This week’s Twitter crop of #writing angst

It took me a long time to come to terms with Twitter’s weird blend of watercooler/cocktail party/retail culture. But now I find it to be a fairly useful source of #writing tips and news. Here’s what I found most helpful this week.

A Couple of Writing Tidbits

Tweet 1In Kate Krake’s world, if you can write, write. If you can’t, plan. It’s all good.
I’ve always considered the sessions I spend planning, editing, or brainstorming future projects to be fairly blatant procrastination. A slightly higher, potentially more on target form than the kind of procrastination that involves me tackling our six-foot high laundry pile, but procrastination nonetheless. After all, it’s time spent doing something other than stringing words together on a page.

I plan, edit, or brainstorm on the days when I don’t feel up to putting even two words together, much less 200, or 2000. But Kate Krake makes a good argument for viewing those thinking marathons as time spent feeding my writing — not simply time taken away from it.

Tweet2 These all sound great, but you know what I really need? An app that will #FinishTheDamnBookAlready for me.

A Wee Bit of Encouragement

Tweet 3A Dash of Writerly Angst

Tweet4Been there. Doing that. This week in fact. #WritingSoulMates

And Finally, My Favorite Writing Tweet of the Week


Cross-posted to my new Storify page


About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at, chatting about books and the writing life at, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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