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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 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.

No Wasted Ink Writer’s Links

writers-linksMaking your way in the world today as an author is an uphill battle. There are so many details you need to learn in order to make your career as a writer sing. This week I focused more on articles to help you with marketing and how to make yourself stand out as an author.

How to Write a Prize-Worthy Short Story: A Step-by-Step Guide

Want Readers to Adore Your Book? Learn How to Ace Your Climactic Moment

7 Reasons You Have More Writing Clips Than You Think

5 Ways to Be a Responsible Writer

How To Introduce Your Hero—Speculative Version

How to Improve Your Amazon Book Description & Metadata

5 Little-Known Tips to Make a Great Do-It-Yourself eBook Cover

Foreign Translations and Indie Publishing

205 Author Hashtags

Shocks and Surprises in Fiction: All in Good Fun, or a Gimmick?

Reviews of Writing #Podcasts

microphoneI love podcasts. They are free of charge, come in a wide variety of talk and music formats and I always keep my trusty iPod Touch loaded with the latest of my subscriptions. I listen to podcasts about the craft of writing when I’m out walking my dog, or on a long commute to work. I thought that I’d take a moment to share a few of the ones that I listen to. None of these podcasts approached me to review them, they are ones that I found either by word of mouth among my writer friends or stumbled upon on my own. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.

I Should Be Writing
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This one is one of the first podcasts that I ever subscribed to. It is a long one, but it showcases the personality of writer and podcaster Mur Lafferty. The podcast gets into the nitty gritty of what it takes to be a successful writer. If you have the time to listen, it is one worth popping into your iPod.

The Creative Pen Podcast
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I have been a fan of JoAnne Penn for many years. I follow her written blog regularly and I occasionally listen to her podcast when I find the time. This is a podcast that is full of helpful advice for writers that goes beyond the basics. If you are new to writing genre podcasts, this is one of the ones you should try first.

Reading and Writing Podcast
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This is a author interview podcast by Jeff Rutherford is chock full of interviews by many recognizable authors. The podcasts tend to be short, only around 15 minutes, but you hear plenty of information during that time. This is a good one for readers since it helps to introduce new authors to you that you may not heard of before.

Helping Writers Become Authors
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The podcasts are very short, less than 10 minutes each. If you are a writer on the go, this short format might appeal to you. The topics covered are story arcs, finding inspiration for your stories, and other craft issues that all writers face.

The Dead Robot’s Society
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This is an all purpose podcast about the craft of writing, interviews with authors, and book reviews. It tends to be one of the longer podcasts in the writing genre, averaging between an hour to 90 minutes. Still, there is plenty of information packed into the podcasts and it is worth playing on your long commute if you have time to fill.

Writing Excuses
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I’ve become a fan of this writing podcast featuring Brandon Sanderson and his co-hosts Mary Robinette Kowel, Howard Tayler, and Daniel Wells. It is a short 15 minutes and covers writing craft techniques of a slightly more advanced nature and plenty of science fiction related story ideas to play with. There is also a writing prompt at the end. Give it a try. I think you’ll be pleased.