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We're coming up on #RogueMentor announcements, & I'm going to take a moment to share some writing tips I've gathered after mentoring in 3 different programs. None of these are subtweets of any particular MS, just general issues I see over and over again. #WritingCommunity (1/12)
Use fewer questions in your interiority. Statements are usually stronger; check to see how many of your internal questions can be rewritten as statements and you'll probably find a *lot* that can. #writingtips (2/12)
Don't say, "The view was indescribable." You are a writer. Describe it. #writingtips (3/12)
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In the past 6 weeks, I have read over 2000 pages and provided over 100 pages of feedback on pilots, features & shorts.

Within the writing itself, here are the 9 most common issues I saw -

#screenwriting #screenwriter #writing #writingtips #WritingCommunity #screenplay #teleplay

Looks, walks, laughs, smiles, enters, exits, leaves - these are all bland verbs that don’t tell us anything about the character.

Instead, use: glances, peers, strides, ambles, giggles, cackles etc

#screenwriter #WritingCommunity #screenwriting

If you set your plot, stakes, antag & protag up well in the logline, don’t spend most of the narrative to get to that point

It feels like a bait and switch and will make people put it down

#screenwriting #writing #logline #screenwriter
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As an editor who's also a writer, I know how overwhelming it can be to receive edits. If you're not sure where to start, here's a method that works for me (it's what I'm doing now!). 🧵 #AmEditing #WritingTips

1. Start with the easy yeses. You agree and it's a quick fix? Do it.
2. Move on to the easy nos. Reject changes/delete comments where you know 100% that the suggestion isn't the right fit. Tread carefully here—don't make rash decisions in the emotional first moments after reading through edits. Take time to simmer and process. 2/
3. Continue to the complicated yeses. These are the ideas that you like, but that will take more time to ponder, or more complicated rewrites to incorporate.

4. Finish up with the complicated nos. Revisit any criticism you were unsure about and see how you feel about it now. 3/
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The anxiety-intractable pain feedback mechanism is the worst,

You get anxiety, increases pain, which increases anxiety,

It makes trying to get, well, anything done that much more difficult
I don't tend to get writer's block,
I get ideas for writing fine,

it's more a problem of a pain block

If any of you have ideas on how to more easily overcome that difficulty I'd be happy to hear it #chronicpain #writing #WritingCommunity #writingtips #journalism
There was a certain scientist I respect that said the priority of pain care is to elevate function,

Which I think is good, but more often than not, pain severely impairs my ability to function & I'm not sure how you delineate the two sides of chronic pain
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A Writer’s Thanksgiving. Ten things writers are (or should be) grateful for.

No. 1: The em dash. But don’t abuse it.

#writingtips #Thanksgiving
A Writer’s Thanksgiving, No. 2: The English language’s abundance of robust verbs (and the occasional adverb). Use them wisely.
A Writer’s Thanksgiving, No. 3: Copy editors.
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Hopefully my suggestions help #PhD students and others working on the Discussion section of scientific manuscripts. Happy writing!

#AcademicTwitter #writingtips #WritingHacks #gradschool #phdchat @AcademicChatter Image
I'm so glad people found this helpful! 🙂

Follow me for more tips in the coming weeks on scientific presentations, grant writing, and more 👍
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Some clients literally gasp when I tell them book proposals can be 100 pages (double spaced). Some #writingtips on the sample material.
✔️Make it good. Seems obvious but don't expect to polish the sample later. Polish it into a jewel now.
✔️The start and end of your sample doesn't have to coincide w/ actual chapters in the final ms. More imp to showcase your best stuff.
✔️# of chapters isn't as imp as # of words. If short chapters, include more.
✔️Don't include entire ms unless requested.
✔️Craft the reading experience of the sample. Does it have an arc? Will editors feel satisfaction from reading it?
✔️The goal of the sample is to leave them wanting more.
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Want to improve your academic writing?

Here are 5 tweets full of excellent writing tips.

Because it’s about time I start sharing all the great tweets I bookmark. @AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter
1. This tweet received MANY replies from incredible scholars. You will certainly find writing advice here that resonates with you. Thank you, Dr. Hart!

2. Seek feedback on your writing. The more you seek feedback, the less awkward it will feel to do so. Thank you, @ithinkwellHugh!
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Learning How To Write Novels

Arguably, writing is a skill, but the quality of what you write will depend on ability (and persistence).

A Thread..
Many writers will tell you that going on creative writing courses will help. I started without any formal training, and perhaps it shows in my work. I assume that you are not using novel writing software to create your masterpiece
Here are some hints to help you make a start writing books.

