lunch hour links for writers – 11/4/09

NaNoWriMo edition. (hehe)

Okay, you’re doing it! You’re plugging away on writing a 50,000 word novel during the month of November, hitting those keyboards hard and fast, so I thought to kick off the first week of NaNoWriMo, I’d share some links for newbie writers and for those of us who write year round.

What? You’re still banging your head against the old laptop trying to come up with an idea for your NaNoWriMo project? November writers and year-round writers can benefit from these writing exercises at Mots Justes. If there’s nothing to tickle your fancy there, check out the writing prompts.

Whether you’re writing your first novel or your fifteenth, @BubbleCow tweeted this super link to A Novel Checklist, posted by author L.J. Sellers. Sellers covers everything from the story arc through those gnarly unresolved issues in your novel.

Although you’ve just started your novel, you must begin thinking now about the end and the final showdown between your antagonist and your protagonist. Well @motsjustes tweeted this great link to a post by Alexandra Sokoloff for NaNoWriMo prep: Elements of Act Three.

As you’re writing your novel, you want to begin thinking of marketing possibilities, and Andy Shackcloth comes up with a great article on Using Short Stories as a Marketing Tool.

WORD COUNTS – I know I’ve had this link in my lunch hour links before, but I’m repeating it, especially for the new novelists who are participating in NaNoWriMo. I cannot find a better blog post on word counts than I’ve found at Colleen Lindsay’s blog, The Swivet. Read and follow her suggestions On Word Counts and Novel Lengths, and you won’t go wrong.

Don’t make December rejection month by submitting your novel to literary agents too soon! Writing the novel is only the beginning, so I would suggest that once you’ve banged out that 50,000 word manuscript, head over to Sterling Editing where Kelley gives you the low-down on Rewriting.

@jjdanz (none other than Jonathan Danz) tweeted this little jewel by Holly Lisle where she tells writers about her One-Pass Manuscript Revision From First Draft to Last in One Cycle.


Burn Me Deadly HC MONDAY, NOVEMBER 9 – don’t miss helluo librorum’s interview with author ALEX BLEDSOE! Alex will be talking about his upcoming novel, Burn Me Deadly (release date 11/10/09), the Eddie LaCrosse series (The Sword-Edged Blonde and Burn Me Deadly), Blood Groove, and writing. He’s got some great tips about dialogue and writing believable characters. While you’re waiting for the interview, visit Alex at his blog . . . From Down In Lucky Town.

The Rose and Thorn Journal now has a blog! Visit their new website and check them out! As always, Kathryn Magendie and Angie Ledbetter give you their best work.

Tonight is Audrey Shaffer’s 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 who are encouraging and helpful about topics from plot issues to marketing your novel. I’ll miss you all for a few weeks, but know I’m thinking of you and will return as soon as possible.


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 Fridays Were So Much Better When TGIF Was On.

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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8 Responses to lunch hour links for writers – 11/4/09

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  2. Stephanie says:

    What super links for kicking off NaNo! Thanks, Teresa.

  3. lawrenceez says:

    Thanks for posting. Still waiting for my report.

  4. lawrenceez says:

    Seem to have dropped out of sight again. The editor wrote the report; the problem seems to be with the third party contact who has my money but who won’t return any of my calls. They’re too busy with their own family business. So maddening.

  5. lawrenceez says:

    Finally got to talk to the third party…the editing report should be ready at the end of the week, beginning of the following. It seems everyone has been really busy in London. In the meantime, I’m reading the novel for the first time in several months and making notes as I go along.

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