It is essential for the writer community to embrace Twitter. I was once in the camp of writers who thought it was preferable to pass on this means of sharpening the written word. However, I realized that while its features are not necessarily akin to how a writer traditionally works on their craft, the popular platform represents how future generations will absorb content. Twitter taught me how to write concisely and use bold, attention-getting language. To what may surprise some, industry professionals resoundingly recommend the platform as a means of learning how to polish this skill. However, some users specialize in divulging industry secrets, making them the best accounts for writers to follow.
The Best Twitter Accounts For Writers To Follow
The writing community has clearly found its niche in the Twittersphere. This clique has used the creative outlet to share ideas and aid one another in reaching the pinnacle of their craft. Thus, it is important for aspiring writers to seek out the industry’s best teachers on this popular social media platform. Remarkably, we live in a day in age where anyone can have a full interaction with celebrities at the pinnacle of their industry in a matter of minutes! Luckily, us at The Digest have you covered when it comes to seeking out these accounts. Without further delay, here are five quintessential Twitter accounts for writers to follow.
Whether you are a fan of his book’s endings or not, Stephen King is unanimously considered one of the most storied writers in America’s history. Having penned over 90 books in his lifetime, King has used his social media accounts to pass along his experience to aspiring writers. Particularly, his quick-wit and lack of a filter shine on the popular social media outlet. The horror icon often tweets in a funny, short and to the point style that is sure to provide any young author food for thought. However, it should be noted that his followers will receive a mixed bag of content on their timeline. King’s commentary on celebrity culture is truly something to behold. Where else in the Twittersphere could a writer receive industry insights in addition to a peek into early pitch meetings for Mary Poppins Returns? @StephenKing is one of the Twitter accounts all writers follow.
Writing a story or a novel? Great! Want a tip? NEVER use the phrase "for a long moment."
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) July 25, 2017
The Writer’s Digest Twitter account certainly manifests a more PG tone than King’s. Its main focus is to aid developing writers. While the account’s short-form content would be useful to anyone in the profession, it also offers a bundle of in-depth opportunities to sharpen this form of communication. Writer’s Digest University and the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference offer the chance to improve while mingling with other industry hopefuls. The Writer’s Digest “Be Inspired” page in particular, is chock-full writerly advice.
The best tips come from people who have been there and done that. As such, this post collects one piece of advice for writers from 21 published authors. https://t.co/m7FyQ3zQZB
— Writer's Digest (@WritersDigest) June 5, 2020
While J.K. Rowling doesn’t advise writers in the traditional sense on Twitter. She perfectly demonstrates how an author should address their work in the age of social media. The creative mind behind a series on the popularity level of “Harry Potter” undoubtedly sees a barrage of fans’ burning questions on a daily basis. The British author has used her platform in a beautiful way in this regard. Rowling engages with fans by clarifying, defending and building upon the product of her creative genius. Most famously, she clarified the intricate world of Potter by discussing everything from the correct pronunciation of Voldemort’s name, to the guilt The Boy Who Lived carried long after the series on the notorious social media outlet. Aspiring authors should not take this opportunity for granted; a decade ago no one could imagine being able to have this kind of personal interaction with their favorite writer.
.@m_abs All these people saying they never got their Hogwarts letter: you got the letter. You went to Hogwarts. We were all there together.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 7, 2015
Zach Johnson is simply a must-follow for anyone in the industry. Particularly, writers looking to make a splash in blogging should peruse the entrepreneur’s social media. Johnson helps rookies tackle that ever-intimidating phrase, search engine optimization, in a clear and concise fashion. From tweeting tips about the aforementioned strategies to promoting the best analytical programs, he provides writers with the tools to construct a popular blog. Johnson advises from personal experience, as he has played the SEO game well time and time again. The veteran blogger’s website expounds upon the pillars of his popular Twitter account. The hard-working style of entrepreneurship he promotes would inspire any blogger to up their SEO game.
Stop caring about what other people think, and just do it!
— Zac Johnson (@zacjohnson) January 12, 2017
It is no secret that in the age of content, it has become increasingly difficult to garner viewership. This is especially true when it comes to books, short stories and poems, as upcoming generations tend to favor shorter, easier to digest content. Writer’s Relief strives to accommodate the talented and hungry. There is no better way to sum up this organization than the mission statement that graces the front page of their website, “we all have one thing in common: we enjoy helping writers accomplish their goals. We’re writers, researchers, motivators, organizers, proofreaders, and savvy submission strategists.” Mix in a daily quote from famous authors and a barrage of tips to get past writer’s block, amongst other writer ailments, and this account shapes up to be a hidden gem for industry professionals. Writers Relief rounds out our list of Twitter accounts for writers to follow.
— Writer's Relief (@WritersRelief) August 3, 2020
About the Author/s
Christian Milcos is currently pursuing a degree in Communications at Marist College. After serving as Editor-In-Chief of his high school's newspaper for two years, he has since continued writing for a variety of blogs. His content has been featured on Fansided, Yahoo Sports and Bleacher Report.