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Finding Your Crew - as a writer there are several aspects to being part of a crew - finding or making one, building it up, and keeping it going thereafter. In that sense, a writery crew is like any intentional community that has a specific focus. But why bother?

Finding likeminded writers can be crucial for feelings of support & success. Some groups have an intentionally limited shelf life, some run & run. Membership may be static or fluctuate & some work better than others. So, what’s out there? Here’s a quick overview.
1. Local writer group - regular, locations/organisers include bookshops, cafés, pubs, libraries, someone’s kitchen. Advertised via notice boards, word of mouth, local Facebook group etc. Check you fit with group objectives - to write/socialise/beta read £-££
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#NaNoWriMo is here again.

50,000 words in 30 days.


There was a time when I would have thought so too.

Now, after a 5-year publishing career with 16 published novels, writing 50K words in 30 days is routine.

Here's the secret to massive output:
Don't focus on writing more.

Focus on eliminating obstacles to writing.

With nothing to hinder you, your productivity will ramp up dramatically.
100 words a day becomes 500.

500 becomes 1000.

1000 becomes 2000.

Next thing you know, you're hitting 3, 4, 5K words a day, day after day. Or more.

This means 50K words in just 2 weeks. Or less.

Would you like that?

Here are 5 tips to do that.
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Every day at 5 AM I arise from fearful word count dreams to find myself suddenly transformed into a @GailSimone twitter thread run through a WorldCon blender because I forgot Time Zones exist. I look in the mirror and discover Gregor Samsa writing samizdat @catvalente novellas.
“out, out, foul fanfic writers!”, Orlando interrupts. “WorldCon is next year damnit, this is”

And with that Beast Boy fridges me for stealing @seananmcguire lines for my AO3 word count when I’m only a hemidemisemipro if you count patreon O:) #fandom #amwriting #annoyed
(The Bear entering the room is @matociquala of course, but I already left the TED Talk soapbox so I didn’t have to prove I went to readercon once back in the day…)
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Anti-democratic communication is "treason to the democratic way of life" (John Dewey, 1939). Propaganda is communication for warfare, using communication as a weapon. It is anti-democratic communication. #amwriting
There are two important propaganda models: 1) manufacture consent: keep public docile via messages that support status quo/elite leadership; 2) manufacture dissent: keep public engaged and outraged via messages that spread distrust, polarization, and frustration.
Most of us are "tune-outs" who don't pay attention to political news & aren't highly engaged in politics, but for those of us who are highly engaged in politics the manufacture dissent model enlists us as propagandists too, turning us into what Orwell called "screaming lunatics."
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Somewhere in a misty mountain valley, along a stream bed that feeds a creek beside a coughing coal mine, twin Willows grow. Their trunks entwined and their branches tangle in the wind. There a tale, as old as a coal vein, lives still about the winding willows. #amwriting
A legend of a boy, pure of heart, the noble Goodwin Able, and the spirit Fae of a Willow tree who came to life to save him. This boy, who spoke to spirits of water, earth, and light and lived a life of simple service, died with saintly purpose.
Yet his bones are not interred in casket, dirt, or ash. His soul instead forever joined with the Fae’s who gave her self, a creature of the ancient world who lived a hundred years and came to love the young boy, Good.
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📚Questions to ask a literary agent on The Call: a 🧵 for #amquerying authors with tips from an agented author & book editor [not an exhaustive list] (1/10)

#writingcommunity #querytip #amwriting
First up: the mere fact that you’re #amquerying is something to be proud of. Rejection is normal in this industry but know that the right agent for you is out there, whether it’s for this book, the next one, or all of them! (2/10)

#writingcommunity #amwriting #writersoftwitter
1) Do you use a written contract/agreement? (I personally think this is a must)
2) Are you signing me for this one book or are you a career agent? What if you don’t like the next book?
3) Will I be working with any interns/assistants/co-agents? (3/10)

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About 1500 words today. Not a lot, but they're good words. I love sitting on my awesome deck with a view of the mountain peaks and agonizing over every individual word as I need it.

I write slow. I go back and edit as I go. You're not supposed to do that, but that's my process. All the writing people say you're supposed to get it all down fast, then go back and edit. I edit afterwards too, and then edit again, and keep doing that.

I even re-edit things I've already published. I think it makes be a better writer, because I always see places for improvement. and the things I see lead me to write better as I go. It's slow, but it's what I do.

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10 things I wish they taught me in film school, #screenwriter edition. 🧵
1.Networking is a long-term game.

It might seem like getting ‘access’ to industry gatekeepers is the most important thing. It is not. Building a genuine, long-term relationship is.
2.Competitions are a tool, not a goal.

Every new writer should enter competitions, but placements are only helpful if you go out and use them to hustle.

