I know I’ve mentioned Twitter to you before, but it’s hit a new high. Seeing into the lives of your favorite characters one sentence at a time.
Twitter is a social network… I joined several months ago and now have 310 people following me and I follow 200. Twitter asks, "What are you doing?" and you just type in whatever. Some examples:
It’s 49 degrees here this morning. Gah!
right, off to my oh so boring lecture about POETRY (damnit)
Tonight we are moving our 2 year old from a cot to his own bed. Nervous to see how it goes. Any tips anyone?
Think I will reference in my WIP that the economy is starting to recover, as a sort of hope for the future! A new form of urban fantasy! LOL
This isn’t an excuse but all 3 cats are clustered in my usual writing spot, & will *not* give ground! Am too soft 2 move them on. They rule.
Did anyone watch Extreme Home Makeover last night? The preview for next week’s show was my niece and nephew.SO exciting! Can’t wait.
I’ve been following authors, agents, editors, friends, my son’s friends, family and now those crazy folks from the Emmy winning Mad Men. My son, Andrew, has been following the television series about advertising agencies that takes place in the 1960′s. The characters talk as themselves about the other characters in the cast:
Midge Daniels: On Broadway, signing petition to drop NY drinking age to 16. Why make em wait till 18? They’re going to get their hands on it anyway. ; )
Bertram Cooper: I’ve been called delusional before, but not by a man who thinks his imaginary friend works in MY mailroom. That’s a first!
Betty Draper: I’ve been thinking a lot about my mother lately. And my father. Wondering how they managed to keep a lot of marriage secrets away from me…
These are characters, talking about themselves and others in real time. People follow the conversations because they want to know more about the characters than they already do and have a chance to "talk" to them personally.
So I was thinking about how this could help an author stir up interest in their books. By creating personas of their characters on places like Twitter, where readers can interact with them in extremely short conversations, it would be almost like following a serial. What are they going to say next? And they sure wouldn’t want to miss a possible clue into the psyche of the character. It takes a lot less time then thinking of and writing a blog, plus the benefit of new readers and buzz about your book.
Bottom Line: After following the Mad Men characters for a while, I’m finally going to break down and watch the show. See, Twittering worked (on me anyway)