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Title: Sticky: Skip's Show and Tell
Post by: Skip Slocum on October 08, 2012, 05:05:19 PM
Skip's Show and Tell

This will be a continuation of, ‘What’s on your Link-List’.
http://www.mywriterscircle.com/index.php?topic=33128.0

This thread will be a repository of links that are useful to writers.
What we'll try to do is scan the forum for all those threads with useful links to information, we'll copy the link here, minus all the conversations those threads garnered.

Renamed after our beloved Skip. Gone but never forgotten xx
A lovely idea given to us by Wolfe. He would have been made up by not only this suggestion but who it came for.  Lots of yeeeehawing down the Mod halls.
Title: Re: ‘Look What We Found’ Wolfe's Tips from the Hip
Post by: Dawn on October 08, 2012, 05:44:19 PM
Wolfe's Tips from the Hips

Tip from the Hip #1   Make your villains . . .
http://mywriterscircle.com/index.php?topic=32633.0

Tip from the Hip #2   Add humor.
http://mywriterscircle.com/index.php?topic=32673.0

Tip from the Hip #3   Use the right dialogue tags.
http://mywriterscircle.com/index.php?topic=32700.0

Tip from the Hip #4   Self-Doubt
http://mywriterscircle.com/index.php?topic=35193.0

Tip from the Hip #5   Backups and Hardcopy
http://mywriterscircle.com/index.php?topic=35836.0

Tip from the Hip #6   Disguise Backstory into Dialogue
http://mywriterscircle.com/index.php?topic=37207.0

Tip from the Hip #7   Shades of Gray
http://mywriterscircle.com/index.php?topic=37191.0

Tip from the Hip #8   The E-Mail Query Letter
http://mywriterscircle.com/index.php?topic=37241.0

Tip from the Hip #9   Perfectly-Clipped Conversations
http://mywriterscircle.com/index.php?topic=38106.0

Tip from the Hip #10   You are overly sensitive
http://mywriterscircle.com/index.php?topic=38204.0

Tip from the Hip #11   Page, Paragraph, and Sentence Widows
http://mywriterscircle.com/index.php?/topic=39824.0

Tip from the Hip #12   Use Another Character to Describe Your Protagonist
http://mywriterscircle.com/index.php?topic=42741.0

Tip from the Hip #13  Read it Aloud
http://mywriterscircle.com/index.php?topic=45324.0

Tip from the Hip #14   Look Like A Professional
http://mywriterscircle.com/index.php?topic=47873.0

Tip from the Hip #15  You Can't Please Everyone
http://mywriterscircle.com/index.php?topic=50208.0

Tip from the Hip #16   Don't React Defensively. Act Professionally.
http://mywriterscircle.com/index.php?topic=50241.0

Tips from the Hip #17  The Unspoken Rule
http://mywriterscircle.com/index.php?topic=53308.msg0;topicseen#new

Tips from the Hip #18  Where to Put the Page Number on your Manuscript
http://mywriterscircle.com/index.php?topic=53319.0

Tips from the Hip #19   Filter Words
http://mywriterscircle.com/index.php?topic=54547.msg0;topicseen#new

Tips from the Hip #20   Respond
http://mywriterscircle.comindex.php?topic=56472.msg1054447#msg1054447

Title: Re: ‘Look What We Found’ Novel Beginningers' Faults and Blunders
Post by: Dawn on October 08, 2012, 05:48:03 PM
Beginners' Four Faults

http://www.caroclarke.com/fourfaults.html


Five novel opening blunders.

http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2012/08/22/five-novel-opening-blunders-writing-tips/
Title: Re: ‘Look What We Found’ - Creativity is Paradoxical
Post by: Dawn on October 08, 2012, 05:50:16 PM
Aspects of creative thinking that are not usually taught. -

http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/4pLe5C/:Y7oidsbM:XjBeEL25/www.creativitypost.com/create/twelve_things_you_were_not_taught_in_school_about_creative_thinking/
Title: Re: ‘Look What We Found’ - Scene Building
Post by: Dawn on October 08, 2012, 05:51:34 PM
Scene Building
http://www.mywriterscircle.com/index.php?topic=39323.0
Title: Re: ‘Look What We Found’ - Nine Mistakes with Dialogue
Post by: Dawn on October 08, 2012, 05:52:37 PM
Nine Mistakes with Dialogue

