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For a long time, I despised Twitter. It seemed very self-centered and braggy. Lots of self-promotion, blabbing about oneself, and arrogance. Also...shallow.

But guess what? I love it now. Here's why:

1) I've built this awesome community of other authors that is always there to support, encourage, and boost me up when I'm having a bad day or celebrating a good one. That feels great. It's nice to be nurtured sometimes. And it gets lonely out here in Minneapolis, when all but one of my writing buddies (the glorious Catherine Clark, fabulous coffee shop companion) are still out in NYC.

2) You get this awesome insight into other writers' lives in a very personal way...sometimes, as a novelist, you tend to get very self-centered. I don't mean self-centered in an a**hole way in this instance - what I mean is, you spend a lot of time by yourself inside your novel, and get to thinking you're alone in the way you're feeling about things. For example, you start to wonder if maybe you're the only one worrying about a crappy chapter or fretting with submission nerves or freaking about a random review that got your book all wrong. But with Twitter, you get to watch those same emotions unfold in other writers. Jennifer Weiner has been a big inspiration to me as a writer, and she's recently Tweeted on a few different subjects that have made me say, "Hey, super-famous authors still get all panicky, too, and that's pretty nice to know!" A few weeks ago, she sent her newest novel to her editor or agent (I can't remember and it doesn't even matter...) and was all nervous while waiting for the verdict. She is also waiting for her screenplay to be picked up by "The Network"...and watching her waiting-nerves (granted, on a much larger scale....TV!) has proven very soothing for my own. It's not that I enjoy watching other people suffer via Twitter, but rather that it helps me remember I'm NOT alone in all of these emotions that writers deal with on a day-to-day basis. Twitter also hugs you into this community that takes you out of your headspace for a few seconds every minute/hour/day (depending on how often you need the distraction at any given time).

And now, back to the Cadbury Creme Eggs - my partner-in-waiting.


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Feb. 26th, 2010 03:01 pm (UTC)
You had me at Cadbury Creme Eggs. They are my life, my love, my whole world.
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