Social Media for Writers: Twitter

An online presence is vital for writers, especially when the long term goal is to connect with readers. So I knew that getting on the web was something that I had to do when I decided to call myself a writer. And the toughest social media I’ve encountered so far is Twitter.

I’m speaking specifically about what to do with Twitter. The signup process is easy and completely painless. It took me less than ten minutes to be a registered user. The interface itself is also pretty self-explanatory.

But I have a hard time figuring out what to tweet.

What am I–as a writer–supposed to be tweeting? The first option is to talk about my writing. Maybe post word counts for my current project or post short writing prompts. The problem with that is that I don’t have enough of a following or the right followers for that to work. Besides, it felt too self-serving to put those on my Twitter page. Like I was bragging when I hadn’t yet published a book.

So I followed a couple dozen writers whose work I admire to see what they tweet. The majority of them–unfortunately–aren’t very active. I might see one or two tweets from them every few weeks. In some cases, I’ve never seen a single tweet on my feed.

A few tweet multiple times a day, interacting with their fans. Occasionally, they talk about how their writing goes. More often they include tidbits about their lives. It makes them three-dimensional people rather than just the person pictured in the back of the book.

All of their tweets have given me some good ideas about what to post on my feed. Sure I don’t have to go completely Twitter-crazy yet because I don’t have much of an audience. That’ll change eventually. But for now, I post pictures of my dogs, Christmas decorations, and neat shots I take on my phone. I also tweet about the goings-on in my life. Mainly puppy escapades. But that’s just because they’re nuts.

Do you have social media accounts you use as a writer? What do you post on it?

Have a Twitter account? Check me out @SEStone519.

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