January 2011

Blog Name: W.I.P. It
Blog Author: Lynda R. Young
Blog Link: http://lyndaryoung.blogspot.com/

I can’t believe I didn’t find this blog sooner. This is a great blog filled with helpful tips, a writer’s eye view on multiple topics, and a regular posting schedule. Look for new posts every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.


Blog Name: Brewing Up Stories and Beer
Blog Author: jmcmurray
Blog Link: http://jmcmurray.wordpress.com/

A blog about writing and beer. ^^ Mostly about writing, but the beer is pretty cool too.

Blog Name: I am an Author, I Must Auth
Blog Author: TusconMike
Blog Link: http://iamanauthorimustauth.wordpress.com/

‘This blog keeps pretty closely to the details of one author’s writing life, and that life is a busy one. Tuscon Mike attends workshops, critique groups and other writing related events, and reports his perspective in detail. He also offers some non-writing related posts and poses a few writing related questions.

Blog Name: Murder Your Darlings
Blog Author: Charlotte Jane Ivory
Blog Link: http://steaminkmurderyourdarlings.blogspot.com/

Since the author was kind enough to send me an e-mail telling me all about her new blog, I’m just gonna quote her below:

Murder Your Darlings is about becoming a better writer.

As writers, we tend to see our creations as our babies. Like good parents, we can be fiercely protective of them, and quite blind to their faults. But without seeing the faults of our own writing, it’s impossible to improve as writers. Hence author Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch’s advice that writers “murder their darlings”.

I have started this blog as a tool for both advanced and beginner writers. I’m encouraging writers to dig out their first manuscript – you know the one, it’s gathering dust in the closet of the spare room – and to submit a few hundred words from the novel, along with their comments.

For example, the author’s comments might cover any of the following:

~What worked in the piece;

~What didn’t work in the piece;

~Technical errors, such as spelling, punctuation and grammar faults;

~Craft errors, such as too much telling or confusing dialogue; and

~If the author is feeling particularly energetic (!), a rewrite to reflect how the author

Blog name: Steam&Ink
Blog Author: CJ Ivory
Address: http://steamandink.blogspot.com/

Charlotte Jane Ivory is a writer of Historical Mysteries, Gothic Thrillers, and her own brand of “Victorianoir”. She’s a living, breathing warning of what happens when you have one foot in the twenty-first century, and one in the nineteenth. Her current projects include a Victorian London murder mystery, a noir thriller about London gang wars during the mid 19th century, and – surprising even to her – a satirical fantasy novel.

TWC Review:

Post frequency: 9/10 This may be updated later as the blog grows older.
Comment Replies: n/a
Navigation: 10/10
Uniqueness: 6/10
Overall: 7.5/10

Blog Title: A Thinner Pen
Blog Author: Mitzi LaRoux
Blog Link: http://starvingjournalist.wordpress.com/

The blog is good, but check out the Novelit Project for the most intriguing part of this website. Think of it as a sort of gym for authors. Way cool!

Blog Name: Words by Annie
Blog Author: Annie Neugebauer
Blog Link: http://www.wordsbyannie.com/

A talented woman with excellent writing skills keeps us updated on her writing life, and also what’s going on in her writing community. Very cool. ^^

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