lunch hour links for writers – 9/23/09

Don’t get left out of 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.

Let’s see what’s in the old writer’s lunchbox this week:

The biggest news is about our favorite topic – that’s right, cringe all you want, but the truth of the matter is the Department of Justice Rejects the Google Book Settlement. Google, of course, is stunned and amazed, but those of us who have a legal and/or library background are all standing around wondering why it took so bloody long. No one, including the Department of Justice or yours truly, decries creating a database of scanned books; however, the copyright issues have never been fully addressed. In addition, placing all these books in the hands of an entity that functions for a profit raises additional concerns regarding monopolies. Back to the drawing board we go . . .

Tweets? Twittering? Twitter? Worried about joining Twitter, because you don’t know what it’s all about? Well Debbie Ridpath Ohi takes all the fumbling out of understanding Twitter with her helpful Writers Guide to Twitter.

Mots Justes continues her series on the much maligned and overused comma with her Tuesday Afternoon Punctuation – Commas Part XV. Scroll down to see more of Annlee’s great posts on comma usage.

While you’re there, visit her post on Word Usage – Decimate. I found this post very interesting in terms of the subject, and Annlee really made me conscious of using the correct word to convey my meaning.

Show, don’t tell, show, don’t tell, aren’t you sick of hearing it? Well slide over to Edittorrent where Theresa gives you a great example of how to show with her post Johnny Dressed In Layers. Follow that post with Core Conflicts and you’ve received a lesson on how to present your characters in a believable manner.

I believe it was Jennifer Neri who made the statement that she felt like a writer had to be one part psychologist in order to understand characterization. Carolyn Kaufman, PsyD agrees, and lists several psychological tests that writers can use with her article, Characterization and Conflict: Using Psychological Tests to Improve Your Writing. She also offers links and tips for evaluating these tests in terms of characterization.

Holly Lisle presents clear examples and explanations to help you understand the fine art of progressing naturally from one scene to another with her Scene-Creation Workshop — Writing Scenes that Move Your Story Forward.

If you’re worried about your novel’s structure, Merrill Heath gives a succinct article with the very basics of How to Improve Your Writing – Basic Plot Structure. Heath gives a very good overview of Freytag’s Pyramid.

If you’re still a little fuzzy on structure, visit Peder Hill’s site where you can read his post on Conflict and Character Within Story Structure. Utilizing the three act structure, Peder shows how the character arc and plot structure can impact your novel.

Joanna Penn (also known around here as @thecreativepenn) shares her experience and offers advice on What I Wish I Had Known Before Writing My First Book where she offers encouragement and practical advice for aspiring writers.

This one is just plain fun. Steve Hanlov has created a RhymeBrain database where you enter a word and receive a list of rhyming words. Another fun part of the database help with alliteration if you use the Alliteration Aide.


Thanks to @thecreativepenn for tweeting that Red Blade Press is now open for dark speculative fiction short-story submissions. They are not accepting submissions for novels. According to their web site, there is a very narrow deadline for submissions:

Only submissions received between September 17th 2009 and November 30th 2009 will be considered. Any submissions received outside this timeframe will be deleted unread.

So if you have a short-story up to 7,500 words, check out the Red Blade Press.

The Rose and Thorn e-zine is also open to submissions.


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! Last week’s tweets are about how to succeed in today’s publishing industry, so head over to Writers’ Digest.

Another link treasure trove is Andy Shackcloth’s Sunday Wash-up where Andy posts the best links that he can find on the Internet. He has over thirty great links this week, so don’t miss the Sunday Wash-up.

More great links can be had at Pimp My Novel every Friday. For those who missed it, here is last week’s post entitled Dan Brown-ed Up.

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 . . .

Have a great week!


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  2. lawrenceez says:

    Thanks for the latest list.

    btw – the professional editor is reading my first novel now (apparently she is enjoying it but thinks it’s “a little ovewraught”). Also got some feedback on the first six chapters of my third novel from one of the members of the novelist group – the novel I’m curently blogging about- ahead of the novelist session scheduled for Wednesday. Seems the writing and dialogue are okay, but there might be some confusion at points (viewpoint switches, changes in time). Also, plot might appear contrived at times. I hope to get as much done as possible before turning my attention back to the first novel.

    Hope you have a good weekend,


    • Teresa says:

      Lawrence, thanks for swinging by and you bring up a excellent point that it doesn’t matter what genre you write, you need to be sure of the religious practices you portray.

      I’m so glad you’re getting positive feedback on your novels. The constructive feedback I’ve received from my various sources has really strengthened by writing. I tend to overwrite in places, it’s something I never would have seen if it hadn’t been pointed out to me constructively.

      Thanks for commenting!

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