In case you were wondering what would have happened if writers of the past got their mitts on today’s technology, BuzzFeed has you covered with this post about Virginia Woolf’s take on Facebook, among others. It seems Ernest Hemingway’s style is just perfect for our time but James Joyce might not do as well. This reminded me of a piece I saw a while back in which Scarlett O’Hara’s texts were “recovered.” Not surprisingly, one reads: “Ashley-y-y-y-y-y….”
I’ve heard of authors writing letters in their characters’ voices as a way of connecting with them. Conversely, I saw this post advising writers to try writing a letter to their character in their own voice to help push past a rut in their writing (“Dear Scarlett, I enjoyed the barbecue at Twelve Oaks immensely and want to thank you again for inviting me to crash with you. Please accept a piece of friendly advice in return. About Captain Butler…”).
Like scrap booking, this approach allows a writer to use another creative avenue to inspire new material. Well, that can be your excuse for hitting your favorite social media site instead of writing that 1,000 words you promised yourself. You’re welcome.
ADDENDUM: J.K.Rowling tweeted recently to celebrate the first day of school at Hogwart’s for Harry Potter’s oldest son. Fans promised to “say hi” if they spotted him on his way.