The other day, in my Twitter feed appeared a post from Gideon Cross (see left). It immediately struck me as odd, because (1) I don’t follow Cross, and (2) Gideon Cross is a fictional character in Sylvia Day’s Bared to You series.
I recently followed Day, so I suspect the post came through because of that. However, the post did make me immediately consider the idea of character tweeting. I realize the idea of a character with his own Twitter life is both terrifying and fascinating. The part of my brain in charge of the To Do list flees in terror, periodically grunting things like, “You’re insane if you think I’m adding that to the list; certifiably insane!”
However, the other part of my brain is truly intrigued. The idea of tweeting as a character from your novel sounds like a totally fun thing to do. Talk about getting into character. If you’re in the mood, you could really get into it and tweet out fun things.
Of course, when I think things like this, the To Do list part of my brain tells me, in its best Sweet Brown voice, “Ain’t nobody got time for that.”
But, if someone wants to make time for that, I wonder if it’s a good idea. Would it sap your creativity for writing? Or would it fuel it? Would you tweet lines from the book, or have to come up with new things? And what happens when you, as a writer, move on to another character or another book? Does your character’s Twitter feed die on the vine? And probably the most important question is, do enough of your fans care about the character to sign on for tweets? Certainly, there were plenty of Gideon Cross fans. But for your average book character? I don’t know.
I’m not setting up any Twitter feeds for characters in the near future, but I certainly would never rule it out because it does sound like fun. So what are your thoughts? Yay or nay on character tweets?