Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Two years worth of writing links

I've added quite a lot of writing links to this blog over the past 2 years and thought it would be a good idea to put them all in the same place (mostly so I can find them!) but thought some of my more recent readers might find them useful too so...here you are...

The writing links I've found most useful

1. Plot

i) What to do if your plot gets stuck - http://justinelarbalestier.com/blog/2009/01/05/jwam-reader-request-no-3-how-to-get-unstuck/

ii) Creating a plot outline - http://hollylisle.com/pdf/Lisle-Plot-Outline.pdf

iii) The 3 Act Structure - http://www.musik-therapie.at/PederHill/Structure&Plot.htm

iv) Narrative tension - http://ezinearticles.com/?Creating-Narrative-Tension-in-a-Novel&id=88160

v) Tips for adding tension to your novel - http://www.fictionfactor.com/guests/tension.html

vi) The Hero’s journey - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monomyth

vii) How powerful is your novel? - http://pbackwriter.blogspot.com/2007/07/vw3-turn-up-wattage-story-power.html


2. Writing encouragement

i) The secret of writing success - http://sallyquilfordblog.co.uk/2008/12/new-year-message-and-writing-secret-of.html

ii) Even hugely successful chicklit authors like Jennifer Weiner have been rejected - http://jenniferweiner.com/forwriters.htm

iii) Jasper Fforde, rejected 76 times over 10 years - http://writerunboxed.com/2007/06/22/author-interview-a-conversation-with-jasper-fforde/

iv) Write as though you’ve got a gun to your head - http://spreadtheword.org.uk/index.php?id=miscellaneous&text=1053


3. Agents/Editors

i) What they want - http://writeblogspotcom.blogspot.com/2008/09/road-ahead.html

ii) When should you fire your agent? - http://bookendslitagency.blogspot.com/2008/06/when-to-cut-ties-with-your-agent.html

iii) When agents ask for revisions but don’t offer representation - http://bookendslitagency.blogspot.com/2008/05/revisions-before-representation.html

iv) Do agents look at wannabe author’s websites? - http://pubrants.blogspot.com/2008/03/talking-websites.html

v) BBC website on how to lay out a novel for submission to an agent/editor - http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/scriptsmart/novel.pdf


4. Characters

i) Body language cues to emotion (useful for show vs tell) - http://www.joannawaugh.com/Craft.html

ii) Create images of your characters - http://www.channel4.com/entertainment/t4/microsites/M/makingfaces/yourface_createMate.html

iii) What makes a sympathetic character? - http://www.sff.net/people/alicia/artsympathy.htm

iv) What makes a compelling character? - http://nathanbransford.blogspot.com/2008/06/character-and-plot-inseparable.html

v) Matching a character’s name to their age - http://babynamewizard.com/namevoyager/lnv0105.html


5. Gadgets & software

i) WRITE or your computer will bleep at you! - http://lab.drwicked.com/writeordie.html

ii) Free writing software - http://www.spacejock.com/yWriter.html

iii) Create a ‘word cloud’ of your novel or short story - http://wordle.net/create

iv) Semi-colon quiz - http://www.bristol.ac.uk/arts/skills/grammar/grammar_tutorial/page_44.htm

v) Do you write like woman or a man? - http://bookblog.net/gender/genie.php

vi) Get your computer to read out your novel/story for you - http://www.naturalreaders.com/

vii) Online editing software - http://www.autocrit.com/


6. Writers block

i) http://www.copyblogger.com/writers-block/

ii) Writers block vs chronic procrastination - http://www.slate.com/id/2191312


7. Publishing

i) How do you get your book into the supermarkets? - http://www.danutakean.com/blog/?p=245#more-245

ii) Don’t expect to earn loads of money - http://emmadarwin.typepad.com/thisitchofwriting/2008/02/not-just-singin.html

iii) “Things I’ve learned since my first book was published” - http://cmpriest.livejournal.com/879864.html

iv) Author tries to promote his first book - http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/books/fiction/article2151594.ece

v) Snowbooks publishers – “How We Choose What We Publish” - http://www.snowbooks.com/weblog/2007/06/how_we_choose_what_to_publish.html#more


