I have a sneaking suspicion writers are missing opportunities to connect (with each other and readers) and to receive help and advice because of unfamiliarity with hashtags -Twitter old hands and newbies alike. Whether you’re new or a twitter veteran, I hope this guide helps you make the most of your tweets and positions you well to find whatever you seek in the #WritingCommunity. With so many non-writing related tweets flooding our feeds, I also hope it will help you find and participate in serious conversation about writing.
Hashtags To Be Found/ To Find Writers On
Hashtags which say ‘I’m the kind of writer you are/ the writer you like to read’ are more likely to stand out on a twitter feed and prompt us to read and reply -because they suggest we will relate to your tweet. Hashtags which say ‘I’m feeling your editing/ querying hopes/ agony’ also signal who will relate and invite a response. (If you use a few, well chosen, easy to see tags. For tweeting tips see this post.) Some hashtags to give these signals with are Writer Type Hashtags, Genre tags and Wip (Work in Progress) Stage tags. I highly recommend the latter -most of the writer’s I’ve made friends and stayed in touch with on twitter are at similar stages of the writing process and tweeting about your wip’s stage on relevant hashtags is a great way to make those connections.
Writers at Same Stage, with Same Hopes/Woes Tags
Hashtags to Connect with Writers/ Readers on
Some writers tweet regular prompts to which other writers respond on specific hashtags. Mini writer communities can grow up around these, so if you like a prompt, I recommend viewing its feed (by selecting its hashtag) and interacting with other writers tweeting on it, as well as tweeting your prompt responses on the tag. (Its not a prompt hashtag, but #StrictlyWriting has a small community talking about writing craft and the writing process on it, so you may like to search and reply to or tweet on it. For its companion tags & Discord Group, see this post).
(These are non-exhaustive lists so keep an eye on your twitter feed for more.)
Shorts/ Poetry Piece Prompts
If you enjoy writing shorts or poetry, you’ll find regular prompts and fellow shorts writers and poets on these tags. In this case, appreciating (and perhaps sharing via retweet) each other’s writing is good way to connect. #WritingPrompts is used by a range of writers for a range of prompts, whereas the tags below have a single host tweeting prompt words on them, sometimes daily, sometimes on a particular day.
Hashtags To Find Tips/ Help On
Whether you’re writing, revising, editing or querying, there are specific hashtags you can search to find tips and practical help. (In Twitter, selecting or pasting any hashtag in the search bar will display a feed of only tweets on that tag. All tags below are linked to those feeds).
To seek Critical Readers, you can ask who’s interested by tweeting on the Critical Reader Tags below.