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How Twitter Can Help You As A Writer

November 15th, 2021

First, thanks to Ruth for last week’s post. I loved the amusing tone and feel sure that many of you will be in a similar situation. But the thought of Ernest Hemingway standing at his lectern in the altogether…enough said!

I suspect many of you are already Twitter users (http://twitter.com) But are you getting the most from it as a writer? Let’s have a look.

  1. Connect with clients, editors and publishers

On Twitter you can sign up to follow people in your local area and/or specialist niches. If you’re a proofreader or a copywriter you can use Twitter’s internal search tool to look for businesses, colleagues, friends, companies you’d like to work with, companies you have worked with, and so on. Not only will you hear if they have any jobs or opportunities going, you will learn more about current issues and areas of interest. Through browsing their Twitter feeds, you may even find accounts and businesses that you haven’t heard of before, and make fruitful new connections. If you’re a writer of fiction and non-fiction you can sign up to follow editors, publishers and other sources of freelance opportunity.

  1. Promote your Blog or Website

If you have a blog or website, Twitter offers a good way of driving traffic to it. Tweet about every time you update your site or add another post to your blog, and include a link so your followers can read it. And remember, it’s not only your followers who will see such updates. There’s a good chance that some will retweet your message to their followers, potentially bringing your post to the attention of hundreds or even thousands of people.

  1. Search for Writing Jobs

You can search Twitter in various ways. Firstly, you can use the search bar at the top of any page on the website to look for specific terms, such as “copywriting job” or “freelance writer” and such. Also, keep in mind plenty of recruiters, businesses, and professionals advertise jobs using certain hashtags, such as #copywritingjobs, or #bookjobs for those in publishing. The best way to find these hashtags is by performing a quick google search, and tailor it to your specialism. For example, you can search “best hashtags for copywriters”, and plenty of articles will pop up telling you the best ones to use on Twitter to find what you’re looking for. A few standard Writing Community hashtags that you can look up include #amwriting, #amcopywriting, #amediting, #writechat #freelance, #freelancer, #freelancewriter, #writingtips, #contentwriting, #ghostwriter, #ghostwriting, #businesswriting, and #WriterWednesday (#WW for short!).

  1. Answer Quick Questions

Twitter is great for getting quick answers to questions. Not sure if it’s ‘out the window’ or ‘out of the window’? Can’t decide between two possible titles, headlines or captions? Searching for a word that’s on ‘the tip of your tongue’? Post a query on Twitter and your followers will (hopefully) come up with an answer for you.

  1. Keep Up With Breaking News

All writers need to be plugged into what’s going on in the world. With Twitter it’s easy. Just sign up to follow news services such as CNN Breaking News (twitter.com/cnnbrk) or BBC Breaking News (twitter.com/bbcbreaking). Twitter even has a sidebar of “trending topics”, which lists the most popular terms people are posting about at any given moment. Clicking on any one of these topics, be it Love Island or the US Election, will give you a decent cross section of opinions about the subject.

  1. Network with Other Writers

Twitter is a great networking medium because it keeps you in touch with colleagues and their doings – but because messages are so short, it’s not too time-consuming. Of course, to get the most from it, you will want to build up a decent-sized network of followers. To achieve this, it’s important that your updates provide interest and value to others. As well as using Twitter to promote yourself, you should therefore aim to post links to other useful websites and resources, retweet interesting updates from others, share tips and insights, and so forth. You should also interact with your followers, asking and answering questions, commenting on their updates, and so on.

And don’t forget to download the Twitter app to your smartphone and turn on push notifications so you can stay on top of any mentions, messages, or new followers.

Finally, before I leave you today, don’t forget that the closing date for our Flash Fiction Competition is now only two weeks away. Prizes are £300, £200 and £100 plus each winner gets a Writers Bureau course of their choice and publication on our website. Full entry guidelines are available on the website.

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