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Good morning bbs. We are so close to the weekend! Today I’m attending a protest & having lunch with a colleague so my work #goals are minimal:
-Complete reverse outline process to re-organize my book chapter

Don’t know what a reverse outline is? Ooh baby are you in for a treat!
Thread on #writing & #revision: A reverse outline is a way to see the structure of what you’ve written in a draft in order to reorganize it. You start by marking up a pdf or print copy of your draft & numbering every paragraph. My book chap has 33 paragraphs.
Once you’ve numbered, make a list from 1 to whatever number of paragraphs you have. Re-read each paragraph & write a short summary (a phrase, not even a sentence) describing what each paragraph is about or doing.
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📝THREAD ✨

Want to become a narrative designer? Feeling inadequate because English isn't your first language?
FEAR NOT

I'm not a native speaker, but this isn't stopping me from getting published (and paid).
Let me share some tricks!

#gamewriting #interactivefiction #writing
About me:
- Italian
- Freelancer narrative designer/journo
- Three years of experience
- RPS columnist
- Contracting for Dejobaan and other cool game studios

When I started working in English, I was terrified! Now I wish I had started sooner.
Follow what I say, not what I did:
✨GET A DEGREE, MAYBE

I don't have an English degree: I simply starting consuming English media at a young age and absorbed everything I could.
You don't need a degree to learn English, but you might need one for...
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Many academics find sitting down at the computer and starting to write to be the most difficult challenge facing them. One of the reasons for this, as one of my students put it so well, is that “if I never start, then I never fail.”
#AcWri #PhD
1/23
Another reason academics can't get started writing is getting out of the habit of writing–or never having had a writing habit.
While tough to overcome, this obstacle does have some straightforward solutions.
Here are ten (10) solutions.
#acwri #PhD
2/23
1. Make other tasks contingent on writing
An excellent way of dealing with the difficulty of getting started is to make a preferred task contingent on a nonpreferred task, as the behavior management experts put it (Boice 1983).
3/23
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#JhelumFables , a 5 day visual storytelling workshop which I am conducting with youth in #Kashmir kicked off today. There couldn't have been a better classroom than the picturesque houseboat ROOTS situated on river Jhelum.

P.S: The best way to spend holidays in company of ✏️📸
#JHELUMFABLES
On day two of the visual storytelling workshop I interacted with each participant. We did small excercises to enhance imagination. Later they chose quaint corners of Roots houseboat situated on river #Jhelum & scribbled stories in company of wood & water. #Kashmir
Light experiments inside classroom on day 3 of #JhelumFables
A chair placed on the wooden Verandah of the houseboat facing west became a prop for portrait shooting- as participants tried side lighting & back lighting before venturing out on the river banks with their camera & pen
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Some random thoughts on #writing:

Having a big vocabulary is never enough. You have to know precisely when and how to unleash your vocabulary, leaving the room for ambiguity as little as possible. This way, you can articulate your points without appearing to be showing off.
It's also crucial to be able to construct sentences that flow -- and that's not an easy job to do for long, complex ones -- for only with sentences that flow can a writer truly engage her readers. That takes a lot of practice on top of a good understanding of the English syntax.
Lastly, ditch all of the Latin-derived artificial conventions that your English teachers might have tried to drill into your brain, like: "Always use active voice", "Never end a sentence with a preposition", etc. No good writers bother with those nonsense.
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The halls had windows. I looked out the window each time I went up a level, and each time I gazed out, the view was changing. The outside world was becoming livelier, more vibrant, and cleaner.
The buildings weren’t so imposing and box-like anymore but came in different shapes, colors, and sizes. I felt like the top level was within reach.

I lost count of the number of levels I climbed but since the halls have gotten smaller as I went higher,
I finally entered a small room. It was about 30 square meters, carpeted, with wooden pillars decked with intricate carvings. There were a few people of varied ages, most of them quite mature. One group was playing charades.
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A terrific discussion about environmental journalism today with @cynthiabarnett @LukeRunyon @noahgshannon @AbrahmL, moderated by @gburton. Luke joked at the beginning that the panel was probably, from left to right, 'moving from most optimistic to most pessimistic.' #Journalism
Lots of insightful points in the conversation, which ranged from a discussion of optimism/pessimism in reporting on climate change to the idea of a board game designed around managing water. Going to share a few of their comments.
.@cynthiabarnett praised @jfleck: "When I’ve done reporting on water in New Mexico, I’m always amazed at the number of people who talk about John Fleck as someone who helped change the ethos of the Albuquerque community, which now uses half the water that it used in the mid-90s."
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How to sell 1000 copies of your books in 6 months of less.
A Thread.

