Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 5/29/09)

Twitter, so you don’t have to. Visit every Friday for the week’s best Tweets. (If I missed a great Tweet, leave
it in the Comments.)

Apologies for the lag this week—catching up from our BEA event. Look for a recap with photos in the next few days.

Best of Best

54 Tips For Writers, From Writers

Five Novelists’ Web Sites That Offer Great Writing Advice

Amy Tan (TED): The Ted Commandments

Cory Doctorow: Writing in the Age of Distraction

Stand Alone (no links)

“Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable.” —Francis Bacon

Be suspicious if your editor only corrects grammar, typos. The less you’re outraged, the less it’ll sell. Editing equals improving. @gyokusai

“Writing has got to be an act of discovery. I write to find out what I’m thinking about.” —Edward Albee

To get ahead, at the very least, write out at night your next day’s objectives. Writing focuses your energies to accomplish your tasks.

In writing fiction, finding “facts” to fit your narrative = recipe for success. In real life, not so much.

Your editors are like coaches: they know audience & reject writing for good reasons, even if you don’t know specifics. —T. Whalin

Getting Published, Agents/Editors

Why writers should avoid content aggregators such as Helium:

Reality check from author: Getting published is just the beginning

Tips for the editor/agent appts

The Five Traits of a Successful Writer
Ask the editor: Do publishers have rules about POV?

Wed writing exercise: historical figures in fiction, by the Donald Maass Literary Agency

Craft & Technique

The key to prolific writing? Genre.

How to salvage writing disasters by @quipsandtips

How Screenwriting Broke My Writer’s Block

I wrote a guest post called Embracing a Million Crappy Words

Tips for writing a killer opening line, via @mariaschneider

To drop the F bomb or hold it in reserve: choosing when to cuss in your writing

“If the character does not change in the course of the writing, it is not fiction. It is information.”

One of the challenges of writing is … writing. 13 Tips For Actually Getting Some Writing Done

Summarized Dialogue: The many uses in fiction and memoir.

The yin and yang of characterization in writing


The author’s own story. Marketing, conversations and lies.

How you can use eBooks and the Kindle to market your writing from @jakonrath

Twitter on Twitter

Literary Tweets: 100+ of the Best Authors on Twitter
(via @tweetmeme)

Check out “Best of Writing on Twitter”

News, Trends, Opinions

Why AmazonEncore matters (via @BubbleCow)

Richard Curtis on changes to copyright due in 2013

“Demise of Writing Greatly Exaggerated” — a teen is not deterred from pursuing her dream job

Online & Offline Resources/Tools

@michellerafter reviews 10 great virtual hangouts for freelance writers

Free Online Writing Courses (via @BubbleCow)

101 Best Websites for Writers: Our 2009 list from the May/June mag issue.

Wired’s Ebook reader buying guide – good roundup of current state of art.

Random Writing Prompt Generators


Do we Miss Authorial Omniscience?

How writing saved me from myself

“to cast a spell [on the reader]–possess them, manipulate them, coerce them into turning another page”

Writers Reveal the Book the Changed their Lives

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