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Let's talk about Twitter Bios for writers/screenwriters/creators. Two groups of awesome individuals jumped on video chats this week to workshop their bios, and here's the collective knowledge. (1/?)
Right now, our bios are basically our introductions. With everything going virtual, this is how we're meeting people. They need to be professional and specific.

Other ways to think about them are as a virtual business card or a logline for who you are and what you do. (2/?)
Your photo is important. We want to be able to recognize you when we're all able to be in the same room again. (And take advantage of your banner space, too. Don't let it just be a grey box.)

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1/15 Thread about EDITS.✏️As someone on both sides of the publishing fence I wanted to talk a bit about the editing process + how to deal with it. Having your book edited can be terrifying - after all, it’s something you’ve worked on for ages + now it’s in someone else’s control!
2/15 Of course that feels weird. AIM: the aim of edits is to make your book better + to ensure it appeals to as many readers as possible. Often, as the author you’ve spent so long working on your ms that you naturally become a bit blind to it + so another pair of eyes is crucial.
3/15 One thing to keep in mind throughout is that you + your publisher have the SAME goal - to sell books + reach readers. We’re all on the same side! ATTITUDE: when you receive big edits on your ms, the temptation is to read them all at once, panic + respond with a knee-jerk
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1/ WARNING: POSSIBLE TRIGGER LANGUAGE, EVENTS or SITUATIONS
Read sad story last night about Dr. Bucci, 50 year old Phychology & Brain Sciences Dept. Chairman, at Dartmouth that committed #Suicide 11 months after a lawsuit was filed by graduate #students in his department. He
2/ was NOT accused of sexual misconduct, but named in the suit for knowing about the professors’ inappropriate behavior as the Chair.I share many of the same feelings he expressed to friends and colleagues in his emails before he took his own life like: the case was deeply
3/ personal; reputation had been damaged; physical health diminished; false portrayal of his actions; being blamed unfairly; allegations & process “unfair”; how can they ever undo what they did to me & #wronglyaccused. Similarly, how I had reported the #disability
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As a former book marketing and publicity professional, I have some thoughts. Thread below. #WritingCommunity
Firstly, and I've said this many times, but the #WritingCommunity is not your audience. HOWEVER, look to your fellow community members who have published successfully in your genre and see who's following them. Study their timelines to see how to get the same following. 2/
If you write #kidlit: mommy bloggers. Get your book into their hands. Most bloggers prefer physical copies, so be prepared for that. Try starting a parenting blog of your own, or a review blog of kids' content (books, movies, TV).
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(1) Alright #WritingCommunity after moving to LA at 19 & spending 13 yrs banging on doors, 2019 marks my 1st full year as a working writer! 😭🙌🏼🎉 I celebrated, I cried, I learned a TON! A few of this year’s highs included selling my 1st pitch, optioning 2 pilots...
(2) writing 6 eps of a series currently shooting, writing my 1st feature n yrs & attaching 2 badass producers, completing 3 OWAs, writing my favorite pilot yet & closing a deal to develop, produce & write a show based on a popular book series. Woohoo! In the midst of all this...
(3) We had a beautiful baby girl born 2 months premature. I spent weeks n the NICU writing on my phone, bouncing between praying & plotting, celebrating & crying. At times it felt like every high came with a corresponding low. This rollercoaster continued throughout the year...
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Okay #WritingCommunity, I'm going to tell you a story and then we're going to talk about Novel In A Year.