1. Understand Your Genre

Read widely - you need to know the competition, particularly the top selling authors. This is a great start to learning how to write novels, because you see what sells.
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Alright fam. It's Thursday, and it's time for another #RevPit thread. On the back of yesterday's #10queries , I think it's time to discuss the query itself #amquerying #writingtips (1
You have 4 seconds. That's about the length of time to read a text message. In those 4 seconds, you need to hook the agent. Why? I timed myself reading subs for #Revpit to get the calculation right. It took, on average, 10 minutes for me to read the query, then pages (2
That's 17 hours to read 100 subs. Agents can receive on avg 50-100 queries PER DAY. Think about that. The query should take time to write and perfect. It's the single most important document you'll ever compose when it comes to trying to sell an agent on the idea of your mss (3
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I am looking for some good CHEMISTRY WRITING exercises to use with my research group. e.g. re-writing sentences and paragraphs etc. Any suggestions? Thread below is the writing resources I use. 1/10 #AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter #writingtips #ozchem #chemistry #publishing
Whitesides' priceless tips is always a great place to start. 2/10…
The Science of Scientific Writing by George Gopen and Judith Swan. 3/10…
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I’m about to start writing, but I wanted to share a bit about story structure, beyond just the three or five act structure — how you can find structure in other places and BLEND them into your three or five act build.

So let’s get it on... #writingtips
So we all know 3 act structure. I work in a 5 act structure but that’s essentially the same, just broken down a bit further. That’s a common (and necessary?) approach to story structure for your overall work. There’s also...
...the concept of making sure EACH SCENE has its own three or five act structure. Rising conflict. A midpoint. Peak conflict/darkest moment and some kind of resolution (but minor resolution because it’s part of the whole). So there’s that bit, but also...
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I've got to head back into the Hill-Cave to finish up this screenplay, but I wanted to mention something called a "character pass" (at least that's what I call it) and how it can help your writing, especially your rewriting. #writingtips
So you've written your first draft, hit all the scenes from your outline and the story is basically there -- but it's not yet "popping."

That's when I do a CHARACTER PASS. And what's that?
That's when I go through the script but I only look at it through the point of view of ONE CHARACTER at a time.

I look for unique ways to rewrite dialogue, character reactions, kind of make the scenes "real" in my mind from ONE CHARACTER'S POINT OF VIEW.

Usually I --
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A few weeks ago I was asked to expand on 'telling' emotions in prose, vs 'showing' emotion through Deep POV. Buckle up, buttercups. This could be a long thread #writingtip #writingtips #writingcommunity (1.
Telling emotion in prose: He was angry
Showing emotion in prose: An angry flush stained his cheeks and he balled his fists.

In the 2nd example, we name the emotion, but also show the reader what it looks like. This is one way to show vs tell when it comes to emotion (2.
Telling emotion in prose: He was angry
Showing emotion in prose: He flexed his hands, balling them into fists as a crimson flush stormed up his neck.

In the 2nd example, we use angry/ready-for-battle language (stormed) instead of naming the emotion, but understand he's angry (3.
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The writing component of the IELTS exam is designed to assess how you “write a response appropriately, organise ideas and use a range of vocabulary and grammar accurately. It comprises two tasks and candidates have 60 minutes to answer them".
Candidates usually dread the writing test, which is an understandable feeling because writing isn’t something you can self-study and any progress can only be marked by a teacher.
For those who aren’t confident with their English abilities, it can cause anxiety as this test demands precision in terms of grammar, vocabulary used and cohesiveness between sentences.
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"Omit needless words," say Strunk & White. But how do we know what's needless? To give us all another break from virus news, here are four #writingtips on finding needless words, best used while self-editing drafts. 1/6
1. Review prepositions. If you snip one (of, for, from, etc.) you likely take other words with it. Even cutting just one word makes copy tighter. "Tariffs barred dairy products from Canada" can become "Tariffs barred Canadian dairy products." 2/6
2. Review verbs. Changing passive voice to active voice generally shortens a sentence by about a third. So unless it messes up your meaning, turn "The man was devoured by the lion" into "The lion devoured the man." 3/6
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Harry Potter movies on TV all weekend brought to mind #writingtips from “Sorcerer’s Stone” about word order. The great writing coach Jim Hayes told me sentences should end with gusto. As Jim put it, “Put the best stuff at the end.” A key sentence in “Stone” does just that. 1/4
Near the end of the novel, Hagrid gives Harry a book of wizard photographs (remember, they move). J.K. Rowling describes what Harry sees: “Smiling and waving at him from every page were his mother and father.” It’s a moving passage—made me misty-eyed. Why? Word order. 2/4
That line packs a wallop because it ends with “mother and father.” What if she had written, “His mother and father smiled and waved at him from every page”? Stronger verb, but it’s not as powerful because it ends with “page.” Good self-editing habit: review sentence endings. 3/4
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Let's again set aside grim news for writing. I got a request for #writingtips on avoiding passive voice, so here's a full-proof method I learned in college. First, reminders. Passive voice: "The bill was passed by Congress." Active: "Congress passed the bill." 1/5
Turning passive to active is easy, so when writing your first draft DON'T WORRY about whether it's active or passive. Nail down your ideas and facts. That's the most important thing in writing--the meaning. 2/5
Next: highlight all forms of "to be," such as "is," "was," "were," etc. Circling words on a printout works well, but so does putting them in bold on your screen. Now the key step: rewrite the sentence eliminating the highlighted word. 3/5
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“These are facts that are important for every LDS woman to know. It’s amazing that these aren’t currently part of the legacy of what it means to be an LDS woman. Very few people know these facts.” — Neylan McBaine, co-founder and CEO of @BetterDays2020

