If my blog were a colour I think it would pink. I quite like pink. It has lots of different shades and tones and meanings.
If the mass of all my other blogs is a menage of pink that blends into a sort of pastelly middle-of-the-road pink, this one would stand out as a bright neon fuchsia. This is because it's really not my usual type of blog post. However, as an indie author, trying to build a business out of writing fiction, I have made a decision to share more posts relating to the online marketing side of life as an independent author. I've also recently started back at square one with social media trying to build a platform for WriteNOW Cards and while it's going well on some platforms it's also been slow going on others. One of the things I've had to do is re-think how I use hashtags (both on Instagram and Twitter) from being almost offended by too many hashtags in a tweet to now seeing that they open doors to communities and create connections between other writers.
Over the months I've been using Twitter differently (both as WriteNOW Cards and as As the Bird flies) I've discovered more hashtags than I ever imagined existing, and most of them are active and effective ways to share your work, promote your books, and meet and engage with other writers. I suspect this list will change in the future and will need adding to a number of times, but for now, please find below a list of the Twitter hashtags writers should use and be aware of. This is a list of over 100 hashtags so obviously some will have more klout than others. I highly recommend you experiment with them to find which work best for you. I've highlighted in bold the ones I find work best both in terms of generating engagement but also connecting with like-minded people or finding things I enjoyed reading.
Best Twitter hashtags for community-building and talking about writing
Best Twitter hashtags for writing events and general writing Twitter chats and initiatives
Here's a post that summarises the best Twitter chats and what time they're held, but below are the ones that I've come across and followed. Because some of these may change in time, I recommend you search the hashtag in Twitter to find the dates and times for each one!
Best Twitter hashtags for writers sharing their work
Best Twitter hashtags for writers promoting their books
Best Twitter hashtags for writers for every day of the week
This post and spreadsheet is the best thing you can read to find out daily Twitter writer chats and it's far more all-encompassing than anything I could put here, but I've selected some of the ones I check in with every now and again.
Best Twitter hashtags for writers writing in certain genre
#HistFic, #HistNovel or #HistoricalFiction
#Literature or #LitFic
#YA, #YALit or #YABook
Best hashtags for writing genre specific Twitter chats
Best Twitter hashtags for indie authors
Best hashtags for poets on Twitter
One final tip on Twitter hashtags for writers...
One important thing I want to add before you go and rub out the marking on you #-key, don't be afraid to create and use your own hashtags. They are useful for collating your own work and themes of your work. I use #writenowcards to track all the tweets I send featuring one of my writing affirmations and on my personal Twitter account I use #Frankiewrites to track when I've shared something I've written. I do this so I can go back and find these tweets easily and it's also if someone else wants to read something else I've written then can do so easily. Don't just use hashtags to try and sell something, but to connect and to be a person on Twitter. I find that works much better... and let's face it that's just a nicer way to be.
Frances M. Thompson
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