This is the story of how suspenders, puddles, and bad writing advice got me to today where I am SUPER excited about helping you finish and publish your book.
We're gonna start with me as a little boy in very white, very affluent NJ. I was a small sick little kid with a ton of health issues, so going outside was always dicey. My mom worried a lot. I remember being told to avoid puddles.
I loved puddles. I loved splashing in them. I loved looking into them. I loved walking right through them. You could tell me there were puddles and rather than avoid them, I was drawn to them. (This is mostly still true today)
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1/ I love Anne Rice's advice: go where the pain is. In her words: “Writers write about what obsesses them. I lost my mother when I was 14. My daughter died at the age of 6. I lost my faith as a Catholic. When I'm writing, the darkness is always there. I go where the pain is.”
2/ I know a lot of writers tap into their own pain, fear, and anxiety when they write. It's often their own therapy. The nuggets and gems they draw from that often end up in their characters and story arc.
If those things are taking up space in your head, you may as well explore them and use them. Make them pay rent. It fits with Ray Bradbury's advice: When you write, don’t think. You must feel. Do your thinking elsewhere.
#writingtip #writingcommunity
& crisistextline.org
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1/ Writing tip from real brain science. Your brain releases wild amounts of dopamine during the anticipation of something, more than when the actual something occurs. That's why the build-up to Christmas and the unwrapping of gifts is often more satisfying than the actual gifts.
2/ How's that translate to fiction? Hitchcock was on to this long ago: “There is no terror in the bang,” he said, “only in the anticipation of it.” So, don't surprise the reader with the bomb exploding. You'll get some shock value, but you'll lose the dopamine effect.
3/ Let your reader/audience SEE the bomb under the table before it explodes. Let the dopamine run wild. Make them terrified to turn the page. Make them put your book down! They'll love you for it.
#writingtip #writingcommunity
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#WritingCommunity #shortstory #RemembranceDay2019
The man shook his tin at me and said "Care to buy a poppy?"
I went in my pockets and said "Sorry, I've nothing to give."
He frowned at me and said "They died for your freedom, you know."
"What freedom is that?" I ask.
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#WritingCommunity #shortstory #RemembranceDay2019
"Is it the freedom to choose what cheap, unhealthy food I shorten my lifespan with? Maybe the freedom to decide which companies I allow to bully me into debt and poverty?"
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#WritingCommunity #shortstory #RemembranceDay2019
"I've got it" I say. "It's the freedom to decide which landlord will issue me an eviction notice. Maybe then I'll be truly free; free to decide which doorway to cry myself to sleep under."
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How I got my agent, a thread for the #writingcommunity

2005: Creating Great Customer Experiences, a how-to book. Did my homework, wrote a great proposal, researched agents. I pitched agents and small publishers directly. I got 24 (25?) thanks-but-no-thanks letters.
Some were boilerplate, others included a small, encouraging scrawl. Most common no: “we already have 1 (2, 3) customer SERVICE books on our list, we can’t sell another.” Even though my book was about analyzing the customer EXPERIENCE. #writingcommunity
A niche publisher in my field said he’d be interested in the book if I would re-write it for museums. I went back to the concept and realized I could tweak it to focus on museums, zoos, gardens, and libraries. #writingcommunity
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So here's another thread. This one is on reviews and readers - but it's not going to be preachy. It's more just a cautionary tale about the long-term effects of reviews and fake praise. #WritingCommunity
You see recently an author got a two-star review and attacked a reader. The author whined about it to other authors and that "trolls" were giving her lower ratings. As a result some in the #writingcommunity started giving her fake 5 star ratings. THIS. DOES. NOT. HELP. Why?
Because it leads to a rather incestuous relationship among authors in a small writing community. They rate each others books 5 stars but guess who's not rating them?
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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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Hi, #WritingCommunity ❤️ It's no secret I'm 100% here for the frivolity, but... people keep asking how I got an agent. I'm no expert, but I'm well acquainted w/ how soul-sucking the querying process is, so I'll toss some tips out there in case it's helpful to anyone. 1/
I started w/ this list of agencies literaryagencies.com/list-of-litera…. Then I went to an agency's website and looked at each agent's bio, determining who would be my best match. Once I picked someone, I searched them on manuscriptwishlist.com to get a more thorough idea of their interests.
Once I found 5-7 agents, I sent out a batch of queries. I worked on new projects while I waited. It felt like each project got better. (I know that's not feasible for everyone. Just saying my process.) The first book got zero requests. But, by the time I'd waited my 3 months, I
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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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Hey I'm back! And it's time for another thread! This time we'll be talking about DNF reviews. I think I'll use an analogy in the form of yogurt. Are you ready? Let's begin. #WritingCommunity
I've seen many authors complain that if a reader did not finish a book, they have no right to complain about it. These authors say that because the reader didn't read it ALL the way through, their review means diddley squat. To that I say "HORSE HOCKEY"!
For example, I like yogurt, but not all kinds - so I try new brands to see if I like them. Let's say I bought a new brand and I took a bite and it was gross. Maybe I'd try a second bite just to be sure...
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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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Okay so this is a thing I’ve wanted to say for a bit, but after several friends experiences similar things in the past few weeks, I have to say something bc the publshing industry being what it is, querying writers just can’t complain on here. So here I am with a #querytip.
When you’re querying, I always advise to reach out to authors who are currently AND formerly represented by an agent who has your full and maybe has expressed more interest than that. They’ve given a R&R or emails multiple times to update you as they’re reading. Why?
Because you can follow an agent and their career for years and still have no idea what it’s like to work with them. OBVIOUSLY, you take what you hear from current and former clients with a grain of salt and make your own judgments based on your interactions...but
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Long-ass SPOILER-FILLED Game of Thrones thread on why Episode 805 is brilliant:

