Demystifying Twitter, Part 2: Writing Events & Logistics
One of the most simple ways you can be active on Twitter as a writer is by participating in daily “Writing Events" by sharing lines from your WIP. Each “event” is hosted by one or more individuals, who share the “theme” each week, along with any rules (such as: no buy links). Some examples:
There are many, many, many of these. I tend to focus on a select few that seem fairly popular:
@writevent posts and retweets complete lists of writing events on a daily basis, including the theme and host account, which can be really handy. For example:
But how do I keep track of all this crazy hashtaggery, you ask?
I find Twitter to be pretty unusable in any extended capacity without TweetDeck, which allows you to create “columns” of different feeds – be it a hashtag, a list, a search term, your notifications, messages, etc.
My columns change daily or weekly, but at present they are:
- Personal List – Agents: A list of agents I’m keeping an eye on in case they tweet #MSWL or information about opening or closing to queries
- Subscribed List – Pitch Wars Mentors: @gigigriffis's list of Adult/NA Pitch Wars 2017 mentors
- If I have time on a particular day, I’ll add a writing event hashtag from that day so I can check occasionally and like/retweet other writers' posts
Scheduling tweets ahead of time can help lessen your daily Twitter burden.
I rarely schedule tweets, but when I do, I use TweetDeck and the free version of Buffer (which allows you to simultaneously post your content with other social media accounts.) Buffer has a limit of ten scheduled posts at one time without a paid membership. TweetDeck has no limit I'm aware of.
Note: Though you can include images using both Buffer & TweetDeck, I do not believe there is any way to access Twitter’s repository of GIFs, which is very unfortunate. I believe paid services such as HootSuite may have that option, but I don’t use it so I can't say for sure!
Most important to all of this: PARTICIPATE!
If your schedule allows, spend some time each week liking, retweeting, commenting, and just generally participating in a constructive and well-mannered way. You’ll meet more friendly folks that way, and just generally have a better Twitter experience!