Thursday, August 2, 2012

Thursday's This and That

Can't get to a writing conference this year? How about creating a mini one at home? Jean Fischer put together video links for writers at her blog, Something to Write Home About. There are clips for every writer, I'm thinking, so you might want to check it out. Thanks, Jean!

Need fiction help? Jeff Gerke shares 4 Ways to Improve Plot/Climax in Your Writing in this article at the Writer's Digest site. While there, you might want to check out their article archives and other resources.

Looking for ways to expand your horizons? Don't forget that the Coffeehouse for Writers has ongoing classes with topics like historical fiction, blogging, creating characters, and more. If you want a refresher, I invite you to join my class, Basic Boot Camp for Writers, where we discuss grammar and use short writing exercises to stretch and improve. Click here for Coffeehouse details.

How right is your writing? Terry Whalin's Right Writing News offers writing tips, author interviews, products and other treasures. RWN features articles by Whalin, Kelly James Enger, Sandra Beckwith, James Scott Bell, and others. For a free online subscription, click here.

Heard the buzz about the V.I.P. Club? Veteran freelance writer Jennifer Brown Banks of Pen & Prosper started the Club to help writers learn and earn. Jen shares insider info, high paying markets, techniques and tips, along with personalized attention so writers can earn more money with fewer detours on the road to success. Cost for one month is $7.00, three months is $21.00. Contact Jennifer at

Not sure what the difference between hale and hail is? Grammar Girl knows and shares the answer in this post.  GG also tackles Couldn't care less versus Could care less and other tricky grammar stuff. If you haven't been there lately, you might want to check it out.

Do you write for children? Young adults? Then WriteOnCon is for you. It's a free interactive online conference featuring live event forums. Speakers include agents and authors; preregistration is required. Hurry, 2012 dates are August 13 through August 15. Click here for details.

Congratulations to Brenda Hill (misskallie2000)! She's the winner of Keli Gwyn's book, A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California. Thanks to all who stopped by to say hello to Keli. :)

Find any good resources lately? What are you doing this weekend?

Have a great weekend,

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  1. This is great, Karen.


  2. Wow, that's a whole lot of resources!

  3. Karen,

    Great goodies, here.

    Thanks for the V.I.P. CLUB mention!

  4. Glenda,
    Hope you find some helpful items!

    Well, just happened a bunch of good ones lately. :)

    Glad to share the news. It's a good resource!


  5. I knew about a few of these resources but there were some I haven't checked out. I'll be doing that later today:)
    Thanks for sharing these little gems:)

  6. Karen,

    Thanks for the "Something to Write Home About" mention. I'm going to check out the others on your list right now. What a great resource. Thank you!


  7. thanks for the links Karen.. very interesting :-)

  8. Ink :),
    Hope some of these gems are helpful!

    You are more than welcome. Thanks so much for assembling your list too. It's a good one!

    Glad you stopped by. Hope you are feeling better!

    Hope you find them helpful!


  9. Too may stuffs stuffed in here.
    Thank you Karen. I am gonna go and hunt those links ;)

  10. Wow, thanks for all the links, Karen. And I was surprised when I read about the "couldn't care less" difference on an agent's blog. I had always said, "could care less," which really doesn't make much sense when you think about it. Thanks again. :)

  11. I'm bookmarking your page, Karen, so I can come back and check all these links out later. You are such a gracious lady. Thanks!

  12. Wow, such a treasury of resources, Karen. Thank you :)
    Blessings for a great weekend.
    Dotti xx

  13. Awesome roundup, Karen. Thanks! I'm a big fan of Jeff Gerke's craft resources, so I'm especially excited to read his article. :)

    Have a great weekend!

  14. Hi Karen...ooooooo. Lots of good information there. Thanks.

    This weekend? hmmmm. Let's see. Have a birthday party for a 24 year old niece, an ethnic fair on Sunday to cover for a weekly newspaper, and writing, writing, writing. It'll be a busy one!

    Hope yours is good, too. Susan

  15. This is definitely something I'd like to do sometime - attend a writing conference. Have you ever gone to one? And what would be your top pick if you could attend any of them?

    Just curious.

    This weekend? Getting Kid Kaboom all set for college. That's the biggie. And you? :)

  16. Oh my! so many great links. Thank u!
    I'll be beaching it all weekend. There's a birthday party on the beach this Sunday too.
    Have a good one!!

  17. I enjoyed the "couldn't care less" explanation. Isn't it funny how we Americans have to mess up perfectly good expressions?

  18. Yeesi,
    There are a lot here. :) Hope you find something helpful!

    You are welcome. :) I know, that one made me think too!

    Hope you find something you like! Thanks for your sweet words. :) I'm in good company; you are grace and kindness!

    I would have to say that your blog holds many treasures as well! Thanks so much.

    I liked that article - great resource. He is always helpful.

    Hope you can find something that helps you. Have a great time at the party!

    I have been to four over the years - small to medium sized, and all excellent! I recommend going to one when time allows.

    You are welcome! Have fun on the beach. Hey, I've been to those beaches; I know you'll have a good time. :D

    Me too. Makes me consider other such things, you know? You're right, things get botched over time, it's a shame.

    Happy weekend,

  19. Haha, I think I'll check out the grammar girl :)
    Thank you Karen for sharing all these goodies with us! Happy weekend.

  20. Thank you for your research.I have one of these bookmarked. I'll be returning to this post when I have more time.

  21. wow, many resources. Thanks for the great links.

  22. Look at all those great links! Thanks, Karen.

  23. So many useful things here! Thanks Karen!

  24. Marja,
    You just might like the site! I always find something useful there. :)

    Hope you find a few you can use. Grammar Girl is a fave of mine.

    Well, I was on a roll...You are more than welcome!

    Happy to share - so many good ones out there!

    And thank you for tweeting the link! Much appreciated!

    Thank you! Good to see you. :)

    Happy weekend,

  25. Thanks so much for all of these great links. Is it almost WriteOnCon time already?! Great! I'm marking my calendar =)

  26. Ruth,
    You are welcome! Maybe I'll see you at WriteOnCon! :)

    No Problem. Hope some of them are useful!


  27. Hi Linda .. great set of ideas here - I've kept it open to come back to .. still slightly snowed under and need to get sorting my life out! But interesting links ...

    Cheers Hilary

  28. Hilary,
    Thanks so much for coming by! Hope you find something useful. Take your time and take care of yourself, okay?


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