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No Wasted Ink Writer’s Links

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Welcome to another Monday of links about the craft of writing.  Each week, I surf the net to find new articles to help you learn about the ins and outs of being a writer.  This week are mainly general writing tips to help you work more effectively.  I hope you like them!

3 Ways You Can Create An Effective Journaling Habit

HOW TO COME UP WITH A BOOK TITLE

Find Out When It’s a Good Idea to Use a Made-Up Setting

A Fun Way to Brainstorm Story Ideas

THE UNGLAMOROUS ORDEAL OF RECORDING YOUR OWN AUDIOBOOK

Eight reasons that even a good book is rejected by publishers

Character Arc – The Shapers

7 Reasons To Consider a Study Group for Your Next Book Project

How I Went From Scared Witless to Published Author

Are You Tired of Writing?

Expand Your Vocabulary With Android Apps

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As writers, having an extensive vocabulary is a great tool in our toolbox. The right word choice can excite a sentence and shift it into nuances that can create a memorable passage. Learning new words and how to best use them comes from reading the classics and books in your chosen genre, but in our modern age of electronic learning, apps can be of assistance as well. Being an Android user for the most part, I took a look at various apps that help with learning vocabulary. The reviews are my own and none of the app creators compensated me for my opinions.

Cram
FREE

This android app brings your custom flashcards to your phone. They have an apple version too. It allows you to study your chosen subject on the go and works hand in hand with cram.com. At the website, you can find educational resources to load into the app. You can learn a foreign language, practice your math tables, or pop in new vocabulary to memorize. Memorization is a good way to bulk up your word choice or to beef up your knowledge on a subject you might be writing on. One of the fun aspects of their website is the essay topic generator. When you have writer’s block, it is fun to look through this repository for inspiration. As a blogger, I find this to be helpful.

Quizlet 
Free or Pro ($19.99 annual fee)

This is another flashcard app that can help you memorize a variety of subjects such as languages, history, science, and vocabulary. The basic version is free. You create your own flashcards using the Quizlet flashcard maker or choose cards from fellow users. Part of the fun of this app is the Match game where you beat the clock to gain the right answer. There is another function called Test that helps you prep for a pop-quiz in whatever class you are studying for. If you find you like the app, you can go pro for a small fee and upload your own images, get faster customer service from quizlet, and study ad-free. It would be easy to create vocabulary flashcards with this app and then take it on the go with your phone.

Vocabulary.com
$2.99

I really enjoy this android app. Vocabulary is learning designed to be a game. As you answer the questions, the algorithms conform the game to you as you go along to help make the learning process more fun. It can become addictive! You accumulate points, achievements, and badges as you compete with other users around the world. The app has won a few awards such as Time’s 50 Best Websites of the Year, PC Magazine’s Top 100 Websites of the Year, and more. While this is not a free app, the value it offers to expand your vocabulary is worth checking out.
Words, Words, Words
FREE

While this vocabulary builder is not as fancy as some of the others or as extensive, I like that it included audio pronunciation of the new words along with the text. This is a great aid in learning how to use the words for speaking, not just for writing or reading.

Test Your English Vocabulary
FREE

This vocabulary app is more for people learning English as a second language than for native speakers. It is geared toward helping you master language so you can pass tests such as TOEIC, GMAT, SAT, GRE, MCAT and more. It gives you the correct pronunciation and translation of the words into your mother tongue. It has word games to keep things fun. Play games such as Anagrams, Codewords, Millionaire, Puzzle and StopWord.

As a writer, it pays to become a wordsmith and develop your vocabulary. The best way to do this is to read more books, but these apps should be a great way to supplement your practice of finding and using new words as you interact with the world around you. I hope you check out the apps and find them useful.

No Wasted Ink Writer’s Links

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Here we are, Link Day!  This week, No Wasted Ink has a grab bag of articles to help authors figure out how to do their work more effectively from convention tables, podcasting, distribution efforts, and creating relationships with other authors.  This is a fun one and a must read.  Pour your coffee.  Ready.  Set. Read!

Want to be more productive? Don’t go paperless.

How to Develop Relationships with Other Writers

Podcasts for SF/F Writers

DISTRIBUTION 101

8 1/2 Tips for How to Write Opening and Closing Lines Readers Will Love to Quote

Tips for busy bibliophiles who have trouble finding time to read

The Engine of Fiction—Meet the Antagonist

How Deep Work Makes You A Better and More Productive Writer

Hand-Selling: How to Kill It at Book and Comic Conventions

WORKING WITH PROJECTS IN SCRIVENER FOR IOS (W/VIDEOS)

No Wasted Ink Writer’s Links

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Welcome back to another Monday of writer’s links on No Wasted Ink.  This week I have articles about editing, fountain pens, and general writing tips.  I hope you enjoy them!

Fountain Pen Guide For The Left-Handed Writer

20 Deadly Grammatical Mistakes, and How to Avoid Them

5 Analog Tools I Can’t Live Without (and Why)

The Other Side of the Desk: What I Learned as a Writer Editing a Lit Mag

Paralyzing Fear and Creative Professions

8 Ways to Write Better SFF

THE ADVANTAGES OF SELF-PUBLISHING

5 Rules for How to Write a Sequel to Your Book

ADVICE FOR YOUNG WRITERS AND ILLUSTRATORS

The Single Best Way to Become a Mega-Author

No Wasted Ink Writer’s Links

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Happy Monday everyone!  It is time for another top 10 of writing links here on No Wasted Ink.  Most of the links are general writing tips this time around, but there is an amusing article about male authors and another one about science fiction writing that I found very interesting.  I hope you do too!  Enjoy.

Proofing, editing and cover art turn great storytelling into a great product

Novel Point of View is NOT Camera Angle

This Hashtag Shows That Male Authors’ Wives Are Unsung Heroes

Storytelling Through Costume: The Woman in White

FACING THE BLANK CANVAS

WRITERS, STOP NOT STARTING! UNDERSTANDING AND BEATING PROCRASTINATION

Are These Filter Words Weakening Your Fiction?

Description: Effective Sensory Impressions

Cheat Sheets For Writing Body Language

Dystopian dreams: how feminist science fiction predicted the future