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Can Grammar Cops Be Good Writers?

 

Novelist Sherman Alexie generated hundreds of tweets, puns, grammar jokes and arguments with the simple Twitter post embedded above: “Grammar cops are rarely good writers. Imagination always disobeys,” he wrote.

Does an obsession for grammar make you a lesser writer? As regular GalleyCat readers know, I still make plenty of grammar errors in my own writing–so I don’t feel like I can make an unbiased judgment.

Below, we’ve rounded up our favorite responses in a single Storify post.

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Richard Dawkins Ignites Nobel Prize Controversy

Author and scientist Richard Dawkins published a controversial Twitter post this morning and found himself flooded by online critics.

Dawkins wrote: “All the world’s Muslims have fewer Nobel Prizes than Trinity College, Cambridge. They did great things in the Middle Ages, though.”

So far, his comment has generated 370 retweets and a stream of critical responses from readers. We’ve collected his tweets and reader responses in a Storify post below–what do you think? (Photo via Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science)

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90,000+ Readers Sign Petition for ‘Report Abuse’ Button on Twitter

After Caroline Criado-Perez helped get novelist Jane Austen‘s face on the £10 note in the UK, she was swamped with abusive comments on Twitter.

Since then, more than 90,000 people have signed an online petition urging Twitter to add a “report abuse” button on everyone’s Twitter profile. Here’s more from the petition:

For over three days, Caroline Criado-Perez, who campaigned to keep women on banknotes, has been targeted repeatedly with rape threats on Twitter … But abuse on Twitter is common; sadly too common. And it frequently goes ignored. We need Twitter to recognise that it’s current reporting system is below required standards. It currently requires users to search for details on how to report someone for abuse; a feature that should be available on each user’s page.

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Avoid the Passive Voice with Zombies

Do you abuse the passive voice in your own writing? As you can see by the tweet embedded above, it is very easy to check.

A Reddit discussion has resurrected USMC professor of culture and ethics Rebecca Johnson‘s writing advice from last year, giving all writers a killer tip for avoiding the passive voice. If you want more guidance, the UNC Writing Center has a free handout about uses and abuses of the passive voice. Check it out: 

A passive construction occurs when you make the object of an action into the subject of a sentence. That is, whoever or whatever is performing the action is not the grammatical subject of the sentence.

(Mobile image via dbbent)

Joyce Carol Oates Ignites Twitter Controversy

Novelist Joyce Carol Oates wrote a series of controversial Twitter posts about Egypt and Islam today, prompting many writers to respond.

Below, we’ve collected her Twitter posts and some of the responses from writers around the globe in a Storify post. What do you think?

As of this 3:30 p.m. EST writing, Oates had 56,639 followers on Twitter. Our Storify collection follows below…

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Literary Agents Share Manuscript Wish Lists

Hundreds of agents, editors and publishers have shared their manuscript wish lists on Twitter, using the popular MSWL hashtag. Below, we’ve created a Storify post linking to many of the posts from the hashtag–they are arranged in a massive list, in no particular order. The list is perfect if you are looking for a literary agent or some literary inspiration. If you want more, young adult writer KK Hendin created an Agent and Editor Wish List Tumblr page linking to many of the posts in a simple format. (Image via waferboard)   Read more

Create a Free Twitter Highlight Reel

Tired of your plain old Twitter profile? You can build a multimedia profile mixing video, music and images instead.

You can use Vizify’s #FollowMe tool to create a free Twitter highlight reel. AppNewser has more details:

Each video comprises of highlights of your Twitter history including photos, vines, and stats documenting your savvy microblogging skill – like who you interact with and when you tweet the most. Unlike Vine, #FollowMe doesn’t have a time limit. You can even add music from Rumblefish’s library of 1 million songs as you cut and edit the video to your heart’s desire. Once you’re done, embed them into your tweets to attract more followers.

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Flock To Unlock Twitter Technique for Authors

During the “Twitter 2.0: Twitter Master Class For Publishing Professionals” presentation at BookExpo America, Brand New Brand You Inc. president Cindy Ratzlaff encouraged authors to try the “flock to unlock” technique on Twitter.

According to Ratzlaff, “your tweets are only alive for seven minutes” in your followers’ Twitter streams. The “flock to unlock” technique will help you keep a tweet alive for longer and find new readers.

She used Alternative Apparel’s Twitter feed as an example (tweet embedded below). The company promised to unlock a special sale code if more than 30 people retweeted a post about the sale.

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GalleyCat Counts 200,000 Twitter Followers

Over the holiday weekend, GalleyCat reached 200,000 followers on Twitter. We’d like to thank all our Twitter readers for your support these last few years–you’ve really helped our site grow.

You can also subscribe to our free email newsletter to get all our publishing news in one place. If you need some Twitter support, check out these posts:

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How To Stream Tweets at Your Literary Event

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How To Turn Your Twitter Page into a Book

Do you want to share your tweets with your grandchildren someday? Maybe you should make a book.

AppNewser has collected five different services that will turn your Twitter feed into a book. Check it out: 

Twournal: “Twournal allows you to create, buy and sell twitter books printed from your tweets. All Twournals have color covers, can include replies and photos from services such as Twitpic and Yfrog in color or black and white. You can choose a custom picture for your front cover. Select which tweets you want to start and end at. And you can add a dedication message to appear after your title.”

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