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What would our favorite writers of yesteryear have tweeted? (Win free books!)


Would @HMelville have looked past albino aquatic life and tweeted about the issues of his day, such as the invention of the rubber band, the merits of large beards, or perhaps the 1845 pop ballad “Miss Julia Is a Handsome Gall”? Would @WildeOscar have tweeted in all caps? Would @Hemingway have given us more six-word masterpieces (“For Sale: Baby Shoes, Never Worn”)?

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Last year, we challenged you to write the tweets of a dead literary great, and now we’re doing it again … with some free books involved. Post a tweet by a late great in the Comments below, and we’ll automatically throw your name in the Promptly hat for a random swag drawing next Wednesday. (If you’re having trouble
with the captcha code sticking, e-mail your piece and the prompt to me
at writersdigest@fwmedia.com, with “Promptly” in the subject line, and
I’ll make sure it gets up.)

Happy tweeting—and happy weekend.

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Want more writing prompts and exercises? Brian Kiteley has packed more than 200 wildly original ones into his 3 A.M. Epiphany. Check it out here.

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