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No Wasted Ink Writer’s Links

writers-linksWelcome back to another Monday of Writer’s Links from No Wasted Ink. This week, my ten hand-picked articles feature general writing tips, an interesting article about getting your indie book into the library system and how to use Triberr in marketing your books. Pour yourself a cup of coffee and settle back. It is time for some good reading.

Women in SF&F Month: Mieneke from A Fantastical Librarian

NOW YOU CAN SUBMIT YOUR UNPUBLISHED BOOK TO THE L.A. PUBLIC LIBRARY

The 9 Worst Types of Plot Fails

50 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Author Platform

Everyone’s A Winner! 9 Tips for Hosting Fun (And Successful) Book Contests

Find Out if Your Prologue Is Destroying Your Story’s Subtext

How Writers Make the Most of Triberr

8 WRITING TOOLS I USE EVERY DAY

13 Reasons Why You Should Write a Short Story This Month

How to Structure A Story: The Eight-Point Arc

No Wasted Ink Writer’s Links

writers-linksAs I wander through the dark reaches of the internet, articles about improving writing are always leaping to my attention. This week, I have selected ten of the best ones that caught my eye. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

Not a Real Writer: How Self-Doubt Holds Me Back

Why Novellas are Hot and How to Write One: a Step by Step Guide

Seven Fiction Writing Rules

25 Insights on Becoming a Better Writer

On Writing Workshops

Unravelling The Ribbons of Your Story

Finding your novel’s target market: 7 keys hidden in your story

Can an Algorithm Write a Better News Story Than a Human Reporter?

Why can’t we read anymore? Or, can books save us from what digital does to our brains?

Ray Bradbury, The Art of Fiction No. 203

No Wasted Ink Writer’s Links

writers-linksWelcome back to another Monday of Writer’s Links from No Wasted Ink. This week there is an assortment of articles ranging from general writing tips, to handwriting, and writing science fiction. Go grab a cup of coffee or tea and settle down to some interesting reading.

Back on record – the reasons behind vinyl’s unlikely comeback

From manuscript to self-published book – what does it take?

John Steinbeck’s Pen: How the Joy of Handwriting Helps Us Draft the Meaning of Life

“Mad Men” Creator Matthew Weiner’s Reassuring Life Advice For Struggling Artists

Ten Ways to Tighten Your Writing & Hook the Reader

10 Ways To Create A Near-Future World That Won’t Look Too Dated

Ursula Le Guin talks Sci-fi Snobbery, Adaptations, & Troublemaking

IS CURSIVE WRITING FOR DINOSAURS?

Put Your Journaling Time to Better Use

David Ogilvy’s 1982 Memo “How to Write” Offers 10 Pieces of Timeless Advice

No Wasted Ink Writer’s Links

writers-linksThis week the Writer’s Links are tutorials on improving your writing for the most part. There is also a great video from Neal Gaiman about the spirit of creativity that you should not miss. Enjoy!

Storyboard Class

What Is the Difference between First Person, Second Person, and Third Person?

Writing a great female character

Neil Gaiman 2012 Commencement Speech “Make Good Art”

7 Tips for an Authentic and Productive Writing Process

Why I opened my own book web shop

Are These Filter Words Weakening Your Fiction?

No Time to Write? Maximize Your Minutes

What Your Local Librarian Can Do for Authors

Spellbind Your Readers With Realistic Magic

Sharing and Storage on the Cloud for Writers

Castles in the Clouds

Using the Cloud for storing or accessing files has become second nature to most people these days. We use it to back up our files, share photos and text with family, co-workers and friends, or even do our work there, using our devices as mere input hardware.

When it comes to using the cloud for writing, my first thought is Dropbox. It seamlessly integrates with a large assortment of programs on my android table and iPod Touch and can be quite useful when I’m on the go. One my main uses of Dropbox is to store manuscripts as a backup in case I have a hard drive crash. My Scrivener program is set to automatically create a backup on Dropbox at the end of each day. I also like the use the other popular document storage cloud storage, Google Drive. I use this to store manuscripts that I wish to have critiqued privately by a small group of people. Placing it online with a password makes the work easier on everyone.

However, there are more sharing and storage apps available on the internet and I thought that I’d review a few that I’ve tried over the past year. It could be that one of these services might work better for you than Dropbox or Google Drive and could be a great addition to your app arsenal.

Dropbox
Free basic account 5GB storage
This is the one that started it all. I have used Dropbox for many years as a place to store manuscripts and backups of work in progress. It works with Scrivener, my writing program of choice, and it can be accessed from all my devices. It is not quite as flexible as some of the newer services, but it is stable and recognizable.

Crate
The first month is free and then it is $10 per year.
This is a file sharing tool. If you need to move large files via email, for instance novel manuscripts or large book covers, this service will handle it for you. All you do is type in the email you want to send the file to, upload it to their server and they will take care of the rest for you.

Box
10GB available storage for free
This service is similar to Dropbox, but with more free storage. You store your content online and access, share and manage it from all your devices. It integrates with Google Apps. A great way to share manuscripts with an editor or beta readers or book covers with contributing artists.

Cubby
Free Basic Account with 5GB storage
Cubby is another service similar to Dropbox, but its share folders are more flexible. You can have a “cubby” folder in the cloud, or can set any folder in your computer to become a cubby shared folder. If you upgrade to the first level of pro, you can even transfer your manuscripts directly to your various computers without going into the cloud at all. It supports access via all devices just like Google Drive or Dropbox.

Google Drive
5 GB of free storage
I confess that I don’t use this service as much as I should, but most of my writer friends love it. I’ve seen Excel forms set up to track contests, sharing of manuscripts with beta readers privately or in a small group or using the text editor to work on a Nanowrimo project on the fly. You should consider setting up an account here if you don’t have one yet.

SugarSync
Basic Free Account with 2GB storage
SugarSync allows you to instantly save your photos on the cloud, transfer files of any size via email or shared folders and it allows you to set any folder on your computer into a shared SugarSync folder. You can use this service to backup your computer to the cloud and it works with a large number of third party apps such as Evernote, Gmail and Salesforce.

I’m sure that there are many more similar services out there. Is there one I didn’t cover that is a favorite? Let me know in the comments.