I’ve mentioned it on many occasions but Writing Twitter is a glorious place.
I’d go so far as to say it’s the best place on Twitter with the nicest people you could hope to meet (unless you try to copyright a normal word).
Whilst the occasional troll sneaks in to see what all the noise is about it’s a safe, welcoming community. Strangely for Twitter it has normal people in it.
I spent some time over on the Writing Sub-Reddits. That is a very different place. The responses although potentially helpful are stuffy, often passive aggressive.
I didn’t get the feeling of a community and it sometimes has the feel of a pissing contest.
Writing Reddit is like asking a Professor for help whereas Writing Twitter is like asking your best mate for advice.
Both can give equally good advice but when that advice is given Professor Reddit will engage no further whereas Twitter mate will happily carry on and talk about all manner of insane shit.
Writing Twitter is not only helpful but fun to engage with. But that is the golden rule – You Must Engage!
I see too many writers just use Twitter to promote their books. I question the usefulness of Twitter as a marketing tool anyway.
There is nothing wrong with saying here’s my latest work but there needs to be an even balance with non-promotion Tweets.
Get yourself out there. Respond to questions, engage with threads. It’s not all about the retweets. The level of engagement is entirely up to you and what you feel comfortable with but I would always recommend on some.
When I first got my Twitter account it was not with a view of being a writer. Fortunately I quickly fell in with some beautiful writers of erotica. I participated in their tweets and very soon I was giving writing a go.
So engaging with Writing Twitter can be motivational, fun and helpful. Yes, it can also be entertainingly time consuming and you can spend more time on Twitter than actually writing but we’ll gloss over that bit.
It can also be inspirational and fully engaging with Writing Twitter can unlock that writer’s block.
I’ve mentioned in a previous post that the idea for Fell8 (the story I’m presently working on) came about from a thread of how you would survive the zombie apocalypse.
Even yesterday Twitter threw me another potential story. I responded to a Tweet about what your Detective name would be. It was the name of your first pet plus the name of the last place you went on vacation.
Mine was Squidge Devon (I once was the proud owner of a gerbil).
Moments later Squidge Devon – Private Eye was born. A 1920s Society woman that solves crimes that seemingly always occur at dinner parties while off her tits on gin.
Therefore if any soon-to-be writers happen to be lurking in the dark corner of the internet and falls upon this post then my one piece of advice is simple:-
To be the best writer you can then you can’t really go wrong by fully engaging with Writing Twitter.