Lately I’ve been spending a fair amount of time on social networks, so much time that I am almost becoming addicted to it. Being such a solitary occupation, it’s good to meet other writers, discover what they’re writing and joining in on discussion boards. The problem with all of this of-course is when does the writing happen? Somehow my writing has dwindled down to a poor second place.
The timing of this post was perfect. I’ve been reading JA Konrath’s A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing (which I heartily recommend, by the way) and follow his blog. Once again, he gives me the kick in the pants I deserve. Where exactly does all this social networking get you as a writer if you’re not writing? You need to be showing that you are actually putting the effort in and getting your work published in order to maintain the interest of others, otherwise you will just be seen as another ‘wannabe’.
As writing is seen as a business, the way I am managing my way around this issue is to come up with a schedule and stick to it. If the unexpected comes up, make up for that amount of lost time. After a certain amount of writing has been reached (a word limit or number of hours for example), then and only then get onto social networks. See it as a reward for your writing efforts.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some work to do.