Writing Wednesday: 10 Authors You Should Be Following on Twitter

Ah, Twitter. What was once feared to be a 140-character wasteland of bad grammar and shameless self-promotion has actually proven itself to be a hugely influential source of news and insight. As an aspiring writer you may not want to turn to this social media platform for examples of great sentence structure, but you’ll miss out on a wealth of information if you ignore the site altogether.

With the news that Stephen King has recently joined Twitter, we thought it a perfect time to take inventory of which other writers use the website and we were impressed with what we found. The following scribes are all quite prolific on Twitter and, even better, their accounts offer great hints and tips into the creative minds of accomplished authors.

Stephen King

Though he’s new to the site, King is off to a fairly steady start. His tweets give his thoughts on the latest news out of Red Sox Nation as well as on what books he’s been reading lately.

 

Neil Gaiman

Quite possibly better known to many as a Twitter icon rather than as an author, Neil Gaiman has nearly 2 million online followers. An avid re-Tweeter, Gaimen also posts original thoughts on music, comics and current hot-button issues.

 

Chuck Palahniuk

One of modern literature’s most unconventional writers actually has a fairly conventional approach to providing help and inspiration, offering lists of writing tips to follow and grammar mistakes to avoid.

 

R.L. Stine

If you stopped reading R.L. Stine when you outgrew Goosebumps you may be surprised to note how sarcastic and witty this author truly is.

 

Judy Blume

Another childhood favourite who really needs to make your “Following” list, Blume offers up her thoughts on movies, cultural milestones and the craft of writing on her account.

 

Augusten Burroughs

One needn’t follow Burroughs on Twitter for an insider’s look into his childhood and psyche – that’s what his books are for. Burroughs’ Twitter account is instead the perfect place to find out his thoughts on American society, of which he (unsurprisingly) has a lot.

 

Margaret Atwood

This Canadian literary icon uses her Twitter to reflect on the current happenings in the world of art and culture.

 

Stephen Fry

The Twitter account of this British writer and comedian is a peek into his latest adventures, as well as being home to his thoughts on equality and modern society.

 

Salman Rushdie

Rushdie has a strong rapport with many other authors on Twitter, so his feed is a great way to see firsthand the interactions of some highly creative and intelligent minds.

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