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Apologies for the lag this week—catching up from our BEA event. Look for a recap with photos in the next few days.
Best of Best
Five Novelists’ Web Sites That Offer Great Writing Advice
Amy Tan (TED): The Ted Commandments
Cory Doctorow: Writing in the Age of Distraction
“Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable.” —Francis Bacon
Be suspicious if your editor only corrects grammar, typos. The less you’re outraged, the less it’ll sell. Editing equals improving. @gyokusai
“Writing has got to be an act of discovery. I write to find out what I’m thinking about.” —Edward Albee
To get ahead, at the very least, write out at night your next day’s objectives. Writing focuses your energies to accomplish your tasks.
In writing fiction, finding “facts” to fit your narrative = recipe for success. In real life, not so much.
Your editors are like coaches: they know audience & reject writing for good reasons, even if you don’t know specifics. —T. Whalin
Getting Published, Agents/Editors
Why writers should avoid content aggregators such as Helium:
Reality check from author: Getting published is just the beginning
Tips for the editor/agent appts
Wed writing exercise: historical figures in fiction, by the Donald Maass Literary Agency
Craft & Technique
The key to prolific writing? Genre.
How to salvage writing disasters by @quipsandtips
How Screenwriting Broke My Writer’s Block
I wrote a guest post called Embracing a Million Crappy Words
Tips for writing a killer opening line, via @mariaschneider
To drop the F bomb or hold it in reserve: choosing when to cuss in your writing
One of the challenges of writing is … writing. 13 Tips For Actually Getting Some Writing Done
Summarized Dialogue: The many uses in fiction and memoir.
The yin and yang of characterization in writing
The author’s own story. Marketing, conversations and lies.
How you can use eBooks and the Kindle to market your writing from @jakonrath
Twitter on Twitter
Literary Tweets: 100+ of the Best Authors on Twitter
Check out “Best of Writing on Twitter”
News, Trends, Opinions
Why AmazonEncore matters (via @BubbleCow)
Richard Curtis on changes to copyright due in 2013
“Demise of Writing Greatly Exaggerated” — a teen is not deterred from pursuing her dream job
Online & Offline Resources/Tools
@michellerafter reviews 10 great virtual hangouts for freelance writers
Free Online Writing Courses (via @BubbleCow)
101 Best Websites for Writers: Our 2009 list from the May/June mag issue.
Wired’s Ebook reader buying guide – good roundup of current state of art.
Random Writing Prompt Generators
Do we Miss Authorial Omniscience?
How writing saved me from myself
Writers Reveal the Book the Changed their Lives
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