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More on 'feminine wiles' - I have been told more than once - BY WOMEN! - that these are 'anti feminist'. So are female antagonists or fem chrs doing appalling things.

When confronted with evidence of REAL female abusers, those commentators will say its cuz they 'had no choice'
It's obvious what is going on here: those commentators believe women are inherently helpless/victims of patriachy and thus incapable of creating coping strategies or utilising skills to deal with it.

Oooh boy. So much to unpack here
For starters, denying women have any agency is HELLA sexist.

So is the idea men are automatically hard-wired to be violent.

Plus they are 'evil' despite hardship making them do bad shit, whereas women literally get a 'get out of jail free' card cuz she 'can't help it'
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*New* article, More People Are Learning The Truth About ABA

Popular media has begun picking up on both the science and the sentiment…

#ADHD #Autistic #ActuallyAutistic #Autism #Neurodivergent #Neurodiversity #Writers #WritingCommunity #WritersLift #Write
In May, an opinion article was published in Fortune Magazine discussing the controversy surrounding ABA. Written by a lawyer named Ariana Cernius, the article outlines some of the problematic history & legal issues associated with ABA.…
This week, an article was published from my home province of Ontario. The reporter, @JessicaRDurling, included multiple perspectives in her story. Durling brought together voices from families, proponents of ABA, as well as Autistic self-activists who speak out about its harms.
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I’ve heard this said about my son on more than one occasion, “he seems to think he can do what he wants, and doesn’t have to do something if he doesn’t want to.”

Um, well, yes.

He’s a human being after all, with free will and autonomy.

#GentleParenting #Parenting #WritersLift
Certainly all of our actions have consequences, and I mean naturally-occurring consequences, not adult-imposed punishments.…

#MediumWriter #MediumBlogger #ParentingBlog #ParentingTips #ParentingAdvice #MentalHealthAwareness #ADHDAwareness #Oppositional
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The “Gold Standard” for Autistic Children.

So many Autistic people explain how & why ABA is abusive & harmful, yet many professionals continue to push it.…

#ADHD #Autistic #ActuallyAutistic #Autism #Neurodivergent #Neurodiversity #Writers #WritersLift
I have heard this line so many times: “They told me ABA therapy was the ‘gold standard’ for Autism.”…

#WritingCommunity #WritersSupportingWriters #ADHDSupport #CelebrateNeurodiversity #AutismAwareness #AutismAcceptance #AutisticPride #AutisticPrideDay
Professionals need to explain exactly what they mean by that, because gold standard is subjective; it will mean different things to different people.

Successful supports (as opposed to "therapies") will mean different things to different people.

What does it mean to the CHILD?
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Writers: I just served as a reader for a manuscript contest. I read 119 CNF essays.
#WritingCommunity #Writers

Things I learned/advice:

1) Follow instructions—no identifiers. If you’re “known,” don’t name siblings or famous parents either, or your essay won’t be blinded. 1/n
2) Writing about people, dead or alive, remember they have privacy rights. If writing about medical or therapeutic relationships, HIPAA laws protect individuals for 50 yrs after death. So change the damn names, or say they’re pseudonyms. (Unless you have written consent) 2/n
3) Ask a friend to read your piece out loud back to you—the best way to catch awkward sentences or imprecise language. Lean on your writing friends to tell you when something is not clear. Careful with unusual or clever words: be clear! 3/n
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Dear #writers, #writingcommunity,

In your scenes with sex, how much of you, the person, is in the scene?

Do you know?

Let’s investigate.
This is what I hear from writers:

“They’ll think I do this.”

“I don’t know if I can write body parts.” ⏩Embarrassment

“I’ll skip sex and write it later.”

“What if I don’t get it right?”
Writing sex in your story is an art and a craft.