1. I had just completed my book. It took me several months to write a manuscript I was satisfied with. Now I faced the hurdle of selling the book

This is how I did it. You can do the same.
#writing
2. "How are you going to sell this book?", a friend asked me. I didn't have an answer. I had used a lot of money to produce the book and I was almost broke. It even got to the point that I almost cursed the day I decided to write that book.
#writing
#sell
3. Nobody I knew had written and sold books before. The only people I knew who wrote and sold books were pastors with a large congregation who bought their books. I didn't have a church, I was not close to anyone who had a large church, so I was in a predicament.
#writing
#sell
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THREAD: I loved the chapter “What about grades” from @biblioracle’s #WhyTheyCantWrite. Does a S who goes from “D+ work” to “C+ work” deserve a lower final grade than the S who remains at a “B+ performance” the whole semester? Is this symptomatic of a broken scoring system? 👇
As graders, sometimes we mistakenly focus on a universal destination (that’s devoid of any context) as that which determines a S’s grade. The Ss who get closer to this abstract destination get the superior grade, which reinforces inequality... #WhyTheyCantWrite #Ranciere18
What if we focused on each S’s starting point & focused less on an abstract outcome that effaces all considerations of each S’s unique situation? Grade the S’s journey. Perhaps it’s a way to move from extrinsic to intrinsic motivators... #WhyTheyCantWrite #Ranciere18 @MrShakedown
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RANSOM is having its season premiere on Saturday at 9pm! You should tune in for a ton of reasons.**RETWEET THIS VERY BIASED THREAD BY A NEW WRITER** @RansomCBS @RansomSeries @CBS @GlobalTV #writing #screenwriting #diversity
Eric Beaumont (@luke_j_roberts) rescues people from kidnapping and hostage situations relying on his team and their wits - without using violence.
I love that the show's heroes care about saving lives more than anything else, and refuse to use violence to solve problems. Okay, Eric broke his cardinal rule last season finale - but more on that later...
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Now, if you'd like to see what and who in our community is up to no good, please refer to the following tweets with vital information so we can STOP attacking the victims involved in this situation.
First up! Introducing Author Lissa Gromley (@AuthorLissa) who was part of the Sassy Literary Ladies, a group consisting of several authors across genres that eventually turned on her and caused the chaos taking over the #writingcommunity today, see here:
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There is a distinct difference between 'informational' #writing and 'informed' writing. We teach 'informational' writing in our schools and, too often, receive correctly-structured and perfectly-cited bullshit. Students regurgitate main ideas and details, often word-for-word,
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and, in fact, show very little understanding of what they've read. This is especially prevalent in social studies. We teachers often encourage this because we emphasize organization and feel so proud when our students can correctly write in MLA format.
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'Informed' writing, on the other hand, demonstrates voice, POV, synthesis of different ideas. Its purpose may be the same as informational writing, but it is infinitely more effective because the reader believes that the writer a) understands the content; and b) gives a shit.
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My co-author & I have so much fun. I never would have imagined co-authoring to be such a delight, but it is! I love writing on my own, but collaborative thinking & writing is such an invigorating experience. We produce work that’s better than what we could have done individually.
I wish co-authoring was more accepted in the humanities. We’re both pre-tenure & know that to get tenure we have to still both produce independent work & publish our co-authored material in the highest rank journals we can manage in order to be taken seriously by our institutions
I hope that gaining tenure means I can do more collaborative thinking & writing in the future.

#writing #AcademicTwitter #coauthor #collaboration #tenuretrack #PublishOrPerish
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I was thinking. There's probably a lot of #writers that really want to get involved in the #WritingCommunity , but maybe don't know how or feel a little lost. So I decided to create a little guide on Book Twitter to go over the basics for anyone who needs it! A thread.
Common writing age-group acronyms:
MG = Middle Grade
YA = Young Adult
NA = New Adult (you may see a little conflict over this topic, so be wary. To quickly summarize, it's an age group between YA and A that typically depicts people between 18 - 30)
A = Adult
Common writing terms:
Beta Reader = Someone who reads and gives you feedback on the early drafts of your story. They read bc they enjoy.
CP/Critique Partner = A partnership where you read their story and they read yours for feedback.
1st, 2nd (X)st draft = stages of editing
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There's been so much hype about #Zanzibar, but at the same time, a few people weren't particularly thrilled. Had to go find out for myself ,so some friends and I planned a trip. What I think? Top rating for beaches, good food, so much to see, history. Read this thread... #Travel
From #DaresSalaam, you have the options of flying or going by ferry to #Zanzibar. On the other hand, you could fly directly there. We spent a few days in Dar, then we went by ferry...it cost $35 per person for economy and $50 per person for VIP. We travelled in the VIP section.
It takes 1hr30mins to get to Zanzibar by ferry. It could take longer when it's turbulent. The hotel we stayed in was an hour away from stone town. We stayed in Nungwi which is North of Zanzibar. #Travel #Africa #Tanzania #holidays
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1.) Prof. Barbara Oakley of Oakland University and the author of a book on learning writes that contrary to the new movement to make #STEM subjects of which #maths is the sine qua non a fun to learn.

