5 ways writers use Twitter

5 ways writers use Twitter
  1. Hashtag search, you can find a great range of topics to read about and engage in this way
  2. Twitter Chats – #IndieChat#CreativeCoffeeHour, and #StorySocial to name a few
  3. Don’t just repost blog articles, try for something more personal like

    hey .@blotsandspots loved your point about tweeting conversation links

  4. Get involved in the conversation, talk to people, don’t just like their post, comment on it
  5. Search for experts, this is a great way to find accurate information from professionals regarding a wide range of topics you might be using in your stories. Find a deep sea diver, a neurosurgeon, a barrister or a stay-at-home-mum by searching for those terms and then filtering through to people. It’s also a great way to network with other writers.

BONUS: Twitter conversations can make a great stand in for your MIA muse. Find a random tweet and use it as a story starter. This is a great way to find a new characters voice.

Takeaway – get involved in the conversation, use the search tools to your advantage
What are some of the ways you use Twitter to enhance your writing?
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5 Twitter chats you shouldn’t be missing

 

Twitter chats you shouldn't be missing

 

Being a writer can be a lonely occupation, especially if you work from home and your muse decides to take a nap whilst abandoning you in a remote part of New Zealand, all alone. It can become impossible to meet like-minded people, especially fellow writers in such a setting.

If you find yourself cut-off from your peers and want to make a connection once in a while, then Twitter chats might be your ideal solution.

 

“What is a Twitter chat,” you ask.

It’s a conversation with like-minded individuals held over Twitter (surprise!). Participants use a hashtag created by the chat hosts (read on to hear more). They can be intimidating and confusing at first, but with the right tools and a little practice they became great fun and a fantastic way to meet other writers, share ideas, network and feel part of a wider, vibrant community; without ever leaving your computer screen. It’s perfect for introverts and the otherwise socially awkward because nobody can see you squirm or flounder.

Some chats are one-off, and you have to be in-the-know to hook in at the right time, but there are several regular chats that I’ll recommend in a little while. These chats are hosted by a regular team and will take place at a set day and time every week/month so participants can plan ahead. I now have several reminders in my calendar of the ones I regularly attend so that I don’t forget amidst the hula-bulu of #life.

 

How to participate

I recommend tooling up for the job. Some participants recommend TweetDeck, but I prefer Hootsuite (as I’m already using it for other tasks). Both tools have a learning curve, and you will need to spend some time playing around with them. Connect your chosen tool to your Twitter account and spend some time exploring. One of the first things I did was to set up a few streams based on hashtags you want to follow on a general basis like #amwriting, #writechat, #nanowrimo, etc. You can use the tools to monitor those conversations, respond to people’s posts or make your own; these are open conversations that can often feel like #ScreamingIntoTheVoid, but they can still be interesting to see what other people are saying on topics that interest you.

Once you feel comfortable with creating streams, enter in the hashtags (below) for the chats, you would like to follow. When the live chat session begins you will see everyone’s tweets appear in the order, they were posted, and you can just read your way up the list as new ones appear. It’s totally okay to spend a few sessions just lurking, following the conversation and getting a feel for how it all works.

Once you are familiar with your tools and are ready to add your two-cents, just join in. Many chats are written in a question/answer format where the host will ask everyone a question like:

Q1. Who’s your fav author #twitterchathashtag

Participants will respond in kind by either quoting the original post or just tweeting their answer:

A1. Robin Hobb #twitterchathashtag

Just make sure if you want others to see your post in the conversation you must use the chat hashtag in your post, otherwise, your response will appear on your feed but not as part of the overall conversation.

Bonus tip

If you want everyone in the chat to see your response to an individual place a ‘.‘ in front of their name like .@wovendream instead of simply @wovendream it will ensure everything you say stays part of the conversation, which is the point.

 

5 Twitter Chats for Writers

1. #StorySocial

When: Wednesdays 6 pm PST/8 pm CST/9 pm EST/ Tuesday 1 pm NZT (New Zealand Time)

Hosted by: Jenny Bravo (@blotsandplots) and Kristen Kieffer (@shesnovel)

Focus: Networking, building an author platform, branding, promotion and general business side of being a writer

2. #CreativeCoffeeHour

When: Mondays 6 pm PST/8 pm CST/9 pm EST/ Sunday 1pm NZT

Hosted by:  Callie Gisler (@calliegisler)

Focus:  Not specifically for writers, this chat brands itself as “Helping creatives build purpose-filled, strategy-powered blogs and businesses.” This is a great chat for learning how others are doing things online, learning about new tools and helping newbies to find their way around blogging for business.

3. #FireworkPeople

When: Tuesdays at 6 p.m. PST/8 p.m CST/9 p.m. EST/ Monday 1pm NZT

Hosted by@ashleybeaudin

This is a fantastic space to be enlivened, encouraged and energised by other writers. Shed self-doubt and self-flagellation exercises by hanging out with these lovely folks for an hour.

