There's a lot of talk about the internet and social media as sources of writers' procrastination. And they certainly can be that.
realized, the other day when I had skipped several sessions of
blog-reading, that I felt disconnected from my community. That I missed
it, and felt isolated as a writer. And I began to see what purpose
social media serve for me.
When I first started writing, I didn't
know any other writers. I felt very isolated, and floundered on
occasion. Most of the writers I know now, I met through social media. I
do know some local writers with whom I get together in person, but our
day-to-day keeping in touch is still done online.
serve as my water cooler. They remind me that there are other writers
out there, plugging away, even as I am. They reassure me that none of
those other writers find this to be a particularly easy job. We exchange
notes of encouragement, answer one another's questions ("What's
D&A?" "Have you seen any books out there written in 2nd person?"
"Have you worked with this editor before?"), celebrate and commiserate
with one another. Nobody demands a progress report from me, but just by
being in touch with this world, I'm further motivated to put in my daily
words. I actually write more now than I did before I had an internet
Social media are also a way for readers to reach me.
There are readers who have found me that way, and I'm glad when they do.
They give me hope that someone besides me will care when I find a way
to finish whatever story I'm grappling with.
If you're reading this, you're part of that community. So, thank you!