http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2012/10/04/dialogue-mistakes/
Title: Re: ‘Look What We Found’ - Eight Ways to Wreck your Writing
Post by: Dawn on October 08, 2012, 05:53:36 PM
Killing your story - eight ways to wreck your writing

http://www.caroclarke.com/killingstory.html
Title: Re: ‘Look What We Found’ - Explains The Shape of Stories
Post by: Dawn on October 08, 2012, 05:57:15 PM
Kurt Vonnegut Explains The Shapes Of Stories

http://www.fuelyourwriting.com/kurt-vonnegut-explains-the-shapes-of-stories/
Title: Re: ‘Look What We Found’ - Rules of the Story + SF and Fantasy Writing
Post by: Dawn on October 08, 2012, 05:59:10 PM
Rules of the Story

http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/rules-of-story.aspx


Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing

http://www.writesf.com/
Title: Re: ‘Look What We Found’ - Rules and How Tos from various Authors
Post by: Dawn on October 08, 2012, 06:07:42 PM
'10 Rules for Writing' by various authors

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/feb/20/ten-rules-for-writing-fiction-part-one


How to become an author in 5 difficult steps
http://www.cracked.com/blog/how-to-become-author-in-5-incredibly-difficult-steps/
Title: Re: ‘Look What We Found’ - Free Editing Software
Post by: Dawn on October 08, 2012, 06:17:32 PM
Free Editing Software

http://prowritingaid.com/Index.aspx
Title: Re: ‘Look What We Found’ - Free Software to Flag up Adverbs
Post by: Dawn on October 08, 2012, 06:18:55 PM
Free Software to Flag up Adverbs

http://www.ftrain.com/ThePassivator.html
Title: Re: ‘Look What We Found’ - Editors' list of stories they see too often
Post by: Dawn on October 08, 2012, 06:23:04 PM
Editors' list of stories they see too often

http://www.strangehorizons.com/guidelines/fiction-common.shtml



Five novel opening blunders

http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/2012/08/22/five-novel-opening-blunders-writing-tips/
Title: Re: ‘Look What We Found’ - Query Rejections
Post by: Skip Slocum on October 09, 2012, 03:34:17 PM
Query Rejections


http://theblabbermouthblog.com/2012/10/01/1324/
Title: Re: ‘Look What We Found’ - POV Techniques
Post by: Dawn on October 11, 2012, 11:46:44 AM
POV Techniques

http://www.inspirationforwriters.com/techniques/pov.html
Title: Re: ‘Look What We Found’ - For Isamov Fans
Post by: Laura H on October 11, 2012, 08:15:32 PM
For Isamov Fans -

http://lmmay.com/2009/07/18/janet-and-isaac-asimov-on-how-to-enjoy-writing/

http://sprott.physics.wisc.edu/pickover/writerasimov.html

Title: Re: ‘Look What We Found’ - For scriptwriters
Post by: midnight candle on October 15, 2012, 05:59:31 PM
For scriptwriters

http://www.baboulene.com/
Title: Re: ‘Look What We Found’ - How To Edit Your Work
Post by: Dawn on October 17, 2012, 12:19:32 PM
How To Edit Your Work


http://writetodone.com/2012/02/09/eight-simple-tips-for-editing-your-own-work/
Title: Re: ‘Look What We Found’ - Writing Cheat Sheet
Post by: Dawn on October 23, 2012, 07:11:26 AM
Writing Cheat Sheet

For fiction writers, screenwriters and storytellers.


Writing Cheat Sheet good for Nano

http://www.nowhitespace.org/writing/cheatsheet.pdf
Title: Re: ‘Look What We Found’ - Amazing visual free dictionary
Post by: Dawn on October 23, 2012, 07:14:09 AM
Visuwords - Amazing visual free dictionary

http://www.visuwords.com/
Title: Re: ‘Look What We Found’ - Gyppo's Nano Advice
Post by: Dawn on October 24, 2012, 12:10:58 PM
Gyppo's Nano Advice

http://www.mywriterscircle.com/index.php?topic=39739.0
Title: Re: ‘Look What We Found’ - 50 Famous Author Interviews
Post by: Dawn on October 27, 2012, 05:17:12 AM
50 Famous Author Interviews

http://www.onlinecollege.org/2010/03/28/50-famous-author-interviews-that-shouldnt-be-missed/
Title: Re: ‘Look What We Found’ - Self-editing Your Middle-Grade Book
Post by: Dawn on October 27, 2012, 05:12:56 PM
Self-editing Your Middle-Grade Book


http://www.underdown.org/mf-self-editing2.htm
Title: Re: ‘Look What We Found’ - The Seven Senses . . . and much more
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on October 31, 2012, 01:15:46 PM
The Seven Senses . . . and much more

