I resisted. I denied. I loathed the idea of signing up for this thing called Twitter. A good friend of mine dropped subtle hints like, “Get off your procrastinating ass and sign up for Twitter already! You’ll love it.”
I didn’t get it. I didn’t understand how 140 characters could convey anything significant to anyone. Finally, I gave in and I signed up.
I was amazed at how many complete strangers readily followed back when I followed them. They were interesting, interested and shared their knowledge willingly. The best thing of all is that they were writers! I was afraid to even call myself a writer for so long and these people were shouting it from the Twittertops – Writer, Author, Wordsmith – unabashedly proclaiming their identity to the masses.
With these things called Tweets I discovered people genuinely interested in promoting the work of others, networking in ways that built relationships, and providing something I call “Tweet Relief.” Tweet Relief is a tweet that’s plain funny, silly, ridiculous and even juvenile, as long as it makes me laugh out loud.
I’ve been following Ashley Barron @dcPriya for a while now. She always provides her followers with invaluable information, freely offering the knowledge she learns from others via tweeting and blogging. The other day she tweeted this: “As much as you think you can find your own typos, you can’t.” #Interview with #Selfpub #Fiction #Author @CarlPurdon http://ow.ly/9DViy
I clicked on the link and read the article. It was an interview with Carl Purdon, author of The Night Train. In this article, he mentioned he used yWriter5, organizational freeware for the novelist. Of course, I clicked on the link and within seconds I downloaded the free software. I was stoked! Her tweet led me to her blog, which led me to discover a new author in Mr. Purdon, all about his writing and publishing experience, plus the added bonus of the free yWriter5 software.
This is only one example of the great advantages of Twitter and what it has done for me. I’ve come to know some amazingly creative minds via Twitter and so grateful for each one!
One piece of advice…if I may. Whether you’re new to Twitter or a seasoned pro, please don’t forget to use good manners, treat others as you would like to be treated, and say ‘thank you’ when you’ve garnered some much needed support, promotion and help. You might even return the favor by re-tweeting something for them. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, sign up and find out.
(Special thanks to Ashley Barron who readily allowed me to use her as my prime helpful Twitter example!)
Information, Links, Books:
Ashley Barron @dcPriya via Twitter
http://blog.thepriyas.com/ via blog
Her book, “The Birthday, A Short Story” is available via
Mr. Carl Purdon’s book The Night Train is available via Amazon.com