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The Fun of Friday Phrases… #FP

fpI will admit it, I’m hooked on the Friday Phrases Twitter game. Every week I eagerly wait for this micro-fiction party. The concept is, you write a story in a simple tweet and end it with the hashtag #FP. You can come up with your own ideas, or they’ll even offer you a prompt to use. I can spend hours just perusing the hashtag, watching the incredible entries pour in.

“How hard is this to do” you might ask? Think about it. A story in one or two lines, complete with emotion and depth? It isn’t easy and it’s amazing to see the stories people have come up with. It’s also a thrill to see how many people favorite, retweet, or comment on the ones you do. This way you have a gauge on how well the “story” was received.

Some of my highest ranked ones that I’ve written (under @elysesalpeter) were these:

The vows done, the kiss sealed. Rose petals flung in celebration. Did anyone care how I felt? I touched the swell of my stomach & cried. #FP

“You’ll sleep when you’re dead,” the old adage goes. The problem is, I’m not tired anymore…The lid clanged shut. #FP

I washed my hands until they bled, but no amount of soap could rid the stain. Like a mark on my soul, it was destined to remain forever. #FP

My macabre selection of show and tell items always made my teachers nervous. Being the child of a serial killer did have its advantages. #FP

“Weird.” The plumber caulked the pipe & watched the tap drip again. The tornado had been fierce. Only the sink stood in the open field. #FP

“Trick or Treat, mommy,” the girl raised the white sheet over her head. The woman sobbed at the nothingness underneath. Every Halloween.#FP

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Some tweeps have blown me away with their creativity and they were gracious enough to let me list theirs here. I’ve included their twitter handles, so feel free to follow them to see more of their work in the future.

From @chibiella: A certain type of darkness is needed to trap the light without killing it. You opened the doors and watched me dance in the twilight. #FP

From @jabe842: “We only have #sixwords,” she said sadly. “How can we -” “It’s okay,” he told her, and took her hand. “We’ll only ever need three each.” #FP

From: @cedrixclarke: He realized between the top of the bridge and the chill of the water that his worries were not that desperate after all. #FP

From @ImMCarvalho: Scientists were stunned when Jupiter’s Great Red Spot transformed into a black sphere. Then it rose up, headed to destroy Earth. #FP

Tell me these entries above weren’t great?!

Want to learn more about Friday Phrases @fridayphrases? Click here: http://fridayphrases.com/ and JOIN THE FUN!

Twitter: Why it Does More Than Simply Sell Books

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Today’s blog is about the power of twitter. Many writer’s only media platforms include using Twitter and Facebook to promote their books. I never see them talking to people, just at people, and I think that’s a huge mistake and missed opportunity. These same authors get frustrated when they don’t get a lot of sales with this strategy and they come to the conclusion that “twitter really doesn’t help with book sales, at all.” I tend to agree, to a point. I believe twitter offers writers amazing exposure and I believe it holds the key to so much more that they haven’t even explored yet. Here’s some interesting things I do with twitter that have nothing to do with me just posting a “read my book” link.

#1) WRITING GAMES: On Fridays there is this awesome cool hashtag called #FP, which stands for Friday Phrases. What you do is simply type that hashtag in the tweet and WRITE a short story all in that same tweet. It is so much fun and offers a lovely way to get the creative juices flowing. And you’ll read other great entries and you can comment on them, building some cool relationships. Authors love nothing more than feedback and they appreciate it so much when you comment. Here are the two I offered this week:

#FP The child pulled her Grandpa along. “Just a little further Papa.” She led him to an open grave. He shook at her next words. “We’re home.”

“What’re you chewing?” I asked my 3 yr old.” “Orange gummies.” He licked his lips. “Mommy!” My 10 yr old cried. “Where’s my goldfish?” #FP

What’s great is that if people following the thread like it, they comment, you get retweeted and you might gain some new followers, too! Super fun. If you’d like to learn more about Friday Phrases, click here: http://fridayphrases.com/

#2) REVIEWS: This is harder, and more time consuming, but I look at all the threads and see the reviews that bloggers do. If I think they tend to review books like mine, I’ll start my research. I will follow them, then go to their webpages and start the process of writing them an email to see if they’d like to review one of my books. While time-consuming, it’s a great way to reach people I never would have met before and get an honest review from someone validated.

#3) FOOD: I love to talk about food. I wanted to do something different once for the holidays and the most amazing thing happened when I posted “Help, I need suggestions.” There are people from ALL OVER THE GLOBE on twitter and one woman told me her grandma’s recipe for a holiday dish called “Lobio,” which is Georgian Green Beans in Walnut Sauce. I made it for Passover and it was SO GOOD. Here’s the recipe to serve 6:

Ingredients

2 pounds fresh green beans cut into 2-inch pieces
1/4 pound light-skinned walnuts
2 cloves garlic, peeled
1 small onion, finely chopped
1/2 bunch fresh cilantro leaves, chopped (about 1/4 cup)
1 teaspoon ground coriander
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
2 tablespoons sweet paprika
1/2 cup vegetable stock
salt

Directions

1. Bring a medium pot of lightly salted water to boil. Add the green beans, return to a boil, and cook for 2 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water to set the color and stop the cooking. Reserve.
2. Place the walnuts and garlic into the bowl of a food processor and puree to a paste. Transfer to a medium-size bowl. Add the onion, cilantro, olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, paprika, and vegetable stock and process until smooth. Season to taste with salt. Reserve.
3. Arrange the green beans on a serving platter. Drizzle decoratively with the walnut sauce and garnish with additional paprika for color.

#4) SLANG: In one of my books, there is an older gentlemen from the UK. I have been researching British slang and including it in the book. I then appealed to my #UK tweeps and started asking questions such as “Can my character say Gawd Blimey and Bloody Hell?” Or “What does Stone the Crows” mean? I can’t tell you how many people chimed in with what are BETTER ways to say what I’m trying to get across. How some of my phrases were just regional or simply not used any longer. What an amazing resource these people were and I never would have gotten these honest answers in a quicker fashion. I can read as many internet British Slang sites as I want, but when I have someone living there, right now, telling me “how it really is” – that is invaluable.

#5) INTERVIEWS: I had an author interview right on twitter! How crazy is that? #writerskaboodle will help you do an author interview and for 1/2 hour straight people come on, along with the moderator, and ask questions about you and your books. What a great way to answer your reader’s questions, live, via tweets.

#6) COMMUNITY: That’s right. Community – this wonderful world is all about people engaging with each other. This morning I posted about how I had no idea what to post for my blog today. Within minutes, people from all over the globe offered suggestions and I realized, “OMG, twitter really isn’t all about selling my books,” it’s about building a community of like-minded friends who can all engage and help each other.

So, my advice to writers is get out of the mindset that you are only using twitter to hustle your books. Have fun with it. Engage your followers. Ask questions that you really want the answers to. You will be surprised at how much more you get out of this wonderful resource.

If any of you use twitter differently, I’d love to know! And please come on over and follow me at http://www.twitter.com/elysesalpeter