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1) By popular demand, I've got a long #inspirationalwriterrant for you on this #writerwednesday. Today's topic is the line between pride and ego. #screenwriting #wrac18
2) As a screenwriter, it’s important that you have a strong sense of pride. You need to know for sure that you are the person who was meant to tell this story, and you know best how to tell it. #screenwriting #wrac18
3) You need to know this so when a producer asks "are u sure she'll be relatable?" u can explain confidently why she will or why it doesn't matter and maybe that's a sexist construct anyway...but I digress. The point is believing you know what you're doing. #screenwriting #wrac18
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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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There's been so much hype about #Zanzibar, but at the same time, a few people weren't particularly thrilled. Had to go find out for myself ,so some friends and I planned a trip. What I think? Top rating for beaches, good food, so much to see, history. Read this thread... #Travel
From #DaresSalaam, you have the options of flying or going by ferry to #Zanzibar. On the other hand, you could fly directly there. We spent a few days in Dar, then we went by ferry...it cost $35 per person for economy and $50 per person for VIP. We travelled in the VIP section.
It takes 1hr30mins to get to Zanzibar by ferry. It could take longer when it's turbulent. The hotel we stayed in was an hour away from stone town. We stayed in Nungwi which is North of Zanzibar. #Travel #Africa #Tanzania #holidays
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1.) Prof. Barbara Oakley of Oakland University and the author of a book on learning writes that contrary to the new movement to make #STEM subjects of which #maths is the sine qua non a fun to learn.

All learning isn't-and shouldn't be "fun".
2)
Even though the following 👇👇👇Rhymes were developed to make learning #maths fun!

She state in firm terms to "Make Your Daughter Practice Maths. She'll Thank You later".
tes.com/teaching-resou…
3)
Boys and girls have on average similar abilities in #maths

But girls in addition have a consistent advantage than boys in #reading and #writing.

The consequence?👇👇👇
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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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sign up for my email lists (one for #writing, one for #music) & get free mp3s with each update! juliaserano.blogspot.com/2018/08/sign-u… #amwriting #LGBTQ #queer #feminism #bands
...the first mp3 will be "Bath Tub Orgasm" - pretty sure it's the only song ever to reference sex toys, the band BTO, and "Hocus Pocus" by Focus. you can listen to it here: bitesize.bandcamp.com/track/bath-tub… - and get a FREE copy if you sign up for the email list(s)!
...btw I will attempt to perform a *soft vowel sounds* version of "Bath Tub Orgasm" at my August 29th show (w/Scorpio Moon & @PolyPamBand), details in the photo. and here's the link to the FB invite for the show: facebook.com/events/9313503… #LGBTQ #queer #music #bands
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Great tools on character relationships in this episode of @WritingExcuses.
From @howardtayler: 2 examples of power in character relationships are Personal Power and Position Power. Personal Pwr comes from charisma and social worth within the group. Position Power comes from the hierarchical structure of the organization. #writing #scifi
Inteteresting conflict arises when a character believes their Personal Pwr grants them Positional Pwr (the popular guy who acts like the boss). Or when a character believes their Positional Pwr grants them Personal Pwr (the boss that thinks she's everyone's friend) #writingadvice
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I was just visited by two Secret Service officers regarding my tweets about #tRump. I told them I have no thoughts, plans, or intent to harm tRump and I never have. They advised not to post anything that may be interpreted as a threat. I was impressed with their professionalism.
Many are asking what I tweeted that prompted a Secret Service visit today. I won't restate the long deleted tweets because it might be misinterpreted as a threat. Critiques of #tRump are fine providing they do not cross the line in a way that one may interpret as a threat.
One of the Secret Service officers had a folder with print outs of some of my past tweets and my article, "A Mental Health Counselor’s Views on Speculations About President Trump’s Mental Health" psychcentral.com/blog/a-mental-…. I gladly summarized for them the thesis of my article.
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I got a couple of DM's asking me about character development and writing. I have a little time this fine morning. I'll put together a small #writing thread.

So, character development. It's just my approach. YMMV, but here's my path...
Character isn't built in backstory or aesthetic details. Backstory is there to help the writer, but the character development comes form CHOICES and CONSEQUENCES. The more a character makes CHOICES, the more the audience/reader will learn about them.
We understand someone's nature by how the react to things. We assess them based on the choices they make, and those choices, ideally, shouldn't be easy.
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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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There were five
of us in that
elevator
that dropped
It was
an everyday day
good weather
high hopes
busy
ambitious
impatient
unintelligible
We all ended our day
at the same time
which was why
five strangers
were in
that elevator
that #Monday
.
#storytime
#threads
#amwriting
The doors closed
that #Monday
but nothing happened
He jammed the close button
The other grumbled,
some version
"Always when
your trying to
get home"
The doors
opened
closed
the elevator jumped
we froze
a collective intake
waiting
then we fell
.
#storytime
#threads
#amwriting
we braced ourselves
and each other
one screamed
another managed
to hit the alarm
but it keep going
alarm screaming
us screaming
twenty stories
an impossibly
fast drop in
slow motion
three of us
on the floor
clutching
the handrail
then it was
black
#storytime
#threads
#amwriting
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Writing Myths #3 Writing Portfolios are the magic way into the industry!!
Get a portfolio said the writing panel/advice/speaker in what is the latest throwaway simple advice that instantly builds a career…. So, let’s talk about them.
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1)Portfolios are NOT magic. Simply having one doesn't get you a job. Tey are a tool to be used in chasing work and an increasing number of employers ask for them. Having one can be very useful, but just putting some bits of writing in the same place does not = instant career.
2) People tend to read your email first, then your c.v. and then portfolio. Mess up stages 1, or 2 and 3 may well not matter. Always rework your email, c.v. and portfolio for EVERY application. Focus on what matches that job/company.
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I've been working on a #marketing #funnel for my #writing business, #hostwriting.

This thread has full disclosure of my funnel. If you're interested in Hostwriting, you'll know what you're getting into. If you're into business, you can copy it, or give me feedback.
If you look at hostwriting.com, I will ask you to join my mailing list (eepurl.com/deZj9n).

If you subscribe, you will receive ~6 emails with useful advice for writing you won't find elsewhere, as well as any updates about #Hostwriting. Welcome to Hostwriting!
I space out the email newsletter sequence by 2, 3, 4, 5 days so as not to overload you. I have an email inbox, too.

At the end of the sequence, I will ask you to take my course on @teachable, "Introduction to Hostwriting" (hostwriting.teachable.com/p/introduction). It currently costs $100.
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