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Are You A Writer? Do You Use Twitter? Is There A Better Use of Your Time?


“Simple” post today

First a “confession”—I tried Twitter three times, each attempt spurred by a “revelation” about its usefulness

It may be valuable for others but not for me, though I still question the “value” others find in it

I can sum-up my doubt by saying that a hundred fans that truly care is worth far more than thousands that sorta “care”.

Still, if you do see value in Twitter, nay more, if you are having great fun and making real friends, you may find a list of hashtags for writers helpful ( by the way, Google Plus has just added hashtags to its features ).

I found the list below on a site called Self-Publishing Resources that says:

contact us today and learn how you can become a published author without the stigma of going to a vanity/subsidy press.  For about the same amount of money, you can truly self-publish your book, ensuring you can price it appropriately and market it effectively.”

That throws up all kinds of red flags for me, but then, I use FastPencilcheck out these posts for my experience with Fastpencil

OK, so, you feel there’s some value in using Twitter but you don’t use hashtags, or don’t use very many?

voilà:

{Compiled by Sue Collier}

#1K1H (write 1,000 words in one hour)
#ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers)
#AmEditing
#AmWriting
#AskAgent
#AskAuthor
#AskEditor
#Author
#Authors

#BookGiveaway
#BookMarketing

#Creativity

#EBooks
#Editing

#FictionFriday
#fridayflash (flash fiction on a Friday)
#FridayReads
#FollowFriday (or #FF)

#GetPublished

#IndieAuthors
#IndiePub (or #IndiePublishing)

#MGLit (Middle Grade Lit)
#MustRead

#nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month)
#novels
#novelists

#poem
#poet
#poets
#poetry
#pubtip publication tips
#publishing

#PromoTip

#scifi
#selfpublishing

#RomanceWriter
#RWA (Romance Writers of America)

#SCBWI (Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators)
#SciFiChat
#SelfPublishing
#StoryFriday
#StoryStarter

#vss (very short story)

#WIP (work in progress)
#WordAThon
#WordCount
#WriteChat
#WritersLife
#WriterWednesday (or #WW)
#WriteTip
#WritingParty
#WritingPrompt
#WritingTip
#webfic web fiction
#weblit web literature
#wip work in progress
#wordcount
#writegoal
#writequote
#writer
#writers
#WriterWednesday (or #WW)
#writetip (writing advice)
#writing
#writingtips (writing advice)
#wrotetoday

The following are chats that take place on Twitter, but are still good writer resources:

#BookMarket (Thursdays at 4 pm ET)
#JournChat
#KidlitChat
#LitChat (every M/W/F)

#scifichat
#scribechat
#storycraft
#writechat
#yalitchat (young adult literature chat)

#MemoirChat (every other Wednesday at 8 pm ET)

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6 responses to “Are You A Writer? Do You Use Twitter? Is There A Better Use of Your Time?

  1. Kelsey J. Mills May 16, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    I personally love Twitter. Thanks for the hashtags! :)

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    • Alexander M Zoltai May 16, 2013 at 10:27 pm

      Great, Kelsey—I felt I should offer something for folks who love twitter, even if I don’t :-)

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  2. penpusherpen May 17, 2013 at 2:20 am

    I use Twitter too, Alexander, just to post links mainly.. updates and recommendations, a bit like Google+ ,..But I find I’m chasing around and getting nowhere usually, so these hash-tags may come in useful, I find Twitter is like a buffet, take a bit of it or leave it . .. seems to make no difference. xx

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    • Alexander M Zoltai May 17, 2013 at 3:18 am

      My personal experience of Twitter (and Facebook) is nearly identical to having to stand on a table and shout to be heard when you’re in a bar full of drunks :-)

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      • Barbara Blackcinder May 19, 2013 at 11:12 am

        I love the analogy, even though I’ve never been on Twitter. I can empathize with the frustration of doing it.

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        • Alexander M Zoltai May 19, 2013 at 12:29 pm

          So, Barb, when will you share more on Google+ ? :-)

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