Twitter Hashtags for Writers: A Guide
Hashtags got you shaking your head? Have no fear! Here’s a helpful guide of the most commonly used Twitter hashtags for writers and how you can best make them work for you.
Once upon a time…
… I had no idea what a hashtag was. I did some Googling and came across a few articles that listed hashtags for writers. No real explanations, though. I dipped my feet into the #WritingCommunity and, luckily, came across some kind souls willing to help out a newbie like myself. So I’ve taken another step towards paying it forward. This is a helpful guide to Twitter hashtags for writers, from that good old #writerslife to that wonderfully productive #amwriting.
But first… What is a hashtag?
Hashtags are used on Twitter as a way of indicating what a tweet’s about or who might be interested in the tweet. For example, if you hashtag a tweet with “writers,” that means your tweet is interesting to writers, or is about writers. In the Twitterverse, you should make use of hashtags. But you should be careful not to overuse them! If your tweet contains more than, let’s say, eight hashtags, you should probably review each one and decide whether it’s actually important. At a certain point, hashtags hurt the eyes more than they help find potential viewers.
A great function on Twitter is the ability to search for a hashtag. When you search for a hashtag — say “#poetry” — you receive all the results that have that hashtag. So you’ll get to read some great Twitter poetry, or find links to poems on people’s poetry blogs! This is why using hashtags can help you find people who might enjoy your content or enjoy reading your tweets.
All right, now that we’ve gotten those basics out of the way, let’s dig into the meat of this thing. What are the most commonly used Twitter hashtags for writers, and how should you use them? (That wise Twitter bird is still hanging out below!) I’m going to go through five major ones, then list a few more.
Now, I’ve already written a bit about Twitter’s Writing Community here on the blog. Check out my Twitter Tips For Writers, Part II, for a couple more of the specifics. But suffice to say that the Writing Community is home to the writers of Twitter. (With a few exceptions, but we’ll cover that in a moment.) If you’re a writer tweeting about writing, you’ll want to hashtag the Writing Community on your tweets. That way, you’ll gain friends, garner likes and retweets, and enjoy some great interaction!
You can also use the Writing Community hashtag to promote your writing-related work. Some people scorn at this, saying, “Why are you trying to market your writing to writers?” But remember — writers are, more often than not, the biggest readers in the crowd! So keep calm and self-promote. Don’t overdo it, though, and understand that self-promotion is not the surest path to engagement.
This is one of my favorite writerly hashtags on Twitter. It’s what I use when I’m talking about my work-in-progress (by the way, you can also use #WIP to describe your work-in-progress). If you’re giving updates on your writing, this is a hashtag you’ll definitely want to use in conjunction with #WritingCommunity. And you’ll be likely to get some great support! Tweet something like, “I’ve reached 2K words on my #WIP! I’m very excited. How’s your progress? #amwriting #WritingCommunity.” People will engage. Writers tend to get excited about each other’s progress, and they like discussing their own.
This hashtag is, in my mind, fertile grounds for humor. “Drank a little too much last night. Got up and had a gin and tonic before 10 AM. #writerslife.” (Okay, let’s hope not.) “Typed until my fingers bled and my hands felt like they were falling off. #writerslife.”
At any rate, here’s where you can air your grievances about the writerly lifestyle, or your writer lifestyle in general. I don’t use this one as commonly as the two above, but it’s still something I pull out of my wheelhouse every now and then when the situation calls for it.
All write (all right, I mean), here’s where we get to talk about the Great Schism of the Writing Community.
In early 2020, some writers decided that they didn’t want to be surrounded by self-promotion — they just wanted to get down to business and talk strictly about writing. So they created the Writer’s Cafe, a place where writers can gather… and talk about writing. If you have a serious writing-related question and want to be slightly more assured of receiving an answer, try adding #WritersCafe to your tweet. I can’t say it guarantees results. Also, a number of writers have begun mistakenly adding it to self-promotion tweets and the like. It’s difficult to keep a Twitter community “homogenously-minded” for long, at least in relation to their goals.
The best strategy, if you want your questions answered, is to cultivate a community of like-minded followers whose tweets you interact with. A great way to do this is by creating a list (but that’s a topic for another day).
What I have to say here will barely scratch the surface of the “writerslift” hashtag. If you’re interested in learning more, read my article “The Curious Case of the Evolving #Writerslift.” In fact, I recommend reading that article no matter what.
But suffice to say that if you’re looking to self-promote, the #writerslift is for you. Try searching it on Twitter. Promote your stuff on any post that calls for self-promotion. Make sure to read each post carefully so that you’ll only promote where it’s called for. Some #writerslift posts function as follow trains, which are technically against Twitter’s guidelines — be mindful of that fact. In general, though, you’ll get great value from promoting things like blog posts on #writerslift tweets. It’s a bit harder to make book sales that way, but still possible.
Are you writing fantasy? Try “#amwritingfantasy.” Writing romance? Try “#amwritingromance.” You get the idea.
#writers can be used as a catch-all about writers. And some people use #writerscommunity instead of or in addition to the #WritingCommunity, although keep in mind that the #WritingCommunity is by far the more commonly used of the two — so you’ll get more value using it.
And these are probably a topic for another day, but if you’re a poet, you’ll want to check out #PoetsTwitter, #PoetryTwitter, #poetrycommunity, and a whole host of others. You can also use the #ReadingCommunity if you’re trying to connect with readers as a writer.
I couldn’t resist making an infographic for this post, so here it is!
I hope that this article has helped demystify Twitter hashtags and inform you on the hashtags you can use as a writer in the Twitterverse. Let me know if there’s anything I can do to help you on your journey!
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