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Sunday Wash Up, 22nd November

 09-11-22a Jenny Downing, Bow Wash

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.



Top 7 Reasons Readers Stop Reading
K. M. Weiland asked her twitter followers what were the reasons why they put a book down unread. Here are the top seven reasons.

Writing and Learning Bending Towards Each Other
Beth  Robinson thinks with a pen in her hand, interesting post on the methods of thinking when we write.

Pre-Natal Care for Your Book by Lynn Serafinn
Start promoting your book BEFORE you have finished writing it. Lots of good reasons why by Lynn Serafinn.

On Good Advice
You Tell Me: What’s the Worst Writing Advice You’ve Ever Received?
Some superb examples of one size will not fit all.

How Nonfiction Writers Can Find The Right Writers’ Conference
Some tips from Barbara Santos to help the non-fiction writer become a power user at writers conferences.

How Online Are You? A Writer’s Scale of Internet Engagement
Amusing little thermometer of just how ‘out there’ you are on the web. Just where do you measure if when you get up in the night to visit . . . you check twitter on your way back to bed?

10 Places to Help Find a Home for Your Writing
We haven’t featured a post from Mike Geffner for a while, which is a shame because he puts out such great stuff. Here he lists ten places plus links to places you should know about.

Workshop – Find, and Flush Out, an Idea
Written by Karen for NaNoWriMo but applicable to us all; ideas on how to grasp and improve that elusive idea.

More on the Wonderful World of Publishing
Chip MacGregor recently posted about Ted Dekker, The Good, the Bad, and the Faux Deep, the resultant fan e-mails have him pondering. “I know I could have a reasoned dialogue with Ted (or Mike) about a disagreement… I’m not sure I feel the same way about some of the followers.”

Creating a Critique Group
Nobody tweeted this, shame on you. When I scanned through Chips blog I found this neat post on critique groups. What do writers need? “As a writer, you need a place to be bad “ I bet you thought critique groups were places to be good.


Writers and Financial Woes: What’s Going On
John Scalzi has a light touch. Writers often described as . . .  but have you been described as “Writers are often flaky” or “Writers are often irrational risk-takers” before? No? Neither had I.

Don’t get it right the first time
I have a friend who needs to read Caro Clarke’s post. The first chapter has been rewritten so many times that it is now a different story. Tips like “If you write on screen, tape a note above it that says ‘Looking back causes gangrene’. And write.” need shouting to the world.

Top 10 fantasy novels that haven’t been made into movies (but should be)
This post is not on writing but an amusing look at ten should have beens by Roxanne Michaud. You might like to add some of these to your reading list.

How to Learn Story Structure in Two Minutes or Less
I have said it before; the best lessons are free all-around you, IF you have the eyes and attitude to see them. Larry Brooks also subscribes to this way of thinking, here he describes free two minute workshops you probably ignore completely.

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!
Eleven ways, in no particular order” to build suspense in your novel. Interesting words from Gail Carson Levine.

Trusting Your Editor
If your editor asks you to rewrite history, how many options do you have? Jessica Faust answers this and other niggling questions.

Book Deal Fail: Lessons in Publishing Every Writer Needs to Know
After all the hard work and euphoria of landing that elusive book deal, it can seem that the world has fallen apart when it all goes wrong. Commiserations and future best luck wishes to Ed Cyzewski.

How to Publish a Kindle Blog (And Why You Might Want To….)
What’s that you say? – Never heard of it. – Oh, you say it’s a blogging platform on Kindle? And the user base is growing? And not many people are blogging there yet? An opportunity you say, oh! Let me read that post.

Enhance Your Blog and Ezine with Guest Posts
Dana Lynn Smith writes about improving the content of your blog (platform) with guest posts. I am compelled to add to this post. Always let the other author know, since they might like to respond to any comments and it makes for a win-win situation. And as Dana said, it happens to be courteous.

Branding Tips: Creating Favicons and Custom Error Pages
Tony Eldridge explains something I have hankered after for a while. Some sites have neat 404 error pages and you are so much more likely to stay on the site if the error page guides you back. If it’s too techy, ask your kids to read it and sort it for you.



How to Plot a Mystery
Monica Ferris (the third picture from the left) looks like the typical Hollywood sweet little lady next door. Yet her hobby is killing people. Here she explains how she goes about it.

Mark Garvey: Strunk & White’s Biggest Fan
Do you like S&W, some would warn you away. Mark Gavey probably cuddles his copy at night. Here he talks to Maria Schneider about his obsession.

Efficiency Wins in the End
Why do people buy prepared and frozen vegetables? The taste is inferior, the vitamins have been depleted, the presentation is… Why? Because it is quicker, and for quicker read more efficient. What then the future of the printed book? Nathan Bransford pens his thoughts and 152 readers add theirs.

Harlequin & Thomas Nelson: Harlots Of The New Publishing Industry?
Pay-to-Publish (PtP) looks to have finally arrived. How does this differ from vanity press offerings like Publish America?

Writing Wednesdays #16: “The First Five Pages”
Steven Pressfield is impressed by Noah Lukeman’s book “The first five pages, a writers guide to staying out of the rejection pile ”, I have read other work by Mr Lukeman and if this is half as good, it’s one to own.

9 tips for successful author appearances
Alan Rinzler gives you nine things to consider when doing a reading. And the cartoon is just hilarious

What is Speculative Fiction?
Recently I asked Twitter just what was meant by “Speculative fiction,” I received just one reply. Was it that everyone thought the question was to base for an answer or were they as confused as I was. This is the best post explaining the term that I eventually found. Thanks to @TeresaFrohock and N.E.Lilly.




Writing Challenges
David Morley, is the  director of Warwick university’s creative writing programme. These nineteen podcasts all have a tutorial element followed by some interesting writing challenges.



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.

09-11-22b Inky Girl, dangling modifiers




More Writing Lists

Friday Forum: NaNo Break Time
Jessica Rosen is full of good links as usual, this time with an eye to humour. Check out the link to the funny writing quotes, I just loved, “I love being a writer. What I can’t stand is the paperwork.”

lunch hour links for writers – 11-18-09
Teresa Frohock’s weekly post on writing links is back up, she explains how in a world of all take there was no time last week for give. This week she has made up for it big time; so make a fresh cup of brew before you click on her link, since you might be visiting her site for a fair while.
Tip: Check out Michael Stackpole’s post.

Writing Roundup
Jennifer Roland always links to great posts in her round ups. Due to me gallivanting across England this weekend I am unable to link to her roundup. So again the link is to her home page. If the roundup is not at the top, then scoot half way down and on the right is a tag cloud, click on “writing roundup” and all will be well.

Marketing Tips Around The Net: November 20th
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 she has found by Mary Carroll Moore.

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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3 comments to Sunday Wash Up, 22nd November

  • Thanks so much for mentioning one of the posts from Write Nonfiction in November. It’s both a blog and a challenge to nonfiction writers to start and finish a project in 30 days each year during November. The blog runs all year long, and the great expert guest blog posts are available all year long. I do write other helpful posts each month all year long as well.

    Anyway, I’m very grateful to you for letting your readers know about the blog. It’s there to help nonfiction writers all year long.

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