Like sex, it is a learned skill.
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AVAIL for staffing. I just wrapped up in a room as a staff writer. If you have LL one hour drama needs, I’M AVAIL. Now I’m gonna go into a thread about some of the things I’ve observed/learned/reinforced etc. This isn’t a “how to,” so take w/grain of salt. Hope it’s helpful.
The SR has to want to invest in you esp as LL. Of course, script has to be knockout to get the SR mtg & your persona has to be a fit BUT SR has to want you and invest in you and your growth. This sometimes can trump even a mediocre script etc if they believe in your voice.
Related to that if you’re like me where you did fwsp, asst, sold stuff and no dice. Know it’s not personal. You’re doing okay and if someone hasn’t told you you’re awesome, I am. Sometimes being qualified is a part of it. Now it’s a matter not of if but when. Hang in there.
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Hiring woes and writers: Why is it a struggle? [Mini 🧵🧵🧵]

Some #writers are genius #marketers.

They plug into a company and intuitively understand pain points better than the internal team.

This is what many people are trying to hire for.

The biggest problems I've seen 👇
1) A company gets a taste of really great copy/content from a writer who under-values their worth.

That person eventually leaves when they recognize that.

The company has calibrated its mental budget to an early star's insecure rates - struggles to find a replacement.

2) A lot of companies are sitting on Fiverr or Upwork.

Their writer hiring strategy?

Hope that they randomly draw a name of a talented, undervalued writer out of thousands, maybe millions, of people calling themselves "writers"

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#PodcastWriteup 6:- Ever thought of looking for rules to live a happier life. A set of rules which might be helpful in choosing from multiple paths in front of you. @SahilBloom shared these hacks in @jaltucher podcast…

#PodcastWriteup #IndianWriters #Life
(2/x) These hacks are referred as Razors which could be defined as rules of thumb that helps simplify decisions and drive better outcomes.

#Writers #Razors #IndianWriters #Life
(3/x) Occam's Razor:- Figure out the thing which matters instead of multiplying the unnecessary things and making it a complex.

From conspiracy perspective, if we have 2 paths, path which require least assumptions would be a truer path.

#PodcastWriteup #IndianWriters #Writers
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A #journey to unknown! 🥰✌️

Nobody can help you out
It's only you, who can help yourself
To stay up, to stay motivated, to not fall, and to get up stronger even if you fall
You're the only one to lift yourself up
You're the only one to wipe your tears
As only you know what you're going through
Believe me
It's a journey to make you stronger and better
To help you cross bigger obstacles in future
These things won't even matter few years from now
But for now it does, and I understand the pain
But nobody else will, feel the same as you do
So only you can cure it
By putting a smile on your face
And getting back on track with more /confidence and determination
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If you #freelance, in general, they can do what they want with your work. They own it. They can edit as they like. If there is no “no edit” or “pre-approval” clause, forget it.

This is the price you pay to play with properties like #SpiderMan, #StarWars, or #DungeonsandDragons.
Freelance #writers and #artists expecting to have input and editorial clout—to really shape an entire product from soup to nuts, to have final say over nearly anything: don’t bother freelancing.

It’s not for you.
Next up, if you’re out to create something amazing, I can almost guarantee that it only comes along in vast, company driven group project once in a blue moon, and only then randomly, because stars align or something and the people click.
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So, I got into a LONG!!! talk with a reader/friend of mine about the world of publishing. Now, I'm not an expert, but staring down the release of my 6th book (holy shit, 6th?!), I have to reflect on a few realities of publication & open a dialogue with the #WritingCommunity
A bit of background: I've been writing since 2006. I self-pub'd my first book in 2009, and continued with self-pub ever since. This was just before self-publication became vogue. And it was a conscious choice - and it was also how I learned what I know. The hard way.

My friend said, "Getting an agent is like winning the lottery". This isn't wrong.
I tried to query, and was shot down every. single. time.
This isn't unusual. In fact, every #writer know that when you're #querying, this is par for the course.
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6. வீடும் தோட்டமும்

