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Changes coming to Twitter

Shutterstock Starting September 19th, Twitter is about to see a pretty drastic change. Once limited to 140-characters, Twitter will now go much further, as the company plans to begin rolling out changes next week that result in images, GIFs, videos, polls, and other links not counting towards your 140-character limit. The date of the changes…

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On Reading, On Writing

Reddit, again?

redditI’ve toyed around with Reddit several times over the years, but I have struggled to really get into it. I’d create an ID, look at it for two days, never really post or comment anything, and then forget my login information. My husband, once a heavy Redditor, stopped cold turkey for a while, but the seemingly endless supply of terrible jokes lured him back. He reads things off Reddit to me and it “seems” like there could be a little more there than I found before – perhaps I just needed to give it more than a couple of days?

reddit2Determined to find value in Reddit beyond terrible jokes (seriously, some of the worst jokes every known to man), I have decided to give Reddit another try. I’ll probably lurk for a while before I comment, but we’ll see. I haven’t yet looked to see which of my friends and followers are on Reddit, but if you are, please feel free to send me a message or comment with your username. (Helpful tips and advice always welcome, too!)

One of the things that intrigues me (other than the Aww Subreddit that’s full of cute baby animal pictures and videos) is the AMA (Ask Me Anything) feature. For example, The Microsoft OneNote team will be doing a AMA over in /r/iama on September 1st @ 1PM EST. If you want to ask questions of celebrities, experts, random weirdos, this is the place. They have several AMAs per day. Here’s a Google Calendar of upcoming AMAs  And here is the Twitter link for AMAs.

n00b-40The other thing I think I’ll investigate more this time around is customizing my subreddits so I see more of what interests me (and hopefully get less overwhelmed by that crazy noisy UX nightmare of a front page). For my writer and book junking readers, here’s a small sampling of subreddits on books, literature, and writing I’ve discovered in my first full day of being a Newbie Redditor.

So many books, so little time

Book reviews, recommendations, stories about books or book technology, etc.

52 Book Challenge

A subreddit for the participants of the 52 Book Challenge (one book per week for a year) to discuss their progress and discoveries.

A place to casually discuss books!

As one might expect, this is a place to casually discuss books!


Welcome to /r/literature, a community for deeper discussions of plays, poetry, short stories, and novels. Discussions of literary criticism, literary history, literary theory, and critical theory are also welcome–strongly encouraged, even.


Welcome to /r/Literatures, a community for deeper discussions of plays, poetry, short stories, and novels **in languages other than English, or English in translation**. This is a sister subreddit to /r/literature, focused on literatures from around the world originally written in any language other than English.

r/Writers: Writers Helping Writers

All are welcome at r/writers: fiction writers, nonfiction writers, bloggers and more! Get critique on your work, share resources, ask questions and help fellow writers.

Writing Prompts: Prompts and motivation to create something out of nothing

If you see a prompt you like, simply write a short story based on it. Get comments from others, and leave commentary for other people’s works.

/r/writing: for those who write

The home for writers. We talk about important matters for writers, news affecting writers, and the finer aspects of writing.

All writers, poets, lyricists, and playwrights are welcome

Welcome to the Writer_Well. Here you are free to write stories, short stories, poems, plays, song lyrics, and so forth

Hire a Writer

Jobs for writers.

Fantasy Writers

This reddit is dedicated to those of us who are writing in the fantasy genre. Anything related to creating your own works of fantasy is acceptable.

Prompts for writers and Artists

A sub reddit to get ideas flowing for Artists and Writers. Where Artists can post their work to prompt ideas forWriters and Writers can post stories to prompt ideas for artists.

Writers’ Choice: Stories you love.

This is a place for the writers of Reddit to showcase the stories of other writers!

High School Writers

A place for young writers to learn, discuss, and generally have fun with the craft of writing.

Indian Writers: a peer-critique writing community for Indian writers.

A peer-critique community for writers from India. * English, vernacular and hybrid-language writers welcome.

Safe place for writers

A friendly community for writers for novel, short story, script and poetry writers only.

Markets and Contests for Writers

Post links to writer’s guidelines, calls for submissions, writing contests, etc. See sidebar for rules.

Female Writers

A corner for all female writers.

Self Published Writers

A place to discuss just about everything in the world of indie books.

TV Writers

A place where TV writers can ask questions about the industry, exchange and provide feedback on scripts, and discuss shows, writers, and ideas they like.

On Writing

Emotional Wound Entry: Being Stalked via writershelpingwriters.net #amwriting #writingtips

When you’re writing a character, it’s important to know why she is the way she is. Knowing her backstory is important to achieving this end, and one of the most impactful pieces of a character’s backstory is her emotional wound. This negative experience from the past is so intense that a character will go to great lengths to avoid experiencing that kind of pain and negative emotion again. As a result, certain behaviors, beliefs, and character traits will emerge…

Patrikk Nygren @ Creative Commons

Continue reading: http://writershelpingwriters.net/2016/06/emotional-wounds-entry-stalked/

On Writing

Emotional Wound Entry: Being Bullied via writershelpingwriters.net #amwriting #writingtips

When you’re writing a character, it’s important to know why she is the way she is. Knowing her backstory is important to achieving this end, and one of the most impactful pieces of a character’s backstory is her emotional wound. This negative experience from the past is so intense that a character will go to great lengths to avoid experiencing that kind of…

via Emotional Wound Entry: Being Bullied — WRITERS HELPING WRITERS®

Human Issues, On Writing

Innocence Project

I can’t believe it’s already been a month since I last posted. With everything going on in the world right now, I’ve been a bit hesitant to blog for fear of being too emotional or political – and publishing something on grammar rules or UX design felt a bit shallow. Every day… every single freaking day… I see news of monsters driving trucks into crowds, knife attacks, mass shootings, suicide bombers. All over the world. Sick, twisted monsters who are so obviously sick and twisted that no one could conceive of questioning their guilt or innocence. Sure, they might be not guilty by reason of insanity, but there’s no question in anyone’s mind that they committed the foul act.

