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Young Adult Dark Urban Fantasy Author ~

The New Stage

Or in other words–The Blog. The place where either every day or a few times a week, we feel the need to say something new, something interesting or informative–or entertaining.

Many writers create these blogs to stand as a branding tool, a platform, and most of us soon realize that it is not an easy task. We have an additional pressure now, besides writing our book, article, novel, etc.., we need to interact and stay in the spot light.

For someone like me, it hasn’t been easy, but it is getting easier. I’m learning how to juggle proficiently, a skill I never hoped to master in the past.

Now, instead of allowing the pressure to perform everyday on this blog overwhelm me, I’ve learned to let some of that go and continue to focus on the main reason I am blogging–my novels.

My stage has been an invaluable tool for inspiration as well as for the pushing and prodding that we all need from time to time. I wouldn’t trade it for a second. And that is why I have it–because it helps me. I would have dismantled this blog a long time ago if it didn’t. Call it selfish–but if social media isn’t helping to push you forward, it’s holding you back.

My blog helps loosen my brain, it helps me to interact with other writers, it allows me to write without over thinking (something my novels do not allow).

But for a long while, it felt like a weight. A weight to perform–to say something. And it kept me from focusing on my writing. I couldn’t sort it all out. When I threw myself into the Twitter mix….well, you can imagine.

My point here is that we can’t and shouldn’t be expected to do everything related to social media and branding our name. We need to continue to keep our eye on the main prize.

It’s easy to shift from writing when your blog starts picking up speed and your hits start to fly. It’s easy to become so focused on your blog because let’s be honest, it’s instant gratification. Your novel isn’t. We like to know that what we say resonates with other people. It’s why we write. And when people respond positively to our blog posts, it makes us feel good.

And that’s great. It is.

But it isn’t a substitute for writing your WIP. So don’t let it be.

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6 responses

  1. That is so where I am at right now. I still, no matter what I say, cannot help logging on at least twice a day to check to see if I have had new comments, take a peep at my stats, all the while knowing that my WIP is taking second place. I will get there eventually, I think I just need to get it out of my system.

    July 7, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    • Of course we’re gonna check our stats and our comments, that’s normal and expected. It’s when you’re more contentrated on those things than you are on your WIP, that things get screwy. I have TweetDeck that flashes up on my screen all day long. It used to drive me crazy. Now I just glance up and then back down at my writing. It took me a long time to balance it all out. Social media took front stage for a while and de-railed my writing progress. I didn’t realize it at the time–I do now. Now all of that is secondary. The best or most popular blog post isn’t going to get my books published or even read–but writing a good book can.

      July 7, 2011 at 6:04 pm

      • I guess Im just chasing instant gratification. Hopefully i will get over it soon.

        July 10, 2011 at 4:29 pm

  2. Respect! haha, wise words!

    July 10, 2011 at 2:04 am

    • Thank you;)

      July 10, 2011 at 8:51 am

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