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Sunday Wash Up, 15th November

09-11-15a, Ernst Moeksis, Big Fun


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.


Old Bones, New Flesh: Building a novel from a fairy tale concept
Juliet Marillier interweaves Beauty and the Beast with three other threads, then she chopped some out. What did she remove and why?

Ready For Publication: How Do You Know?
So just what is the difference between “good enough” and “great”, Natalie Whipple has some advice.

Driving sales in the long term
Jessica points out that books should live longer on the shelves, a point that publishers don’t recognise but one that bloggers do.

People not Characters
Short post with an important punch, “They become real people, not flat characters on a page

What the Hell Does “Well Written” Mean?
A post in which the mystery author wishes to find a specific definition of just what “well written” means.

why stealing an “idea” is no big deal — until it is
The magic is not in the idea, which is probably nowhere near as original as you think it is.
The magic is in the execution of the idea

All Your Characters Talk The Same — And They’re Not A Hivemind!
How do you keep your characters from all having the same voice?” Eight good observations on how to give distinctive voice to your characters.

Monsters and the Moral Imagination
People seem to love monsters, they even vote them into office. So why would that be?

Like swords, but awesomer: Made up words in science fiction and fantasy
How many “speelycaptor” and “smeerps” can your novel hold?

Ray Bradbury’s Theory of Flight
This continues from last weeks Wash-Up when we listed interviews one to five. The final Interview, number seven will be posted next Friday.


Proven Psychology To Help Authors and Writers
Joanna Penn reviews “:59 Seconds – Think a little, change a lot” by psychologist Richard Wiseman, and highlights some of the most interesting parts.

Speaking crushing dreams-here’s the query tally
Janet Reid breaks down the rejection reasons for queries. Consider that she started at 10pm and processed 68, you can see just how quickly she has to process queries.

Ebooks are a Disaster
Henry Baum tried to format his eBook – but – it fought back. Eventually he hired an expert; this post offer help from Henry and Moriah (his expert) on battling with your eBook.

Fragile: Contains Dreams. Please Do Not Bend, Fold, or Crush.
Editorial Anonymous asks authors to realise a plain truth.

False Clues and “Red Herrings”
Margot Kinberg writes at length on the use of false trails in crime and mystery fiction. Interesting post and a subject that can be applied to other genres if a little reader misdirection is required.

The top 20 most annoying book reviewer clichés and how to use them all in one meaningless review
Michelle Kerns has a pet hate, clichés that do more harm than good. Authors are often requested to do reviews for other author friends, so it’s probably a good idea to know how to write an informative one.

Another good post from Margot Kinberg, this time about building suspense using the ticking clock method as favoured by Dan Brown.

The End of a Chapter
Describing description
Ok everyone knows that people want to read to the end of a chapter and then put the book down. Gail Levine explains that it is the writers job to stop them.
As Gail found more to add to the chapters post when she came to write her next post, I have added it as well.

The Only Way to Become Amazingly Great at Something
Leo Babauta has a strong view on mastering needed skills. All you need is . . .

Creativity Exercises
Jean Henry Mead explains how viewing the ordinary and then thinking creative thoughts expands your ability. I think she would like my, What Happened To You Today? post.


Announcement: 14 Days of Screenplays, Version 3.0
Scott Myers gives us all the chance to read some of the screen plays from incredibly successful films. I have no idea what a top screen play contains or looks like; a wonderful opportunity for us all.

how the internet killed the storyteller. except if maybe it didn’t.
Justine Musk writes a wonderful post that is half investigation and half internet round-up. There are some interesting observations here and a strong lesson on the need to always question the validity content on the net.

24 Agents Who Want Your Work
Writers Digest each year lists agents accepting work from new authors. This link is to a post which then links to the list because there is a link to Donya Dickerson’s ‘10 easy tips’ that you should read before you start sending submissions.

5 Public Speaking Venues You Can Schedule Today
Public speaking is one nightmare every author hopes to have. Tony Eldridge passes on some tips on finding public speaking opportunities.

Marianna: Pleased to meet you — fully exploiting a character’s first scene
Everyone knows that first impressions are incredibly important to an author. What many authors don’t know is that this is also true of the characters in their novel. Marianna Baer gives some helpful advice.

Evolution of a cover, part 1
Evolution of a cover, part 2
Evolution of a cover, part 3
Moriah Jovan leads us through a delightful trail of book cover design and second thoughts.

Labor baulks at book reform – Australian Publisher Protection
Australian books are overpriced  and hiding behind a protective administration. Not everyone agrees with the political decisions. Personally I wonder if the high book price will make Australia the first nation to properly accept eReaders, have a population educated in bypassing border download restrictions and in so doing destroy the indigenous printing industry completely. One to watch.

LitMatch is now AuthorAdvance!
In their words “After two years of helping to connect writers with Literary Agents, the face of LitMatch has changed! Introducing AuthorAdvance, a social network built with the goal of helping writers to connect with each other, develop their skills and further their careers.

Writers Are Now Team Members
Graham Storrs has a publish date in mind also book promotion, blog tour and life. So he is calling “wifie” and the dog in to help. Will they co-operate? Is that publishing date still firm, should he worry when the editor tells him not to worry?

The Law of Attraction For Writers and Authors
How is it everyone else seem to know about things like the ‘Law of Attraction’ and I don’t? If this is also news to you read on as Joanna Penn (with a double n) explains all.



Podcast: J.C. Hutchins on Writing Thriller Novels and Publishing Success for 7th Son
Hints and tips for the thriller writers amongst you.

Point of View in Fiction
I have been listening to this podcast over and over again, during the past week. Now I am off to buy the book that Paula uses for reference in the podcast .



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

09-11-15b Caveman-rejection

More Writing Lists

Friday Forum: Dynamic Dialogue
Jessica Rosen is full of good advice as usual. Writing believable dialogue can be just impossible, Jessica’s links should help.

lunch hour links for writers
Teresa Frohock’s weekly post was not up at time of posting this, so I have linked to her home page, where she has a brilliant interview with Alex Bledsoe. If you like vampires then read on.

Writing Roundup
Jennifer Roland always links to great posts in her round ups. Her weekly post was also not up when I posted this, so again the link is to her home page. (I’m blaming NaNoWriMo for this, even if it is not to blame.)

Marketing Tips Around The Net: November 13th
Tony Eldridge has ten more superb links for writers who are now considering how to get their work in the hands of the public.

Writers’ Roundup
Useful links from the well travelled Alexis Grant. Checkout the post by Nathan Bransford that she has found.

Weekend Reading
Ami Spencer is taking part in NaNoWriMo, normality will resume in December.

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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