If you don’t know what #amwriting is, lemme tell you: There’s this social networking site called Twitter (you knew that, right?) where you post Tweets (stuff) of 140 characters or FEWER (you knew it should be “fewer” and not “less”, right?). On Twitter, we use hashtags (or the pound sign or the number sign: #) to sort tweets into subjects. So, if you’re on Twitter and you want to see tweets about tinfoil hats, you search for #tinfoilhats and you get a list, updated even as you read, to show all the new tinfoil hat tweets as they’re posted.
Okay. So about two years ago, writer Johanna Harness started using a hashtag to talk about her writing progress, process and life. She would say things like, “Using sticky notes to organize thoughts on current WIP. #amwriting” Then other people would say things like, “Working on edits with seeds of new stories bouncing off my head. #amwriting” Before long, lots and lots and LOTS of us were using the #amwriting hashtag, and we’d follow each other and cheer each other on and … we’d formed a community.
Now Johanna has made the #amwriting community official, with its own web site and everything.You don’t have to be on Twitter to be part of the community. 🙂
Today, the community turns two, and Johanna is instigating a progressive blog party. Here’s my entry:
These emo birds ought to stop fighting
The yarn bomb. They think it’s exciting
To subjugate grammar.
Just hear them both stammer:
“I #am, you #am, we all #amwriting!”
P.S. — I got too previous and posted this early-early. Looks like the party hasn’t started as of 7:01 AM EDT. Please start at the beginning of the party at Johanna Harness’ blog and follow the trail from there.
Proceed, if you will, to the next stop on the progressive party: Girl Meets Word
WRITING PROMPT: Is your main character part of any community/communities? If not, why not?
L.S. TaylorAugust 3, 2011 at 3:07am
Whee! *throws confetti*
Marian AllenAugust 3, 2011 at 7:06am
Whoooopie! ~pops the cork on a bottle of Chianti~ (Don’t like champagne.)
Johanna HarnessAugust 3, 2011 at 8:07am
I put up a full list here: http://amwriting.org/archives/6020
Despite her best wishes for #amwriting, it’s unlikely JCRosen will be able to participate today. I hesitate to say she won’t participate though. She has amazed me so many times with what she’s able to do.
Marian AllenAugust 3, 2011 at 9:11am
Ah! Thanks for the list, Johanna!
I got the emo birds at a party, where we put everything in the center of the room and drew numbers to choose what we wanted. As soon as I saw those birds, I knew they were mine! Nobody else knew what to make of them. lol! And I made that yarn bomb literally by hand: I canNOT knit, but I can finger-knit. 🙂
I’m so sorry JC is indisposed today. Sending good thoughts her way.
Johanna HarnessAugust 3, 2011 at 8:08am
The emo birds and the yarn bomb are priceless! I love them!
LK Gardner-GriffieAugust 3, 2011 at 9:39am
Woot!!!! *blows party horn*
Marian AllenAugust 3, 2011 at 1:23pm
LK – *toot toot brrrrraaaaaaaaackkkkkkk!~ Many obnoxious noise-maker noises in celebration!
STephen TrempAugust 3, 2011 at 10:42am
#amwriting is a great group of people. I visit there a few times a week. I did not know they had their own Web site though. I’ll check it out.
Bob SanchezAugust 3, 2011 at 11:23am
A birthday party for a hashtag? Dang! Hoo noo?
Marian AllenAugust 3, 2011 at 1:24pm
Heh! Bob, it’s amazing what people can build, 140 characters at a time! 🙂
Marian AllenAugust 3, 2011 at 1:24pm
Oh, yes, Stephen–the #amwriting web site is made entirely of awesome!
john ross barnesAugust 3, 2011 at 12:51pm
Yay #amwriting! Never underestimate the power of the human spirit, or a great community, and #amwriting provides great examples of both.
Marian AllenAugust 3, 2011 at 1:25pm
Well said, John! 🙂
Morgan MandelAugust 3, 2011 at 4:08pm
Oh, no. Something else I want to join!
Marian AllenAugust 3, 2011 at 6:54pm
Morgan, I highly recommend it! You don’t have to “be there” the whole time, just grab a look whenever you have time. And all you have to do to “join” is use the hashtag. 🙂
Helen GingerAugust 3, 2011 at 4:57pm
I’ve been seeing that #amwriting on Twitter. Now I know what it means! Thank you.
Marian AllenAugust 3, 2011 at 6:56pm
You’re welcome, Helen! It’s a community that grew by itself. 🙂
AlexJCavanaughAugust 4, 2011 at 7:24am
I’m part of that site, but I always forget about it.
Marian AllenAugust 4, 2011 at 9:02am
Alex, check it out now and then! But the best part of #amwriting is that it isn’t just a site you need to check, it’s a community to which you belong, whether you hit the site or not. #amwriting is an oxymoron: an all-inclusive password to support and friendship. 🙂
Cara Lopez LeeAugust 4, 2011 at 12:54pm
Thank you for making me realize that the #amwriting hashtag will open the portal to another world, Marian. I’ll be sure to use it more often. I also absolutely love the writing prompt question! I’m working on a historical novel, and you’ve reminded me to create more communities for my characters. The more connected they are to a complete world, the more real they will feel, I’m sure.
Marian AllenAugust 4, 2011 at 2:20pm
Hi, Cara! Yes, our characters, unless they’re total loners, have some kind of network around them. I tend to let that distract me and then I have to simplify. 🙂
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