4. #IndieChat

When: Tuesdays at 1 p.m. PST/3 p.m. CST/ 4 p.m. EST/ Monday 8am NZT (great for sitting down at the start of the week with that first cup of coffee/tea)

Hosted by: CEO of @Bibliocrunch@miralsattar

This is one for the self-publishing crowd. If you are keen on learning more about self-publishing or already dedicated to the cause then this is the group to visit for all things promotional and publishing related. They will get you in the know about creating a team, navigating social media and more. I’ve only lurked on the fringes on this one myself, slowly loading my holster with bullets of knowledge for the future.

5. #createlounge

When: Wednesdays 5 pm PST/ 7 pm CST/8 pm EST/ Tuesday 12 pm NZT

Hosted by@kayla_hollatz

This group can get pretty big and pretty confusing so I don’t suggest you start here. Get your feet wet in a smaller chat first or you may feel like you’re drowning in this big pool. Once you know how to navigate the waters though this is a great place for building “on topic” friendships.

Please let me know of any other chats you find worthwhile and add your voice to the recommendations above, which one’s your fav?

You can follow me on twitter @wovendream

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10 reasons why I’m #notwriting

We all want to fill our social networks with #amwriting. That legendary hashtag that tells the world we are neck deep in prose, digging into the psyches of our characters and refining our scenes, however, far too often we find our muse has left the building, not note, no forwarding address.
Here are 10 reasons why, when my muse flees the scene, I’m more liable to use the hashtag #notwriting, what are yours?
1) One of my chronic health conditions are flaring up
2) I procrastinate by focussing on the needs of my son or husband
3) I get distracted by learning something new (ohh shiny!)
4) My inner critic is kicking my ass
5) Life. The gardening needs to be done, housework is piling up, bills need to be paid, I really have to call my sister etc etc
6) I get overwhelmed by the dozens of projects I want to work on
7) Social Media
8) Obsessive compulsive reading
9) Writing the wrong things and the wrong time simply so I can fee like I’m putting words together into sentences and thus I’m being productive
10) Playing with the “pretty stuff”, website templates, photos, canva, etc.

Tweet: 10 reasons why I'm #notwriting instead of #amwriting http://ctt.ec/0IcSq+ Social Media - yeah, I might wanna look to that

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The Write Space

Stephen King wrote his first two books squeezed up beside a washing machine, in a trailer, balancing a child’s desk and a typewriter on his lap. Octavia Butler began writing in a big pink notebook, and Neil Gaiman has a swoon-worthy gazebo. Ernest Hemmingway converted an old carriage house and J.M. Barry completed Peter Pan on a private island in Scotland.

There are as many writing spaces around the world as there are writers. Each one unique, opulent or bare-bones basic with a single united purpose, to get words on paper.

Authors covet writing spaces in the same way they covet time to write, it’s a precious resource and finding the right space can make or break your writing goals, it can welcome or repel your muse.

Today’s post features six lovely authors and their writing spaces in the hopes they will inspire you to carve out your own unique space.

Jenny Bravo - Twitter

Aside from having a pristine writing environment and drinking far too much coffee, Jenny has published three books and just released her Busy Writers Bootcamp e-course. Her blog is a great, inspiring read and her newsletter is both informative and witty.

 

Fox Emm

Fox Emm is a great copywriter, and editor. She publishes under Fox Emm as well as ghosting for other blogs and is the founder of Spooky Words Press. She’s a fan and writer of extreme horror and splatter punk, definitely your go-to-girl for the spooky and gory. Plus, she has a standup desk which just makes her amazeballs.

Christine Frazier

If you are a wana-be author and you haven’t checked out Christine’s blog, you are missing out on a fantastic resource for information, tips and techniques, plus she draws all the pictures herself. If you’ve seen the “#amwriting” stickers out in the wild, this is the place to get your hands on one for yourself.

 

Amie McKneeAmie is our newest up & coming author. She posts inspiring images to Instagram as a way to share her own writing journey and keep others motivated to attain their writing goals.

 

Helen - Scheuerer

 

As well as being a creative writer and novelist, Helen is also a founding editor for Writers Edit which publishes Kindling, a anthology of creative writing and publishing advice.

K.M Weiland

Ms Weiland is the author of several books, one on structuring your novel and one on outlining your novel, both are accompanied by workbooks. She’s also the author of several fiction books including her latest steampunk novel Storming which I read over the summer break and really enjoyed.

 

Where do you find your muse? A curtained off corner of the basement, a hidy hole in the lounge room or a converted wardrobe, please share your own writing spaces with the hashtag #thewritespace on social media or post a comment here or on my Facebook page.

Tweet: Where do you find your muse? 6 authors share their space http://ctt.ec/87x5l+

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Scene and Sequel method: an infographic

So I was playing around in Canva recently and thought I’d try my hand at a little infographic. This is a printable that highlights the key cycle used for the Scene & Sequel story structure writing method.

 

Download link: Scenes and Sequel story structure

 

Click to tweet:  Tweet: Scene and Sequel method: an infographic #sceneandsequel #writingmethod #infographics @wovendream

 

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