The Week in Writing: Passive voice gets a bad rap

Blame George Orwell. Plus, Twitter advice for the wordsmith, finding confidence in your penmanship, and more.

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Also, a digital-savvy author offers Twitter advice for writers, we offer a look at why confidence in writing is such a struggle, and one magazine editor misses typewriters.

Twitter advice for writers. Author and TV producer Jennifer Weiner has adapted to every phase of digital media, even building an app that features her blog posts, tweets, and other writing. In this interview with the Poynter Institute, she gives several pieces of advice for writers on what to share and, perhaps more important, what not to share on Twitter. A few of her suggestions:

• Too much self-promotion is an “automatic unfollow, automatic turnoff.”
• Be careful about tweeting all day long. “It’s hard to imagine anyone tweeting that frequently getting any work done.”
• Gauge interest by asking what people want to read. “It’s a way to get immediate feedback that I’m not sure writers ever had before.”

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