Recent Favorite Twitter Musings
@ANNELAMOTT Wrote awhile. It went like this: scribble scribble lurch despair scribble scribble sigh herky jerk herky scrawl; and I thank God. A miracle.
@DeirdreEJones Sometimes writing and writing for pages and pages until you finally figure out what you’re trying to say is the only way to do this job.
@LaurelSnyder “Working” on picture books today. This means I’ll be staring at the ceiling a lot.
@AdviceToWriters Rewrite in process is usually found to be an excuse for not going on. ~JOHN STEINBECK
@tomhpollock “Go as far as you need to. YA isn’t a subset of children’s lit. It’s a subset of adult. It’s in the name.” ~Garth Nix.
@realjohngreen As a reader, I don’t feel a story has an obligation to make me happy. I want stories to show me a bigger world than the one I know.
@charlieinabook: Twitter is the authors’ office water cooler, sharing pressures and breaking the work day by building community @Booktrust #LBF13
@laura_tims Had not heard of Eleanor and Park and now I’m gonna get it. Thanks censorship, you’re always good for a book rec.
@WomenOfHistory: To be successful, you must decide exactly what you want to accomplish, then resolve to pay the price to get it.
@ANNELAMOTT Visited woman whose husand died—house so filled w/love that when I spilled coffee, she said, Hope it stains, so I remember beauty of today.
@catagator Teenagers today will never know the joy of calling a boy’s house just to listen to him say hello without him knowing it’s you on the line.
@stevenmalk Stop what you’re doing and read this essay that @mattdelapena wrote for NPR. Honest, moving & inspiring: http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2013/11/11/243960103/a-reluctant-reader-turns-ya-author-for-tough-teens?sc=tw&cc=share
@ANNELAMOTT: Take heart: at the start of every new piece, you’re supposed to feel sick, excited, overwhelmed and hopeless. I’m feeling that way right now
@molly_oneill You know you’re an editor when . . . the accidental double negative in your previous tweet is still haunting you half an hour later.
@ralphmarston: Free yourself from the burden of your own anxiety. Whatever is, is already. Whatever you will be, is yours to create right now.
@MissDahlELama: So many of us are trying to be the present and future of #kidlit. We have the power to affect what they know and how they make choices.
@SarahGreenhouse Seeing tons of prologues in subs. Beware your prologue feeling totally disconnected from Ch 1, & the chapter feeling v anticlimactic.
@randomhouse: “When I started Catch-22, I thought writing novels might be a useful way to kill time.”― Joseph Heller
@elysesalpeter: Seriously, writers must be some of the strongest people on earth - your work is ripped apart, trashed, ignored, judged - yet we still write!
@SarahGreenhouse: What is my Wednesday wisdom? Anything you want to do well takes a lot of time and effort. And I believe everything should be done well.
@rebeccabehrens Seriously the best Spam blog comment ever: “The leaves are turning from orange to purple and soon Festivus will be here.”
@HVYASociety: To young writers: “Write every day. It’s almost impossible not to get good at something you do every day for 20 years.” - Lauren Oliver
@Quote_Soup: If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it. - Jonathan Winters
@donalynbooks “I was told recently that what I do before starting a book is called pre-writing. I didn’t know that. I call it thinking.”—Kevin Henkes
@MissDahlELama: I used to watch Big Love and think “ZOMG WHY?!” but now I have CPs and I’m like, “Yeah, I could do that sister-wives thing.”
@dontgoodreads: Just keep telling yourself that GR is for readers. If they wanted you around, they’d call it GoodAuthors. Go write your book.
@ANNELAMOTT You don’t get into writing for fun. You want fun? Go to Chuck E Cheese, or get into curling. Write b/c you have to. You have a story to tell
@jonnygeller: Imagine all your characters had novels of their own, but you chose not to tell their stories this time. #writingtip
@bradfordlit: I just sent 47 title possibilities to one of my authors. I think my work here is done. dusts hands off
@ANNELAMOTT: The great Barry Lopez wrote, “Everyone is held together with stories. That is all that is holding us together, stories and compassion.
@JoSVolpe: Remember that publishing, especially MG, is a marathon, not a sprint. Each book builds on the last. #mglitchat
@sarahdessen: My advice to aspiring authors is to get yourself on a schedule. It keeps you accountable. You have to show up, every day.
@AdviceToWriters: Write what you need to write, not what is currently popular or what you think will sell. P.D. JAMES
@novaren: It’s just that every book I write or—let’s be honest—every book I think of writing just feels impossible at the start. Every time.
@taralazar: The value of a house is in location, location, location. The value of a manuscript is in revision, revision, revision.
@agent_ayesha: “Writing a long novel is like survival training. Physical strength is as necessary as artistic sensitivity.” — Haruki Murakami
Who are your favorite readers, writers, librarians, editors, agents & other industry-related individuals to follow on Twitter? I think I heart everything Anne Lamott shares.