23 Social Media Conversation Starters for Writers

By Edie Melson @EdieMelson
I’m constantly
being asked for ideas of what post on social media. 
It’s important to use those
updates as a tool to start a conversation with your friends and followers. 
I’ve compiled a list of 23 social media conversation starters for Authors. These should help you never be at a loss for words!

23 Social Media Conversation Starters
1. Now that hashtags have caught on for a lot
of different social media platforms, ask your followers/friends to share their
favorite hashtags.
2. Take advantage of the seasons and ask,
“What are you reading this summer (fall, spring, winter, etc).”

Look no farther than the calendar for update inspiration.
3. Along the lines of following the calendar,
get more specific. For example today is Lazy Day, World Lion Day, National
Duran Duran Day, Skyscraper Appreciation Day, and National S’mores Day. It’s
also National Smile week—just think the social media updates you can create
around those! I post the days for the month to come on the last Thursday of
each month. Here’s a link to August Calendar Days.
You can also post questions about what week this is, and what month.

4. Share a new author you’ve discovered, and
invite your followers/friends to do the same. The author doesn’t have to be
brand new—just new to you.

5. Post a cliche you hate to hear and ask
others to post ones that irritate them.

6. One of my most popular social media
updates was when I asked for favorite writing quotes. You can do an infinite
variation on this by asking for quotes about love, family, mothers . . . you
get the idea.
Share your favorite music to write by.
7. Share your favorite music to play while
you’re writing. 

Or even better, share a Spotify playlist. 
8. Ask for recommendations for new movies.

9. We all grew up rolling our eyes (maybe
only mentally) when mom came out with one of her sayings. Post one of your
least favorites, and ask your followers to chime in with one of theirs.
10. In this day of smart phones and tablets,
ask for app recommendations. People are always happy to share new things that
help make life simpler.
11. Ask for help with your current writing project—such as naming a
character or helping refine a non-fiction topic.
Share an image that inspires you.
12. Images are hugely popular, share one that inspires you.
13. Do a new take on What I Did Last Summer, and post what you did this
summer, or fall, or last weekend.
14. If you like to cook (or even if you don’t) share a recipe that you
love or one you want to try.
15. Make a list and share your favorite people to follow on that specific
social media network. For example, a list of favorite Instagram or Twitter
16. Share something from your bucket list, and ask for your followers to
share something on theirs.
17. Post a funny video and ask others to comment or post one they love.
18. Put together a nonsensical list—like your favorite Dr. Seuss words or
funniest oxymorons—and ask your followers to add to the list.
19. Post the link to a devotion that inspired you today and ask others to
do the same.
20. On TBT (Throwback Thursday) post a picture from your childhood.
Take a vocabulary test and share the results.
21. Take a vocabulary test, share the results and the link and ask others
to share their results. Here’s a link to get you started on Test Your Vocal. (And for the record, I scored 36,000 words.)
22. Ask your followers for ideas of what to share on social media.
23. Post your favorite line from a movie, and ask people to guess which
movie it’s associated with.
As you can see,
the list could go on and on and on. The key to always having something to say
on social media is to keep a list of ideas of what to talk about. Otherwise, if
you’re like me, when you’re ready to share something your mind goes blank.
So now it’s your
turn. What would you add to my list? Don’t be shy, share your thoughts in the
comments section below.

Edie Melson is the author of numerous books, as well as a freelance writer and editor. Her blog, The Write Conversation, reaches thousands each month. She’s the co-director of the Blue Ridge Mountains ChristianWriters Conference and the Social Media Mentor at My Book Therapy. She’s also the Military Family Blogger at Guideposts. Com, Social Media Director for SouthernWriters Magazine and the Senior Editor for NovelRocket.com. Connect with her on Twitter and Facebook. Don’t miss her new book from Worthy Inspired, WHILE MY SOLDIER SERVES.