Once I let go of shyness and started talking to people on Twitter, I’ve learned all sorts of wonderful things. However, Twitter isn’t just platform-building social fun. Twitter is also a great source of free “seminars” and writing groups. If you have not yet experienced a Tweet Chat, consider finding a few that interest you.
While my focus is narrow, these are the chats in which I participate (and can therefore recommend):
- Mondays: #writersroad at 9 p.m. Eastern Time. General writing topics. Follow co-moderator @HeatherMcCorkle.
- Tuesdays: #writestuff at 9 p.m. Eastern Time. General writing topics with links to resources. Follow @penpaperpad.
- Wednesdays: #sffwrtcht (Science Fiction Fantasy Writer Chat, follow @sffwrtcht) at 9 p.m. Eastern Time. Authors and publishing professionals participate in Q&A. #genrechat at 9 p.m. Eastern, focuses on science fiction, fantasy, horror. Follow @genreundergroun.
- Fridays: #writeclub runs practically all day (missing six hours of the 24). These are word sprints with a great bunch of writers (with a little friendly competition between Australia, UK and USA writers). Follow @FriNightWrites. Word sprints happen all week whenever two or more want to go. The Sprint Shack also runs throughout the week with @TheSprintShack.
- Sundays: #fantasychat starts at 8 pm Eastern Time with questions from the moderator and answers/discussion from participants. Moderators are @WarrenCBennett and @MarilynMuniz. #blogchat begins at 9 Eastern and focuses on aspects of blogging, follow @MackCollier. #nostalgiachat starts at 10 p.m. Eastern Time and also formatted in questions from the moderator and answers/discussion from participants. Topics vary by week. Follow @bekiweki
Nurph and Tweetchat make things faster and easier to read (and add the chat hash tag for you). Tweetdeck allows you to create a column for the chat if you prefer that method. I don’t have experience with HootSuite, so I’m hoping someone will add to this in the comments. If you have any questions, feel free to send me a tweet @TheWritingHabit or post here.
Basic etiquette for twitter chats:
- Sit in on the first session or two to get familiar with the discussion format and tone, but
- don’t be shy about answering questions (whether general or Q&A) Always add the hash tag to your tweets so other participants can see them.
- Compliment where appropriate, encourage where you can, and commiserate when warranted.
- Be a polite guest and be yourself. Follow other chatters who interest you.
- It’s nice to thank the moderator or guest at the end as well.
- Sample anything that looks interesting and enjoy!
Are you a Twitter Chatter? Which chats do you find the most helpful and/or the most fun? New to Twitter Chats? What do you think of trying one? Would there be interest in a Sarcastic Muse chat?