I’ve noticed quite an annoying trend on Twitter lately. Yes, even more annoying than the usual brain-dumbing drivel you typically see on Twitter. See, I follow a lot of writers and literary magazines. It’s nice to see what others writers are talking about and stay up to date on the latest news. However, it seems lately like these writers only tweet what they’re currently writing about, at that very second. Tweets like:
Just finished writing another 200 words, yay me!
This character I’m writing is making me so mad!
Please come smash my laptop to pieces because I’m a brainless tool that can’t keep a single thought to myself!
Okay, that last one is just wishful thinking, but you know what I mean. It’s hard to explain why this bothers me so much, but it really does. The thing is, I know for a fact that many of these people have yet to publish a single book or short story in any major literary magazine. Of course, neither have I, but you don’t see my tweeting about my latest creation 500 times a day either. There’s a difference between updating a blog a few times a week and chronicling every insipid moment of your life.
Look, I don’t mind people talking about what they’re working on, but there’s only so much of that I can take. When you become a NYT Best Seller, then I’ll be happy to listen to your creative process in real time. Until then, I implore you, please shut your virtual trap.