Good morning! Given that I am currently writing, uh, nothing for planned publication, I have more time to read books, blogs… and Twitter. As to that latter, well, get ready: here we go again! LOL!:
Hey #WritingCommunity, how many books have you published? 🤔 Just curious.—
elle is drawing today (@author_elle) October 28, 2019
I am proud to have authored…
…five of them. And I have not the slightest qualms about – if I died tomorrow – those being my “literary legacy.” They say what I as their author want them to say.
Women and Fiction (@WomenandFiction) October 29, 2019
I find I read lots of books authored by women. It’s not planned that way. It just seems to be what I like to read.
“I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.”- Ernest Hemingw… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…—
Teuta Metra (@Teuta_Metra) October 27, 2019
My (late novelist) uncle claimed to be a listener. And he did listen. (I felt he was the first adult in the family who treated me as an adult equal, not a “kid” – an attitude which drew me to him starting in my young twenties.) But, oh, did he love also to hold the room:
Similarly, from what I’ve read, Ernest Hemingway. Just because “Hem” said something doesn’t make it true. If you read of what others have written of him – such as Dos Passos and Capa and even Zelda Fitzgerald – Hemingway could also be, uh, full of… stuff. LOL!
Never buy totally into the “first person” Hemingway in anywhere near its entirety.
i figured i should do an official introduction so here we go: my name is emily and i’m a 17 year old writer. i’m… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…—
Emily Strauch (@emscribe) October 27, 2019
Poor young lady. It’s Twitter. She will learn it’s unfortunately also full of not nice people.
Much as the world is, sadly, of course.
Words that come to mind for "cemetery": crypt tomb grave burial funeral mortuary catacomb graveyard necropolis tomb… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…—
Kiingo Thesaurus (@KiingoThesaurus) October 29, 2019
To my eye there, “graveyard,” “churchyard,” “burial ground,” and “memorial park” are the only close “synonyms” with “cemetery.”
“Necropolis,” uh, maybe… but that’s not a word in anywhere near common use. I’d expect to see it used only in sci-fi or fantasy. It would be badly out of place in an “ordinary mortals” novel.
I don't know why I'm listening to "Old Town Road" on repeat while pulling an all-nighter on a writing project, but… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…—
Bryn Donovan (@BrynDonovan) October 29, 2019
I grew up living off of “Old Town Road” in East Setauket, Long Island, New York.
Maybe someday there will be a plaque on my childhood home? “Great author lived here!” LOL!
Erin Manning (@emanningwriter) October 29, 2019
Sigh. I guess we are about to have a month of such tweets. I would like to have a read of a 50,000 word “rough draft” churned out in a month. The #NaNoNaNoNaNo… site uses “50,000 words” as a writing aim (emphasizing, in fairness, it is just a guide) and as I recall claims (at least the last time I looked at it a year or two ago) that is about the length of The Great Gatsby.
That Gatsby word count is indeed accurate. But Gatsby is much more that just a “word count.” If you join in, remember it also took F. Scott Fitzgerald six months (and some prep before) to complete Gatsby’s slightly more than “47,000” word full draft.
Having myself written five novels, with the two most recent ones being extra-massive “extravaganzas,” I think I have earned the
write right to sit back and for a few months just watch all of you other writers out there thrashing around trying to write. LOL!
Chrissy Clarke (@Chrissy_Clarke) October 29, 2019
I am usually sitting at my desk and place my right palm underneath my chin as I despair: “Dear God, it’s finished? What am I going to write next?”
What is your experience when you see a promo here on twitter and it starts off with a 'glowing review' or descripti… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…—
Fay Thompson (@FayThom04494140) October 26, 2019
“Five Stars” promos get immediately laughed at. For – I’m sorry – almost NO BOOK (not even mine!) is “five stars.” It might well be a “good” book; but the hyperbole is a turn off.
I tend just to scroll by.
