Let’s kick off this week’s Author Tweets of the Week with some shameless promotion!
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— Anaïs Chartschenko (@anaisbelieve) April 14, 2017
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— Jonathan Beam (@4thewritelife) April 7, 2017
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— Limarina Graves (@LM_Graves) April 11, 2017
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— Mike W. Rogers (@mikerogers00001) April 13, 2017
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Ok, shameless promotion is over. Let’s go! Here’s your Author Tweets of the Week!
"What it feels like to start a manuscript from scratch" – @stephenaguilar pic.twitter.com/QpQBBEymbf
— Shit Academics Say (@AcademicsSay) April 10, 2017
This photo is wonderful and terrifying all at once. Growing up in the Great White North that is Minnesota, I fully understand the plight that lay before this poor man. Being a writer, I fully agree that this is what it feels like about one hour after sitting down to write. All that excitement and adrenaline has worn off, and all that remains is the thought, “Damn! This is hard!”
So how do we shovel off that proverbial writing roof?!
Passion will get you started writing, but to keep writing you have to have a goal. A reason to write. To keep writing. #amwriting #amediting pic.twitter.com/HYKyf2B2Gv
— Writing & Editing (@WrtrStat) April 7, 2017
Perfect! Passion is great, friends, but passion comes and goes. Excitement waxes and wanes. If you expect to rely entirely on your passion, you will be cast aside into pile of millions of people throughout time that have said, “I could write a book.”
Don’t let that happen! No if, ands, and Peter Pans! Write that book. Set goals. Schedule time. Remember why you started writing the book to begin with. Harness that passion and excitement to work for you, even when it ebbs.
"Better to write for yourself and have no public, then to write for the public + have no self." – Cyril Connolly #writing #writerslife
— Britt Michaelian (@BrittMichaelian) April 4, 2017
This is great to remember as well. If you always keep this in mind, you’ll be able to remember why you started writing to begin with. Write for yourself.
If you write, someone will try to make you feel lousy about it, that's all.
~Stephen #King#amwriting #writerslife pic.twitter.com/KRIM6grVvv
— Novelicious (@noveliciouss) April 10, 2017
Besides, if you don’t write for yourself, it’s not going to change the fact that doubters will abound. People are going to make you feel lousy about your book for sure. Trust me. I speak from experience. Don’t sweat it. The sooner you accept that it will happen (and will happen again), the better you’ll be at not letting their negativity affect you.
Ok, now that we have a little motivation and fortitude within us, how do we actually write that book, and do it well?
Piece of cake. #amwriting #amediting pic.twitter.com/Utfzrgkiy5
— Sharon Coleman (@sjcwriter) April 12, 2017
Ooooooohhhhhhhh! That’s it??? Got it!
Wait, hold up. What if you cross out all the wrong words and you have nothing left? Anyone want to buy my book of blank pages?!?!
Here’s a fun article on Goodreads.
Don’t make me complain yet again about Facebook’s terrible embedding feature. Yes, that’s a screen shot. No, you actually can’t click it. Don’t blame me! Or do blame me, see if I care.
Anyway, here’s the actual link to the article: https://www.goodreads.com/blog/show/845-20-problems-only-book-lovers-understand.
Random Marketer Reading This: “Well that is just terrible marketing. He sent his readers to a different site. Their gone now. He can’t be sure they’ll ever come back. That’s just really poor marketing. This Dan Buri guy is never going to make it.”
Random Obnoxious Grammar Guy Reading This: “You misspelled ‘they’re’.”
You know you're a writer when you're in an ambulance, in pain, and you're thinking, "I gotta remember this for my next book." #amwriting
— Wayne E. Pollard (@wayneepollard) April 9, 2017
This is so true. I catch myself all the time thinking, “That’s such a funny, random happenstance. I need to remember that for a story.”
Here’s a good tip from @KellieMParker:
Sometimes the promise of action is more effective at keeping the reader's attention than the action itself.#writetip #amwriting
— Kellie M. Parker/ VanHorn (@KellieMParker) April 9, 2017
I don’t know if I’ve ever actually thought about this as concretely and succinctly as Kellie puts it here, but it’s so true. I immediately thought about the Jason Bourne books. The books have a ton of action and I loved them. I read them 15 years ago and I distinctly recall that any time the action scenes happened, I was a little bored. It was the build up that created all the suspense and excitement. Robert Ludlum was a master at the build up to the action.
Everyone reading this should stop right now and go leave a review. I mean it! Stop and go leave one review. It helps authors, I promise. Go support an author you love. We’ll wait.
Go! What are you waiting for?!?!
Random Marketer Reading This: “He did it again?!?!? Argh!!!!”
This next one has nothing to do with writing, but it made me laugh this week.
Pepsi: How will we get the spotlight off us?
United: Hold my —.
Spicer: No no, step aside boys. I've got this.
— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) April 11, 2017
So did this one.
I AM TRYING, church sign. Get off my back! pic.twitter.com/Lzc5JXk8xz
— Wendy Felton (@wendymfelton) April 5, 2017
Ok, ok. Back to writing. Here’s a tip we’ve all heard a thousand times, but it’s worth repeating, so here’s a thousand and one.
Show, Don’t Tell: How to Inject Drama Into Your Writing https://t.co/c0XOsadarx pic.twitter.com/OOgKwsbytw
— James Lee Schmidt (@JamesLeeSchmidt) April 14, 2017
Now a little motivation to urge you into your weekend writing. Be persistent, friends. Your path may wind and loop, but press on. Don’t allow anyone else (or even your own self doubts) to deter you from what you want to accomplish.
Writing a novel is harder than people think. But with persistence it can be done. You can write a novel. #amwriting #amediting Write. pic.twitter.com/Xfum6uAHoE
— Writing & Editing (@WrtrStat) April 13, 2017
You want to be a writer? A writer is someone who writes every day — so start #writing.
~Rhimes#writing #acting #film
— Novelicious (@noveliciouss) April 9, 2017
Finally. It’s Easter Weekend, friends. I will allow my heart to be sad and then celebrate. I will enjoy time with my family and friends. I will take time for myself to reflect on who I am and what I have been afforded. I will thank God for my faith and thank God for the faith He gives to others, in all forms. I will remember that I am simultaneously and paradoxically important and nothing but cells and dust. I will be humbled.
Happy Easter. Keep doing what you love. Keep on writing.
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