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“We can be good stewards just by living gospel principles.” — Shannon Ellsworth with @LDSEarthSteward

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Dialogue should sound like everyday speech without it being boring like everyday speech. Every word should do double or triple duty in conveying character's traits, desires (what they want in scene) but without saying it outright. Dialogue needs to dance around the subject.
Dialogue must feel natural while being highly stylized. It should be nuanced/subtle but chock full of meaning.

The best dialogue is conversational and yet carries characters and plot forward in a powerful current--so it must be objectively goals-based (what the character wants)
& must be subjectively artistically rendered--not simply be on the nose.

Good dialogue is going to be words you can IMAGINE people saying in real life if they were always their best versions of themselves.
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For my #WordRace today I started a Post-it plan of my novel so far. Because so many people are home and maybe working on a creative project or finding it hard to concentrate, I’ll share my famous* Post-it planning method! #AmWriting #WritingTips (Thread) 1/

I do this at all stages of my novel, both drafting & editing, for different purposes. Today I’m at ~70k words in my first draft and I need to plan my ending. I want it to be satisfying & relevant to the rest of my book. But I started writing back in August! I can’t remember. 2/
I don’t want to go back and read the whole thing; I’d start fiddling and editing and changing and that’s not what I need to do right now. What I need is an overview of what happens, the important events & characters & themes, so I can use that knowledge to plan the rest. 3/
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Woke up so ready to get back to writing! I’m definitively finishing this sub-section today, but I would be thrilled to make major progress into the next sub-section too. Knowing how long this main body section (with 3 sub-sections) will be helps figure out the shape of the rest.
Current shape of the chapter is a beefy intro, a big body section with 3 sub-sections & then either a smaller section then a conclusion, or I move the ideas for that smaller section into the book conclusion & go straight into the chapter conclusion when I finish this section.
A lot of folks who have read my first book, #BodymindsReimagined, have commented on how clearly organized/presented the writing & argument is in it. That’s meaningful to me bc I spend A LOT of time working on chapter structure. The order & style of presenting an argument matters!
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Coincidence - your readers accept that one big coincidence that's part of your story's premise. Your protagonist just happened to be at Location X when Antagonist Y did Event Z.

Okay, cool.

That gets things rolling. That's why you have a story. But other coincidences that you MUST have to make your story work, those will annoy the hell out of your readers.

"Oh, Iron Man needs to repair his suit. The first building he checks has a fully equipped garage!"

"Oh, there just happened to be a steel-cutting saw in a kitchen drawer."

"Oh, she just happened to overhear a vitally important conversation."

"Oh, he just happened to have a friend that can hack into FBI computers."

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It's been 3 years since my first blog. I remember how terrified I was to hit "publish" on my first #blog post. Unleashing my words into the worldwide web was a scary thought. What if people hated my writing? Or worse, what if the article had mistakes? (1/5) #writingtips #SciComm
Importantly, this was supposed to be my first step towards transitioning into a career in #sciencewriting- a field that was a complete black box to my family and friends. Needless to say, everyone, including myself, was skeptical. (2/5)
Anyways, I tried, and learned 2 things over the years. 1) My writing didn't (positively or negatively) break the internet. At it's best and worst, readers moved on with their lives. (3/5)
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