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

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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:

@maudnewton (Writer Maud Newton): Jincy Willett's time-wasting ideas for writers: 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


free to take the following prompt home or post your
response (500
words or fewer, funny, sad or stirring) in the Comments section below.
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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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