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15 Tips Picked Up From Twitter

I confess, I like Twitter. It’s pithy, cogent, brief, with the type of Headline Hints that stick. I don’t always believe them, but am often entertained. And the posters–love them. They always catch my attention for at least a second. I created my own group of aphoristic posters using Canva and Muzy (very easy. Click the links and try them):


*—credit for quotes to Richard Bausch

About once a year, I curate a list of favorite Twitter tips. Here are my 2014 favorites:

  1. Loading the dishwasher is not the time to get CREATIVE.
  2. One page at a time (@NaNoWriMo)
  3. “If you want to write, you can. Fear stops most people from writing, not lack of talent…” (@advicetowriters)
  4. Start with a memorable introduction (@galleycat)
  5. Don’t pause for research. Guess. Fake it. Leave a mark in the MS and follow up (@jamesscottbel–referring to getting a novel done during #NaNoWriMo)
  6. credit: Debbie Ridpath Oh @inkyelbowsnanowrimo
  7. Broken sleep is a golden time for creativity (@doctorow)
  8. After finishing your draft, ignore it for a month. Then start editing (@Masqcrew)
  9. 1) Write some words. 2) Look at the words. 3) Delete the words. 4) Sigh. 5) Make an omelette. (@matthaig1)
  10. Use a crock pot, save cooking time, write a novel (@mashable)
  11. The time to write has to be created (@fionaquinnbooks)
  12. Success is 1% inspiration, 98% perspiration and 2% attention to detail- (@jonnygeller)
  13. Write without fear; edit without mercy (@i_author)
  14. The problem with cliché is when you plug in the basic template and never set the customizations. (@indieplottwist)
  15. There are really only three stories: audience goes away unhappy, audience goes away happy, audience never comes (@Shakespeare)

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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is the author/editor of dozens of books on integrating tech into education, webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for and TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics.

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  7. Informative post Jacqui, it’s actually scary how many I can apply to myself. Love the images and characterisations. I too struggle with No 5 – badly! Mantra to self *Must stay on task* 🙂


  8. Really good advice from the images and from tweets. My favorite has to be about the two rules of fiction. I’ve read of so many “rules,” but this gets to the core of a story. Be interesting 🙂


  9. I love your tips. You have such an entertaining way of presenting them 🙂 I struggle with number five, and I think that’s my personality leaking into my work. I like to know something before I talk about it, and force this restraint on my characters!


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