10 Best Tweets of 2010

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In my estimation, here are the best and most helpful tweets (or posts) for writers that I collected in 2010.

Craft & Technique

Overwriters Anonymous: for fiction writers, how to avoid dreadful prose that gets you rejected
[from Editorial Ass, a traditional book publishing editor]

Urgency vs action in your writing

[from published author Teresa Frohock, tackles issue of action-oriented openings]

7 deadly sins of prologues

[by author Kristen Lamb]

Getting Published

Top 10 reasons the editor doesn't love your book, or doesn't love what your friends, family, and critique group loves

[from EditTorrent]

A bare bones plot summary synopsis is boring. Include emotional twists of your characters.

[from Glen C. Strathy, freelance writer; some of the best how-to advice I've seen on writing a synopsis]

Ultimate Checklist for Submitting to Publishers: 10 Tests a Novel Must Pass

[from Deborah Halverson, a published author and previous editor]


Marketing & Promotion


Why Professional Writers Need a Blog. Or Not.
[from ProBlogger; good, balanced take on blogging issue]
@problogger

The Psychological Principle Behind Marketing Success In a Networked World
[by author Jeff Sexton]

The secret ingredient to a powerful author platform
[by author Justine Musk]

The Artist’s Responsibility (just because you CAN publish anything, doesn't mean you should.)
[by author Simon Pulman]

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 554

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a future poem.

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New Agent Alert: Tasneem Motala of The Rights Factory

New literary agent alerts (with this spotlight featuring Tasneem Motala of The Rights Factory) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.

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Timothy Miller: The Alluring Puzzle of Fact and Fiction

Screenwriter and novelist Timothy Miller explains how he came to write historical fiction and how research can help him drive his plot.

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Dr. Munish Batra and Keith R.A. DeCandido: Entertainment and Outrage

Authors Dr. Munish Batra and Keith R.A. DeCandido explain how they came to co-write their novel and why it's important to them that the readers experience outrage while reading.

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Incite vs. Insight (Grammar Rules)

Learn when to use incite vs. insight with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

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Jane K. Cleland: On Writing the Successful Long-Running Series

Award-winning mystery author Jane K. Cleland describes what it's like to write a long-running book series and offers expert advice for the genre writer.

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WD Presents: #StartWrite, Virtual Conference, and New Courses

This week, we’re excited to announce free resources to start your writing year off well, our Novel Writing Virtual Conference, and more!

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20 Most Popular Writing Posts of 2020

We share a lot of writing-related posts throughout the year on the Writer's Digest website. In this post, we've collected the 20 most popular writing posts of 2020.