Happy September! 🙂 It’s very windy outside, and I love it. I keep thinking of Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day. Wonderful.
I’m also thinking about writers and Twitter. Last night I had a meeting with some of my Writing Popular Fiction classmates via Twitter (#wpfchat), and Dr. Michael Arnzen led us in a discussion about the pros and cons of Twitter for authors. It was pretty interesting.
I’ve also used Twitter in a couple of interesting ways.
First was #tots, which I did with Brian Feldman. We rewrote part of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew as a Twitter conversation between several character accounts, and Brian posted those tweets live.
Then I worked on The Creepy Luny Inn Radio Adventure Show, where I encouraged listeners to vote via Twitter on what should happen next week.
Both experiments have been a lot of fun.
Our discussion last night showed me that writers have different views of Twitter. The group shared thoughts about the pros of these 140-character updates, including…
- A way to connect with readers
- A way to connect with agents
- A way to connect with distant critique partners
Then the group shared thoughts about the cons of Twitter, including…
- Time suck!!!
- Inappropriate tweets
- Loss of mystique
Finally, we shared useful writing hashtags with one another. In case you’re interested, here they are:#askagent #scribechat #storycraft #scifichat #ufchat #yalitchat #querychat #askeditor #pubtip
So, do you use Twitter? Is it a great way to connect, or is it just another time suck? What are your favorite writing/reading hashtags?