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10 Tips for Jumpstarting Your Writing

Writing can be daunting, whether it's an academic paper or a blog post. Here are some tips to help you jump-start and sustain your writing process.

🎯 Define Your Goal: Before you start writing, clearly define what you hope to accomplish with your piece. This gives you a clear direction and makes the writing process less overwhelming,
🗺️ Create an Outline: An outline is a roadmap for your writing. It helps you organize your thoughts, stay focused on your main points, and ensures you don't leave out any important information.
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What makes a well-written book?📚

Check out the following #writing tips.

Suggestions from editors at McGill-Queen’s University Press (@McGillQueensUP), University of British Columbia Press (@UBCPress) & University of Toronto Press (@utpress).

Hope this is helpful! Thread: 🧵👇
1/ Write clearly! Read Strunk and White’s Elements of Style, and follow that advice. Discussing complicated ideas does not necessarily mean complicated writing. (Randy Schmidt, @randyubcp) #ElementsofStyle
2/ Look at books you cite often and are inspired by as a model. Keep your audience firmly in mind and write to that audience. Stick to the core objective. Resist incorporating material that, while interesting, detracts from that primary aim. (Dan Quinlan, @utpress) #focus
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#Writing #Headlines For #Copywriting That Grab #Attention: Tips for #Crafting Headlines That Stand Out Image
1. Your headline is the first impression you make on your audience. To grab attention, make sure it's specific and relevant to your audience's needs or interests. #headline #writingtips
2. Keep your headline short and sweet. Aim for 6-8 words to ensure it's easy to read and digest. #headline #writingtips
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This is a good time to talk out a habitual weakness I think has harmed fiction and especially the fantasy genre as a whole.
The “hero” who is just kind of along for the ride rather than an active participant in his own story. 1
The setup of fantasy-adventures simply lends itself better to inborn specialness and outside forces conspiring to compel the main character along with no agency or real action of their own. 2
It’s that latter part that’s the issue. Nothing wrong with a character suddenly being thrust into adventure. It’s what they do that’s the real problem.
But it’s a heck of a lot harder to have this setup in a western, thriller, etc. 3
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📢TEN TIPS to help you find your voice as a writer📢

1. Discovering your writing voice takes time and practice. Don't be afraid to experiment and try new things.

#writingtips #WritingCommunity #creativity
2. Read widely and often to find inspiration for your own writing style. Never copy someone else's style, but learn from other writers to figure out what you like.

#amreading #writingvoice #writerslife
3. Tailor your voice to what you're writing. A contemporary thriller written as ancient Greek sophist probably won't work. But there are no rules and you never know until you try...

#writingcommunity #creativity #voice
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CREATING CHARACTERS - Ten tips for writers who want great characters.

1. Characters are the heart of your story. Take time to get to know them as if they were real people. Where did they come from? What motivates them? What do they want? What do they need?

2. Make your characters memorable and different. You can do this by giving your character a distinctive:
*speech pattern

#amwriting #authors
3. How many perfect people do you know? Don't be afraid to make your characters flawed. Perfection can be dull. Give your characters imperfections that make them relatable and interesting.

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1. Write what you know. Reach into your past for inspiration. Use personal experiences and emotions to create relatable characters and compelling storylines.

#writingtips #ideas #creativity #WritingCommunity
2. Explore your passions and interests to find inspiration for your novel. Think badminton is run of the mill? Think again. Your local sports club might contain someone who inspires the hero or villain of your next book. #writingtips #creativity
3. Observe the world around you – read the news, trawl the Internet, pay attention to the stories unfolding before you. Scratch beneath the surface and try to figure out how and why things happen, and why people respond in certain ways. #writingtips #ideas
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1. Writing a novel starts with a great idea. Jot down your passions and experiences for inspiration. Read the news, conspiracy websites, chat forums, try new things, meet new people, delve into unusual corners of life.

#writingtips #novelwriting
2. Research is key to writing a captivating and believable story. Understand your characters, setting and world. You don't have to be a pilot, but find out how a pilot might react in a given situation. Research is also a great chance to meet new people.

#research #writingadvice
3. Try to write regularly. Set a realistic daily or weekly goal and stick to it.Consistency is key. 500 words per day will give you a first draft in 150 to 250 days.

#writinghabits #novelwriting
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Are you a freelance writer struggling to find consistent work? I have something that'll change that for good!

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A few weeks ago, I received a notification from Upwork that really made me reflect on my progress. In my 3 years on Upwork, I've worked with 40+ clients from 6 continents, including a company with annual revenue of $693.5M. I've got a story to tell.
But as freelancers, we're never as gracious to ourselves as we are to others. In our bid to squeeze out new wine from ourselves, we subconsciously suppress our achievements, preventing people from learning from the hurdles we've crossed. To ourselves, we haven't done nothing!🤔
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1/ Get the perfect professional summary in under 30 seconds using ChatGPT. #chatgpt #languageprocessing #writingtips #professionalsummary #resume #cv #careeradvice #jobsearch
2/ Want to make a strong first impression with your resume? A professional summary can put you over the top. But crafting the perfect summary can be time-consuming. That's where AI comes in. #jobhunt #jobapplication #jobinterview #linkedin #jobseekers #careerdevelopment
3/ Here's how: Copy your resume, log in to ChatGPT, and give it the prompt to write a professional summary. Then paste your resume. In just a few seconds, ChatGPT will generate a personalized summary that highlights your skills and experience. #professionalsummary #resume #cv
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So you got an R&R? Revising is a bit like the “mise en place” that chefs do. Got to have the right ingredients and tools. Ten steps to finish that revision. A 🧵⬇️:
@Write4Research @writing_tips #writingtips #AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter #academics
1. Revise in a group setting. Try to block some time to be together in the same space with your co-authors.See Collins for the power of co-presence.
2. Plan your responses. Create a google docs where you paste the comments of the reviewers. Highlight the ones that will take most of your time. Ask your team to comment.
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100% growth in organic traffic each year since 2019 with the help of ONLY content - just one of the things the @socialpilot_co can be proud of.

How did we do it? 🤔

We follow a checklist ✅of 27 items before publishing any content on our blog.

Here's a #thread🧵👇

#1 Blog title must be under 60 characters.

Going for crisp, to-the-point titles is key here! Enough to make a point but not so long that gives too much away.

#blogging #content #Tips
#2 Blog titles must cover the primary keywords.

Goes without saying this is one of the most important parts of coming up with a creative title. There’s a reason they call it a ‘Key’word.

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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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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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Alrighty, folks. I'm still sick in bed, so it's time for another #RevPit #RevThread and today we'll tackle "Show, Don't Tell" (quit ur eye-rolling!)

For the purpose of today's thread, I'll be referring to it as SDT for short. Buckle up!

#writingcommunity #writetip #writingtips
Let's address a common misconception that gets people ALL kinds of riled up:

SDT is NOT about mundane description. I REPEAT: SDT is NOT about mundane description.

When you start describing the scene, and every little thing your character is doing...that's all "telling." #RevPit
Your faces right now:
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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).

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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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