I love Twitter. I think it’s because I really enjoy connecting with people who are passionate about their writing and it gives me a way to share all the cool writing articles, tools and resources I discover. Every day I read posts where writers offer insight on some aspect of craft, and it’s amazing to read. I learn new things all the time, and man, I want to share them! So, Twitter is my tool to pass things along on the conveyor belt of knowledge.
The funny thing is that I didn’t always ‘get’ Twitter. In fact, I joined up because the super talented Courtney Summers was talking about it one day on her blog and I figured I’d check it out. I started up an account and…did not see why I would want type in a sentence about how bored I was or what TV show I watched or how my dog barfed on the chaise lounger (again). Back then in 2008, Twitter was still just figuring itself out, and hadn’t really started to claim its power as a personal network builder and information highway. So, I did what a lot of people do…took a look around and left.
Fast forward two years. I tried it again, and this time, I GOT IT! Hurray for Angela! Everything became easier–I found information quicker, I met and connected with people in a fun way, and it pushed me into the bigger world of writers and creative types, not just those who wrote what I wrote. I found Twitter so valuable I started a second account. @AngelaAckerman is where I chit chat and post writing articles and @WriterThesaurus became my niche account to tweet links to really unusual resources and tools that made great writing aids. Twitter was the perfect way to ‘collect’ all these creative and informative resources I’ve stumbled on over the years. Now, my @WriterThesaurus account is closing on almost 400 TWEETS!
That’s a lot of cool writing resources and tools!
But, 400 tweets is also a lot to sift through, so, I figured a few ‘themed’ post might help organize my finds! Recently I posted on my friend Shannon O’Donnell’s blog, Book Dreaming, sharing Motivating Tools to Keep Your Writer’s Butt In The Chair. And today my friend Martina Boone at Adventures in YA & Children’s Publishing is helping me share Links for YA & Kidlit Writers (and Teachers!) So, if either of these might help you, swing by and have a look. If you like them, pass them on so more people will discover these sites!
I’m also visiting Book Blather today, home of YA author Marilee Brothers, who is one of the nicest people you will ever meet. I’m discussing clichés there (and offering a small excerpt of The Emotion Thesaurus too!) I hope you’ll stop in!
Tell me, have you discovered a strange/cool/neat/helpful writing tool or resource? If so, let me know in the comments–I love finding new sites to visit!
Angela is a writing coach, international speaker, and bestselling author who loves to travel, teach, empower writers, and pay-it-forward. She also is a founder of One Stop For Writers, a portal to powerful, innovative tools to help writers elevate their storytelling.