I went looking for the seven senses, found them and much more. This isn't a writer's site but does contain some information that seems to me would be very helpful for anyone who write.


http://www.unique-design.net/library/word/sense.html#7
Title: Re: ‘Look What We Found’ - How To Write Query Letters
Post by: Dawn on November 23, 2012, 04:11:30 AM
As suggested by Annmarie an absolute must be writers.

http://www.queryshark.blogspot.de/
Title: Re: ‘Look What We Found’ - 5 Ways to Use Pacing to Write a Powerful Story
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on December 13, 2012, 03:41:22 PM
5 Ways to Use Pacing to Write a Powerful Story

http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/2009/07/5-ways-to-pace-your-story.html
Title: Re:‘Look What We Found’ - Using Foreign Words & Questions about Writing Fiction
Post by: Dawn on December 15, 2012, 04:57:21 PM
Foreign words in Fiction

http://www.writing-world.com/fiction/cabbage.shtml



The Book Doctor

Got questions about writing fiction? We've got answers.

http://thebookdoctorbd.blogspot.co.at/2010/04/how-to-define-foreign-words-in-prose.html
Title: Re: ‘Look What We Found’ - How does Track Changes in Microsoft Word work?
Post by: Dawn on January 03, 2013, 03:38:29 PM
How does Track Changes in Microsoft Word work?
http://www.shaunakelly.com/word/sharing/howtrackchangesworks.html
Title: Re: ‘Look What We Found’ - Show vs Tell
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on January 04, 2013, 11:51:18 AM
Show vs Tell - a good blog post that may be helpful in developing your story.

http://www.mariavsnyder.com/advice/showvstell.php

Title: Re: ‘Look What We Found’ - Need a Name from Different Eras?
Post by: Dawn on February 16, 2013, 11:53:52 AM
Huge database of names

http://www.dlthurston.com/blog/scrivener/name-gen-files/

Title: Re: ‘Look What We Found’ - Search for publishers and agents by country.
Post by: Dawn on February 16, 2013, 12:29:16 PM
Amazing resource of publishers and agents - UK/US/CANADA

Check the list in the right hand column for your country. 

http://cluelessink.blogspot.co.uk/2011/06/77-uk-publishers-who-accept-submissions.html
Title: Re: ‘Look What We Found’ - 50 Problem Words and Phrases
Post by: Skip Slocum on April 09, 2013, 12:26:37 AM
A site that has good information about words (and more) for writers.

http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2acFIY/:6nLmNATN:d2pTi5YN/www.dailywritingtips.com/50-problem-words-and-phrases/
Title: Re: ‘Look What We Found’ - Seven Tips From Ernest Hemingway
Post by: Skip Slocum on April 09, 2013, 07:36:01 PM
Seven Tips From Ernest Hemingway on How to Write Fiction

http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1EFgV8/:zP+FqIGy:Q_
Title: Re: ‘Look What We Found’ - Medieval Weapons
Post by: Skip Slocum on April 19, 2013, 01:25:08 PM
List of medieval weapons

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_medieval_weapons
Title: Re: ‘Look What We Found’ - How to use the semicolon
Post by: Skip Slocum on April 26, 2013, 07:12:28 PM
How to use the semicolon

http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1uocFy/:Xe8xng+m:aIusp8WG/theoatmeal.com/comics/semicolon/

At the bottom of the page there are more comic lessons; they're a tad warped but seem to drive their point home.  ;D
Title: Re: ‘Look What We Found’ - Everything you need to know about screenwriting
Post by: Skip Slocum on April 27, 2013, 01:25:48 AM
Everything you ever needed to know about screenwriting

