If you follow me on Twitter, you will no doubt be aware that I am creator and host of #TheMerryWriter game.
Each month I post daily questions to get writers sharing their characters and WIPs, as well as fun facts about themselves.
Well, I am just coming up the One Year Anniversary of the game 🙂
When I started
I thought I’d use today’s post to talk a little bit about this game I’ve been running for the last year.
I started the game back in July 2018, I already ask questions of my fellow writers – on almost all my platforms, but decided I could just make them daily prompts.
Hashtag games on Twitter have been around for ages, long before I started #TheMerryWriter. Which by the way, took me forever to come up with.
I needed a hashtag that wasn’t already claimed. I love that #TheMerryWriter was available and I’m so pleased it’s become a popular hashtag.
First GameBoard – July 2018
Second GameBoard – August 2018
Third GameBoard – September 2018
What I learned
I learnt that running and maintaining the game was hard work. Suddenly, I went from visiting Twitter maybe once a day to needing to be a little more plugged in.
I also learnt that people found it easier to talk about their writing and themselves when they could use these daily prompts.
I’ve had people tell me that they were shy at making friends and talking about their stories but that my questions really helped them.
These questions gave the players a focus and allowed them to consider other things about their writing they didn’t always realise.
Fourth GameBoard – October 2018 (Genre Edition)
Fifth GameBoard – November 2018
Sixth GameBoard – December 2018
Changes I Made
The first change I made was getting help. After the first game I launched was a massive hit, I realised I could do with some assistance.
My good friend and fellow writer, Rachel Poli was happy to join the game as my co-host. Two people creating questions made things a lot easier.
She shared the questions too, reaching her own followers and helped out with interacting with all the players.
The second change I made was adding in Break Days, something I’ve noticed has been cropping up in other people’s hashtag games, so we may have started a trend 😀
Originally, the break days just gave me and Rachel a little breathing space so we didn’t have to be on Twitter every day. However, even the players found it useful, as the break days were used to catch up questions they’d missed.
Seventh GameBoard – January 2019
Eigth GameBoard – February 2019
Ninth GameBoard – March 2019
One of my favourite things from this game, has been making connections. It was the main reason I started.
I saw many writers complaining that they struggled to make connections within the writing community.
So I was happy when this game brought people together. They would reply to each others answers, share them, discuss them. I saw friendships created and support given.
I met hundreds of new writers who shared their WIPs with me and found new books I will be excited to get when they come out.
I have made an incredible collection of friends and I couldn’t ask for anything better.
Tenth GameBoard – April 2019
Eleventh GameBoard – May 2019
Twelfth GameBoard – June 2019
The Future of #TheMerryWriter
I don’t know how long #TheMerryWriter will run for. We still get new players every month, so I’m happy to know it’s still being enjoyed by people.
So far I am still enjoying creating this game, though it does take a lot out of me. I’m just so pleased it reached the 1 year mark.
Thanks to Everyone who has played the game. You have made it so much fun!