All learning isn't-and shouldn't be "fun".
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Even though the following 👇👇👇Rhymes were developed to make learning #maths fun!

She state in firm terms to "Make Your Daughter Practice Maths. She'll Thank You later".
tes.com/teaching-resou…
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Boys and girls have on average similar abilities in #maths

But girls in addition have a consistent advantage than boys in #reading and #writing.

The consequence?👇👇👇
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I suppose we can safely say that now #TheFrighteners have been so successfully and publicly put on a certain sector their combined angst will spew a diarrhoea of spin & warp whilst trying to use THAT VERY THING to generate $£Es Some with automated AdTech software already bought.
2/ Some bought by gormless companies, by mistake, some in full knowledge or partial knowledge of what it could do. It will be interesting as time goes on to see who apparently DIDN'T CARE about the likely instigation of its more negative 'dark' capabilities looking to 'side-step'
3/ or even 'wrong-foot' Irish & EU regulation standards, & possibly law. This too is a kind of #climatechange & #ClimateAction in itself, a would be mammoth untouchable iceberg of 'dominion' & 'control' being melted out into an ocean of citizens' scrutiny & advancement for change
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sign up for my email lists (one for #writing, one for #music) & get free mp3s with each update! juliaserano.blogspot.com/2018/08/sign-u… #amwriting #LGBTQ #queer #feminism #bands
...the first mp3 will be "Bath Tub Orgasm" - pretty sure it's the only song ever to reference sex toys, the band BTO, and "Hocus Pocus" by Focus. you can listen to it here: bitesize.bandcamp.com/track/bath-tub… - and get a FREE copy if you sign up for the email list(s)!
...btw I will attempt to perform a *soft vowel sounds* version of "Bath Tub Orgasm" at my August 29th show (w/Scorpio Moon & @PolyPamBand), details in the photo. and here's the link to the FB invite for the show: facebook.com/events/9313503… #LGBTQ #queer #music #bands
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Great tools on character relationships in this episode of @WritingExcuses.
From @howardtayler: 2 examples of power in character relationships are Personal Power and Position Power. Personal Pwr comes from charisma and social worth within the group. Position Power comes from the hierarchical structure of the organization. #writing #scifi
Inteteresting conflict arises when a character believes their Personal Pwr grants them Positional Pwr (the popular guy who acts like the boss). Or when a character believes their Positional Pwr grants them Personal Pwr (the boss that thinks she's everyone's friend) #writingadvice
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I was just visited by two Secret Service officers regarding my tweets about #tRump. I told them I have no thoughts, plans, or intent to harm tRump and I never have. They advised not to post anything that may be interpreted as a threat. I was impressed with their professionalism.
Many are asking what I tweeted that prompted a Secret Service visit today. I won't restate the long deleted tweets because it might be misinterpreted as a threat. Critiques of #tRump are fine providing they do not cross the line in a way that one may interpret as a threat.
One of the Secret Service officers had a folder with print outs of some of my past tweets and my article, "A Mental Health Counselor’s Views on Speculations About President Trump’s Mental Health" psychcentral.com/blog/a-mental-…. I gladly summarized for them the thesis of my article.
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I got a couple of DM's asking me about character development and writing. I have a little time this fine morning. I'll put together a small #writing thread.

So, character development. It's just my approach. YMMV, but here's my path...
Character isn't built in backstory or aesthetic details. Backstory is there to help the writer, but the character development comes form CHOICES and CONSEQUENCES. The more a character makes CHOICES, the more the audience/reader will learn about them.
We understand someone's nature by how the react to things. We assess them based on the choices they make, and those choices, ideally, shouldn't be easy.
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Long #sounddesign thread! First half will be obvious stuff to people in #filmsound #audiopost #postproduction, but maybe interesting to outsiders. Second half is about rhythm and the importance of silence.

#soundeffects #filmmaking #fieldrecording #WinterSoldier
Viewers often think all sound is recorded magically on set. Nope! 90% of the sound is added in during post production. Ambiences, crowds, foley (footsteps, props, cloth movement), sound effects. Not just for films with lots of visual effects.
The focus of on-set recording is to capture clean dialogue, and often even that may be replaced later if it’s too noisy, the line needs to be changed, or director wants a different performance.
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Here's a guaranteed way for #Writing Contest Jurors to ruin an #emergingwriter's day: tweet to your followers (some of whom have to be thinking of entering the contest you're judging) that you're not a fan of certain kinds of stories, so maybe it's best if they "skip this one..."
...bc being an #emergingwriter isn't hard enough. It isn't hard enough that there already is a magical/frustrating subjectiveness and unpredictability to contests, and that entering one is an act of #faith, yet maybe your surprising story will be the one to enchant the jurors...
...nor is it a challenge to come up with the contest fee, which is usually significant, because you think your story's great and might have a shot, even though it's got #scifi or #specfic elements, because you've been inspired in the past by unexpected and genre-bending work...
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