Thursday, May 19, 2011

My Return To List

Almost every day I read writing blogs and gather new jewels for my writing crown. These blogs strengthen my craft, my draft, and my knowledge of the writing industry. Sometimes when I read a post I think, "I'll need this later." So I have bookmarked many, and my "Return To" list grows. Here are a few:
  • From Adventure in Children's Publishing: Finishing your draft. Find this post by clicking here.
  • From Nathan Bransford, Author: Details on his writing life. Click here for this post.
  • From QueryTracker.net: Strengthening dialogue. This post is right here.
  • From The Blood-Red Pencil: Using adjectives. Here's this post.
  • From AmieKaufman.com: Writing your pitch. Find this post here.
Because my first ever work in progress is now in progress, many posts do not apply at the moment I read them (hence, my bookmarking of them), but they will apply in the future. Do you have a "return to" list of blog posts? Would you share one or two of your favorites here?

14 comments:

  1. Here's a good one on avoiding head-hopping:

    http://jamigold.com/2011/02/how-to-avoid-head-hopping/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+jamigold+%28Jami+Gold%2C+Paranormal+Author%29

    And this site is called "The Best Writer's resource on the Web". It has links for everything: characters, setting, plot, getting published...

    http://hiveword.com/wkb/search

    Good luck! :-)

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  2. Thank you, Shannon. I'll add them to my list!

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  3. Creating a return list is why I blog. I round up all my favorites and list them so I can reference them later. I'm loving Kidlit's post on subtle telling this week.

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  4. And I thank you for doing so (your lists). I'll reference many when I need them too. Thanks for the tip on kidlit's posts. Not sure I've been over there this week.

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  5. Great list! I have to admit I tend to be lazy about bookmarking stuff--I'm always like "Whatevs, I can just Google it later!" Only then, of course, I don't remember specifics enough to find the things I was looking for.

    Usually I just ask Amie. >_> And she knows which posts I'm looking for.

    You probably already use this, since one of your links is from their blog, but I love the Adventures in Children's Publishing weekly roundup. Sooo many awesome posts listed there, and they make it so easy to access them!

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  6. Meagan, sometimes with all the GREAT posts out and about, I forget to check places I know are there (or even listed here)!

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  7. There are some great ones listed already. I also love linking through from Twitter. I find that I find the best reading that way.

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  8. Tina, I agree. And then I write down where it linked me to so I can remember! So much good information.

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  9. You named some great blogs there! I need to be more organized about bookmarking posts I like. I regret it when I don't do that.

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  10. I don't really bookmark them. I have a few word files where I note posts, mostly about agents I might query if I ever get my book done. I love The Other Side of the Story like you do and I know Janice has a place where I could search for the helpful ones.

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  11. Lisa, my mind is like a filter: it filters everything.....out. Lists are mandatory. =)

    Natalie, that's so true. Many blogs have a great system for finding helpful posts (including yours).

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  12. I don't bookmark blogs on writing, but I monitor my blogger reading list which is an easy way to track the blogs I'm following. Here's one I really like: Teaching Authors--6 Children's Authors Who Also Teach Writing http://t.co/UvQJ389

    Thanks for this list, and thanks so much for following my blog, Barbara.

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  13. Great post, Barbara! I used to bookmark everything I came across but it was just too much. Janice Hardy's blog is my go-to blog. Also kidlit.com.

    I also enjoy Nicola Morgan's blog: http://www.helpineedapublisher.blogspot.com/

    And if you've never been to Angela Ackerman's blog (The Bookshelf Muse) with her Emotion Thesaurus, Setting Thesaurus, etc, you MUST check it out! So helpful! http://thebookshelfmuse.blogspot.com/

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  14. Megan, I haven't come across that one. Thank you. Also, thank you for the blog follow back.

    Joanne, the last two are new to me. And I agree, Janice Hardy's and kidlit.com are some go-to's of mine.

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