I have writing news! I also need your help, but first things first. I’m excited to tell you that the team at one of my favorite writing blogs, Writer Unboxed, asked me to write a monthly column about Twitter. And you know what? Writing a monthly column makes me a columnist! I couldn’t be more thrilled.
Writer Unboxed is a website that authors Therese Walsh and Kathleen Bolton started in 2006. Over the past six years the site has exploded to include columns and guest posts by best-selling authors, agents, and other experts in the business. I will be their Twitter “expert.” How perfect is that? I love Twitter, and I love to call myself an expert. It’s a match!
WHY TWITTER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS MILESTONE IN MY WRITING CAREER
First, let me reiterate: I DO consider this a major milestone in my writing career. About two years ago, before I started my this blog, before I had any short stories published, and before I published any essays anywhere, I entered a contest at Writer Unboxed with the hopes of winning a spot as their “aspiring writer columnist.” I was a quarter-finalist, which meant they would publish one of the posts I had submitted during the contest.
That piece, about how hard it was to publicly call myself a writer, appeared on Writer Unboxed in October 2010. I discovered that the “blogging voice” suited me well, and I started my blog one month later. (If you want to know why I decided to call this place “Nina Badzin’s Blog” instead of something clever or cute, I discuss those details here.)
Back to Writer Unboxed. I knew about their 2010 contest in the first place from Twitter. And through Twitter I’ve continued to learn about other writing opportunities and make connections with writers at all levels in the business. Now, exactly two years later, the founders of Writer Unboxed have invited me to write for them regularly. I consider this a win. Or as Charlie Sheen and his followers might have tweeted earlier this year, #winning.
Twitter is a language, a science, and an art. I think I can help writers or anybody interested in using Twitter put their best face forward there and do it efficiently as well. I can’t wait to get started. The column begins in mid-October.
HERE’S THE PART WHERE I NEED YOUR HELP! I would love if you could answer one or all of the questions below.
- What, if anything, confuses you about Twitter?
- What do you love about it?
- What do you NOT love about it?
- Are there any Twitter etiquette questions you’d like to see me address on Writer Unboxed, either because you want the answer, or because you want OTHER PEOPLE to see the answer? (For example, I wish more people would read my “rules” about getting the thank you tweets on Twitter under control.)
THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR TWO CENTS.
And for those who celebrate the Jewish High Holy Days, I want to wish you a happy, healthy, and sweet new year. L’shana tova! May you be inscribed and sealed for a good one!
FINALLY, in completely unrelated news, I read two great books in the past few weeks that I’d love to discuss. In both cases I didn’t like the ending, HOWEVER, I can’t stop thinking about both books. They are: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker. Perhaps I’ll pick one when it’s my turn to choose the book for the Great New Books online book club. (We are currently reading Hemingway’s Girl by Erika Robuck, which I will be reading this week.)