A veteran of British drama, John Yorke knows a thing or two about storytelling. And he wants to share it with you.

http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1qCZoR/:LOnFskSS:Q-.WPz+0/www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/features/everything-you-ever-needed-to-know-about-screenwriting-but-were-afraid-to-ask-8558950.html/
Title: Re: ‘Look What We Found’ - List of legendary creatures by type
Post by: Skip Slocum on June 21, 2013, 12:44:06 AM
List of legendary creatures by type

This is a list of legendary creatures from mythology, folklore and fairy tales, sorted by their classification or affiliation. Creatures from modern fantasy fiction and role-playing games are not included.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_legendary_creatures_by_type

Scroll to the bottom of the page for the quick list.
Title: Re: ‘Look What We Found’ - Lost Words.
Post by: Skip Slocum on June 22, 2013, 12:36:52 AM
Lost Words

A Searchable List of Words you may not have heard.

http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2gm6YH/:XdkE
Title: Re: ‘Look What We Found’ - Adjective order in English
Post by: Skip Slocum on July 07, 2013, 08:33:02 PM
Adjective order in English

http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1zYYrl/:K9


"ugly red wooden box" Vs.  "wooden red ugly box"

And so on.  ;D
Title: Re: ‘Look What We Found’ - Literary Fiction
Post by: Skip Slocum on July 14, 2013, 08:47:58 PM
Literary fiction

Literary fiction is a term principally used for certain fictional works that hold literary merit.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Literary_fiction
Title: Re: ‘Look What We Found’ - The Forgotten Language of Flowers
Post by: Skip Slocum on July 18, 2013, 02:42:32 PM
The Forgotten Language of Flowers

In the early 18th century the Turkish "Secret Language of Flowers" was introduced to Europe by Lady Mary Wortley Montague, wife of the British ambassador to Constantinople.


http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/88Lwg4/:lk-Wn27M:Ti5PVcg1/www.joellessacredgrove.com/language.html/
Title: Re: ‘Look What We Found’ - Find that Small Interjection you need right here.
Post by: Skip Slocum on July 27, 2013, 12:18:08 AM
100 Mostly Small But Expressive Interjections

http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2FTEVt/:1x8YI9J_A:bn+8RCTM/www.dailywritingtips.com/100-mostly-small-but-expressive-interjections/

They often seem disreputable, like sullen idlers loitering in a public thoroughfare, but they actually do a lot of hard work and are usually persnickety about the tasks to which they are put

(On the right side of the page there are some other nifty-cool articles to browse through.
Title: Re: ‘Look What We Found’ - How to Critique Fiction
Post by: Skip Slocum on August 06, 2013, 12:24:00 AM
How to Critique Fiction

When the page opens, look to the center menu, it's the second option on the list.


http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1Pwvcq/:1IT-Vr0TL:ThEI_kl+/www.crayne.com/carrplan.html/
Title: Re: ‘Look What We Found’ - Middle Ages People and Information
Post by: Skip Slocum on August 21, 2013, 07:25:11 PM
Middle Ages, people and information.

http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1plfJw/:1xae5E
Title: Re: ‘Look What We Found’ - Twenty rules for writing Detective Stories
Post by: Skip Slocum on August 29, 2013, 03:35:45 PM
Twenty rules for writing Detective Stories

by S.S. Van Dine
(pseud. for Willard Huntington Wright)
from American Magazine
(September, 1928)

"The detective story is a kind of intellectual game. It is more — it is a sporting event."


http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2qxRWL/:6nLmMyP!:

Title: Re: ‘Look What We Found’ - Articles To Improve Your Writing
Post by: Skip Slocum on September 10, 2013, 10:32:03 PM
50 ARTICLES TO IMPROVE YOUR WRITING

A list of 50 articles by Roy Peter Clark

http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/40ZoMx/:K9
Title: Re: ‘Look What We Found’ - Free Resources Every Writer
Post by: Skip Slocum on September 14, 2013, 05:11:01 PM
The 7 Free Resources Every Writer Needs


http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1T3q9x/:YG-L7

1. U.S. Copyright Office
(Your copyright concerns and how your work for a copyright.)

2. Merriam-Webster
(A reliable online dictionary and it’s also the house standard for many magazines and publishers.)

3.Reverso Grammar Checker

4. Agent Query

5. Duotrope’s digest

6. Elements of Style

7. Poets & Writers

Title: Re: ‘Look What We Found’ - Free Resources Every Writer
Post by: Skip Slocum on October 01, 2013, 01:06:24 AM
73 Ways to Become a Better Writer  

