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Too many characters

Many top writers weren’t happy when Twitter doubled the number of characters a tweet could contain, from 140 to 280, suggesting that the change destroyed the unique appeal of the social media platform, brevity. So they voiced they displeasure, where else, but on Twitter. JK Rowling wrote, ‘Twitter’s destroyed its USP. The whole point, for me, was how inventive people could be within that concise framework.’ Stephen King replied, ‘What she said.’ And in another tweet said something not suitable for reprinting in Writing Magazine. Meanwhile Neil Gaiman added, ‘What he said she said.’

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In the first issue of Writing Magazine for the New Year, we look at what's hot for 2018 as publishing insiders share their predictions for the year ahead. You can get your writing year off to a great new start with advice for all writers - whether you write crime, romance, fantasy, poetry, historical fiction or for children, we've got something in this issue to help and inspire you. • Our star interview is the queen of dynasty sagas, the great Barbara Taylor Bradford. • Keep up to date with the latest opportunities to sell your work and see it in print, and win £58,142 in writing prizes.

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