PS: @Coverfly has a waiver program for those who can’t afford it.
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Marriage Masterclass Part 1: Follow The Science!
Welcome to the Twitter version of my Marriage Masterclass. Over the course of the next few days and a fair amount of tweets I will unlock the secret ingredients to marital bliss, thus giving you the gift of a joyous union.
Sorry, that sounds a bit wanky, doesn't it? Let me rephrase. I've made all the marriage mistakes, so you don't have to. I'm going to share my mistakes with you — I call them Husband Numbers One and Two — and offer some handy tips to help you choose and keep the perfect spouse.
So, what makes me an expert? A very notched bedpost, two divorces and three marriages. No need to do the maths, that's the correct ratio. I may be many things, but bigamist I am not.
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Hey, brilliant writers! I shared this in a couple of virtual events last week. This is how I pitch a story to producers, and you can use it to pitch to agents or editors, too.
#WritingCommunity #screenwriting #MondayMotivation #WritersofTwitter
Remember, the person you're pitching your story to may have to pitch it to someone else! A literary agent will pitch it to editors. A book editor may pitch it to execs or sales reps. A producer may pitch it to investors. So keep it simple!

#HowToPitch #amwriting #writinglife
1. Unless time is a real constraint, take just a minute for small talk before launching into your pitch. Establish some rapport.

#HowToPitch #publishing #screenwriting
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I just had a conversation with a writing student about the perpetual making-time-to-write conundrum, and I have some insights I want to share about the problem with the advice writers receive and the approaches to writing and productivity that get celebrated. A thread!
Think about the narratives about writing and productivity you've been taught:

I tried to remember times I had learned about writing process in high school, and the only time I remember talking about how the books we read were written was Thoreau. Life in the woods!
I know most writers live in ordinary places and have day jobs or teach writing or do school visits to supplement their book income.

But it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that the writing of someone in the woods, fully immersed in writing, is somehow deeper or truer.
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#WritingCommunity #books #amwriting

I arrived in the Big Apple, New York City from the hills of Natal, South Africa to glamour-shock. The big city lights intimidated me in so many ways. It’s safe to say I was not prepared for the life that awaited me in the Big Apple
In the absence of my mother, community, and the priest I had no one to guide me. As such, I had to rely solely on what they taught me.
It remained to be seen if that would keep me on the straight and narrow.
Truth is one is never prepared for the charms of the big Apple.
Natal didn’t present a lot of challenges to my character and tests to my spirituality.
The immediate struggle I faced in the concrete jungle of #NewYorkCity was to fit in. I had to fit in if I were to properly integrate and function in that environment.
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This is important. Find the 3, 6, 9.…
811 is the national call-before-you-dig phone number. 🤔…
I just needed to check in with myself. I was getting too scattered. My stuff is my job here. 💖🦄 ImageImageImage
"And this is the secret of the spindle- you must prick your finger and bleed out the words in order to spin the straw into gold."

What #amwriting means on a blog, with an example of how you can benefit from this
#pinkyblog… ImageImage
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Writing Tip 17: Querying an agent
This isn't really a writing tip, it's more of a process tip. I'm not an agent, so bear that in mind, but I'll outline my process and how it worked for me. My successful cover letter is used throughout the thread.
#amquerying #amwriting
First of all:
Write an amazing book. Your book doesn't just have to be a good book; it needs to be an amazing book, in the top 0.1% an agent will read of 1000's. The opening chapters need to be extraordinary. If you don't feel it's the best book you've read, keep revising.
If you don't LOVE your book, and believe in it, then why would anyone else?
Your goal is to persuade a professional agent that your book will make them money. The number of passion projects they can spend their working hours on are limited.
Think business.
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Fantasy Writing Tip 16: Location, location, location. And activities.
This tip isn't about world building exactly, it's more about writing individual scenes, and how to get the best out of them so that they're memorable and really pop.
Sometimes when I'm writing a scene I find that I'm not that interested in it. I know that the protagonist (and the reader) needs the information that the scene will give. But when I'm not interested in it, I know the reader won't be either.
The solution: Set it on fire.
I work by the maxim that if the characters wouldn't still be having the conversation while the room was on fire around them, or if they were hanging from a cliff, then I need to check whether the scene needs to be there at all. How important can it be?
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Hey Twitter! It's been a while. I used to write here all the time hanging out with #scifichat, #comicschat, #litchat, talking about #science, #tech, #autism and a dozen other topics which broadened my horizons and let me share my diverse interests in almost everything.
Then my life got incredibly busy. My son went to high school and coupled with his #autism, our lives became super-complex. I lost my job and my car gave up the ghost after four years of @Uber. Then the unthinkable, my wife experienced #renalfailure.
4 years ago, she underwent an operation for #peritoneal #dialysis. This form of at-home dialysis would let her take care of her renal needs at home avoiding the need for external #hemodialysis centers. In hindsight, this may have saved her life.…
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Coffee tweet ahoy: Yesterday I started using my old French Press after having used a Melitta pourover for many years. It elevated these mediocre coffee beans I had to buy from a meh brew to pretty acceptable. Amazing what the brewing method can do
And I *had to* buy mediocre coffee beans because I was completely out, didn't have the opportunity to go anywhere that sold reasonable beans, and happened to be in BJs of an evening. So I got 2 pounds of their store brand beans.
I didn't expect much from these beans, and my expectations were correct: Making a pourover from them resulted in a flat, slightly bitter brew.
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A publishing contract I’m reviewing comes with a helpful ms style guide, which I think is genius. An author recently had a horrible experience with the publisher-hired copy editor who didn’t even know these basic terms. Highlights 👇
✔️Do not hyphenate Asian American, African American, Indian American.

