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Sunday Wash-Up, 1st November

09-11-01a Ishrona, Moving Waters

Welcome to my Sunday Wash-Up. This post is for all the writers who due to work or other commitments, cannot catch the information being passed around on the net.

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.

The DumbLittleMan Guide to Comma Use
Nine ways to use a comma from Dumb Little Man. “’The best way to use a comma is to think of it as a way of pausing before moving on to the next part of the sentence.’, whilst this is a myth it is a good way to get started thinking about commas. However, there are so many other ways it can be used

Grammar: Do You Think the Rules are Stodgy or Stately?
Jennifer Roland admits to being a mixed bag when it comes to grammar usage. She tells us which rules she chooses to follow and which ones she flaunts.

Do you know an inner character arc from an outer one?
Jason Black has a brilliant blog called, Plot to Punctuation. Here he pens a typical thought provoking post.

Proper Grammar Ain’t Always What You Think
Walt Shiel has seen one too many grammar examples cited that failed to stand scrutiny.

12 Things That Can Hurt Your Dialogue 
Laura Cross lists twelve things that you might be guilty of in your dialogue. Keep it handy when you put your editing hat one.

The Week That Was
Kassia Krozser urges us to follow the intrepid as she battles with insurmountable piles of “that’s how we’ve always done it”

Which Tense Is Best
Anyone who can include “Beef stew ice cream” in a post about writing tense, deserves a LOL medal. Jessica mixes good advice with odd thoughts and comes out a winner.

Inside the Mind of Cory Doctorow
Christina Katz interviews Cory Doctorow, it’s worth putting up with the horrible adverts on this site whilst you read the post, or copy the text to word and read it away from the nasty, flickering swine.

Writing the Perfect Scene
Randy Ingermanson of the ‘Snowflake’ technique, peels apart the structure of a scene and shows us how to put it all back together again. Good post.

Do Authors Still Need Publishers?
Mark Coker of Smashwords fame explores how the risk of publishing will shift from publisher to author, and just what impact this might have on the publishing houses.


Even the Pros Do It
Allison Winn Scotch only expects 100% of herself. So you can understand her feelings when checking her work she found a paragraph of telling where . . .  Well maybe you should read her post.

Announcing: Why I Write Essay Contest
The topic that every writer takes on at some point is: “Why I Write.” In fact, reflecting on what compels a writer could be a genre in itself. You might say it’s the literary equivalent of an artist’s self-portrait.

How to find and apply to writers’ colonies
Alexis Grant, shares what she learned when applying to writer’s/artist’s colonies.

A Writer’s Shiny Sink—10 Ways to Write Every Day
Shonna Slayton, explores the parallels between an untidy house and unwritten prose. I don’t know about you but if I wrote more I wouldn’t have a show piece home. Not that I do. Maybe she has a point.

On Meeting An Agent (Chapters 1 to 5 of 8)
On Meeting An Agent (Chapters 6 to 8 of 8)
Quirky animation about publishing a novel, we’ve all heard it before but it made me smile. (Contains expletives.)

The Beat Sheet – Your at-a-glance revision blueprint
Roz Morris adapts a Hollywood script writing technique to gain an overview of her novel.

This Week in Publishing
Nathan Brandsford produces a summary of the hotter topics that hit the air last week.

Going in Circles
Gail Carson Levine, ponders on story structure that returns to the place of origin, i.e. the start.

A Dozen Ways to Create an Opening Scene
C Patrick Schulze has tried to help you achieve that “initial burst of excitement ” by listing some great opening lines.

12 keys to stronger writing from Annie Dillard via Alexander Chee
Annie Dillard and the Writing Life
Some interesting points in this post, I’m particularly taken with the verb count technique. The second link is to the post that inspired it.



Time: Finding it, Making it and Burnout
Andrew Jack finds something is missing in his plans, he then takes steps to correct it. For me It involved a bowl of ice cream, what does it mean for you?

How to Write a Novel in 30 Days
I have tried hard to not include loads of NaNoWriMo posts, just because there are so many out there this month, (Google – 1.3million hits), but this is a nice list, so here it is.

Turn Your Book Into an iPhone App
Intelligent, interactive and competing with Tetris, it all goes to prove that Al Katkowsky is a very clever fellow. You need to read this for ‘trends’ information even if it is outside your aspirations.

Thumb novels: Mobile phone fiction
Small “Thumb” novels less than 500 words long may be the ‘Twitter’ app for mobiles, using micro packets of serialised fiction on mobile phones. Popular in Japan, is it heading this way?

Setting Descriptions: Playing for “Keeps”
Playing for Keeps II: Keep the Character in the Setting
Playing for Keeps, III: Keep Props Handy
Playing for Keeps, Part IV: Keep the Pace and the Tone
Ah! Anyone who considers ripping out sections of Moby Dick because they drag, can’t be bad.

filedby dot com
Free to American authors, another venue to build your platform and fan base.

Macmillan Lowers E-Book Payments for Authors
With authors trying to get a bigger percentage due to dropping advances, it has come as a bit of a shock when one major publisher dropped commissions.

Round Table Discussion – Starting a New Novel
Six authors discuss the steps they take when starting a new novel. Patti Hill’s method looks interesting, albeit a tad PC hostile.



Podcast: Grant McDuling on The Business of Selling Words
Grant McDuling explains how Steven King spends 95% of his time promoting his brand. As a ghost writer he never has to market his books and he must not over promotes himself or he becomes visible. Would that make him a spectre writer?


Inky Girl’s Cartoon,
Inky Girl is putting out some brilliant NaNoWriMo cartoons and posts, don’t forget to pop over and check them out.

Witchy Writer

More Writing Lists

The NaNo Curse
Jessica Rosen has been struck down by NaNo flu, so no links from her this week. Lets all hope she gets well soon – or – we could pop over and wish her well on her blog.

lunch hour links for writers – 10/28/09
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. This week my pick of her links is the Sterling Editing collection.

Writing Roundup, October 30: The Pre-Halloween, Post-Flu Edition
Jennifer Roland always links to great posts in her round ups. Oh, do I see mention of Flu? I hope my blog didn’t pass it on to Jessica. Loads of really good links this week, it makes picking a best one difficult.

Marketing Tips For Authors Dot Com
Tony Eldridge has not put up his usual marketing links at the time of publishing this post. The link takes you to his home page, just in case it has been put up since. Let us all hope he is not bed ridden with flu as well.

Writers’ Roundup
Useful links from the well travelled Alexis Grant. I found her Writers Roundup this week only because she found the Wash-Up first. (Thanks go to Teresa for suggesting the Wash-Up to her.)

Weekend Reading
Ami Spencer has put together a serious list of links. Simple and concise, it is neatly done.

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 the benefit of all.

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