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Writer's Resource

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Writer's Resource

Beware of self-indulgence. The romance surrounding the writing profession carries several myths: that one must suffer in order to be creative; that one must be cantankerous and objectionable in order to be bright; that ego is paramount over skill; that one can rise to a level from which one can tell the reader to go to hell. These myths, if believed, can ruin you. If you believe you can make a living as a writer, you already have enough ego. - David Brin

I promised to add a section dedicated to writers and writing. Here are a few very useful and easy to follow tools and information. All original articles are linked by clicking the names. I'll add more link as time permits. Click names to access. Enjoy!

Awesome resource sites:

uthors Den 

Author Advance

 Writing Right
Grammar Girl

riter Unboxed

Strangling My Muse

Funds For Writers

Ask an Author-  This is HUGE! Keira Kroft has done an amazing job with her site. Think of it as an authors's think tank. Ask a question and receive advice/guidance from other authors. Newbies, bookmark this site!

Common Errors in English Usage: If you don't already own the book, pick it up. This is their online version and it's REALLY good! Bookmark it English Language Tips. Great site with useful examples All the irregular verbs of the English language. Conjugation, pronunciation, translation and examples

The Book Designer: Practical advice to help build better books. Great info. Bookmark it!

The Creative Writing MFA Blog: The MFA Blog is a forum to discuss writing and graduate CW programs. Great info for those interested in Playwriting/Dramaturgy Programs & Screenwriting/Scriptwriting MFAs.

The Writer Magazine: Advice and inspiration for today's writer. Very Helpful....

Write Step: Official site of author, editor-in-Chief, essayist, produced playwright, writing coach/mentor R. Jeffrey Priddy. Jeff is also host of the most popular radio show on the Red River Writers network. And his blog is rated as one of the "Top Ten blogs for writing advice" on BOOKMARK IT!

Author Sites, Groups, & Groovy Artists Hangouts:

Chris Bennett:  Author. Screenwriter. Poet. My God send. :)
(Screen)Writers and Authors FB Group.

IRE Author Pages

Michelle Janine Robinson: Contributor to two New York  Times Bestselling anthologies and all around sassy gal!

Sheldon Higdon: Award-winning screenwriter and dark fiction writer. His blog: The Obituary of Sheldon Higdon

The Velvet Box Writers Group: Writer's lit group. This is a closed group. Please contact Brenda Foster or myself for access.

Write Step: Official site of author, editor-in-Chief, essayist, produced playwright, writing coach/mentor R. Jeffrey Priddy. Jeff is also host of the most popular radio show on the Red River Writers network. And his blog is rated as one of the "Top Ten blogs for writing advice" on BOOKMARK IT!

Literary Kicks: Literary Kicks was founded in July 1994 by Levi Asher, then a struggling writer bored by his tech job at the headquarters of the JP Morgan bank on Wall Street. Operated surreptitiously from Asher's cubicle as he pretended to work on PowerPoint presentations, LitKicks quickly became a popular online destination and critic's favorite, also gaining wide usage on college campuses around the world. (I Love LitKicks!)

After Deadline: Notes from the newsroom on grammar, usage and style by Philip B. Corbett. Need an esteem boost? Feeling uneasy about your writing? Read this blog daily! After you've read some of the mistakes the pro make, you'll never kick yourself again!

Seth Abramson- The Suburban Ecstasies: Seth is a poet, attorney, and freelance journalist in Madison, Wisconsin. A graduate of Dartmouth College, Harvard Law School, and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he is the author of two collections of poetry, Northerners (Western Michigan University Press, 2011), winner of the 2010 Green Rose Prize, and The Suburban Ecstasies (Ghost Road Press, 2009). Full Huffington Post bio and see his MFA videos below. LOVE SETH!

Emerging Writers Network: The EWN was created to develop a community of emerging writers, established writers deserving of wider recognition, and readers of literary writing, in order to develop as large an audience as possible for those writers.

Author B.B. Love: Treasure Box Publication is the home of the talented and lovely author B.B Love. Also available for your publishing, book cover design, editing, promotional products needs.

The New Site of Author Kay Jaybee: Writer of sexy, kinky and deliciously naughty erotica. Every needs a bedtime story. Be sure to check out her latest release: Quick Kink One.

Money Matters: Please Read Each Post BEFORE You Sign!

Show Me The Money

All About Royalties

Rights: What They Mean and Why They're Important

Lit Agents Worth A Damn:

Rachelle Gardner, SUPER Lit Agent: If you're lucky enough to get on with her, you're all set for life. PLEASE see her blog for insightful information about writing and the industry as a whole. Check her stats...yep, I'm GOLDEN! For the time being, they are CLOSED to queries, with the exceptions listed on her site.

