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Strap in #writers - it's time to talk about developmental editing and my thought process when I'm reading over manuscripts.

#writingcommunity #pubtip #writetip #ontheporch
Let's start with what is a developmental editor? This type of editor - which differs highly from a line editor or proof reader - looks at big picture elements of your story.

Think structure and content.

#writingcommunity #pubtip #writetip #ontheporch
When I'm hired for a developmental edit, I'm keeping an eye on four major elements of a story:

1. Plot
2. Character
3. Worldbuilding
4. Pacing

#writingcommunity #pubtip #writetip #ontheporch
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Good morning bbs. We are so close to the weekend! Today I’m attending a protest & having lunch with a colleague so my work #goals are minimal:
-Complete reverse outline process to re-organize my book chapter

Don’t know what a reverse outline is? Ooh baby are you in for a treat!
Thread on #writing & #revision: A reverse outline is a way to see the structure of what you’ve written in a draft in order to reorganize it. You start by marking up a pdf or print copy of your draft & numbering every paragraph. My book chap has 33 paragraphs.
Once you’ve numbered, make a list from 1 to whatever number of paragraphs you have. Re-read each paragraph & write a short summary (a phrase, not even a sentence) describing what each paragraph is about or doing.
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If you think being an American citizen protects you, you're not paying attention. I already knew that, but being questioned by #CBP was another reminder. #ice can and will do what they want no matter who you are. Know your rights and know when they're being trampled. 1/
I would like to share my story. #freelance #writers what are your go to, ethical news sources to #pitch to? I don't want them to edit my words to sensationalize a situation that is already out of control. I want to share how I was #questioned about #kidsincamps 2/
And how they entered private property without a warrant to question me. Stay safe friends, and know that until everyone is safe, no one is safe
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1) Let's talk about #art and the #UBI. @AndrewYang, anytime you want to talk, I'm ready!
2) I'm an #artist of sorts. I #paint, I get paid for it, I teach some classes, so let's say that I'm an #artist for the sake or argument, shall we? If you're on board, I'm on board. Let's get this thread started.
3) We could wax poetically for hours about the social good that #art does. There are thinkers and philosophers who have said more than I ever could about this and I suggest that you do your own research. Discovery is #beauty.
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For this morning's THREAD, I present a challenge.

By the time this thread is over, you'll have a Twitter-sized pitch for whatever you're writing. And it'll be a good one.

Let's go #writers living a #writerslife as a member of the #WritingCommunity who are #amwriting
A pitch is a sharp singular presentation with one goal: to make the person receiving the pitch want more information.

It's not a summary.
It's not a ramble.

It's the start of a conversation that will lead to questions and reading and more talking.
A pitch is less about context (world-building) and more about the stakes of that context (the thing that's in danger/risked/a problem) and how the character is going to have to do something about it.
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[Puts on editor hat] #writers, PLEASE believe you will have more ideas and good ones at that. Getting a rejection is not the end all be all of your career or ideas. Every publication is different, every editor is different. There are more chances.
As I say, repeatedly, I give VERY specific feedback when I reject something. It can be as simple as the subber NOT reading the publication or as thorough as the piece not working for various reasons.
One rejection does not mean ALL your ideas are bad from here on out. Unless you were incredibly disrespectful to an editor--which I hope you aren't--you *can* pitch them again.
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A heads up to fellow #writers out there, regardless of genre.

