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Favourites as likes

How do you use Twitter favourites? I’ve never been sure what to do with them. I tried favouriting tweets that contain interesting links, like a built-in bookmarking system, but I never went back to check those tweets, because I have Pinboard and Instapaper for that kind of thing.

Sock-puppeting is as grim as it gets for authors

You’ve probably heard about all this sock-puppeting business that’s been in the media this week. You can read a good summary in this article on the Guardian website, but the gist of it is as follows. Award-winning crime writer RJ Ellory, like self-published authors John Locke and Stephen

Writing and publishing is all about teamwork

Stephanie Thwaites, children’s agent at Curtis Brown in the UK, published a lovely post about rejection this week on her blog. It begins: It’s all about rejection. No, not online dating, but publishing: according to an editor I was chatting to last week, it’s an industry

First impressions on the internet

You might think me mad, but I’ve been thinking a lot about first impressions and the way things appear right now. In the always-on world of social media and running a website like this, I’m meeting new people all the time. And mostly without knowing it.

The best writing comes from the head, not the heart

Allow me to mount my high horse for a moment. I’ve found something to rant about. Since I started Write for Your Life and began blogging coming up to two years ago, I’ve found myself delighted and exasperated in equal measure. Delighted at the amount of

The five rules of getting a book deal

Guest post by Jean Hannah Edelstein Before we start, some quick disclaimers: I used to work in publishing, and I keep up to date on the industry for my blogging purposes (and personal interest), and I do a little critiquing of new writing on an ad-hoc basis (and have introduced

How to find your perfect writing partner

Writing collaboratively can be a fantastic experience. However, you don’t necessarily need to work on the same project with someone to benefit from having a writing partner. Rather than team up with another writer to produce a joint story, script or series of articles, why not use their knowledge

How Twitter can help you improve, market and publish your creative writing

There seems to be an awful lot of hoo-hah about Twitter at the moment. I first set up my Twitter account a couple of years ago and quickly abandoned it, thinking it a twaddlesome alternative to text messages. Well, I don’t mind admitting, I was wrong. For those

10 turn-offs for restless writers and pen-shy procrastinators

Writers don’t get it easy. Most of us spend our working lives sat at a computer screen. The very thing that’s supposed to help us write efficiently bombards us with distractions. But of course, it’s not just technology that keeps us from our hectic