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The best writers to follow on Twitter - plus a prompt to jump-start your weekend creativity

The Huffington Post has a stirring list up today of the 50 Best Book People to Follow On Twitter. Check it out for writers and book people galore. (Hey, where’s WD?) Each listing also includes a sample tweet—five favorites are below, followed by a prompt. Have an excellent writing weekend! ?

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@MargaretAtwood: O, T-pals: I now appear to be a lovable, fuzzy-cardiganed ol' granny - when did that happen? >:-( (I do have the fuzzy cardigan tho'.)

@doctorow (Cory Doctorow): To my grandmother last night: "Oh no! Forgot to put lamb's blood on the door!" Her: Puzzlement. In 85 years, she's never listened to a Seder

@paperhaus (LA Times book blogger Carolyn Kellogg): Sure, Wolf Hall won every big award. But sometimes awards get it wrong: Citizen Kane lost the best picture Oscar to How Green Was My Valley.

@melvillehouse (Melville House Publishing): Just when you thought your understood fiction, they had to go ahead and throw in some science: http://nyti.ms/9oodrO

@maudnewton (Writer Maud Newton): Jincy Willett's time-wasting ideas for writers: http://bit.ly/982ruA Don't miss her Facebook status cross-stitch. (via @Gwenda)

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WRITING PROMPT: He didn't have time to go to Jared's

Feel

free to take the following prompt home or post your
response (500
words or fewer, funny, sad or stirring) in the Comments section below.
By posting, you’ll be automatically entered in our occasional
around-the-office swag drawings. If you’re having trouble with the
captcha code sticking, e-mail your story to me at
writersdigest@fwmedia.com, with “Promptly” in the subject line, and I’ll
make sure it gets up.

You’ve just met – but because of what just happened, you’re going to do it. You’re going to propose.

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