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Sunday Wash Up, 29th November

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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 to my list.



How to Write a Book Outline With Mindmapping
In Judy Cullins words, “If you want to learn how to write a book outline, mindmapping is better than linear outlining because authors can use flexible thinking and relativity in writing their book. One can add and subtract a thought or phrase from a mindmap easily. This is an excellent way to start, organize, and finish your book.”

Would you sack your agent to self publish?
Post from Gary Smailes about Matthew Watkinson who secured representation from an agent, only to then sack the agent and self publish.

How to Write a First Chapter that Rocks
Many people read the first few pages of a book as they browse a bookshop and then put it back. Those first few paragraphs are your chance to impress the reader, don’t mess it up.

One Of Your Crucial Characters Isn’t Working. What Do You Do?
109 asks some great authors how they tackle a wayward character. Interesting responses.

How Reading Affects Writing
“Mediocre writers borrow. Great writers steal.” T.S. Eliot. Jonathan Danz ponders on how best to use greatness.

The 3 Self-Publishing Paths You Should Understand
Jane Friedman discusses self publishing options and the author profiles they fit best.

How I Got My Agent: Kristyn Crow
”-How I Got My Agent- is a new recurring feature on the GLA blog…  …the things people did right vs. what they did wrong (highs and the lows) … …Some tales are of long roads and many setbacks, while others are of good luck and quick signings.”

Desperately Seeking [CHARACTER NAME]
Good post on character names from Dame Jackie. I liked “Allow yourself to make mistakes”, yes, someone who understands.

Beginnings Roundup
Anita Nolan has written nine pithy posts on aspects of beginnings. This link takes you the the index page for all nine.

What is the ideal page count for a first novel?
Noah Lukeman explains what publishing and film executives look for from a new writer.


When Should I Take Revision Advice, and When Should I Listen to My Gut?
Moonrat delves into that troublesome question you may need to answer. When is ‘your’ heart more correct than solicited advice?

Three Ways To Ensure A Satisfying Ending
Beginnings was covered three links back, now we have three endings, funny how numbers occur in life.  Laura Cross, talks about screen play endings and the main things to keep in mind.

The Art of the Paragraph
Jonathan Morrow from the “National Society of Writing Snobs ”,  has produced an excellent post on paragraphs.  Aimed mainly at blog copy, it is however a must read for all writers.

Steinbeck was wrong
Jason Black, explains how he stumbles into story concepts that others, unequipped with eyes able to recognise them, ignore. Where do you purchase these eyes? Well, Jason explains all.

The Borders bookshop chain in the UK has gone into administration.
Sad news about one of our (UK’s) largest bookstores.

Attention shoppers: Lessons learned from a book signing disaster
What do you do when no one turns up for your book signing? Blog about it on the internet of course!

On the Art of Non-fiction
David Shenk explains some of the problems that science writers face, other than, that no one wants to read it. “I hope someday I will write about something inherently exciting — like naked people, or astronauts, or naked astronauts. That will be fun. People will want to read that.”

What Will You Do to Publish?
So what would you do? Sell your mother? Prostitute your craft? Jessica from bookends asks the question.

Question: How to actually sit down and do it?
Scott Myers gives advice on how to sit your bum in the chair and ignore the internet. I liked the candy idea.

The Robert Louis Stevenson Website
A web site devoted to Robert Louis Stevenson, what else can I say?


Literary Agents and the Changing World of Trade Publishing
Which comes first the printed or the digital book? Obvious answer, yes? Which market is bigger, global digital market or accessible brick bookstores? So which should come first, digital or printed book?

The Author as Hero
Another great post from Larry Brooks, the four stages of a writer to a hero. Nifty visualisation of learning the craft.

Is Writing to Learn a Tool, Process or Choice?
As someone who thinks with a pen in his hand I found this post fascinating. Why would someone resist the opportunity of committing their own thoughts to ink?

Stupid Writer Tricks: 10 Writing Tricks to Avoid
David Edelman gives us some dodgy deeds to avoid. The one that annoys me the most; inconsistent timeline (6. The confused chronology).

Writing a query letter: Talk about the competition
Short but important post from Gary Smailes from Bubble Cow. No book is in a vacuum, know your market and know why it will sell. If you don’t know, how will you convince an agent that it will?

How to Approach an Agent or Publisher with a Self-Published Book
In Julia McCitchen’s words “This is a question which is likely to apply to increasing numbers of writers as the publishing landscape continues to shift in response to new developments in technology and readers’ requirements.“  New age, new rules, bring on the dawn.

Everything You Thought You Knew is Wrong
Guy LeCharles Gonzalez casts an eye on the new imprints from existing publishers and the changing attitude to self-publishing. Favourite bit “Publishing, whether traditionally or DIY, is a business decision” .

How to Kill a Character—And Avoid Hate Mail
Personally I love it when the main characters get killed off, the more the merrier, it means you cannot predict where the author is going to take you as the acts unfold. K.M. Weiland explains how to do it and not alienate your readers.

Thomas Nelson wants to know where the public outcry is for how publishers are being ripped off
Another post about self-publishing, this time Jenni Holbrook considers it from the publishers viewpoint. Looks like, we all make our choices and we all lay our money down.  

How to Find Your Message and Stand Out
Justin Dixon explains how we can find the message we want to put out. Once found it will help keep our blogs popular.

How to Get Great Endorsements that Sell Books By Shel Horowitz
Getting endorsements helps to sell your book. Here seven different ways to gain an endorsement are described.




Joel Williams on Blogging Basics for Writers
Joanna Penn interviews her own tech expert about setting up a writers blog.



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.

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More Writing Lists

Friday Forum- Point of View
Jessica Rosen is full of good links as usual. I haven’t the time to read them this week (since I’m not here), so I will come back later and catch up.

lunch hour links for writers – 11/25/09
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 check out the steamy post by Elizabeth Bear.

Writing Roundup
Jennifer Roland always links to great posts in her round ups. Due to me gallivanting across England (again) 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 27th
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 on the top 10 myths about e-books.

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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