✔️ When possible, specify the Native American tribe instead of using just Native American or Indigenous.
✔️Capitalize Black when referring to people of the African diaspora; Lowercase brown and white because they do not refer to a shared race, ethnicity, or culture.

✔️For unspecified singular pronouns, they/their/them is preferred over he/she.
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Feel free to ask questions or chime in with your own #worldbuilding if it reminds you of something here.


#amwritingfantasy #amwriting #SFFWritersCommunity
I talked about Morenzal a few weeks ago and had to glaze over their caste system because it was too long for that topic. I wanted to do this in full, though! The Morenzi have some sexual practices and rituals, so this topic may be triggering to some and features #nsfw discussion.
As a reminder, Morenzal is an isolated society on the Quarantined Plane. The Morenzi are humanoid, silver-haired, light-skinned people. They are all Mind elementals and worship Lucognidus with utmost fervor. They perform worship ceremonies a minimum of four times per day, though
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A thread on #ClimateCrisis:
Melting Boundaries
Nature Knows No Nation and No Nation Knows Nature
In the global fora, the issue of #climate change has been a game of ‘passing the parcel’ where the parcel is global in all proportions – global threat, global impact, global mitigation.
#Climate is the varying weather conditions experienced annually aggregated over a long period of time. Unfortunately, politically, climate change has had much less traction than the climate itself in the last 30 years. Efforts have been debated, litigated and even acted upon.
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As someone who researches #disability & life writing (past & present), I find the proliferating/emergent/shifting first-person academic genre of "my reflections on writing in/through the pandemic" so fascinating. #PandemicLife #amwriting
Some of the academics publishing these things come are trained in Disability Studies, which informs their approach. But some are not & don't ever name "disability" as such; disability is everywhere & nowhere. Don't know what to make of any of it yet #PandemicLife #amwriting
I'm trying to get my head around concurrent scales/trajectories/waves of time. One interesting thing about this Hellsite is seeing how convos can adapt & transform "in real time" & you can also track slower extended convos shifting as conditions change. #PandemicLife #amwriting
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#FlashFiction by Thaddeus Howze

Every seven days they evolved, passing through us, a liminal fire.

#amwriting #VirusBedTimeStories #SciFiFri
By the time we understood, they drank us, a thousand lives a month, nonstop; by the time they achieved perfection at their apotheosis, we died in the millions.

The recombinations continued. New keys into newer locks.

(Art by Nathan Wyburn)
We could do nothing but watch. We had the knowledge. The Apple had given us everything. What we lacked was time.

We weren't ready.

We had been warned. We ignored the legends, the visceral loathing built into our very genome. We feared them, intuitively.
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I can't keep up with my 91 year old Da Tom
Every time I call over he's out
We're in an ongoing battle over the @Wrangler jeans I bought him for his 91st
I've cut the tags off, burnt the receipt & draped them over his armchair
now we wait
I presume this is me, drawn after a row 😏
These are not the @Wrangler s
He found them in the hot press during lock down
God only knows when they were bought
Born in 1930 he wore a shirt & tie and a suit every day for his entire life.
#Jeans at 91
Tracked him to the mountain.
He changed his car last week.
I don't know the make, model or reg but it's red.
And smaller than the gigantic thing he bought when he was 90.
He only has Sid in the back anyway.
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52 words written is a win?

52 words written is a win.
You did not hear this from me, but make that 262 words!
I'm going to bed with 529 words written and really excited to continue writing this memo, where I'm citing @AdrienneStrong @BeckyGMartinez @g_capurro @BeatriAnthro (I'm pretty sure you can imagine what I'm writing about).

To note: it is EXTREMELY RARE that I write at night.
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