Nathan Bransford, Author


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Writing Advice in Tweet Form

I've written lots and lots of writing advice tweets over the years. Here they are, all in one place!

I will keep adding to this list as I tweet them out and as Twitter allows more access to older tweets:





























































16 comments:

Crystal said...

These made me laugh. My students thank you.

J. M. Strother said...

Pre-queries? Now that's a hoot.
~jon

Rita Arens said...

This is awesome.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

You rock. These are excellent.

Brendan O'Meara said...

"No author spammed their way ... " please, please, please hammer this one home!

I know it's a tough line to toe, promotion versus spam-ese. People need to learn how to turn the volume down on their own work.

Best way to do it? Promote other people's work ... like a fox. Karma will, in turn, reward you. Consider this shared!

Magdalena Munro said...

I'm doing it. I'm adding a space monkey to my WIP. I shall call him Weever.

Crystal Collier said...

I especially loved "Conflict is a novel's oxygen: It needs conflict to survive but burn it too quickly and you'll suffocate before the end", and the William Faulkner quote. All great advice.

Neurotic Workaholic said...

Great tweets, and informative too! I didn't know there was such a thing as pre-query, or that people were sending them out. I especially like the tweet about memoirs; I think it's definitely true because some writers can make even the most ordinary things, like going to Wal-mart or baking a cake, sound entertaining enough that it motivates you to keep reading...and reading.

Susanna Calkins said...

you should start your own line of cookies. Excellent advice!

Susie Lindau said...

I didn't even know there was such a thing as a prequery. I am glad to hear it is a step in the process that I can skip over..

Jim Bessey said...

These are great, start to finish, Nathan.

I'll take this one as my fave: "Great settings in books are just as alive, changing, and memorable as the characters themselves." -- only because writers so often fall too far on one side of this fence or the other. While setting might not be The Star, it is still important!

Maybe we should get ALL of our writing advice in this delightfully short-winded form! -grin-

The Desert Rocks said...

So g;ad I was able to catch up and read these gems all in one convenient place. Thanks!

Stephanie Garber said...

This is a great list! And I'm so glad you're going to add to keep adding to it!

Mira said...

Some gems of wisdom here. I especially liked the one about first person/elevator, since I write first voice. Very true, and good to keep in mind!

So, I finished the first Jacob, and it is so fun. I just started the second one. "We don't negotiate with space monkeys"! Ha, ha, ha, ha - that is my favorite line - too funny. :)

Working my way up to the third! :)

Anonymous said...

"If you want to be a writer you need to know how to use a computer." Totally agree, but if you can read this pearl of tweetvice you don't need it!

Loving this archive, much easier than sifting through a twitter feed.

Debbie Doglady said...

These are great! Glad I found you, (through Stumbleupon - that site has much to offer). I'm currently blogging memoirs and hope to turn some of them into a book. It is challenging to make things interesting.

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