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By Michelle “Prakky” Prak

That’s right – it’s time to embrace the digital age and often Twitter is a neglected resource for writers. Prakky shares her top five tips on how to best utilise Twitter if you are a writer. twitterrr

1.       Follow and interact with other writers. Twitter works best as a place to have real conversations and to build support networks.

2.       Use your Twitter bio wisely. Make sure to tell the world you’re a writer, mention titles of your work or where to access it, and include your website address if you have one.

3.       Find and participate in relevant hashtags such as #writers #writing #poetry – and look out for relevant conference or event hashtags that emerge occasionally.

4.       Follow other writers’ Twitter accounts for encouragement and insights. You may find yourself chatting with @neilhimself or @MargaretAtwood  or @AmyTanWriter  or @BretEastonEllis or more!

5.       Consider Twitter as another space for story-sharing. While each tweet must be confined to 140 characters, don’t let this stop you from sharing multiple consecutive tweets to get your point across or to share a piece of work. You can include links to longer pieces of writing on your own website. Or you might enjoy the discipline of the character limit, finding it inspires creative approaches to communicating.

How have you used Twitter to help with your writing, promoting your work or making connections in the industry? We’d love to hear your tips – share below!

Michelle Prak, aka ‘Prakky’, is one of South Australia’s leading social media consultants. Prakky works with businesses and government departments to deliver social media programs. She can be heard regularly on ABC Radio 891 and is a caretaker of the Adelaide social media network, SocAdl.

4 Comments to “Top Five Tweeting Tips for Writers”

  1. Ben Fox says:

    Great article Prakky. I’ve been amazed how many writers interact because my Twitter bio says I’m into writing.

    Twitter poems are a really rich field also. @tinylittlepoems sets a good example.

    Sharing signs, notices, illustrations and examples of writing as photos I find is a good way to add depth beyond the word limit.

  2. I attended the Women in Leadership lunch in Adelaide yesterday, truly inspiring speakers and one of the key pieces of advice from Jane Caro (social commentator and writer) was to get yourself noticed you needed to get yourself on Twitter over any other form of social media. I’m on Twitter and don’t use it anywhere near as effectively as I should, so thanks for sharing these tips.

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