My Twitter Take-Away

I’ve had a Twitter account for some time, but for most of that time, didn’t see the sparkle. I didn’t understand the conversations, couldn’t keep up, didn’t know the tricks. But then something happened. I’m not certain what, couldn’t even pinpoint the moment, but something clicked in my brain and I caught the Twitter bug.

I know what you’re thinking. What made you change your mind? This is what I’ve learned about Twitter, at least from a writer’s point of view.

Twitter is a virtual goldmine of writing/publishing/promotional treasures. Seriously.

First off, you must follow Elizabeth Craig (@Elizabethscraig). Due to my day job, I don’t have time to check out all the links she provides, but she covers everything from idea inception to writing to editing to querying to selling to promoting. You could start a Twitter account, only follow Ms. Craig, and it would be worth the download time.

Another awesome find was Kristen Lamb (@KristenLambTX) who provides priceless info about the craft as well as using social media to its full potential. She’s created the #MyWANA hashtag to make it easier to follow the writing conversation. WANA stands for We Are Not Alone. Every writer can understand the sentiment in that one.

Ms. Lamb recently did a blog post on Story Action using Finding Nemo as her example. Detailed breakdown of the plot and story and an extremely simple, clear way to help us understand what moves our stories and our characters. Highly recommend.

Two sites I knew about before but have embraced due to an abundance of good tweeting are Romance University and Pitch University. Over the years, I’ve taken workshops and ecourses that have often turned out to be vague and unhelpful. These sites are the complete opposite of vague and unhelpful. In depth, hands on, extensive information for writers. Both put you in direct contact with industry professionals as well as talented, established writers.

One of the first things you learn when you dip your toe into the world or Romance writing  is that this industry has the most generous individuals you will ever meet. They give their time, share their talent, and encourage all writers to reach their potential. All sources mentioned above epitomize this phenomenon. And I found them all through the sparkle of Twitter.

10 thoughts on “My Twitter Take-Away”

  1. Diane Holmes says:

    Terri! You are so kind. Thank you for the shout out. 🙂
    And I love your slogan about healing broken hearts. It’s really lovely.

  2. Hellion says:

    I’ve got new people to add to my Twitter!! And you’re right–this industry does have the kindest, most generous people ever!

  3. Terri Osburn says:

    Thank you for stopping by, Diane. When I started this process I thought pitching would be the easy part. I’d spent 8 years on the radio, how hard could talking to one agent or editor be??
    Yeah, it’s HARD. LOL! Thanks so much for running Pitch University. I’m amazed at how much your site offers.

  4. Terri Osburn says:

    These are good ones, Hellie. You could take one evening, check out all of Elizabeth Craig’s links for the day, and feel like you did a one night master class is writing and publishing.

  5. Thanks so much for the mention, Terri! I really appreciate it. 🙂

  6. Terri Osburn says:

    You’re welcome, Elizabeth. Thank you for doing all the legwork and finding those links. 🙂

  7. I wish I could learn to like Twitter. I just haven’t found a happy medium for tweets and follows.

  8. Terri Osburn says:

    It took a while, Maria. Like, a year maybe. I had to start really looking for good Tweeters to follow. There are still the conversations I have to ignore and certain times of day it’s not for me. But it has proven helpful in making new contacts.
    And it’s nice to follow the editors and agents because they feel less like these giant figures with our lives in their hands and more like people. More like us.

  9. I’m still amazed at how much information I get on a daily basis from Twitter. An agency mate suggested early on that I follow Elizabeth Craig, and I’m glad I did. (It’s even more exciting when she’s tweeted some of MY posts! LOL)
    I’ve also met some of the coolest people via Twitter, folks who make me giggle, and who keep me writing on those days when it seems kinda discouraging. 🙂

  10. Terri Osburn says:

    I wish I had all day long to check out all the cool links people tweet. It’s like knowing you’re missing out on the best stuff, but there just aren’t enough hours in the day to follow it all.

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