If you are a writer, whether traditionally published, self-published, or still waiting to be published, Twitter is where you need to be.
I’ll admit, I never knew the potential that Twitter could offer. But if you know how to use it, Twitter can easily be your best friend. It takes a bit to get your bearings. Hopefully this post will help you. The best way to most effectively utilize Twitter is by knowing how to use Hashtags.
Hashtags bring people with common interests together. It’s like a party or a game, for like-minded folks, where you can meet new people, and new people can meet you. This is one way you gain followers. You don’t particularly gain followers by spamming people with your book links. Sometimes there is a time and a place to promote your books. But most of the time, people hate that. BTW don’t ever buy followers. A complete and utter waste of your time. If you are a writer, you want to build an audience of people who know you, who you can connect with.
Here are the Top 10 Twitter hashtags that all writers should join!
I’m inclined to add this because it is probably the most popular hashtag out there for writers. Basically, anyone who writes tends to tag their tweets with this. If they are writing. It’s very popular, and if you are so inclined to click on the hashtag when in twitter, you’ll find a million people who are ‘writing’. Great way to search out other writer friends. Many people post inspirational encouraging tweets as well for writers.
Refer to the first hashtag. These 2 are extremely popular. I’ve noticed if you click in it within twitter, you’ll find a lot of useful blog posts on editing/writing, encouraging tweets, humorous tweets, etc
This hashtag is open to writers of all genres. Hosted by @RWAKissofDeath, participants post one tweet from their work in progress @RWAKissofDeath posts a weekly theme. Sometimes people post more than one tweet. The writing community is very generous and very kind, and will like and retweet frequently. But it is quite a popular event, so your tweet could get lost. I think that’s why some people post multiple lines at different times per day.
Another similar hashtag where people post tweets from their work in progress. It also follows a weekly theme. This is definitely fun as well and again, writers are always quick to like and some will retweet.
This event is AWESOME. Led by Bethany A Jennings (@simmeringmind) this event occurs every 2 months. Writers come together and follow/answer daily prompts. Every day you tweet about your work in progress, and other writers are more than happy to like and retweet. It’s not as big as #1linewed AND you are there everyday (if you choose to be) so people will get to know who you are through your WIP. It’s great because you can gain followers and friends. I’ve had a hard time gaining friends in my particular genre, but friends who WRITE is a great step in the right direction. BY THE WAY WIPjoy starts back up in JUNE.
#WQOTD (writer question of the day)
Started by K. M. Weiland. She asks a question about writing, and people answer. It’s fun!
Founded by A. B. Funkhauser (@iamfunkhauser) For Indie/trad published authors – a place to showcase your releases. THIS is where you can post buy links. If you are published, this is a great hashtag to join in!
A great chat for writers hosted by Faye of
@Writerology on Sundays at 3:00pm EST. Writers can join in and get to know one another. They chat about the writing process, sometimes ask for help. I have several friends who are a part of this group and love it
#mswl (manuscript wish list)
This is the hashtag to peruse if you are looking for an agent. It’s like a cyber coffee shop where agents hang out and talk about exactly what they’re looking for. Obviously you have to go through their site to properly submit anything, but this is a great place to keep up on the most current trends in writing and publishing.
This is another little corner of twitter useful to those writers who are always trying to learn more. Writers or editors or agents will post tips or famous writer quotes. Again, this is a good place to peruse, not only to find good advice, but to acquaint yourself with some big names or more experienced names in the writing industry..
There are a myriad of other twitter hashtags for writers! Much more than just these 10.
If you know of any that you love to frequent, peruse, or of new ones that I didn’t mention, let people know in the comments!!
Before you go!
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