You might have heard about #CopyPasteCris. Something that's come to light, or rather been finally spotlighted after some readers & others raised hell that we all need to be aware of AND ACT ON. shilohwalker.com/website/2019/0…
Scammers are buying proliferating on the #KindleUnlimited platform which hurts all authors whether they use @AmazonKDP or not, whether you're traditionally published, with a small press or go the indie route.
These people are literally SELLING & RESELLING manuscripts & copyright only to repackage, recover & release as a brand new book under another author's name (with a shiny, new fake copyright, too). This is deceptive as hell. @AmazonKDP @Amazonhelp has been notified to no avail.
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Now, if you'd like to see what and who in our community is up to no good, please refer to the following tweets with vital information so we can STOP attacking the victims involved in this situation.
First up! Introducing Author Lissa Gromley (@AuthorLissa) who was part of the Sassy Literary Ladies, a group consisting of several authors across genres that eventually turned on her and caused the chaos taking over the #writingcommunity today, see here:
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I was thinking. There's probably a lot of #writers that really want to get involved in the #WritingCommunity , but maybe don't know how or feel a little lost. So I decided to create a little guide on Book Twitter to go over the basics for anyone who needs it! A thread.
Common writing age-group acronyms:
MG = Middle Grade
YA = Young Adult
NA = New Adult (you may see a little conflict over this topic, so be wary. To quickly summarize, it's an age group between YA and A that typically depicts people between 18 - 30)
A = Adult
Common writing terms:
Beta Reader = Someone who reads and gives you feedback on the early drafts of your story. They read bc they enjoy.
CP/Critique Partner = A partnership where you read their story and they read yours for feedback.
1st, 2nd (X)st draft = stages of editing
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I suppose we can safely say that now #TheFrighteners have been so successfully and publicly put on a certain sector their combined angst will spew a diarrhoea of spin & warp whilst trying to use THAT VERY THING to generate $£Es Some with automated AdTech software already bought.
2/ Some bought by gormless companies, by mistake, some in full knowledge or partial knowledge of what it could do. It will be interesting as time goes on to see who apparently DIDN'T CARE about the likely instigation of its more negative 'dark' capabilities looking to 'side-step'
3/ or even 'wrong-foot' Irish & EU regulation standards, & possibly law. This too is a kind of #climatechange & #ClimateAction in itself, a would be mammoth untouchable iceberg of 'dominion' & 'control' being melted out into an ocean of citizens' scrutiny & advancement for change
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poll for #women #writers: You routinely write about serious issues in your field (e.g., science/health). Another writer, in the middle of his critique of your position, encourages readers to check out an unrelated article you wrote about your dating experiences. You assume he is:
Now that the poll is complete, I can formally respond to Jesse Singal's latest accusations of me: juliaserano.blogspot.com/2018/07/on-jes… - feel free to share, as god knows he's been spreading lies about me far & wide...
here's the TL;DR version of my response. for the record, Singal wasn't singling me out as being "hysterical and opportunistic" - that insult was also intended for people who believe me (e.g., @nberlat & @ZackFord, who he called out in the same Twitter thread)
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Here's a guaranteed way for #Writing Contest Jurors to ruin an #emergingwriter's day: tweet to your followers (some of whom have to be thinking of entering the contest you're judging) that you're not a fan of certain kinds of stories, so maybe it's best if they "skip this one..."
...bc being an #emergingwriter isn't hard enough. It isn't hard enough that there already is a magical/frustrating subjectiveness and unpredictability to contests, and that entering one is an act of #faith, yet maybe your surprising story will be the one to enchant the jurors...
...nor is it a challenge to come up with the contest fee, which is usually significant, because you think your story's great and might have a shot, even though it's got #scifi or #specfic elements, because you've been inspired in the past by unexpected and genre-bending work...
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#Writers! There's no #writingtip, blog post, book, or class that will save you from having to work hard. Those are all tools.

They're your boots, your backpack, and your bottle of water. They aid you on your journey, but you're still the one who has to do the walking.

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And it can be a lonely road. So find a community to share your troubles with. Lots of people have walked the road before you, and many will be happy to guide you.

Many #writers wander into the craft with an idealistic mindset. I know I did. I thought it would be easy.

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It's not easy. It takes hard work and and lots of failure. It takes being knocked down and getting back up. It takes time.

But think about it. If it were quick and easy, what would be the point?

The value lies in the challenge.

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We are so excited to announce the #CityofStories comp results - lots of #writers to celebrate #ACEsupported @londonlibraries #THREAD 👇🏽
For @brentculture, congrats to winner @LizRandomSpaces & highly commended @the_vajabond bit.ly/2yAaShE #CityofStories
For @lovecamden, congrats winner @sinb & highly commended @Forfieh & Kim Horrocks bit.ly/2yAaShE #writingcomp
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