What you’ll find in the midst of it, though, will make it worth your time wading through it.
When you realize you have access to writing life treasures that you’d never have time on your own to uncover, then you begin to appreciate Twitter. Thousands of like-minded writers are busy sharing what they know or have discovered.
For example, take a look at a tweet I received while writing this post:
I follow Debbie, so I didn’t have to do anything except click on a link to get this great piece of information. (Do you think about the last post you tweet before you sign off Twitter? After reading this, you will. Be sure to check it out if you’re a Twitter user.)
As a new writer, you can be on the look-out for information that helps you with your writing goals. It’s all there, smashed into 140-character blurbs for the taking.
My goals are to become a better writer and a published author. I want to help you get there, too. So, I search for tweeting writers and people in the publishing business who offer encouragement and links to their web sites or other experts:
- I look for writing tips, quotes, and blog posts that are unique and useful.
- I follow published and unpublished authors, literary agents, screenwriters, and publications.
- I tweet about my blog posts, posts of writers I follow, books I’ve read, and other information I think is useful to my followers.
- Occasionally I’ll give a shout out to writer friends for some grand accomplishment.
I also take time to have a laugh:
At this point, I don’t have much casual conversation in the Twitterverse. The majority of what I tweet is information. I tweet my delight at a new website discovery or some interesting news another writer tweeted. It’s also another place to announce my new blog posts.
But there will come a time when I attend a Twitter hashtag gathering for writers to have real-time conversations. With the few hours I have to give to my writing life, that aspect of Twitter sits on the shelf for now.
Not too long ago, I believed I would never use Twitter. With understanding comes appreciation and use, and I’ve barely skimmed the surface of this social media giant. Here’s hoping that this brief look at the ways I use Twitter will make you more comfortable about placing it into your writer’s toolbox.
Have fun with it.
[If you’re wondering how to embed a tweet, click here to read my post.]
Are you using Twitter? What’s your favorite feature? What else would you like to learn about Twitter?