Stephen King Joins Twitter, Gets Writer's Block
The towering giant of horror, Stephen King, will now be thrilling us regularly with his updates on Twitter. That's our hope, at least. King took his first tentative step onto the service Friday afternoon ...
Can King really get blocked? His characters do.
Stephen King tongue tied by Twitter
Darin's note: Surely Stephen King jests. He's capable of exquisitely morbid tales of darkness thousands of pages long, but can barely mutter a couple of wimpy tweets on his first day out? I am a fan, but hoped for something more than a quip about Twitter virginity. Maybe it's an intriguing start to a new master plot. He's building intrigue and suspense. But, maybe he is experiencing the terror his characters feel when tortured by writer's block. Perhaps he cannot confine himself to the brevity of a tweet. Maybe he can't do it.
Mines the grand opening of Stephen King's authentic account on Twitter, finding that he is late to the game and short on words. Notes that King originally held the Twitter username
@StephenKingAuth, but it was quickly changed to @StephenKing and verified, Twitter apparently snatching the name back from its past owner.
You can see his first two tweets in the image above,
and it appears that writer's block has gripped him as in The Shining
with Jack Torrance.
Although he was slow to hop on the Twitter train, King, in general, is a fan of new media formats,
including eBooks which he has already mastered.
Surely, this endeavor is the start of something interesting with King, as he is not one to write the ordinary.
Likely, he is getting his feet grounded, ready to take off. Interested? Click the title or image to read on. Source is Mashable.com You might also enjoy:
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30 Useful Web Tools for Professional Writers
The majority of full-time professional writers are usually on the lookout for any utilities that will help in improving workflow as well as boosting efficiency. Writing is a passion for many, but if you want to take it up as an occupation, you need something more than just passion.
Writing is easier with software.
Mines the best software tools for writers, screenwriters, and bloggers with the hope of increasing productivity and workflow efficiency.Notes that several categories of software and apps are useful to writers, and I list the top 3 from each category:
- Full writing software for long works including plays and novels: Ulysses, Mellel, Scrivener
- Simple word processing: Pagehand, MoAppsWrite, iText Pro
- Markdown tools: MarkMyWords, Byword, Marked
- Writing only apps (just for writing without frills to help you focus): IA Writer, Writeroom, Ommwriter Dana
- Freelance job locators: Guru, Places for Writers, Elance
- English grammar help and discussion: English Forums
- Writing community and criticism: Critique Circle
This list is pretty comprehensive, but there are certainly other sites that would fit into the last two categories. A while back I put together a list of apps useful to writers, not just writing apps, and you might find it useful: How to create the ultimate writer's app toolkit
Interested? Click the title or image to read on.Source is InstantShift.comYou might also enjoy:Share with us: What other apps do you find useful?
"Digital Digest: New Tools Transform Self-Publishing""As pressure grows for writers to master new skills—design, distribution, marketing and promotion, and the social media–driven courtship of readers—the practice of writing itself is evolving into more than mere composition, and new tools are allowing an unprecedented degree of involvement in the full scope of one’s own creative work."Mines
the two basic categories in ebook self-publishing to better understand the pros and cons of specific tools - large corporate publishers like Amazon, iBook, Barnes and Noble, and Google Books Partner Program, or aggregators, which offer more independence, like SmashWords, BookBaby, and BookBrewer, FastPencil, and eBookit.Notes
the criteria for each, delineates the positives and negatives, and offers pricing information - A comprehensive and helpful tool.Interested?
Click the text or image above to follow the link.Source
is Poets and Writers.
In a moment of frustrastion and panic about a month ago, I was in the grips of writers block - an article I needed to get out for Technorati on ebook publishing.
I had trouble keeping track of sources, organizing my ideas, and maintaining concentration while writing. Have you experienced this? Microsoft Word just wasn't working.
I found that others had been riddled with similar anguish and that they had responded by creating apps to alleviate my pain. Mind maps are a good way to get started,
but I needed something to help me in the flow of writing. I found terrific apps that have saved my writing life and alleviated headaches.
- Scrivener - is my number one pick as it is so thorough and comprehensive, guiding you through research, documentation, incorporating sources, and writing the project. It works equally well for small blog posts and novels. I would never attempt to write a novel length piece without it. This is a complete writing tool, and I love it.
- iA Writer- was the first tool I used and still love. iA represents a simple way to focus just on your writing, excluding all other distractions. The interface loads quickly, and thrusts you directly to the writing page. iA includes a focus feature that highlights your current working sentence and grays out the other text. I still use this app when I want to jump in and focus on writing quickly.
- Other tools of interest: Mellel and Pages.
If you are a writer and do not yet use mind maps, let's get started. Mind maps are incredible tools for generating and organizing ideas, and there are many available free of charge.
One of the biggest problems we face as writers is the block - the inability to generate and organize ideas. Mind maps facilitate the mental flow of ideas, and using them will super-charge your writing. Below are a few resources to get you started, and I will be following up with additional information and resources.
Brainstorm, freewrite, collaborate, invent, and ignite with these web resources.