‘எழுத்தாளர்களில் இரண்டு வகை’ என்கிறார் அமெரிக்க நாவலாசிரியர் ஜார்ஜ் R. R. மார்ட்டின், ‘சிலர் வீடு கட்டுகிறார்கள்; வேறு சிலர் தோட்டம் போடுகிறார்கள்.’ |1
வீடு கட்டுகிற ஒருவருக்கு அந்த வீட்டைப்பற்றி எல்லாம் முன்கூட்டியே தெரிந்திருக்கும்: அறைகள், கூரை, மின் இணைப்புகள், குழாய்கள் என்று அனைத்தையும் கச்சிதமாகத் திட்டமிட்டுவிட்டுதான் அவர் கட்டத் தொடங்குகிறார். |2
தோட்டம் போடுகிறர் அப்படியில்லை. தரையில் ஒரு விதையை ஊன்றித் தண்ணீர் ஊற்றுகிறார். அது என்ன விதை என்று அவருக்குத் தெரியும், ஆனால், அதிலிருந்து வரப்போகும் செடி இப்படிதான் இருக்கும் என்று அவருக்குக் கச்சிதமாகத் தெரியாது, செடி வளர வளர அதைத் தெரிந்துகொள்கிறார். |3
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5. தேநீர்ப் பிரியர்

எழுத்தாளர் ஜார்ஜ் ஆர்வெலுக்குத் தேநீர் என்றால் மிகவும் பிடிக்கும். அதுவும் குறிப்பாக, இந்தியா, இலங்கை நாடுகளைச் சேர்ந்த தேநீர் என்றால் அவ்வளவு பிடிக்கும்! |1
ஆனால், தேநீரில் சர்க்கரை போடுவது அவருக்குப் பிடிக்காது. ‘நீங்கள் உண்மையான தேநீர்ப் பிரியராக இருந்தால், தேநீரில் சர்க்கரையைப் போட்டு அதன் உண்மையான சுவையைக் கெடுக்காதீர்கள்’ என்று எழுதியிருக்கிறார் அவர். |2
‘யாராவது தேநீரில் மிளகுத்தூளைப் போடுவார்களா? உப்பைச் சேர்ப்பார்களா? சர்க்கரையும் அப்படிதான். தேநீர் என்பது கொஞ்சம் கசப்பாகதான் இருக்கவேண்டும், சர்க்கரை சேர்த்து அதை இனிப்பாகிவிட்டீர்களென்றால் நீங்கள் குடிப்பது தேநீரே இல்லை, வெறும் சர்க்கரைக் கரைசல்!’ |3
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Finding #writing opportunities and development jobs has never been easy. So, I’m starting this thread of jobs & script calls out in the hopes it helps level the playing field and may open doors for everyone.

#writingcommunity #scriptchat #writers
First up, the BBC has several script editor & story roles going on Eastenders. More info available here:
The @MotherTongues Award opens on 1st Nov. They’re offering a £10k development for films set in the UK, and a different language. Run by @ShudderFilms, @ManonArdisson & @ColdAsIceCream – three of the most exciting UK indie film producers. Deets at:
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Every era has its prisoners.

Ours, the children in poverty, like caged Canaries
and Coal Miners.

The news last week refreshed the betrayal of poverty hanging over the lives of so many.

Including my own memories from my early teens.


When I can’t place those inchoate feelings, I open my kitchen cupboards.

I witness some effects of hoarding tin cans like tiny soldiers.

Standing straight and facing forward.

A sigh of relief.

This story belongs to many.


Warping back to those bare walls in a soup kitchen, lifeless conversations, long stares and whispers.

It’s not homelessness, but it’s not comfortable living.

You live penny to penny with half-a-foot outside your door.


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What I Tell My Writer Friends

1. Don’t send your book to people for free, especially trying to show them you’re good. They won’t read it. And often, they don’t deserve it.

2. Don’t rely on another writer to promote your books. Rely on your content and the audience you’re creating it for. If writers choose to promote you however, it’s also good.