8. General advice for writers

i) 35 traps writers fall into - http://www.rachelsimon.com/wg_common.htm

ii) Writing a novel - http://www.fictionfactor.com/novel.html

iii) Really informative videos on writing and getting published - http://www.videojug.com/tag/writing-and-publishing

iv) BBC GetWriting site - http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/getwriting/minicourse

v) Writing fiction for 8-12 year olds - http://www.ianbone.com.au/pdfs/NovelsYoung_IanBone.pdf

vi) Writing tips - http://www.lisagardner.com/tricks/index.htm

vii) Writing advice - http://www.caroclarke.com/writing.html


9. Random stuff

i) Have a nose at other writer’s rooms - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7754115.stm

ii) Guardian newspaper ‘How to write’ articles - http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/series/howtowrite

iii) The Book Show on YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/profile_videos?user=TheBookShow

iv) Test your vocab and help charity at the same time - http://www.freerice.com/

v) Are you right-brained or left-brained? - http://www.news.com.au/perthnow/story/0,21598,22492511-5005375,00.html

vi) What drives writers to write? - http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/books/article2615414.ece


10. Editing

i) Kill your darlings - http://brendacoulter.blogspot.com/2008/01/how-to-kill-your-darlings-without.html

ii) Rewriting a novel - http://justinelarbalestier.com/blog/?p=890

iii) 3 steps to edit your novel - http://www.autocrit.com/pdfFiles/ThreeStepstoEditingYourNovel.pdf

iv) Editing - http://www.caroclarke.com/rewriting.html

v) Revision Toolkit - http://theresefowler.blogspot.com/2007/07/revision-tool-kit.html



21 comments:

HelenMHunt said...

That all looks really brilliant. Thanks for bringing it all together.

Lane said...

Wow. This is fab. Thanks for putting it all together:-)

liz fenwick said...

Absolutely fantastic - but I can't help wonder - was this a touch of procrastenation :-)
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Debs said...

Thank you so much for theses links, the timing for them is perfect. I received a rejection yesterday (very pleasant, but still a rejection), so need all the help I can get.

Queenie said...

That is SO helpful - and perfect timing from my point of view! Thanks very much for taking the time to pull this together.

Queenie said...

BTW you've got the Gender Genie link in twice - once against 'creating a plot outline' (second link from top)

Captain Black said...

Cally, you're a complete Brightazonian Star! These are really useful, thank you.

Do you think a Novel Racers' side-bar gadget with these would be a good idea?

ChrisH said...

Aw! What a generous, Hector you are. Thank you.

Tam said...

Great! Thanks, Calistro :-)

KayJay said...

Ignore Liz. Seriously, this is wonderful and most helpful! And you should possibly write your own 'how to book' to boot.

Cathy said...

Fab. Thank you!

Calistro said...

Thanks all!

Liz - I did it while watching The Apprentice last night so I was actually multitasking my procrastination! Though I did go on to write 1,100 words afterwards!

Queenie - Thanks, didn't notice that. Fixed now!

Calistro said...

Captain - Feel free to add these to a side bar in the NR blog.

Martha Flynn said...

You should charge for all that work! Thanks.

Manic Impressive said...

Wonderful! That's an impressive list...:)

Bernadette said...

Thanks for these!

In case you haven't seen it yet, you have a story in the May TABFF, out today!

Calistro said...

Bernadette - Oooh! Thanks for that! I received a cheque from Bauer the other day and wondered why as my story wasn't in the April issue.

Do you get My Weekly by any chance? Apparently my story (the one they've had for 2 years) is due to be published, finally, this month but my local newsagents doesn't stock it.

Bernadette said...

I only buy My Weekly now and then(though if any of the editors are reading this, I will be happy to buy it more often if you stop sending all my subs back!).

I'll keep an eye out for you though and let you know if I see it. My local newsagents are very good about me flicking through the magazines and only buying the ones that have friends' stories in!

Very good story in TABFF BTW.

Kate Lord Brown said...

Thanks Cally - that's a great list (wish I'd read a few of those posts about a year ago ..:)

Deborah said...

Gosh, thanks for that!

Erin Lynch said...

That is a beautiful list, thank you so much for putting it all together! I'm an amateur writer so any help is very much appreciated. :)

Your blog is inspiring for writers, both young and old!