Friday, March 11, 2011

Links for Writers, Mar. 11th

Excellent post from Suzie Quint on making sure your characters have distinct voices:
Are Your Character's Voices Distinctive?

From The Seekers:
The Smartest Writing Advice I Ever Got

From the Graceful Doe's Blog
Favourite Helpful Writing Posts 2010

From Julie Musil:
Writers: Take a Tip, Leave a Tip

From Write It Sideways:
10 Resources to Help You Write a Great Short Story

A great resource! Bookmark this one, you'll want to come back often! Thesaurus for emotions, symbolism, settings.
The Bookshelf Muse

The Writer's Resource Directory


Bluestocking was kind enough to bestow a blog award on me (thank you so much!).

The rules of the award: list four guilty pleasures; pass the award on to six great blogs.

My four guilty pleasures:

1) Watching "America's Next Top Model." I'm pretty sure I can get kicked out of the "Zombie Fans of America Club" for admitting that one. ;)

2) Books, books, and more books. I almost never trade them or sell them; I horde them after reading. Sometimes I re-read them. Sometimes I just sit and look at my bookshelves in all their weighted-down glory.

3) Texas Roadhouse Dallas Filet. No one should in good conscience actually eat the amount of food that comes in this meal (rolls, giant cheese-egg-and-crouton covered salad, 8 oz hunk of meat, big ole baked potato). But I lick the plate clean.

4) The casino. Not really a guilty pleasure, because I can rationalize it as work-related. I'm not much of a gambler but I love watching the huge variety of people and making up backstory. They probably think I'm creepy. That's okay; I can live with that.

It was tough narrowing it down (can't I pass it on to ten or twenty?), but here are the six I'm passing the award on to:

Janel's Jumble

The Life and Times of a Writer

Electric Shock!

C.M. Villani

Dawn Brazil's Brilliant Babbles about Books

Deborah Lawrenson

Have a great weekend!


  1. I accept with pleasure, Brenda - thank you very much indeed. Though I will say that I don't see your blog as irresisitably sweet (more of a meaty, quirky, strong-tasting entity) but the personality behind the words, maybe...

  2. You like me. You really like me...LOL Thanks, Brenda. I've been a fan of yours for a while now. Thanks so much for the award.

  3. Congrats on the award! That steak dinner sounds awesome (I'm hungry). Thanks for passing the award on to me. :)

  4. Congrats on award, and thank you so much for the links that you offer. I've gotten so into the whole women empowerment thing with my blog, that I've been remiss to check out writer's blogs for invaluable writing opportunities and advice.

  5. You are very welcome for the awards! I always enjoying visiting your blogs.

    Deborah: very true; my blog is more like a kidney & liver pie, lol. ;)

    Dawn: I enjoyed your Writing terms post so much, I've put a link to it in my tweet list!

    Janel: Don't you hate it when you something you read makes you hungry, lol! They have a name for that for songs--an earworm: a song that accidentally gets stuck in your head. They should have a term for it for food, too.

    Drowningsquirrels: I'm glad you enjoyed the links! I have new ones every Friday, so stop back. Also, have you found SheWrites yet? If you haven't, it's a great community of (mostly) female writers and bloggers. Hope to see you there!

    Thank you all SO much for stopping by and commenting! I really appreciate it! :)

  6. Thanks so much for the mention, Brenda! :)

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

  7. You are very welcome, Angela. Thank *you* for your wonderful site. It's an incredible resource!

  8. Thank you so much Brenda!I am so sorry that I'm just seeing this! Apparently I no longer get an email when someone comments and I was away on vacation (plus I'm awful at keeping up with this blog, which is going to change after this week is over). I am doing well and I hope you are doing fantastic and 2011 is treating you- and your work-like it should be treated. Thank you so much! I've been a fan of your blog for quite some time.


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