Christmas is now well and truly nearly upon us.
However, writers are always writing… and – nowadays – tweeting too:
R. J. Nello (@rjnellowriter) December 18, 2019
I had to reply to that obvious oversight. Not to include The Holiday? My goodness.
A question that will create debate forever: Do you prefer Kate Winslet or Cameron Diaz? Or do you prefer Jude Law or Jack Black or Rufus Sewell… or Eli Wallach? 🙂
Nouveaulin (@nouveaulin) December 17, 2019
They are wrong.
Note to Twitter: I hate the words "follow" and "follower." They smack of elitism and snobbery. I prefer "befriend… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…—
Bryan R. Quinn (@AuthorBryan) December 18, 2019
Some people, though, do just “follow.” They never really engage or talk with you. Not everyone wants to be “friends.”
Some just want to read blogs and read books. No engagement. And that’s their right.
If everyone who read a post commented on that post… I would be overwhelmed.
Ashley Bochman (@ashley_bochman) December 17, 2019
It was never my destiny
unless I’m a Skywalker and don’t know it. It is something I vaguely recall back in the 1990s wanting to try, but not actually moving towards doing it until 2012. It was then I had some time actually to invest in doing so.
Writing is massively time consuming, so if time is an issue for you, you should probably not try it. You must be able to treat it like work: making time here and there to write will make it only doubly difficult. You need to be able to close the door and have no one bother you for possibly hours regularly at a stretch.
Put another way, writing might be compared to golf: it should not be undertaken if you lack the time to pursue it with a gusto… because if you lack that time you’ll probably never be more than a hack
Olivia McCabe (@oliviamccabe72) December 17, 2019
Why do I write? In a few words: a desire to entertain, share some of what I have learned (occasionally the hard way) in life, and, umm, maybe sneak in some history – the former college teacher in me, I suppose – to perhaps unsuspecting readers.
And, uh, hopefully to see a screen version someday! LOL!
Melissa Graham (@MelissaG1954) December 16, 2019
I tend to agree about the first person issue. Too many “I” “I” “I” in a book is a put off to me. “I” prefer a narrator (who may be a character). And “I” like third person: “He”/”She”.
𝙳𝚛. 𝙼𝚊𝚐𝚐𝚒𝚎 𝙶. (@MaggieGilewicz) December 12, 2019
I’m not sure what anyone expects me to be upon first meeting me… if they have never met me before.
Unless we are talking social media or book impressions first, followed by meeting the real me.
I do think you might be shocked at how I am… not insane. 😉
To me the perfect length of a book to read is 250 pages... How about you?—
Richard Cardenas 📚✨ (@bookishlyrichie) April 27, 2019
Uh, I feel between 387 pages to 629 pages is about right.
Okay, I’m kidding. My five novels (to date) fall between those lengths. To me, there is no “best” book length. It is always the length I believe is necessary – while still being readable.
I’m still (re)reading War and Peace (for the first time in over 20 years) and I’m feeling a real sense of accomplishment at working through it. It is not “one” book; it is “several.” For instance, reading “Natasha’s” life story is very different than reading the Napoleonic history.
That is writers. However, it isn’t only writers who tweet, of course. WARNING: Excessive profanity from a business – yes, really – follows…
Dear Authors, Glad I kept this tweet handy - we've had half a dozen of these this week alone - probably a couple o… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…—
Fahrenheit Press : Crime Fiction Publishers (@fahrenheitpress) December 12, 2019
A publisher named Fahrenheit Press has been busy tweeting lately too. I apologize for posting that, but I feel it is worth addressing here. I had never heard of that publisher before that beaut was retweeted into my timeline.
My initial reaction: I don’t recall such crassness in correspondence or communications I ever saw from my (now late) crime novelist uncle’s publishers, such as HarperCollins. (I met when I’d stopped by his Paris local publisher a genteel and soft-spoken Frenchman.) If that is the crime writing publishing business norm nowadays – vomiting all over us in public – they can, frankly,
shove keep it.
The (repeated) use of the “F-bomb” in that “Twitter storm” – there’s more of it – is bad enough. In some ways, though, this (to be polite) juvenilia is worse: I expect to see that sort of tweeting from morons who can’t string a sentence together, but I haven’t really encountered – at least that I recall – the word “d-ck” used in that manner since, uh, probably high school. And whoever posted that there is supposedly an adult.
Playing (real or imaginary) publishers off against each other is a dick move. We'll NEVER get involved with anyone… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…—
Fahrenheit Press : Crime Fiction Publishers (@fahrenheitpress) January 09, 2019
Speaking of “character.” A blizzard of unnecessary and childish profanity tweeted to the entire world from that publisher because they get some authors trying a bit of a sales job on them?
Anyone may employ foul language. It takes no special skill. Those authors purported “antics” aren’t the real problem here. That publisher needs to grow up: that sort of social media use coming from a business account is appalling.
I know we live in a rather “informal” time and many appear to think bad language doesn’t matter as much as in ye olde days, but gimme a break. Any business that tweets that crudely is not one I will ever respect. And this is probably far more important: seeing that public behavior from a publisher does not exactly cause me to want to rush to buy any of its titles.
Good morning cyber fam! Do me a favor here. Whatever you do, and wherever you go, remember anything allowed into y… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…—
Amy Georges (@AmyGeorges3) December 18, 2019
Definitely. And that company above seems one of those to be avoided.
Have a great day, wherever you are. 🙂