Tips & Tricks on
How to Play in the #WritingCommunity
As an avid writing #prompt participant, I am frequently asked by people new to the #writingcommunity how they should go about joining in and participating.
I don’t have all the answers, but I’ll gladly share how I do it.
Here are a number of things I wish I would have known when I first started. Every day, there are #writingprompts in which you can participate.
I’ve listed the ones in which I participate, and some, which I don’t. These are most of the common ones. This is not an all-inclusive list and I did not omit any purposefully.
A big shout out to the Prompt Listers. These are great profiles to follow.
If you’re a prompt host and would like to see your prompt on this page, let me know, and I’ll be happy to add it.
If someone in the #poetrycommunity will provide me with the prompts, I’ll gladly add them to the lists here.
Writing Sprint Roundups
|#FP or #FridayPhrases||@FridayPhrases|
|#FollowFriday #FF||Shout out for fellow writers|
How do you keep up with so many prompts?
I get this question all the time. I’ve developed a system using google docs (I love GDocs). I have a folder where I have one document file for each day of the week and a subfolder
for daily event prompts, where I keep the corresponding day’s prompt:
Screenshot of my G Drive
When the day rolls around:
- Open the day’s file on GDocs
- Check Free Writing Events for weekday prompts and Superhero Saturday for weekend prompts. Most of the prompts are posted a little before midnight of
the next day so you can get a jump on it. Some hosts post their prompts days in advance, while some wait until the morning of the event. Each host is different, but you’ll figure it out quickly who posts ahead of time.
- I have most of the writing prompt hosts profiles bookmarked to make it easier to find the prompt and then I fill in the information in the Gdoc
- You can also copy and paste the hashtag from your GDoc file into the search bar to find it. Once you’ve practiced it a few times, it gets easier.
- Don’t forget to check your daily prompts (See Daily Prompts above).
- Open your MS or whatever docs you’re using and search for the prompt.
- Copy the sentence or paragraph and paste to your tweet. If you’re not sure of the character count, here’s a great site to count your characters before you post to your tweet – Twitter Character Counter
- Add your various hashtags for the day + these (not required but get your tweets more attention) #amwriting #amediting #WIP #writingcommunity #writing. There are a lot of hashtags you can use, but it’s best to use the ones that apply to your
- Tweet your heart out!
- Lather, Rinse and Repeat.
Be well. Have fun. Enjoy your writing.