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

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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
@MeghnaK

Five Novelists’ Web Sites That Offer Great Writing Advice
@jharmonwriter

Amy Tan (TED): The Ted Commandments
@Krizanovich

Cory Doctorow: Writing in the Age of Distraction
@dbschlosser

Stand Alone (no links)

“Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable.” —Francis Bacon
@wayne1009

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
@UpWritePress

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

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

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

Getting Published, Agents/Editors

Why writers should avoid content aggregators such as Helium:
@milehighfool

Reality check from author: Getting published is just the beginning
@KFZuzulo

Tips for the editor/agent appts
@heatheragoodman

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

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

Craft & Technique

The key to prolific writing? Genre.
@motsjustes

How to salvage writing disasters by @quipsandtips
@motsjustes

How Screenwriting Broke My Writer’s Block
@jharmonwriter

I wrote a guest post called Embracing a Million Crappy Words
@beagooddad

Tips for writing a killer opening line, via @mariaschneider
@motsjustes

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

“If the character does not change in the course of the writing, it is not fiction. It is information.”
@jshelley78

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

Summarized Dialogue: The many uses in fiction and memoir.
@KimsCraftBlog

The yin and yang of characterization in writing
@dbschlosser

Marketing/Promotion

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

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

Twitter on Twitter

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

Check out “Best of Writing on Twitter”
@MeghnaK

News, Trends, Opinions

Why AmazonEncore matters (via @BubbleCow)
@thecreativepenn

Richard Curtis on changes to copyright due in 2013
@bookmarketology

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

Online & Offline Resources/Tools

@michellerafter reviews 10 great virtual hangouts for freelance writers
@milehighfool

Free Online Writing Courses (via @BubbleCow)
@thecreativepenn

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

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

Random Writing Prompt Generators
@MeghnaK

Philosophical

Do we Miss Authorial Omniscience?
@idtheory

How writing saved me from myself
@joanna_haugen

“to cast a spell [on the reader]–possess them, manipulate them, coerce them into turning another page”
@jshelley78

Writers Reveal the Book the Changed their Lives
@blogofinnocence

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