A month ago, I started to blog and get more involved with the whole social media/online writing community thing.
I love it. I do. I love talking about my interests, I love seeing what other people are doing, I love learning from their blog posts (so many people offering so much good stuff!) I love ‘meeting’ new friends on FB and Twitter and getting to know old ones better.
But… it can chew into the real writing time, which I really have to watch.
And there’s another issue I hadn’t expected. A couple of times recently, I have left the house to go the shops or something equally mundane and felt like a mole or other underground thing, blinking my way into the light. As though the physical world was a novelty. This is a little scary. I love my online community, but I need to nourish my real-life one too. Maybe it’s time for a face-to-face writing group?
How do you handle the siren draw of the online world? Please tell me, I really want to know! But while you’re here, here are some cool writing links!
For writers who blog, a grab-bag of insights!
From Writers in the Storm, Tara Lain talks about blogging and its role in self-promotion for writers: http://writersinthestorm.wordpress.com/2012/03/23/attack-of-the-blog-2/
Roni Lauren talks about being authentic on your blog
From iWise, why blogging sucks
Query letter advice, which never goes astray!
How to write a query letter, from Agent Query
MJ Wright does great posts on writing, really useful. Here’s an interesting one on using real people or referencing them in books:
Jennifer Mills talks gender and reality in books
A fascinating blog to follow for crime writers, especially in the US
A beautiful video on writing
A fascinating post on radically increasing your output
Just for fun, and to remind us that we’ll never be universally popular and not to mind too much, hilarious author-to-author put-downs:
And now, for something completely different, a little slice of life story that moved me:
Happy Monday and here’s to online and offline life balance!