For Writers

Friday’s (and Saturday’s) Twitter Wisdom — 05/26-27/2017

It’s been a while since I tweeted on my @DancingOnCoals account, but I shared a few links on Friday and Saturday, so here’s a recap:

From The Write Stuff, the only secret to writing a bestseller:


Have you ever asked yourself if you should write about something or if it is a bad idea? That’s probably one of the major unanswered questions of every writer  A Writer’s Path tackles this question in What Am I Supposed to Write?

Editor A. Victoria Mixon discusses 3 Things to Know About Exposition & Telling

Advice to Writers shares this inspiring quote from Maxwell Perkins:

Writing Is Challenging

If you are not discouraged about your writing on a regular basis, you may not be trying hard enough. Any challenging pursuit will encounter frequent patches of frustration. Writing is nothing if not challenging.


Aerogramme Writers’ Studio shares this story about the women behind famous male writers.

Almost an Author discusses the idea that Fluff is Better in a Sandwich than in a manuscript.

Author Zoo offers us a list of 38 Cliches to Avoid When Writing Romance.

Author Kimberli McKay offers an alternative view to encouraging writers in A Reasonable Life on Author Culture.

AutoCrit blog asks Is Adverb Overload Dragging Your Manuscript Down?

Writer’s Relief says that Your Book’s First Pages Are More Important Than Ever and offers us some strategies to use to make them great.

and Aliventures offers us Ten Book-Level Mistakes to Watch Out for When Redrafting Your Fiction [With Examples]

I was thinking a lot about characterization and conflict. They work hand-in-hand in a novel. You can’t really develop one without also developing the other. I was thinking about how often we fail to realize that conflict is a double-edged sword. We sometimes recognize one-half of the conflict, but fail to recognize the other, which leaves us with some emotional baggage or a tough situation, but not actual conflict. Conflict requires push and pull on the character in equal parts.


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