Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Writing Tips from Twitter Folks (#WriteTip)

Twitterville encompasses this magical land where people from all walks of life can interact in an instantaneous medium. Aspiring authors can connect with agents and editors. Published authors can promote books and talk with fans. Industry insiders can give tips and advice. The good folks over at Author Media created a list of the top 44 hashtags for writers here. Today, I'd like to share with you some of the best advice I found on Twitter from hashtag #writetip and my responses to the tips.

      -  Tina's Take: You need so much patience in this industry, so this is great advice!

“A critic can only review the book he has read, not the one which the writer wrote.” Mignon McLaughlin
      - Tina's Take: With all of the negativity toward reviewers around the world wide web, this is one to take to heart.

If Cinderella's slipper fit perfectly, why did it fall off? Details in are important!   
      - Tina's Take: Details, details, details. The devil is in the details. If it doesn't add up, readers will notice.

If you insist on perfect grammar in dialogue, your character better be a monarch.
      -  Tina's Take: Stilted dialogue comes off stiff and uninteresting. Break it up. Contractions are your friend.

A page a day is a book a year. RICHARD RHODES
      -  Tina's Take: You've got to be in it to win it. Commit to writing and you'll write more than you think you can.

  The more you write, the better you become? True, but write differently to avoid making the same mistakes forever.
      -  Tina's Take: My Sensei often says, "Practice doesn't make perfect. Practice makes permanent". True words. Growth with practice is the key.

"I wish craziness, foolishness and madness upon you. May you live with hysteria and out of it make fine stories." ~ Ray Bradbury
      -  Tina's Take: Oh Mr. Bradbury, how the world misses you.
Until next time, remember all advice is worth reading, but not all is worth following. Do what works best for you, ignore the rest. Happy writing and reading!


  1. I *love* this post, Tina. Thanks for making me smile today and move beyond the worry of too many deadlines, both literal and self-imposed.

    And, yeah, I miss Ray Bradbury too.


    1. Thanks for stopping by Denise. And very glad I could make you smile. Those deadlines can be a killer. Don't let them get the best of you.

  2. I love your advice at the end, perfect! And thanks for the great tweets. I missed a lot of these!

  3. Great compilation of writing tweets, Tina! And you are so right - we've gotta do what works best for us and forget the rest! :)