Hashtags are everywhere. If you write, or want to write for a living, you’ll have to get used to using them.
What Is A Hashtag?
Hashtag – definition, from dictionary.com
‘Noun: (on social media websites) a word or phrase preceded by a hash mark (#), used within a message to identify a keyword or topic of interest and facilitate a search for it’
If you use social networks, you’ll see hashtags attached to the end of tweets or posts. People use the symbol to sort and categorise. This helps to show up the Tweets or posts more easily in search.
Why Do We Use Them?
Using hashtags means you can separate tweets and posts that are of no interest to you from those that that are pertinent. Using relevant hashtags also increases the likelihood of others seeing your posts and becoming a follower.
People use hashtags to get the latest news, to share news, to identify a brand or recommend a product, to connect with like-minded people, and to find experts or expert advice.
Every community uses a specific set of hashtags, and writing has a great selection from which to choose. Most are self-explanatory, such as #WritingTips and #WritingPrompts. If you don’t know what a hashtag means, click here
Hashtag Top Tip: Don’t use more than three at a time
Popular Hashtags For Writers
#AmEditing – a shortened version of ‘I am editing’. This tag is for posts from people who are editing.
#AmWriting – a shortened version of ‘I am writing’. This tag is used by people who are writing. It is possibly the most used tag for writers on Twitter. This tag is so popular that there is even a web community: The Amwriting Blog Archives
#AmRevising – a shortened version of ‘I am revising’.
#AskAgent – the hashtag for any question you might want to ask book and publishing agents. An agent may even answer. #askpub and #askeditor are variations to ask questions of publishers and editors.
#ASMSG – Authors Social Media Support Group
#IndieAuthors – independent authors need to use social media in their marketing strategy. This community is a support for new authors, and hopefully, it will make more people aware of your blog and your books.
#NaNoWriMo – national novel writing month
#PubTip – publication tips
#StoryStarter – a prompt for starting a story
#WordCount – used by writers who want to share their progress in numbers
#WIP – work in progress
#WritersBlock – used by writers who are stuck
#WritersLife – used by writers to add insight into life as a writer, the writing process, and to show the humorous side of this life.
#WriterWednesday was originally a way to give a shout-out to writers, suggest authors to follow, or to share writing tips. Follow The #WriterWednesday Weekly
#WritingPrompt or #WritingPrompts – the perfect hashtag if you’re looking for inspiration
#WritingTip or #WritingTips or #WriteTip – writing advice
Hashtags For Writers Of Instagram
Instagram is all about inspiration, and who needs inspiration more than writers? This platform is a visual feast of writing quotes, writing prompts, bookshelves, poems, and insights into the lives of famous writers. You can also use more than three hashtags on this platform – the more the merrier.
If you’re looking for writers to follow on Instagram, click here
You can also use hashtags on specific days of the week. Tailor your tweets for these themes.
#SampleSunday (for sample chapter giveaways), #ShakespeareSunday
Hashtags For Twitter Chats
Twitter chats can be about anything. Most of them follow the theme of a genre and they take place on a weekly basis.
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