Being on Twitter won’t get you published

I started a new Twitter account a year ago just to use for writing. To make friends and contacts, and to keep in touch with people I met at cons. Also to follow agents, editors and fellow writers with interesting and useful things to say.

The problem with Twitter is that it gives the false impression that you are a peer of those you follow. That’s one of its allures. When you follow Stephen Fry or Wossy, it’s pretty much the same experience as following your best mate, Dave. Except Stephen Fry and Wossy never favourite or retweet you.

And that’s the difference.

It’s the same in writing. I get a warm glow from being part of the Twitter writing community. I even get favourited and retweeted occasionally by writers I like and respect. But that doesn’t make me their peer, although it can feel like it. Only writing will do that. Learning the craft and putting stuff out there. Sighing at rejection after rejection and pushing on regardless.

Writing is about the work. You can tweet published writers all day long, but that doesn’t make you a published writer. Only writing will do that, and it’s bloody hard work.

Having said that, Twitter gives us access to the industry in a way we could only dream of ten years ago.

Just maintain your perspective.

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