I signed up on Twitter early this month, making me the last person on the planet to join which is something I guess.
Twitter has been much more fun than it has right to be, frankly. Those little notes I’m getting now from authors, readers and a handful of celebrities are very entertaining reading, once you figure out the language. The language is not quite English, but that’s a subject for another day.
Once you’re on Twitter, Twitter starts finding people you might know or might be interested in following. Like Facebook, Twitter is very good at this. I’m now following some 60 plus people while almost 50 people are following me. Twitter even found authors I like, some of them far from famous, for me to follow.
I’m trying to keep the celebrity count low as far as who I’m following goes, but I do have a few.
Including one author, whose work I read like, who tweeted too much this week.
I limit myself to one Facebook post and one Tweet per day, and I make no effort to do either every day. More than that and I could easily fall into a Twitter hole, never emerging from the basement room where I sit in a bathrobe typing this. Honest.
Certain authors should really do the same.
One day this week a particular Tweeted several times about George Orwell. This author was upset about the overuse of the term Orwellian, especially by westerners in reference to Eastern governments. (I’m still newish to Twitter talk so I can’t say that I fully understand the context. I think I didn’t get all of the Tweets relevant to this discussion.)
Said author Tweets once about the misuse or overuse of ‘Orwellian.’ Tweets again about how this is lazy writing. Tweets a final time about how the term was invented by a lazy writer.
I thought “Are you calling George Orwell a lazy writer?”
I suppose George Orwell was not as prolific as some, but his stuff is very, very good and he certainly wrote plenty. And who are you to call George Orwell lazy?
Perhaps said author meant to imply that Mary McCarthy, who some credit with inventing the term Orwellian, was a lazy writer. I’ve never read Mary McCarthy, but I’ve only ever heard good things about her. And she certainly wrote plenty.
I suggest waiting until you are at least half as successful as George Orwell or Mary McCarthy were, which you are not, yet, before you call either a lazy writer.
Since you’re an author, it kind of makes you look petty.
And if you had stopped after two Tweets, you would have been fine. Orwellian really is an overused term.