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Networking for Writers: Twitter

Updated on June 28, 2011

The Value of Twitter

I set up a Twitter account a long while back, but only became active recently. It can be a drain on a writer's time to be active on this site. Particularly if you're like me, writing only during precious spare time from work and family.

But there's certainly some value in getting on that Twitter bandwagon. I found my writing group buddies there, and now I can communicate with them and keep track of their activities even off-list and off-email. I found fellow emerging writers in my city, and read about writing-related events in my area. I also get instant updates from the publishers, agents and bookshops that I follow. With my recent addiction to flash fiction, Twitter-based stories have also proven to be really fun.

The twenty-first century is not just about information-on-demand, it's all about information-right-now, and info-in-a-nutshell. Though the Luddite-like writers out there may prefer to stay ensconced in their little shells, the truth remains: everything is global and in cyberspace in this day and age. It's important to have a presence there, or you might as well be non-existent, not just anonymous. Not good for a writer.

I would suggest the following tips to stay on track with your writing, yet maintain a Twitter presence:

  1. Set aside time for Twitter, rather than having one eye constantly on it. True, this may defeat the idea of instant updates, but you can manage your time better this way.
  2. Limit the accounts you're following to those you think can help your writing (e.g. other writers, publishers, writing advice sites, agents).
  3. Use a different Twitter account for non-writing activities.
  4. Maximise your networking by engaging with those you're following or are following you through replies, mentions and retweets.

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    • 2patricias profile image

      2patricias 6 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      I've picked up a few good ideas from Twitter - but agree with the suggestion here about setting aside time.

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      HattieMattieMae 6 years ago from Limburg, Netherlands

      Yeah I started doing that with twitter, but than it really wasn't doing anything. It just seemed more like an advertising game amongs millions of other advertising, and really nothing personal about it, but maybe others have had better success like yourself.