Bits & Pieces:

Awesome List of Adjectives!
The list of adjectives is something of wonder. Behold the modest adjective. It can leap tall buildings in a single bound. It makes the average citizen smarter and kinder. It keeps you in the cleanest car on the block. Such potent words should be used wisely. Read on and learn how to use your adjective powers for good.
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If you're considering starting or joining a new critique group, the following tips will you get started:
Agree to some ground rules. It's important to establish a commitment to the group up front. More important, agree to confidentiality. You wouldn't want outsiders snickering at your love scenes behind your back.
Brainstorm. If you haven't started your manuscript yet, that doesn't mean a critique group is not for you. Critique groups can help you generate ideas that may motivate you to start and finish your book.
Check your ego at the door. If you want your writing to improve, you have to learn to accept constructive criticism. It's nothing personal, and it doesn't mean you're a bad person, or a bad writer.
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The Secret to Self-Publishing Success
Why is it that despite networking, blogging, Facebook pages, promotion, and website development, some self-published authors accumulate a strong, active community of readers while others never get any community traction?
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List of Gestures
Gestures are a form on nonverbal communication in which visible bodily actions are used to communicate particular messages, either in place of speech or together and in parallel with spoken words. Gestures include movement of the hands, face, or other parts of the body.
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Writing The Ethnic Romance
As a writer of African-American romance, I learned very quickly that there are many pitfalls that must be avoided when approaching the ethnic romance. In the middle of writing my first book, I was once asked, "What makes these characters ethnic? I don't really see that they're any different from other characters." I had to smile at this, because, essentially, your ethnic characters are not going to be very different from other characters. Their appearances, speech patterns, personalities, and cultural backgrounds will be influenced by their ethnicity, but hopefully they will not be defined by it.
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Top 10 List of the Worst Possible Self-Publishing Mistakes by Joel Friedlander
A friend of the Book Designer came across a document they quietly passed along to me. It seems to have slipped out of the office of one of David Letterman’s writers, and follows a familiar “Letterman-esque” format and style. I can’t say any more about the origin of this document, but see what you make of this. (Must Read!)
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Observational Writing
Observation is arguably the greatest tool for a writer of any genre. A well written piece allows the reader to see things in their mind as clearly as if they were seeing it with their own eyes. Good observational writing utilizes all of the senses in describing the event, character or item; transporting your reader easily into the world you are creating or describing.
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Cooling Off on Hot Words
Reiterated words and phrases lose power. Worse: undue repetition causes readers to glaze over. They start to skim the pages thereby reducing the chance that the words you've worked so hard to craft will actually affect their lives.
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If You're Looking For A Character
This Character Description Generator can be used for fun or to create quirky people to write about. Here's what I received when I tried it: This man is lean, with guileless dark eyes and fuzzy red hair worn short and spiky. He is wearing a lilac leotard and seems angry.
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You may want to bookmark this site folks! Great info and tools

Top 10 Worst Self-Publishing Mistakes-Explained! by Joel Friedlander 
An explanation for why you wouldn’t want to do any of these things when it comes time to publish your book. (Must Read)
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Create A Thesaurus Of The Senses
How many words or phrases can you come up with to describe the color of the sky? How about faded denim? Or pumpkin, at sunset? Iron, before a storm?
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Motivation: We All Need it!
"Let's 'GO'!: Get Over To Get On With Life." by Shalonda Williams
It's time to get over all the things that have held you back before. It's time to live your life to the fullest, but you must first get over the past and all things attached to it! 15% of the purchase amount is donated to Fox Chase Cancer Center.

Its Okay To Play With Your Words
Find some words and phrases you like. Places to search for these: inside the books on your shelves, in magazines or newspapers, on the Internet, out of the mouths of people near you, from your favorite poems, anywhere else words lurk.
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1000 Verbs to Write By- by Deanna Carlyle
All the writing advice in the world can't replace good tools and lots of practice. This is why I've compiled the following list of over a thousand action verbs. I needed a handy, printable reference tool that didn’t strain my eyes or my wrists. Try it for yourself sometime. It works.
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Stacy-Deanne: You Can Beat Writers Block!
Any writer who has come to a block knows that it’s pure hell. You wanna write. You strive to write. You crave to just can't!
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10 Big Myths About Copyright Explained -by Brad Templeton
An attempt to answer common myths about copyright seen on the net and cover issues related to copyright and USENET/Internet publication.
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Information For Period Pieces

Tudor Period (1485–1558)
Elizabethan Era (1558–1603)
Stuart Period (1603–1714)
Jacobean Era (1603–1625)
Caroline Era (1625–1642)
Georgian Era (1714–1830)
British Regency (1811–1820)
Victorian Era (1837–1901)
Edwardian Era (1901–1910)
Modern Britain (1945–present)

Social Customs During The Regency Era

Jane Austen's World: Learn about Regency customs and life from the people who actually lived in the era

Regency Customs: Characteristic of the style

Great Podcast interview with sassy award-winning historian Amanda Vickery. Her book "Behind Closed Doors: At Home in Georgian England" is a keyhole for us to explore Georgian society, 'behind closed doors'. I will post the BBC doc ASAP.
Amanda Vickery - Behind Closed Doors - Part 1 of 2

Documentaries and Helpful Videos:
The Adventure of English
In this eight part series, Melvyn Bragg, explores the development of the English Language over the last 1500 years. The first four programmes explain how this insignificant German dialect has evolved into a global language now spoken and understood by more people than any other in the world. The remaining four programmes visit various countries around the world to show the differences in modern English.

Adam Rifkin’s Words of Encouragement to Aspiring Filmmakers. Thanks Adam!