“Forgive me for writing such a long letter, I did not have time to write a short one,” is a philosophy attributed to many writers throughout history. (Who said it first is under debate.) This quote applies wonderfully to tweeting. With 140 characters or less, writers have to choose their words wisely. On top of just writing, Twitter offers writers (some of whom tend to be awkward hermits) a cloud of community and conversation with established authors, other aspiring writers, publishing gurus and literary critics, as well as a way for independent authors to promote their books.
Twitter Bio: Author – Bird by Bird, Traveling Mercies, Some Assembly Required, Help Thanks Wow. Mom, Nana, activist; elder at St. Andrew Prez—services at 11:00.
Need for Feed: Often called “the people's author,” Lamott's openness about her life and her path as a writer maker her a great person to follow. Her tales of struggle and success give any aspirer hope.
Twitter Bio: will eventually grow up and get a real job. Until then, will keep making things up and writing them down.
Need for Feed: Gaiman is a prolific writer in many different mediums, and twitter is one of them. His feed offers humor, words of wisdom, and he regularly retweets and replies.
Twitter Bio: Podcaster. Author. Entrepreneur. Skier. Founder of the Quick and Dirty Tips network. Grammar Pop developer. Peeve Wars creator.
Need for Feed: Spell check and grammar check have made our generation quite weak when it comes to grammar. While improving grammar can't hurt, incredible writers (Fitzgerald, Austen, Yeats, to name a few) had challenges in grammar and spelling. Thank goodness for editors.
Twitter Bio: Writerly wisdom of the ages collected by the author of Advice To Writers, The Big Book of Irony, and The Portable Curmudgeon
Need for Feed: Tweeting quotes from renowned writers about writing, this feed is like a devotional that offers daily inspiration and guidance for scribes.
Twitter Bio: Book and Comic Reviews, News and Features from @PasteMagazine. Section edited by @McNairWrites,@seanmedgar and @franniejack.
Need for Feed: I know, it's a little cheeky, but @PasteBooks is truly a great place to read about reading. With interesting book reviews, fun listicals about all things writing, and breaking news in the book world, I couldn't resist putting them on this list.
Twitter Bio: Writing, Publishing, and Book Marketing Information
Need for Feed: One great thing about modern technology is the opportunity to self-publish. Honing skills in marketing and social media (cough, cough, twitter) are key to succeeding. Follow the Publishing Guru for advice in all forms of publishing.
Twitter Bio: The international source for book publishing and bookselling news, reviews and information.
Need for Feed: From covering the Book Expo of America to who won what award, this feed highlights the trades and trends of the publishing world.
Twitter Bio: Entrepreneur | Speaker | Scrivener Coach | teaching you how to get#Scrivener to do EXACTLY what you want & accelerate your writing career in less than 1 week.
Need for Feed: Running coaches help runners' legs move faster, chess coaches help students' make the right move, and writing coaches help writers … keep their head up. Writing is hard, both as an art and as a career, and writers aren't known for being the happiest bunch. @scrivenercoach feeds you hope and support, until you make enough money with your writing to actually buy a meal.
Twitter Bio: BookViral is all about great books. Working with Authors & Illustrators to reach new readers and help great books go viral.
Need for Feed: Book Viral focuses on the business side of books, trying to help bring books to light (preferably reading lights).
Twitter Bio: Interestingness hunter-gatherer obsessed with combinatorial creativity. Editor of @brainpickings & @explorer. Bylines for @WiredUK & @TheAtlantic. MIT Fellow.
Need for Feed: If you’re going to follow one person on this list, follow Maria Popova. In providing beautiful coverage of all the important writings and happenings in books, Popova helps her followers stay abreast of all they need to know about the craft.
There you have it—a drop from an ocean (or at least a sizable lake) of good Twitter feeds for aspiring authors. How about you, Paste readers—what are some other good Twitter feeds for people who love to write?
Madina Papadopoulos is a New York-based freelance writer, author and regular contributor to Paste. You can follow her on Twitter.