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The Long Route: A Manifesto for the Late-Blooming Writer

 A guest post by Sam Ryan

Patience, they say, is a virtue. For writers it’s a way of life. Ideas, inspiration and the right words can’t be forced, just facilitated. Sometimes the same goes for your writing career.

Some of us take a little longer than we’d like, going through our 20s, maybe 30s and beyond, unsure just what it is we want to do with our love of words, including whether or not to actually turn it from  a hobby into a money-earner.

Some of us take the long route, with inevitable detours; maybe doing a couple of degrees and hopping around the many jobs that involve words before figuring it out. That’s ok – indeed, it’s necessary.

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In July this year Joyce Carol Oates, one of the most prominent writers of her generation, posted on Twitter her top 10 writing tips. For new and experienced writers alike, this is some very valuable advice.

Joyce Carol Oates' top 10 writing tips

Related post: Joyce Carol Oates on Developing Realistic Characters

Twitter Hashtags for WritersTwitter has over 500 million users around the world, with everyone from pop stars to politicians signing up to join the social networking and micro-blogging site.

For writers, Twitter has the potential to greatly benefit your career. Twitter can better connect you with your readers, provide you with networking opportunities with other creative wordsmiths and, importantly, help you to find new audiences for your work.

Hashtags play a very important role in effectively communicating through Twitter. People use the hashtag symbol # before a relevant keyword or phrase (no spaces) in their Tweet to categorise those Tweets and help them show up more easily in Twitter Search.

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‘It’s hot in Melbourne and not just because of the temperature. Neil F*cking Gaiman is here.’ And so begins this one-hour long interview by Melbourne broadcaster Alicia Sometimes.

Gaiman and his wife Amanda Palmer are regular visitors to Australia where they both have a large and loyal fan base – late last year they announced on Twitter that they’d be making a  surprise appearance at a city public library and over 400 people turned up.

In this hour long interview Gaiman gives a preview of his forthcoming novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and reads the book’s fifth chapter which he describes as ‘the shortest and nastiest chapter’ he has ever written.

He also discusses Dr Who, screenwriting, social media, Sandman and more. The session ends with Gaiman reading a poem he wrote for Australia Day.

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Once Upon a Time
In 2012 Pixar Story Artist Emma Coats tweeted 22 storytelling tips using the hashtag #storybasics. The list circulated the internet for months gaining the popular title Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling’. We reposted this list two weeks ago and the response has been phenomenal with thousands of likes, shares, comments and emails.

Since posting the story, a number of people have contacted us regarding rule number 4 on the list, also know as ‘The Story Spine’:

Once upon a time there was ___. Every day, ___. One day ___. Because of that, ___. Because of that, ___. Until finally ___.

Reports were that this tip did not originate with Pixar but instead with writer/director/teacher Brian McDonald. Intrigued, we contacted Brian to find out more. He replied as follows:

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100 Twitter Hashtags for WritersHashtags are one of the most important elements to successfully using Twitter to enhance your writing practice and profile. In fact, the importance of hashtags generally was recently demonstrated when the American Dialect Society recently named hashtag as the word of the year for 2012.

Hashtags allow you to find new readers, connect with other writers who share your interests and to find out about new opportunities such as writing competitions. They can also help to raise your writing profile to attract interest from publishers and editors.

You need to be smart when using hashtags – don’t over use them (never use more than 3 hashtags per tweet), be natural and never spam people. But when used selectively and cleverly, hashtags can be of great benefit to your writing career.

Below are 100 #hashtags that every writer should know:

Books and Reading Hashtags
#Books
#BookWorm
#GreatReads
#IndieThursday
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This post was written by Allison Tait and originally published at Life in Pink Fibro

How to Write a Non-Fiction Book Proposal

I’ve received a few emails lately from people who are writing non-fiction books and wondering what on earth to do with them once they’re finished. Enter, the book proposal. The proposal is what you send an agent or a publisher to give them an overview of your book, a taste of your writing style and, hopefully, the impetus to get in touch to see more.

It’s true that non-fiction books can be sold on proposal, but usually the writer has a proven track record, so if you’re writing your first book, it’s generally a good idea to finish it before sending out a prop. If the publisher or agent wants to see the rest, they’ll want to see it NOW.

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