lunch hour links for writers – 9/16/09

DON’T FORGET the 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.

Now let’s see what we have on today’s menu:

Science Fiction/Fantasy writers will enjoy learning new ways to reflect alien/foreign syntax with Juliette Wade’s article How Syntax Can Help You. She talks about ways you can reflect your character’s ethnicity or alien speech patterns by changing the standard English subject-verb-object word order.

If you’re an aspiring author, should you have a web site? Maybe yes, maybe no – so if you’re waffling, take a look at this informative post by Monica Valentinelli about The Pros and Cons of Having Your Own Website.

Dialogue, dialogue, dialogue, here is a great blast from the past from Ray Rhamey on how to use beats effectively in dialogue at Flogging the Quill where he writes about Cooking Up Some Tasty Beats.

I’m Going To Lock You In My Conflict Box isn’t as kinky as it sounds! Jason A. Myers has written this great post about a technique he learned in a Bob Mayer writing workshop on Conflict Lock and the Original Idea. It has to do with your protagonist and antagonist’s goals and conflicts. Jason provides a different way to utilize scene and sequel using a story-box.

Across the sunny pond, Christian Yorke is hosting Flash Fiction and a Competition at his web site, A Writer’s Twisted Web. Pop over and visit Christian with the miracle of the web where we remain close to other writers in spite of distance.

Alliteration is a difficult skill to master – use it incorrectly and you will provide hours of unintentional amusement to your readers. However, if you want to learn how to properly use alliteration, visit Andy Shackcloth where he has written an excellent post, Alliteration: Proven, Powerful Possibilities.

This gem came via @natalieallan, she of the web site, Natalie Allan: Ali Hale presents an excellent article on editing when she answers the burning question: Are Vampire Words Sucking the Life Out of Your Writing? Read it without fear, Ali will give you great advice on how to be an effective writer by tightening your prose.

For those people who believe fantasy writers “just make things up,” Alex Bledsoe has an informative post on the research he did for his dragon cult in his forthcoming novel, Burn Me Deadly. Read At the Firey Altar: The Dragon Cult of Burn Me Deadly and see if he “just made it up.”

By the way, I got really lucky and wrote a short post about my first dragon to Alex Bledsoe’s blog and won an ARC copy of Burn Me Deadly. This is the second Eddie LaCrosse novel and it will be released on November 10, 2009. It is a super combination of detective mystery and fantasy with believable characters and a tight story. Publishers’ Weekly gave it a starred review in their Fiction Reviews 9/14/2009. Scroll down or use Edit, Find on this page, and enter Burn Me Deadly.

From the Editorial Ass, this is just cool: Excellent Venn Diagram Friday.

If you’re looking at those gnarly taxes and have concerns about expenses, see Maria Schneider’s informative article Smart Money Answers for Writers at Editor Unleashed.

The Rose and Thorn e-zine is open for submissions! In fiction, they accept mainstream/literary, romance, fantasy, science fiction, horror, thriller, vignettes, flash fiction, short shorts. From their web site:

“We look for compelling and thought-provoking fiction. Use all aspects of good writing in your stories, including dynamic characters, strong narrative voice, and a riveting and original plot.  A personable and confident overall tone will ensure you make the first cut toward publication. We have eclectic tastes so go ahead and give us a shot.”

Read the Submission Guidelines for the Rose & Thorn.

And I would like to share a nice surprise I had this very morning: my Booklove review for Alex Bledsoe’s novel, The Sword-Edged Blonde, garnered a Twitter shout-out from @genreville’s @rosefox.


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.

More great links can be had at Pimp My Novel every Friday. For those who missed it, here is Friday, Bloody Friday.

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 listed. 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 . . .

Have a great week!


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7 Responses to lunch hour links for writers – 9/16/09

  1. Teresa, I see you have put up another brilliant set of links for people to chew on whilst enjoying their lunch hours. Good job we are not in competition with our link love; I think I’d lose.
    Oh, many thanks for the mention.

    Now which to read first eney, meney, miney…

    • Teresa says:

      Oh, you get dibs, because you post on Sunday. It makes it a easier for me to miss your super links. I think it’s great we all pick up on different things, makes it more like a buffet! 😉

      Thanks for stopping by, Andy, it’s always a pleasure to “see” you.

  2. Teresa,

    Quick note to say thanks for the name check. I REALLY appreciate it.

    Take it easy,


  3. Ashley Ladd says:

    I look forward to checking out all these articles. I’m not sure when I’ll find time and still squeeze in my own writing. 🙂

    • Teresa says:

      Hi Ashley, thanks so much for stopping by! You could probably lead us to a few links! I try and go through them on my lunch hour, but I have to be honest . . . I print the ones I want to read later (I know – cheat, cheat).

      Thanks again for stopping in for a visit. I hope you’ll visit again. 😉

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