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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]

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Not Having an Online Presence

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Not Having an Online Presence

The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so we started this series to help identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's writing mistake is not having an online presence.

Shirlene Obuobi: On Writing From Experience

Shirlene Obuobi: On Writing From Experience

Physician, cartoonist, and author Shirlene Obuobi discusses the writerly advice that led to writing her new coming-of-age novel, On Rotation.

WD Poetic Form Challenge

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Kimo Winner

Learn the winner and Top 10 list for the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the kimo.

8 Things Writers Should Know About Tattoos

8 Things Writers Should Know About Tattoos

Tattoos and their artists can reveal interesting details about your characters and offer historical context. Here, author June Gervais shares 8 things writers should know about tattoos.

Tyler Moss | Reporting Through Lens of Social Justice

Writing Through the Lens of Social Justice

WD Editor-at-Large Tyler Moss makes the case for reporting on issues of social justice in freelance writing—no matter the topic in this article from the July/August 2021 issue of Writer's Digest.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Intentional Trail

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Intentional Trail

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character leave clues for people to find them.

Sharon Maas: On Books Finding the Right Time

Sharon Maas: On Books Finding the Right Time

Author Sharon Maas discusses the 20-year process of writing and publishing her new historical fiction novel, The Girl from Jonestown.

6 Steps to Becoming a Good Literary Citizen

6 Steps to Becoming a Good Literary Citizen

While the writing process may be an independent venture, the literary community at large is full of writers who need and want your support as much as you need and want theirs. Here, author Aileen Weintraub shares 6 steps in becoming a good literary citizen.

Daniel Paisner: On the Pursuit of a Creative Life

Daniel Paisner: On the Pursuit of a Creative Life

Journalist and author Daniel Paisner discusses the process of writing his new literary fiction novel, Balloon Dog.