Social Networking vs. Writing
So. Wow. Did you see how many people commented on Friday’s post? And did you see how
longwinded eloquent everyone was? If I didn’t know better, I’d think you all LOVE giving your opinions about social networking!
So the upshot is: some of us love it, some of us hate it, many of us are ambivalent or trying to decide. Amongst those of you who read my blog, the most popular social networks are blogging, Twitter and Facebook. And whether we love social networking or hate it, we all recognize the potential hazards, i.e. the TIME aspect. The question we each have to answer is: How can we use social networking to the extent that it’s positive and helpful, but no more? I can’t answer it for you. We all need to grapple with it ourselves.
But I’m going to go out on a limb here and say one thing. It’s hard for me sometimes, on this blog, to strike a balance between teaching that building a platform is important and encouraging writers to place their writing first. There’s no question, building an audience is important.
If you are writing fiction. And you are unpublished. You really MUST be putting your writing first. Spend most of your discretionary time learning to write. You do this by continuing to write, and by reading high quality fiction, and by using crit partners, and reading books on craft. But mostly from writing, writing, writing.
Dabble in social networking for fun and leisure, and to get a head start on what you’ll need in the future. But you should keep in mind a 90/10 ratio. Spend t 90% of your free time on your writing, and no more than 10% on platform building.
Things change when you’re published. And things are different if you’re a NON-fiction writer.
But again, if you’re an unpublished novelist, improving your writing is top priority. If you don’t do that, all the rest will be irrelevant anyway.
So get off this blog and get back to work!