Many authors have taken to Twitter and shown the world that in 140 characters you can say a lot–and use proper grammar to boot! About a year ago, The Guardian challenged authors write a 140 character novel on Twitter. You can check out the article here. I personally enjoy Ian Rankin’s.
Inspired, I decided to give you a run-down of some of the authors I’m following on Twitter. Enjoy!
Margaret Atwood (@MargaretAtwood)
The Dame of Canadian science fiction is quite active on the internet. In fact, she is very supportive of Twitter as a medium for communicating. Just check out her interview with Big Think. If you want to keep up to date with where in the world she is doing a reading, giving a lecture, or signing books her Twitter account is a good place to look. Atwood is also vocal on her opinion on Canadian politics. At over 420,000 followers, her eclectic tweets are certainly a hit and a fun read on any early morning.
Paulo Coehlo (@paulocoehlo)
The internationally renowned author uses Twitter to advertise for various charities, inspirational quotes, and some amazing views from around the world. He tweets in Spanish and English amongst other languages. Occasionally he passes a thought or two on current events.
Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself)
The science fiction and comic writer has over 1 million followers and counting! He actively tweets and retweets about various arts and literary events from the U.K. and U.S. Alongside plenty of behind-the-scenes photos from his shows, he signal boosts plenty of charities and social movements.
Joyce Carol Oates (@JoyceCarolOates)
If you love poignant observation of society today, especially if you’re all for the humane society, read author Joyce Carol Oates tweets on the regular. Each one is like a little appetizer of her signature style.
The author of The Book of Awesome and its subsequent sequels, his Twitter account is an extension of his blog which resulted in his New York Times bestseller. Each day he tweets quotes and uplifting items from his infinite list of awesome things. They’re great daily reminders to appreciate the little things and put a smile on your face.