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’90s Book Titles’ Hashtag Sweeps Twitter

buzzfeedOn April 11th, BuzzFeed launched the hashtag “#90sBookTitles” with the tweet: “The Little Prince of Bel-Air.” Twitter users responded with tweets that paid homage to everything from popular boy bands to trendy movies of the time such as What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.

BuzzFeed collected 21 hilarious examples and created jacket art inspired by those tweets. We’ve embedded five funny tweets below. Do you have any favorites?

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8th Grader’s Poem Draws 144,000+ Tweets

A palindromic poem written by a 14-year-old named Jordan Nichols went viral after his older brother Derek tweeted a photo of it (embedded above). The piece, entitled “Our Generation,” has attracted more than 144,000 retweets.

According to The Independent, the poem “at first appears to paint a gloomy picture of modern society and one obsessed with careers and money…In reverse the poem is a lot more optimistic, a declaration of hope full of the kind of one-liners you would expect in a presidential address, and all this from an 8th grader.”

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Novel First Lines Will Tweet First Sentences of Novels For a Year

twitter304Twitter user Dylan Smith has started a new Twitter account called Novel First Lines, on which he will tweet the first line of a novel every day for a year.

The Twitter handle got started on March 1st and will tweet through February 28, 2015. So far tweets have included the first sentences of Post Office by Charles Bukowski, The Go-Between by L.P. Hartley, and Still Life With Woodpecker by Tom Robbins.

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#TwitterFiction Festival Live! Will Take Place in NYC in March

twitterfictionThe Association of American Publishers, Penguin Random House, and Twitter have partnered to host the #TwitterFiction Festival Live! 2014, a live writing and performance event in New York on March 12th.

Author Sara Barron is hosting the event. There will also be live performances by R.L. Stine, Dave Hill, James Braly, Diana Spechler, Matthew Robert Gehring and James & Emily Carmichael. The event will be live streamed for those that can’t make it to New York at twitterfictionfestival.com.

“#TwitterFiction Festival Live! is going to be a one-of-a-kind show—writers will take to the stage to perform their stories in front of a live audience, while the video webcast and creative Twitter integrations will connect everything happening on stage with #TwitterFiction Festival followers online in real time,” explained John Clinton, Director of Consumer Events at Penguin Random House in a statement.

 

Happy National Handwriting Day

handwrittentweetsToday is National Handwriting Day — a day to get out your pens and write something. The event was founded in 1977 by the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association (WIMA) to fight the loss of penmanship. It falls on John Hancock’s birthday.

Molskine is celebrating the event with a campaign that encourages handwritten tweets. How do you hand write a tweet? Write something on paper and then take a photo with your phone and tweet the handwriting with using the hashtags: #HandwritingDay and #mHDay.

Zane-Bloser is hosting the Zaner-Bloser 2014 National Handwriting Contest, a contest which is giving away over $100,000 worth of prizes to students that show off their beautiful handwriting.

How are you celebrating?

Happy ReaderThanks Day!

UnknownWhat are you thankful for this year?

For the third year in a row, Colleen Lindsay from Penguin is urging readers to share their literary thanks at the #ReaderThanks hashtag. The campaign is running on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

 

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Electric Literature #LitWords Twitter Contest

saguroElectric Literature is running a #LitWords Twitter contest today, calling all readers to “tweet invented literature-inspired words and definitions with the #LitWords hashtag.” What does that mean? Oh you know, a “Wendy – adj. Disposed to falling in love with immature men. #litwords.” got it?

The contest was dreamed up to promote author Carson Mell‘s book Saguaro. In the book, when the main character a fading rockstar tells his ex not to swear, he makes up his own word. Here is more from the Electric Literature blog:

“What you think you invented cuss words?”
“No,” I said, but in reality I had—I’d made up three of them, popularized them with my songs. One of them, snisper, was in common use in Australia.

Censors and decency forbid us from telling you what “snisper” really means. But to celebrate Bobby Bird’s contributions to language—as well as the release of our second novel—we’re holding a #LitWords contest today on Twitter!

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How Writers Can Use Twitter

UnknownTwitter is making headlines today with news of its IPO. It’s a great time to explore the benefits of using Twitter for writers.

Twitter offers writers a great way to connect with other writers or publishing professionals? To start with, you should explore our collection of Twitter Directories for Writers & Publishing Professionals.

AllTwitter has also published a list of 7 Ways To Network More Effectively on Twitter, a great resource for all our readers. The site also offered resources for writing a killer bio and choosing the right profile picture.

How Has Twitter Shaped Storytelling?

Andrew Fitzgerald, a member of Twitter’s news and journalism partnerships team, gave a TED Talk called “Adventures in Twitter Fiction.”

We’ve embedded the video above–have you ever shared a short story on Twitter? Here’s more about the TED Talk:

He showcased excerpts of “Twitter fiction done right” by authors like Elliott Holt, who spontaneously created a narrative through the Twitter accounts of her characters, and Jennifer Egan, who used @NYerFiction to create episodes of Black Box, a novel she storyboarded into 140-character pieces. Twitter, Fitzgerald said, is not just a means of publication but one of production, as is the case with parody accounts like the foul-mouthed, sci-fi version of Chicago’s mayor, Rahm Emanuel, captured in @MayorEmanuel, or “fictional characters that engage the real world,” like the accounts of the entire cast of The West Wing.

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How To Receive Direct Messages From Any Twitter Follower

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Twitter has made it easier for journalists to direct messages sources or writers to reach out to readers with direct messages. You can see the new setting in the image embedded above…

If you feel comfortable communicating with other Twitter users via direct message, you should consider turning on this feature in your Twitter settings. 10,000 Words has all the details:

By this point in time, every reporter has probably tried to reach out to some potential source via Twitter. It’s awkward, and often if the subject is of interest to you they’re probably inundated with other requests … What if you want to reach someone without tipping off your competition? What if you don’t want to put all your contact information out there day in and day out? What if you’re trying to reach a bunch of people — you look like a spam bot with tweet after tweet after tweet of the same thing … Now, there’s an option to allow any of your followers to DM you — even if you’re not following them. It’s an opt-in feature, but one that could be useful for businesses and reporters.Twitter recently made a subtle change to direct messages that over time should be good for journalists. You can direct message people who aren’t following you back.

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