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There are so many amazing hashtags to make use of on Twitter. Here are some of my favorites. Of course, #LinkYourLife is my personal first choice, but there are several that are just fantastic.
Not sure what to do with hashtags? Look up the rules for the tag, share a link or image that applies, and include the tag at the end of your tweet. Make sure to tune in to what others are sharing under that tag and retweet any gems you find.
This is an original image of my collection of prayer beads given to me by friends and family from their native countries. It says, “Ramadan Mubarak from honeyquill.com.”
It’s party time! Remember that invitation you made last week? How did your story unfold?
Now it’s time to edit your piece. That’s right, this is an editing prompt. Here goes!
BYO . . . ?
Review your story with the following question in mind:
What does the reader need to bring?
Some parties are bring yourself. Some are BYOB. Is your story a potluck for your reader? If so, there is work to be done. Your reader will always bring their own life context to a piece. They shouldn’t also need to bring an encyclopedia to know what is happening during character interactions, dialogue or exposition.
So, really think about this: What DOES your reader need to bring to get the most out of your story?
Specific knowledge of ant colonies? Previous experience with Mars research or NASA builds? Understanding of dyes and how they are made?
The idea here is to discover whether your story is accessible to your reader. Often, when we write we travel deep into our own minds, what comes out lacks the context our imagination or memories provide. Asking your story what the reader needs to bring to it in order to fully engage is a great way to reexamine your narrative for the purpose of editing.
Friends, we did it. We grew #LinkYourLife beyond anything I can keep up with in a roundup. By teaming up with #BluSkyFriday, we more than doubled participation and readership. While I would love to link you all right here on my space, I think I am going to have to take a lesson from #1000Speak and #WeekendCoffeeShare and create a master space where you can link yourselves. In the meantime, I am toying with the idea of a “best of” or highlighting links from random time periods throughout the day. I love your contributions and absolutely want to continue honoring them by sharing them in my space.
I still haven’t made my way through every link from last week. Life, you know? My two older kids are out of school which means my full-time momming is being fully realized. Ah, summer.
As always, you are welcome to link your post in comments. My roundups get a LOT of readership. While this isn’t how I hoped it would go this week, people scroll through and pass on my #LinkYourLIfe posts more than any other item on this site. So please link away. And feel free to recommend what you would love to see as I revision the roundup.
And don’t forget to linkup on Friday!
#LinkYourLife is growing. It’s pretty damn spectacular. I love the voices, the hours spent on roundups, the connections being made. It feels like I’m really getting to know you. Like we are building something beyond weekly plugs.
In the spirit of summer, this week, let’s play a game! Share the work of (or tag) three friends. Make sure to deploy our hashtag and maybe connect friends to hashtag rules. Let’s keep in low-maintenance, though. I know I love when people grab my work and share it. I’m guess you all do as well.
Remember, you’re it! See you tomorrow.
Here is a writing exercise for developing plot. I often get stuck wondering,” What happens next?” This prompt can guide prevent that question from stalling your work. Chances are, you’ve done this before, but not with writing in mind.
Imagine that you are planning an event. It can be for someone you know or for yourself. You pick the details. Now, create an invitation to your party. Answer the following questions:
What should attendees bring?
With these questions answered, you have a plot to a story. You can now let the event unfold.