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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Twitter Tip Thursday

Thought I would try something different today and share some of the tips and useful links that I've come across on Twitter this week. So here goes:


Trends:
  • For YA, dystopias remain king @Ginger_Clark
  • Other kids updates: people want middle grade more than last year. Contemporary YA girls books, too @Ginger_Clark
Finding an agent:
  • In today's "closed-to-queries" climate, how can writers get agents? A few tips: @JodyHedlund
  • How to pick an agent if you write for multiple audiences @Kid_Lit
  • "The world of children's literature is packed with promise and savvy literary agents." Top 20 PB Agents... @KatApel
Blogging:
On being a writer:
  • I think confidence is important to one's craft. Fear--of offending, of criticism, of failing--cripples your creativity @DiaReeves
Writing tips:
  • Consider the names you give your characters. Some hard to pronounce names can be a distraction @Georgia_McBride
  • Try to define your story in 2-3 sentences. If you cannot, you are not ready to tell it @Georgia_McBride
  • Hope these links help all you fab pb writers: @JillCorcoran
  • I see a lot of newbies writing w/o direction to the story=and then this happened then this and that. What is the story about? @Georgia_McBride
  • I don't think in terms of describing every little thing so much as creating an image, something people will remember @DiaReeves
Revision tips:
  • Don't hold on to words that don't add value to your story. Delete them. You'll think up more words. Better words @Georgia_McBride
  • One rule I have is to read dialogue without tags. If I can't tell who said it by tone and voice, it's not good enough @kellyhashway
  • Stephen King says to put the ms in a drawer for a month before editing <-- Works wonders @Tangynt
And my favorite tips for this week (you can tell I'm revising my manuscript right now!):
  • To revise, I change the font before I read it again to trick my eyes into thinking I've never read it before @DiaReeves
  • An oldie & a goodie. The 10 mistakes writers don't see - but can fix easily when they do, yay! @emiliaplater

6 comments:

Quinn said...

These are all great tips and links! Thanks! I'm looking forward to finding some tips of my own on Twitter.

Marieke said...

Ooh, very helpful! Thanks! :D

Melissa Gill said...

I thought I put a comment up here already about how much I appreciate the twitter updates. Very bad things would happen if I tried to twitter while at work, and since I spend 33% of every day here I haven't been able to do the twitter thing to well. This is SUPER HELPFUL.

And I gave you the One Lovely Blog award on my blog.

Rachael Harrie said...

Thanks guys. I might make this a regular feature of Rach Writes... if you find it useful :)

@Melissa, thanks so much for the award :) Tee hee, you've got me curious now about all the "very bad things" that would happen at work!

SH said...

Changing the font sounds like an awesome trick. Thanks for the great list :)

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