@smoulderingsea: The art of crafting an effective message in 140 characters can teach a lot about concise prose. Pay attention to how you tweet. #editortips
@smoulderingsea: You don't always have to follow convention. But if you flout it, do it in a way that creates more clarity for readers, not less. #editortips
@smoulderingsea: The most important thing in your writing is engaging the reader. If you don't have reader engagement, you don't have anything. #editortips
@smoulderingsea: Use a professional email address to query. Also, use your first and last name in the email settings. Not...oh...Dark Destroyer. #editortips
@smoulderingsea: Whatever taboo you think you're flirting with has been done ad nauseam. Edgy writing only works if it truly furthers the story. #editortips
@smoulderingsea: Don't criticize others for their path. Traditional pub, small pub, self pub, agent, no agent--what works differs for everyone. #editortips
@smoulderingsea: Leave your friendship out of your critiques for CPs. You aren't helping by pussyfooting. You can commiserate over lattes later. #editortips
@smoulderingsea: No two people experience a book exactly the same way. Instead of arguing who's right, learn from each other's perspectives. #editortips
@smoulderingsea: Be careful with sentence structure. You'll find yourself falling back on the same structure repeatedly. It gets redundant. #editortips
@smoulderingsea: Speaking of redundancy, watch for redundant things that you should watch for with redundant overwrought verbiage. Redundant. #editortips
@smoulderingsea: Don't be discouraged by the myriad writing rules. It's like muscle memory. Once you learn, it's reflexive--and you *can* learn. #editortips
#editortips is a daily rash of tweets from an only partially crazy editor, chock full of random chocolatey morsels about writing, editing, and querying vaguely disguised as helpful pointers and/or really bad humor. I tweet as @smoulderingsea, and try to post with some consistency every weekday at 6PM CST. Weekends optional, depending on if I’m spending yet another Saturday night editing because my social life consists of Netflix and plotting exactly what I'm going to do to that wanker who sits outside and honks his horn for thirty damned minutes. I'm thinking bamboo splinters Gorilla Glue, just to start.
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