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#WritersWise for Great Writing Tips!

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© 2 January 2017.
Posted in the Magazine ( · General Fiction · Interviews ).
#WritersWise is THE place on twitter for discussing everything writing-wise. Founded by Dr Liam Farrell and Sharon Thompson, #WritersWise provides a forum for writers and aspiring writers to exchange ideas and share experiences; it’s a welcoming and supportive environment.
The fortnightly tweet-chat lasts for an hour (8-9pm GMT) using the hashtag #WritersWise; the transcripts of the tweetchats can be found online at www.writerswise1.wordpress.com and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/WritersWise-215141802172475/
Different topics and genres are explored in every chat: Crime fiction, fantasy fiction, historical fiction, memoir, young adult and children’s ficion, sci-fi, short stories and yes… erotica.
Advice and writing tips come from award-winning, best-selling authors who guest-host and who have been most generous with their time and knowledge, though some of the best advice can also come from the emerging writers. It’s a free-flowing and adaptable format, and the discussion can take unexpected directions.
Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin @inkwellHQ from @writing.ie talked about avoiding rejection. Giving advice like; “my job is to get people published. Don’t submit too soon. Know how to summarise your book succinctly. Never give up.” @AlanaKirkWords talked about the ‘Many roads to getting published’ and how “being involved in the writing community transformed her potential as a writer.” Elizabeth Rose Murray @ERMurray mentioned, “emotions must be real, do research but use personal experiences too. Young adult readers are especially critical.” @HazelGaynor encouraged us to finish the book and put it aside for the next great one in our imaginations. “To be flexible with ideas. Mull things over and trust your inner voice.”
Catherine Ryan Howard @Cathryanhoward asked us to think of premise of our novels. Hers being ‘serial killer on a cruise ship.’ She asked if we were pansters or plotters and showed us her plotting wall! Susan Lanigan @Susan_Lanigan tackled questions like, “is writing fiction an indulgence when there’s so much badness in the world?”
Carmel Harrington @happymrsh got to know us all and hit number one in Twitter trends. Dalkey Creates @DalkeyCreates encouraged us to delve into writing workshops, festivals and events. @CarolineBusher was particularly gymnastic; “I practically jump out of my skin when writing.”  
@LouiseMPhillips advise on character development: “Characters are three people. Who the reader thinks they are, who they think they are and who they really are.” While Vivian Conroy @VivWrites talked about getting noticed and standing out from the crowd. Ruth Long @RuthFLong educated us on the use of Folklore in fiction, “a lone slipper on a staircase tells us a great deal.” Guy Gavriel Kay observed that “we try to write what we want to read.”
Writers and aspiring writers are encouraged to introduce themselves and ask questions of each other and the hosts. Various publishing journeys are explored. @LornaSixsmith and @DeniseDeegan, for example, shared their self-publishing experiences. Writers from all over the world bring their experience and expertise to the chat, and both publishers and literary agents have been participants, so all sides of the industry have been represented. #WritersWise trends regularly in Ireland (not that we need the validation, of course), and comments like ‘That hour flew. Another informative, fun chat. When is the next one? Love it!’ are just as satisfying.
Our next #WritersWise is the 5th Jan with @CarolineGraceCassidy. Get it pencilled into those new diaries! 
We love seeing our regular, fortnightly tweeters and we appreciate the massive enthusiasm for the chats… but #WritersWise is welcoming to newbies. Social media and promotion can be daunting but #WritersWise gives you a safe, good excuse to be online for an hour in the evening – guilt-free. A summary of the year’s chats can be found on this podcast; http://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-ma2iy-65b7a7 
We are noticed by readers, writers, agents and publishers. 
@FahrenheitPress (a US publishing house) is guest-hosting for us on the 26th January. You’re bound to have questions for a publisher? 
So… during 2017 one of your writing resolutions could be to join us at #WritersWise? 
(c) Sharon Thompson

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