Rethinking Social Media Part Two

<—–UNDER CONSTRUCTION—–> As mentioned in a previous post, I have been rethinking how I use social media to meet my my professional goals. To that end I am relaunching (and rebranding) this blog to match my other social media platforms. I had a bout of the creeping crud and was down for the count for several days, so I’ve pushed my blog relaunch. I will send out official invitations next week. Wahoo. WEBSITE RELAUNCH and BLOG PARTY: Thursday, April 3 
hors d’ oeuvres, giveaways, special guests, party games wooden hashtags brought to you by Pine Nuts NOTES ON SOCIAL MEDIA FOR WRITERS I was recently in a panel/roundtable discussion for CWILL BC about social media for writers. I was asked to type up some of my notes. A bit of...

Weekly Writing Workout: Get Your Purpose Straight

How many times have you heard the phrase “I have to get my priorities straight”? I worked off of that idea for years without consistent success. I had trouble discerning through the daze of “to do” what exactly my priorities should be, especially when it came to social media. I thought maybe if I only had more discipline I would be able to prioritize action items more effectively. I was the QUEEN of To Do Lists, but every action swam in front of me with no clear purpose attached. I eventually realized that I can’t get my priorities straight if I don’t have my purpose straight first. How can I even make priorities without purpose? I learned that getting my purpose straight practically wrote my priorities for me, and that it was perfectly fine to drop actions that...

Twitter for Writers

And, along the theme of Rethinking Social Media, here’s a great post on how to effectively use Twitter. Which equals having more fun doing it.

Rethinking Social Media & Relaunch

!UNDER CONSTRUCTION! After spinning my wheels for the past year, I’ve come to the conclusion it’s not only time to rethink the way I “do” social media, it’s time to rethink the way I present myself to the world through it. It can’t be just me who gets overwhelmed by it all and romanticizes the way it must have been for authors of yesteryear. Social media is sometimes demanding, cumbersome, time-consuming/wasting. I’ve heard it called a “necessary evil” for writers on several occasions. But I don’t want my social media to be a “necessary evil.” I want my social media to be as much fun as I want the rest of my life to be. I’m all about the fun, dammit. But I wasn’t having much fun...

Quick and Dirty (okay, mostly quick, but made you look) with a bonus repurposed writing workout

So, no new Writing Workout yesterday because I was here all weekend: With people like this:   Doing things like this:                     (photo credit to Sander Feinberg for all but hair shot)         And next weekend I’ll be HERE. Doing things like this: Going to panels like THIS. And readings like THIS. And parties like THIS. So, in the meantime, here’s a recycled writing workout I think you’ll enjoy… YOUR WORKOUT When you get to what I call the “sloggy” part of your story, when inspiration appears to have left the building and you are dragging yourself to the page, it’s time for some good old fashioned spontaneous writing. (even if you’re...