Ever follow a novelist on Twitter thinking you’ll pick up a writing tip from the feed?
Good luck. The Twitter feeds from many popular writers are examples of procrastination in action.
For 140-character nuggets of writing advice, you have to dive deeper than published and popular fiction writers. Working editors and journalists (and a popular cartoon character) are a good source for writing and editing tips.
Here are five tips:
On writer’s block, from Dana Goldstein, a contributor to The Daily Beast and The Nation:
On hyphens, from Mark Allen, a freelance writer and copy editor:
Why we need hyphens: Because second-best margarita in Phoenix is not the same as second best margarita in Phoenix. @GrammarMonkeys #ACES2011less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhoneMark Allen
On a common language gaffe, from Chris Jones, a contributor to Esquire:
On conjunctions, from Rob Reinalda, executive editor at Ragan Communications:
On punctuation, from Stewie Griffin, from the cartoon “The Family Guy”: