Twitter 101: The Who, What and Fun

Front Page of Twitter 101The biggest issue that any writer faces on Twitter is the ever-growing number of hashtags on Twitter. This handout explains how to set up an account with Twitter and get the most out of it as a writer. Discover some of the hashtags available for writers and what some of the basic pitfalls of Twitter are with ideas on how to avoid them.

Note: This version of this document refers to the Twitter system from late 2016 – early 2017. In March 2017, Twitter changed the way it handles replies and mentions.

Twitter Fun: Writing Games for Every Day of the Week

Many writers have discovered the world that is Twitter, however, many writers struggle to know where to start. There are so many hashtags available. Where does one begin?

Here are just a few hashtags to get writers started, allowing you to interact every day of the week. These are all writing games where you either share work you are currently writing, or you free-form based on various prompts. Do be advised that while most of these operate on a timezone of Eastern Time, some don’t. You’ll need to check with the hosts as to when they post the prompts.

  • Monday
    • #miniStory
      • In 5 tweets or less, tell a story based on a prompt
      • Prompts issued every Monday by @WriterEdmonds
    • #meta4Mon
  • Tuesday
    • #2bitTues
      • Share a line from your work in progress
      • Optional themes listed by @AngDonofrio
    • #200WT
  • Wednesday
    • #1lineWed
      • Share a line from your work in progress
      • Optional themes listed by @RWAKissofDeath
  • Thursday
    • #3wordThurs
      • Write a tweet which contains all three words
      • Words posted by @ScribalReverie
    • #ThruLineThurs
      • Share a theme or idea that runs from start to finish in your work in progress.
      • Optional themes listed by @Madd_Fictional
    • #Thurds
      • Share a line from your work in progress and/or published works
      • You can add buy links
      • Optional theme listed by @iamfunkhauser
  • Friday
    • #FictFri
      • Share a line from your work in progress
      • Optional themes voted on the feed of @Gracie_DeLunac
    • #FriDare
      • Put your writing skills to the test with weekly challenges
      • Challenges issued by @micascotti
    • #Friday5th
      • Share the fifth line of any chapter in a manuscript
      • Hosted by @alliemayauthor
  • Saturday
    • #ShareWrit
      • Share a line from anything you’d like: blogs, work in progress, published, article, etc.
      • Hosted by @Gracie_DeLunac
    • #SlapDashSat
    • #WhosYourCharacter
      • Describe your character. If you desire, share an image.
      • Share characters on both Saturdays and Sundays (all weekend)
      • Hosted by @chipmunkofpower
  • Sunday
    • #SunWIP
      • Share a line from a work in progress
      • Optional theme listed by @JudyLMohr

This list is far from exhaustive. There are many more hashtags out there for writers to have fun. A small list can be found in Twitter 101: The Who, What and Fun. Perhaps I’ll include a list of others in a future blog post.

P.S. I’d love to meet you on Twitter or Facebook.

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