How to recognize your fingerprints in a story

If someone dusted your story, would they know it was yours?

Fingerprint and keyboard

All writers have a unique pattern of word usage. Tweet it!

That’s right. Take a look at your writing. Do you use a certain phrase or word over and over? I gotta admit, this is something I haven’t thought about before. Sometimes I overuse words in a draft and will toss them out later. But, I’ve never given much thought to what words or phrase identify me.

Until I read an article by Ben Blatt.

Writers are creatures of habit and have a singular voice they will not or cannot change. We don’t like change any more than any one else. If we are comfortable with a word we use it like sprinkles on ice cream. What I discovered from Mr. Blatt is using a word often is not always bad. Famous authors all have a “tell”.

Now as with all things there is an app for that. LOL

Keep reading!

Can You Identify an Author By How Often They Use the Word “The”? By Ben Blatt

Authors leave a distinctive hidden fingerprint in their stories.

Do you know yours?  

Want to find out?

Thanks to Mr. Blatt you now can!

MoWa Literary Fingerprint – Author Identifier By Ben Blatt

Can’t wait to play with this!

What about you? What do you think?

Leave me a comment and let’s talk.

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Do you know the right Hashtag to use when you tweet?

Authors and writers can find Twitter a great information source.

All it takes is using, and searching for the right #Hashtag.

There are lots of lists and lots of Hashtags to choose from, too bad I lost the cheat sheet I’d used for years.

Thank goodness for WENDY VAN CAMP! And her terrific list. I’m going to print out the dang thing in triplicate and tape one above my desk, one on my desk, and one in my file.

  • Want to connect with other authors for help? There’s a Hashtag for that.
  • Want to connect with writers of various genres? There’s a Hashtag for that.
  • Want to connect with readers? There’s a Hashtag for that. 

WENDY VAN CAMP gives us a list for all of them!

Author #Hashtags for Twitter by WENDY VAN CAMP at No Wasted Ink

From her list, I discovered a new #Hashtag, #WritersTellMe. Can’t wait to see what I find with this one.

Keep watching and learn more about what Twitter can do for you as an author.

Your turn.

Did you see a new Hashtag? One you hadn’t thought of?

What Hashtag do you use the most often?

Do you have a Hashtag to add to the list that might be useful to us?

Did you learn something new about using Hashtags and Twitter for writers?

Talk to me, I love reading your comments.

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