is a brilliant post for us aspiring writers who are just starting to get our noses bloodied.

Advice to Writers: Style
A few quotes on style from notable writers.




More Writing Lists

Writing Roundup, September 4
Jennifer Roland has some great posts in this round up and I just had to link to her post on short stories as a learning tool

Friday Forum: Literary Agents
Jessica Rosen’s focused Friday link love forum.  “Seriously, the literary agent can make or break an author in this publishing world..

lunch hour links for writers – 9/2/09
Teresa Frohock, shares a little link love on Wednesdays and includes a quick reason with each, as to why you should click on the links. Noticeably this week she has a nice set of links on point of view.


If you know of other writing link lists please add them in the comments and I will append them to the Sunday Wash-up, for all to benefit from.

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