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21 Writing Tips From Twitter

twitter writing tipsI confess, I like the Twitter approach to writing. It’s pithy, cogent, brief, with headlines that stick. I don’t always believe them, but am often entertained. And the posters–love them.

Getting quickly-consumed tips from Twitter that inspire as I start my daily writing seems to be a natural, especially when Tweeple include images (which I wish I’d do more often). I don’t always believe these tweets, but am often entertained. About once a year, I curate a list of favorite Twitter tips. Here’s what it looks like so far this year:

  1. To gain your own voice, you have to forget about having it heard.
  2. When you’re writing, write
  3. As part of my editing process I read aloud my manuscript. What a telling experience. (This is one of the most common tips: Read your mss aloud. It’s a sea-change from reading it silently.)
  4. Note to thriller writers on Twitter: Don’t worry, you’ll get followed: By the NSA. Because of your Google searches.
  5. Rituals are a good signal to your unconscious that it is time to kick in.
  6. Talent is extremely common. What is rare is the willingness to endure the life of the writer. –Kurt Vonnegut
  7. Show up and stay present (another reminding us that when we sit down to write, don’t get distracted)
  8. If it sounds like writing, I rewrite. –Elmore Leonard
  9. Don’t tell me the moon is shining. Show me the glint of light on the glass. –Anton Chekhov (I’d forgotten this one. It’s a keeper–and so true)
  10. Never use a long word when a short one will do. –George Orwell
  11. You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write. –Saul Bellow
  12. Finding an agent is as unlikely as a bus hitting you in the shower while being attacked by a shark. And still, we write.
  13. First person POV might be the easiest for beginners.
  14. If you’re a beginner, be kind to yourself.
  15. Love the process of writing. Or quit.
  16. The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.
  17. To gain your own voice, you have to forget about having it heard. –Allen Ginsberg
  18. Waiting until you feel like writing is like waiting for a train at an abandoned station.
  19. Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk. –Thoreau (OK, not so much advice as funny.)
  20. Your writing should be more feral and less domesticated.
  21. There’s a certain peace in knowing your place in the writing universe. Find it.

More on Twitter and writing:

15 Tips Picked Up From Twitter

27 More (Writing) Tips From Twitter

21 Tips About Writing From Twitter

12 ways Twitter Makes You a Better Writer (and Person)

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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 over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer,  a columnist for TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her book at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.


30 thoughts on “21 Writing Tips From Twitter

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  2. Number 1 and 7 speak out loud… not sure if for good or bad, though… ha
    Number 4 made me laugh … sad but true…. cheers to the Patriotic Act.
    As to aphorisms… I truly liked number 19
    Excellent selection, dear Jacqui… best wishes and happy weekend ahead.
    Aquileana 🙂

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  3. All great tips but the Checkov one is brilliant and I’ve filed this away in my head – and writing it down too. Pithy and memorable. I haven’t joined Twitter and keep wondering if I should – time is a serious concern. I’ll keep wondering…

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  4. Love them all Jacqui thank you! IF I had to choose ONE I’d go for # 18 Waiting until you feel like writing is like waiting for a train at an abandoned station. And # 19 is verrrry funny! Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk.

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  5. This was a great read. One thing resonated with me. “If you don’t like writing quit”. Personally I have days when I love writing and days I want to quit. While I have written a couple books I now write business blogs which is fun. I’m constantly writing but love new tips to relieve writer burnout or block.

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