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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]

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NaNoWriMo: Making the Most of Community

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Why We Should Read Middle Grade Fiction as Adults

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What Are the 6 Different Types of Editing?

What Are the 6 Different Types of Editing?

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WD Poetic Form Challenge

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Writer's Digest 90th Annual Competition Print or Online Article First Place Winner: "Surfacing an Aquatic Diaspora"

Writer's Digest 90th Annual Competition Print or Online Article First Place Winner: "Surfacing an Aquatic Diaspora"

Congratulations to Elaine Howley, first place winner in the Print or Online Article category of the 90th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition. Here's her winning article, "Surfacing an Aquatic Diaspora."

Writer's Digest 90th Annual Competition Script (Stage Play or TV/Movie) First Place Winner: "Jaguar Woman"

Writer's Digest 90th Annual Competition Script (Stage Play or TV/Movie) First Place Winner: "Jaguar Woman"

Congratulations to Olga El, first place winner in the Script (Stage Play or TV/Movie) category of the 90th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition. Here's her winning TV Pilot script, "Jaguar Woman."

Writer's Digest 90th Annual Competition Non-Rhyming Poetry First Place Winner: "won't you celebrate with me"

Writer's Digest 90th Annual Competition Non-Rhyming Poetry First Place Winner: "won't you celebrate with me"

Congratulations to Nicole Adabunu, first place winner in the Non-Rhyming Poetry category of the 90th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition. Here's her winning poem, "won't you celebrate with me."