Most of the people I’m connected with on the internet are writers: Best-selling novelists, bloggers with heavy clout, and budding new writers.Sometimes I wonder, do the authors and bloggers I follow on twitter know each other? I mean, really know each other.
Do they talk? Do they invite each other out for tea or sex or housewarming parties?
I think it’s more likely that they can’t stand each other – too much jealousy, or popularity issues, and the desire to distance yourself from so-and-so because “he’s not a real horror writer, he just writes really long chapters about murders.” Do they scoff when they read each others’ works, or do they raise their eyebrows and say, “ah, I had never thought of that”?
I like to think that two of my favorite living authors, Stephen King and Neil Gaimann belong in the latter category. They share so many followers in common and they follow each other.
Both writers, both advocates of the craft (in their own way) and yet, both have completely different sets of followers. Well, almost completely. One of the bridges between these two is Jon Winokur’s Advice to Writers.
Check out his blog, and don’t forget to like, comment and follow this one! Don’t know what to say? Tell me what you think other writers say to each other!
Anyway, back to Tweeting. Twittering? What do you call it when you’re just there to read?
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