Then again, things might be worse. I hesitate to include this here, but I think it is worth using as an example:
Something lovely this way came Sweet & sexy not so tame Silky skin warm to the touch Pressing firmly but not too mu… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…—
Just ~ Randy ✍️🌹 (@randywrites2012) October 29, 2019
Just scrolling down the #writingcommunity hashtag, it isn’t all chatter about page counts, etc. The likes of that sort of writing may also pop up.
I also tend to think that if it needs a photo, it’s not, err, actually “writing”; it’s… something else.
Who do you think is the most popular character in literature. Someone who almost anyone could clearly imagine from books.—
Marcus Acula, M.D. (@MarcusCVance) October 25, 2019
He/She would have to be a character who never appeared on film or television, but remains confined to a book. Because the moment an actor plays the character, we have now a view of the character. “Harry Potter,” for example, is now pretty much the actor who played him.
So my answer? I don’t know.
Emma Lombard Author (@LombardEmma) October 24, 2019
1. It’s so long ago I don’t remember, and my mother is no longer around to ask.
2. “Cincus”. (Get it? LOL!)
3. My eye color… the darkest brown in the history of the universe.
4. A particular French actress… and that is all I am saying. (My wife reads this.)
Dan V. Jackson (@DanVJWrites) October 24, 2019
Don’t be afraid to be proud of it.
Tommy Williford (@TommyWilliford) October 24, 2019
Blasting Frank Sinatra singing… “I’m gonna live, until I die.”
Emily Yager (@TheEmilyYager) October 24, 2019
Probably The Last of the Mohicans. I was about age 14. I had a crush on “Cora Munro.”
And when she saw me reading it, I remember my (now late) mother warning me about – without giving it away – the ending.
Problem: -Friend claims she's NEVER enjoyed reading a novel before, but wants to -I have a ONE BOOK chance to make… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…—
Heidi Schlottman (@HeidiSchlottman) October 24, 2019
I wouldn’t suggest anything. Not even any of my own books. 😉 If someone claims not to love novel reading… they need to find their way to it on their own.
Stephen Black (@stephenRB4) October 24, 2019
Again, The Great Gatsby is slightly more than 47,000 words.
Justina Smith (@JustinaMSmith) October 24, 2019
I’m an early morning writer.
Clara Rose Noble (@ClaraRoseNoble) October 24, 2019
I like lots of characters and overlapping viewpoints. And I find no need to “play favorites.” It all needs simply to make “sense” as a full tale.
Catherine Downen (@CatherineDownen) October 20, 2019
My most recent novel’s opening is: “Mr. Rutherford, sir! I’m havin’ trouble with Chesham. He’s bein’ himself, givin’ me grief…”
Writers, What does your main character do in the first scene of your latest book? Mine accidentally blows a hole… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…—
Adam Gentry (@adamgentry) October 27, 2019
He is about to assist his twenty year old Irish housekeeper to direct a spirited horse named “Chesham” into his Catskills stable. (Again, see above.)
“Castles” are later in the tale.
Stephan J. Hahn (@stephanjhahn) October 28, 2019
Does now and then crying count as emotional?
Jennifer Jarvis Burt (@jenjburt) October 28, 2019
I don’t feel I “give up” anything if I am doing what I want to be doing.
Question for writer friends: if your story goes in a direction you're not really feeling, do you delete the scene r… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…—
Eli Thorne (@Eli__Thorne) October 28, 2019
I go with it. After all, I’m just sitting by watching “them” (the characters), and, uh, transcribing what “they” are doing. Occasionally “they’ll” do the unexpected.😊
Ashley Bochman (@ashley_bochman) October 28, 2019
It takes A LOT for me to unfollow someone. It is NEVER due merely to a disagreement on this or that singular issue. It’s usually due to overall unreasonableness and/or nastiness.
Which I think leads us here. This is a good place to call it a post. As we reflect on how best to write fiction, and discuss the err, profoundly important likes of social media “unfollowing,” let’s never forget the real struggles in our world…
…for good government and a decent life.
Have a good day, wherever you are in this world. 🙂