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Writers Tip #88: 16 Tips Picked Up From Twitter

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When you read your story, does it sound off, maybe you can’t quite put your finger on it, but you know you’ve done something wrong? Sometimes–maybe even lots of times–there are simple fixes. These writer’s tips will come at you once a week, giving you plenty of time to go through your story and make the adjustments.

These are tips I picked up from my Twitter stream. When I started this list, I didn’t plan on attributions, but now I wish I had. If this is your tip, please feel free to leave a comment and I’ll link back to your Twitter handle, blog, website, or whatever suits you best.

  1. All plot twists must be foreshadowed in the beginning of the book. But use twists to keep middle of story alive.
  2. Successful writers establish long-term writing goals for themselves and long-term story goals for their protagonists and then set out to complete a series of short-term goals they believe will move them and their characters toward those final goals.
  3. Always be willing to change… repair mistakes, change your cover, change your blurb, change your marketing, and change your idea of what it means to be an indie author.  We are living in a malleable time.
  4. Minimize self-promotion on social networks
  5. Proofread carefully to see if you any words out
  6. Separate your editing from your writing. Otherwise you’ll be too critical when you need ideas to flow.
  7. If you claim writing is important, you’ll find the time to write. It’s that simple.
  8. Poetry As A Road to Prose – When Tolkien couldn’t express his thoughts in prose he “wrote much of it in verse.”  He writes “The first version of the song of Strider concerning Luthien,… originally appeared in the Leeds University magazine, but the whole tale, as sketched by Aragorn, was written in a poem of great length” (346).
  9. As Colm Toibin said at Shoreditch, ‘Just get the fucking book written.’ Oh, and then edit until your eyes bleed.
  10. Although I write on a laptop, I like to tuck a pencil behind my ear. That way I can stab people who interrupt me.
  11. Write at least five times a week. Doesn’t need to be long. Half an hour will do. But if you keep it up you will get there.
  12. Cut out all those Capital Letters–even in headings (I’m so on the fence on this one)
  13. Make sure you write what you mean
  14. Sometimes when you can’t write due to life/work/kids, don’t get frustrated, use it as your brewing time.
  15. Don’t try to be a writer
  16. Don’t expect to make any money.

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Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-sixth grade, creator of two technology training books for middle school and four ebooks on technology in education. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, Cisco guest blog, IMS tech expert, and a bi-weekly contributor to Write Anything. Currently, she’s editing a thriller for her agent that should be out to publishers this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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3 thoughts on “Writers Tip #88: 16 Tips Picked Up From Twitter

  1. Pingback: 8 Free Online Marketing Tools for Writers « Jacqui Murray's WordDreams…

    • Thanks, Elida. They’re from-the-trenches tips, offered by those of us scrabbling to make a career of writing, rather than those who have reached that goal. I got a lot out of them.

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