Web/Tech

My Twitter Take-Away

on May 27, 2011

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.