Pretty good checklist.


http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1r8dEK/:1WRy_XOZ.:UzKnC44_/www.copyblogger.com/better-writer/
Title: Re: ‘Look What We Found’ - Free Complete Screenwriting Course
Post by: Skip Slocum on October 17, 2013, 12:38:28 PM
Free Complete Screenwriting Course From University College Falmouth

http://filmmakeriq.com/2011/03/free-complete-screenwriting-course-from-university-college-falmouth/

Thanks to member BrazenStudent for finding this.

The course comes in the form of YouTube videos.
Title: Re: ‘Look What We Found’ - Beginners' four faults
Post by: Skip Slocum on October 19, 2013, 04:06:54 AM
Beginners' Four Faults
And how can you cure them.


http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/3nFBek/:Ysag3l0j:d1scKav6/www.caroclarke.com/fourfaults.html/


Title: Re: ‘Look What We Found’ - For Screenwriters
Post by: Skip Slocum on November 03, 2013, 04:11:07 PM
One of our members found this For Screenwriters

http://www.page2stage.com/

You can also research the site on wiki

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Page_2_stage
Title: Re: ‘Look What We Found’ - Cliches: Avoid Them Like The Plague
Post by: Skip Slocum on November 15, 2013, 07:45:56 PM
List of Cliches

They make for great book titles,
but lousy writing...


It's easier to avoid cliches if you recognize them.

http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/22qWBY/:6nLmN3+X:ThC@HTXW/www.suspense.net/whitefish/cliche.htm/
Title: Re: ‘Look What We Found’ - Middle Ages, Words and Meanings
Post by: Skip Slocum on December 27, 2013, 10:29:26 PM
THE BRITANNIA LEXICON

"Have you always wanted to travel back in time to the Middle Ages but were hesitant because you didn't speak the language?"


http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1pAoRJ/:XddPzUhA:QxJ0OSB4/www.britannia.com/history/resource/gloss.html/
Title: Re: Skip's Show and Tell
Post by: ma100 on February 07, 2014, 06:00:51 PM
And if you would like to carry on with his work of writing related links please do by sending a moderator your links..
Title: Re: Skip's Show and Tell - Writing Courses in South Africa.
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on February 17, 2014, 12:49:29 PM
Writers Write

We offer the best writing courses in South Africa.

http://writerswrite.co.za/know-your-dashes (http://writerswrite.co.za/know-your-dashes)

Thanks to JewelAS53 for this link.
Title: Re: Skip's Show and Tell - Mystery Writing is Murder
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on February 18, 2014, 09:15:45 PM
Link supplied by Dean.
Thanks Dean, a worthy read.

10 Ways Plot Structure Influences Character Arc

by K.M. Weiland (@KMWeiland)

"I’m sometimes asked which is more important: plot or character. This is a misleading question, at its foundation. Not only are plot and character equally important, they’re also interdependent upon one another."

Just a taste, click the link for the whole thing.

http://mysterywritingismurder.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/10-ways-plot-structure-influences.html

Thanks to Dean who supplied the link to this site.
A worthy read.
Title: Re: Skip's Show and Tell - The Hemingway App
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on February 28, 2014, 10:08:04 AM
The Hemingway App


If you wish to check it out first, click here:

http://pando.com/2014/02/14/the-ernest-hemingway-app-for-writers-who-cant-write-good/  ;)

Now that you've taken a look and you wish to give it a try, click here:

The Hemingway App (http://hemingwayapp.com/)

Go give it a try. It's free.


Thanks to Nelodra for the link.
Title: Re: Sticky: Skip's Show and Tell - Motivation-Reaction Unit
Post by: Alice, a Country Gal on March 01, 2016, 12:30:00 PM
MRU - motivation-reaction unit

Motivation-Reaction Units: Cracking the Code of Good Writing

If the structure that underlies our sentences and paragraphs is going to effectively convey our thoughts to our readers it will always adhere to the logical pattern of cause and effect.

http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/motivation-reaction-units/