When it comes to social media, we all have platforms we like and others we tolerate—the latter because we feel a need to be there. Several months ago I abandoned Facebook, a platform I only tolerated. Since then, I’ve been trying to be more selective where I spend my time, and also, to use that time more wisely.
I’ve always loved Twitter. One check-in and I immediately know what’s newsworthy and what’s trending. Lately, I’ve been using the platform to connect more openly with other writers—thanks mainly to Judi Lynn, who nudged me to participate in #1LineWed.
If you’re not already familiar with #1LineWed, it’s loads of fun and great for connecting with other authors. How does it work?
Each Wednesday, Kiss of Death (@RWAKissofDeath) a twitter feed devoted to romantic mysteries and thrillers, posts a theme/topic. Your work doesn’t have to be romantic in nature to participate. Just follow the theme.
As I write this post, some recent Kiss of Death themes have been Treasure, Second Chance, Letter, and Fly. Find a snippet from your work that includes the theme word and share it on Twitter. Don’t forget to tag it #1LineWed. Then look for other authors who are also sharing. Like, comment, and/or RT a few. I’ve had great interaction this way, gained new followers, and have read some intriguing snippets. Doing this on a regular basis opens you to quality Twitter connections.
But #1LineWed isn’t the only weekly Twitter meme. Once Judi got me involved, I enjoyed it so much, I start looking for more themes and ways to share. Now I try to participate in at least one event per day.
If you’d like to find out what is being hosted each day, I suggest following Free Writing Events (@writevent). Most of the themed hashtags are hosted by individual tweeps. Free Writing Events rounds up daily events then lists them in a single tweet. They’re also great for sharing pitchfests, calls for submissions, writing contests, etc.
These are a few of my favorite events:
Still not following?
On a recent #1LineWed, the theme was SECOND CHANCES.
Occasionally, I’ll add a graphic to draw attention.
In this example, the theme for #FanWriFri was RUINS.
And another from #1LineWed where the theme was LETTER.
I’ve found (so far) that interaction seems to be the best on #1LineWed as opposed to some of the other prompts. I think more writers are participating then, but I’m still experimenting. I also want to try sharing at different times of the day to see if that makes a difference.
Another hashtag that results in excellent connections and communication is #WritingCommunity. If you’re not using this one, you’re missing out on wonderful networking, support, writing tips, and sharing in the celebrations of the author community. Try it out on Twitter. Engage in a few conversations or start your own. I try to check this hashtag at least twice a day to see what my peers are chatting about or sharing.
Have I sold doing books this? Not that I know of, but my Twitter followers have grown and I’ve had fun participating. Best of all, the Tweeps I’m interacting with are other writers. This is one part of social media that I actually enjoy and look forward to!
So, let’s talk—have you participated in any of these events? What has your experience been? If you haven’t participated, would you consider giving one a try? Which prompt interests you the most? Linger a spell, and share your thoughts.
Ready, set, go!