Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 3/5/10)

I watch Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit each Sunday
for the week’s best Tweets. If I missed a great Tweet, leave it in the Comments. Always
welcome your suggestions on improving this weekly feature.

Also, quick plug: March is a phenomenal month for Writer’s Digest webinars, with three sessions by fabulous guest presenters:

Best of Best

An agent on writing memoir (and what she’s NOT looking for)

A Writer’s Life: 7 Things Writing Profs Never Tell You

10 things American Idol can teach writers about rejection

Stand Alone

Author tip: When structuring a non-fiction book/proposal begin w/ your reader’s problem or desire not your solution.

Got a query that invited me to “experience the nightmare” of a spouse being killed by a drunk driver. No thanks.

Getting Published, Agents/Editors

15 Resources for a Better Query Letter

Craft & Technique

Create compelling fiction on every page by remembering QED

Tips on building a plot. For aspiring writers

The 3 Vs of distinctive voice in dialogue

15 writing lessons from the masters

Publishing News & Trends

“Tools. Change.” @booksquare Best #toccon wrap-up, making big picture connections

Supreme Court ruling: not registering copyright doesn’t bar rightsholders from filing infringement suits in fed court

Twitter, Blogs & Social Media

10 proven steps to Snag a Guest Post on an A-List Blog

Marketing & Platform Building

Really great article on using free in the author business model (mainly podcasting)

7 Book Marketing Lessons from Virgin’s Richard Branson by @thecreativepenn

Self-Publishing and E-Publishing

Self-publishing & empowerment – includes link to free pdf about self-pubbing zines/books

Resources & Tools

25 applications for entrepreneurs (yes, authors need to be entrepreneurs!)

4 Incredible Free Sources for Photos to Use in Your Book or Blog

A creativity-enhancing screensaver from @amantha – scientifically validated images + tips writing

The Writing Life & Fun Stuff

Everything I learned about writing I relearned by watching the Olympics

How to write with style – advice from Vonnegut


“Read. Read everything you can lay hands on.” Michael Moorcock’s rules for writing

13 WRITING TIPS by Chuck Palahniuk

“Always carry a notebook. And I mean always.” Will Self’s rules for writing

“Work on a computer that is disconnected from the ­internet.” Zadie Smith’s rules for writing

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One thought on “Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 3/5/10)

  1. Theresa Milstein

    Zadie’s Smith’s list was different than similar lists of writing advice. I was surprised that she said, "Avoid cliques, gangs, groups. The presence of a crowd won’t make your writing any better than it is." Why critique groups can’t write for me, they point out what I can’t see. Other than that, I appreciated her list.

    Kurt Vonnegut’s piece was funny and informative.

    As usual, this is a great group of links.