3. Don’t give your manuscript to editors who’re not as good as you, or probably better than you but unfamiliar with your style. They’ll try to rewrite you and then ruin your voice. Some people’s books get boring bcs of their editors. Know the kind of editor that is right for you.
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Not so long after #ASuitableBoy came out I first met #VikramSeth autographing copies at #Blackwells at #Oxford. When my turn came he asked where I was from. I told him. He warmed up - he was already fairly jovial with those present - & told me how he learnt Urdu for the novel 1/
that he loved Urdu poetry & wished to visit Pakistan. He wrote a couple of sentences in Urdu on my copy. Turned out he was an alumnus of #corpuschristi which I was attending & which had recently made him Honorary Fellow. I asked him for an interview which he very graciously 2/
agreed to. A few days later we sat in the heavenly back lawn of our College. Libas Magazine carried it in the summer of ‘94. I met him a few times thereafter as well - we invited him over for a reading & he invited me back for formal hall. A few times he hung out in the 3/
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1. Formatting book for e-version (pdf) from MS Word - advice is welcome from fellow #writers , @AcademicChatter or even kind #indie #publishers:
2. My book, to be published in a little more than a month, is now just a word docx. I have to format it myself although it has an ISBN and it is institution material.
3. I found a few MS Word templates for download, although I believe all I need to to is follow best formatting guidelines and format the final edited version.
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1/ Self publishing vs other options.

Let's get one thing out of the way.

You should publish once with a mainstream publisher. Get it out of the system. You should sell a title on Amazon. Make it to your genre, subject top 10 list. Even hit the numero uno spot for a day.
2/ But once you are done, you are done.

It doesn't matter who your publisher, distributor or book seller is. In the end you, the author, sells the book.

You create the hype, you generate the traffic, you direct the buyers.

Amazon doesn't get people to your book, you do
3/ So if you are writing the book, editing it, marketing it, promoting it, how much of the book proceeds do you get?

Do you get to talk or see or engage with your customers? Do you even know who they are?

With main stream publishing, no. There is no data, real time or otherwise
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1/ So what did we learn from #launch week

Doesn't matter how hard you have prepped and worked, things will go wrong. Things that you didn't even anticipate or expect.

When that happens, focus on the things you can control and fix. Don't have a melt down. It will get sorted.
2/ The run up to launch week. Give yourself time.

Started thinking about the launch in Dec. Got shot down due to work and Covid-19. Restarted again in April. Locked down July date in first week of June.

Seems like a lot but you will need the time. There is lots to do.
3/ Get the #book out in front of #reviewers.

Early. Like real early. Like 8 to ten weeks early. Listen to their feedback and comments.

Unlike a #publisher, in self #publishing mode, you can change stuff all the way to launch. Try not to do that.

Lock a version down early.
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1/ Launch check list.

Just wanted to take a minute to thank everyone.

Thank you for getting word out & for your preorders for #FounderPuzzles

We crossed our first big milestone yesterday. 105 orders

A thread on the path for that journey, if you plan to follow it one day.
2/ Book launch check list.

Nov 2019 is when we first thought of shipping the book. It had been a work in progress for 4 years.

Prior book launches had taught me the importance of pre-orders.

Step one. Plan to open pre-orders a month before the book will be ready for launch
3/ Enough content to feed you for a month.

Opening up pre-orders isn't enough.

You have to create interest in the book and keep it out there for everyone to see.

Can't be same content shared again and again. Has to be fresh and relevant.

You also have to mix mediums.
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1/ An author interested in selling digital books/media, which social platform should you focus on?

What performance metrics should you track? How do you go about measuring them? A thread

#authors #writing
2/ Recently introduced to @dvassallo + @david_perell
Both exceedingly generous and open with their advice and models.

I am based in Pakistan with a #desi network. I wondered if their models would work and scale on the other side of the planet.
3/ For my digital book pre-orders launch campaign this week I designed a simple experiment

Put up a @Bitly link for pre-orders.
Launched organic campaign posts on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter at the same time.
Collated results at the end of 4 days.

Here is what I learnt
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Hi #Writers!

A few people have DMed me recently to ask how I always get so much engagement on my posts, so I decided to share some helpful tips for boosting yours.

(A thread)
1. This is the most obvious one. Engage! Comment on other people's posts. When you do, this actually helps your own posts show up at the top of their feed.

Also, reply to people who comment on your posts. Don't just "like" their answers, actually talk to them.
2. Don't just talk about yourself. WIP updates & facts about your life are fantastic, but you need balance.

Writers LOVE talking about their stories and characters, so ask questions about them. The more interest you show in their work, the more interest they will show in yours.
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