In the face of all that, I happened to see an article that has stayed in my mind nonstop.

I would like to say the story is unusual, but it’s really not. It struck me how many people we have in America right now sitting in prison for crimes they didn’t commit, while the world is full of horrible monsters doing undeniable actual harm to people. Thank God for The Innocence Project, an organization I think deserves everyone’s attention, support, and respect.

I first learned about The Innocence Project in grad school. During a seminar studying playwriting, I took a theater trip to New York. I believe we saw around 10 plays that trip and while I enjoyed most of them (let’s be honest, I could have lived a full life without ever having seen Waiting for Godot), one play in particular actually had the power to enlighten and even change me.

The Exonerated, premiered at Culture Project in October 2002, dramatized six real-life stories of people sentenced to death and later freed amidst overwhelming evidence of their innocence. Part of the power of this play was its simplicity. The six actors sat on metal folding chairs, intimately just a few feet away from the audience in matching metal folding chairs, in the tiny 45 Bleecker Theater. This was not some production – this was a story that needed telling.

As a writer, I took note of the power of these stories and of these words. In January of 2003, after seeing a special presentation of The Exonerated, then-governor George Ryan commuted the sentences of every single person on death row. That’s some seriously powerful stuff. I started following the work of The Innocence Project and went from half-hearted support of the death penalty to vocal anti-death penalty.

Now don’t get me wrong – I don’t believe everyone in prison is innocent, by any stretch. What I do believe is humans are fallible, like “eyewitnesses” believing perception over reality, and some can be downright wicked, like crooked cops and DAs stacking evidence to improve their close records.

I’d hope in taking a look at The Innocence Project people will better understand the true nature of our judicial system and lend their support. For my writer friends, consider also reading The Exonerated and its pure simplicity.


On Writing

Celebrating Creative Nonfiction: The Best of Brevity Magazine

Creative Nonfiction Magazine @brevitymag


You may already know Brevity Magazine for concise creative nonfiction, craft essays on writing, and its prolific blog. For nearly two decades, the magazine has published work from emerging writers and well-known authors alike, including Roxane Gay and Sherman Alexie.

We asked Brevity’s editors to consider this exceptional body of work and recall the piece that speaks to them the most.

Dinty W. Moore, former zookeeper, is the author of many books and the director of the creative writing degree programs at Ohio University.

Dinty W. Moore, Founder and Editor

Coming up on our 20th year of publishing brief essays, it is an undeniably tough task narrowing down the choices. “The Heart as a Torn Muscle,” by Randon Billings Noble is, however, a favorite of mine for both its honesty and its ingenuity.

The essay is about love, or more precisely, infatuation…

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On Writing

Tomorrow is Meet and Greet Weekend!!

I really enjoy these… why do they always seem to happen when I’m traveling? 🤔 I’m glad this will be weekly! I will still try to stop by several times this weekend to meet folks, tho. Looking forward to it!

Dream Big, Dream Often

5Don’t forget to swing by tomorrow and join in the Meet and Greet fun!!  This is a great time to click on other’s links and read, like, comment and Follow their blogs.  Others will be doing the same for you!

The MnG link will publish at 5:00 am est and will run through Sunday night!  Look forward to a great weekend.

For the foreseeable future I will be conducting the Meet and Greet every Saturday and Sunday, so be sure to visit each weekend to meet and greet new bloggers!

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On Writing

Blog Tips, Advice and Blogging Strategy – 4/7/16

I cannot even imagine doing this to someone. Wow. smh

Dream Big, Dream Often

I received an email last Saturday that didn’t sit well with me at first, but I have taken several days to process the criticism.  So today I am going to write about emailing other bloggers and what I consider appropriate.

To begin, the email criticized me on two levels: writing syntax and my casual tone (notably my use of “lol”), especially in the light of considering myself an “expert in self- improvement/life skills.”  I spent several days thinking about the email and suffice it to say, the criticisms still are not sitting well, namely because I didn’t ask for them.  The criticism was volunteered which still baffles me and feels like someone calling only to tell me my dog is ugly and hanging up.

There are many ways to respond to criticism, but I choose two responses.  First, I always thank the person for taking the time to express their…

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On Writing

Ten Great Bookish Instagram Accounts

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday they post a new Top Ten list prompt. This week’s prompt is… Ten Bookish People to Follow on Social Media. I have a separate Instagram account (@booksthething if you’d like to follow me!) for my blog, so here are 10 bookish accounts that […]

via Ten Great Bookish Instagram Accounts — The Book’s the Thing