lunch hour links for writers – 9/9/09


First, I want to congratulate Jonathan Danz, who is helluo librorum’s winner of a  signed copy of Lisa Mannetti’s debut novel, The Gentling Box. Thanks again to Lisa for her superb interview here at helluo librorum. Jump over to Words and Coffee and give Jonathan your congratulations!

Now let’s dig in . . .


[A quick note: on Sunday evening, there were software issues which prevented the Writer’s Chatroom from hosting the interview with author Thomas Norman DeWolf. Mr. DeWolf’s interview will be rescheduled, and Audrey has tweeted that all is well for tonight’s Open Chat. Carry on . . .]

Open Chat Wednesdays at the Writer’s Chatroom! From 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. EST, you can take your questions and writing related issues to a group of vibrant writers at Audrey Shaffer’s Writer’s Chatroom. You can pop in and out at will so don’t feel like you have show up promptly and leave promptly. The Writer’s Chatroom is a great place to meet other writers.


Kathryn Magendie is LIVE (well, we all know she’s alive), but on the R-A-D-I-O (or the Internet equivalent) where she is the author interviewed at How She Really Does It!

tellnolies Speaking of author interviews, Angie Ledbetter interviews author Julie Compton at The Gumbo Writer! Angie says: “Tell No Lies is a legal thriller described as a cross between Scott Turow and Jodi Picoult; a "whydunit" as opposed to a "whodunit."”

Our own Stephanie Wright, Ph.D. is working with Karyn Hall, Ph.D. to write a non-fiction work on family violence. The Elephant in the Closet: Understanding Violence in the Home will bring an academic understanding to violence in the home.


At Mots Justes, there is a Wednesday Writing Exercise with a link to thirteen Timothy McSweeny writing prompts that are hysterically funny.

Blogging is like any other writing endeavor and requires maintenance, so to stay on task, check out Pimp My Novel where you can find the Ten Commandments of Blogging.

So you’re looking for a critique group and you have no idea where to start? Well, Andy Shackcloth has taken all the pain from the experience for you. He has a List of Writing Critique Groups that can’t be beat!


via @BubbleCow: In the comments on my article Point of View – A Primer, Kat pointed out the difference between point of view and the writer’s “voice.” Jesaka Long talks in detail about Developing Your Writing Voice.

Also via @BubbleCow comes this article from Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk, who details 13 Writing Tips where you can find very practical advice on everything from on kick-starting your writing to finding your way out of plot problems with your novel.

And finally, via @BubbleCow: Larry Brooks tackles the mighty monster of theme with his post Selling Your Story: The Thing About Theme.

via @PublishingGuru: Looking for good writing blogs? Well, Editor Unleashed has published a list of their 25 Best Writing Blogs by Maria Schneider. I’ve added a few to my sidebar, and you might want to visit them to do the same.

via @TheNewAuthor: We talked about editing this week and part of the editing process is how well your sentences and paragraphs flow. Brian found a great article by Maeve Maddox on Sentence Flow and shared it with his favorite twits, err, peeps . . . just read the article.

Well, you knew I couldn’t go at least one week without a dig at the Google Book Settlement where opposition is rising like Leviathan. Where all these people were last year this time, I have no idea, but now that the September 4th deadline has passed, resistance is rising from the depths. The latest? Well, even the ACLU is ringing in on this one, because David Kravets tells us how the Google Book Plan Hits Privacy Snag.


Always, always, always check out Writers’ Digest Best Tweets for Writers by Jane Friedman. Ms. Friedman surfs the net for some of the best tweets and articles you can find!

Another link treasure trove is Andy Shackcloth’s Sunday Wash-up where Andy posts the best links that he can find on the Internet.

That’s it for this week, and I certainly hope I haven’t forgotten anyone, but just in case roll through the sidebar and visit a few of the folks there. I’ve added a few new links you might find interesting, and I will continue to update and add links as I wander across the Internet in search of next week’s lunch hour links for writers . . .


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3 Responses to lunch hour links for writers – 9/9/09

  1. Stephanie says:

    What a super collection this week!

    Congratulations to Jonathan, and thank you for the link for our project.


  2. lawrenceez says:

    Hi, I overlooked this for some reason. Thanks for posting the links.

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