#GameofThrones #HBO #WritingCommunity
First, I agree with most of the criticism about Season 8. People are pissed and they have a right to be. GRRM’s flair for dialogue is missing, the pacing is breakneck and dizzying.
Why is Cersei just staring out a window all season? Euron’s fleet is just, like, hiding there and he shoots the dragon several times perfectly? So the Night King just dies and… that’s it?
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There’s a big reason I’m worried about tonight’s episode of Game of Thrones: the dynamics of gender and political power. /1

#GameofThrones #GoT #WritingCommunity
Even though the show has been foreshadowing Daenerys’ villainous turn since season one, the pacing and colliding character arcs are in danger of turning a dramatically interesting twist into one heck of a sexist letdown. /2
Imagine one way the show might end. Cersei and Dany unleash (further) horrors on King’s Landing, vying for the title of Mad Queen as much as the Iron Throne itself. For the sake of the realm, one or maybe even both are killed by their male lovers. /3
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Gah, I'm sorry guys, here's another thread. But this one isn't just about the #writingcommunity, it's for ALL people who are lucky enough to make a living doing their art. It's a simple message...
Be grateful. Be grateful to the people who pay for your stuff, support your stuff, love your stuff, read, or watch, or own or admire your stuff. Treat them like the Kings and Queens that they are because...
We are learning this week from authors behaving badly, actresses behaving badly and others that no matter how much people love your stuff, your inability to be grateful results in...
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A "Practice What You Preach" thread. Recently I had a short story featured in an anthology and the first rating it got was two stars. Yes, no review, just a two-star rating by an avatar-less reader on Goodreads. And do you know what I did? #WritingCommunity
And would you like to know why? Of course you do. It's because the person found the anthology, decided to read it, rated it and that is so freakin' cool! The rating wasn't good but does it have to be a good rating in order to be valid?
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Want to know why Game of Thrones *feels* so different now? I think I can explain. Without spoilers. /1

#GameofThrones #GoT #WritingCommunity
It has to do with the behind-the-scenes process of plotters vs. pantsers. If you’re not familiar with the distinction, plotters create a fairly detailed outline before they commit a single word to the page. /2
Pantsers discover the story as they write it, often treating the first draft like one big elaborate outline. Neither approach is ‘right’ - it’s just a way to characterize the writing process. But the two approaches do tend to have different advantages. /3
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YEP! New thread time. Today is a good day to talk about doxxing and harassing. So in conclusion: Don't do it. Thanks for coming to my Ted Talk.
Okay wait there's more... #WritingCommunity #AmWriting
Let me tell you a story. You see, several of the people I'm Twitter friends with have been consistently harassed, doxxed and yes even threatened by others on Twitter. It's a long story as to how it started, but it kept on going...
Troll accounts were set up to specifically target these individuals. The troll tweets included posting real names, partner names. even going after their children. To a lesser degree, I was harassed as well with this "not so clever" twist on my account and name:
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