Showing posts with label Social Media. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Social Media. Show all posts

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Word Crimes

I suggest TV stations across the country start airing this as a PSA. The More You Know...

Thank you, Mr. Yankovic. Thank you. 

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Long, Dark Night of the Squirrel

Today your Saturday morning funny is brought to you by the amazing Becca Rose of @bookwormbeaut Twitter fame. And squirrels. Seriously, read ALL THE PAGES. This is why Twitter is my absolute favorite form of social media.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Appreciating Platforms

A couple weeks ago at writers' group, we started talking about the recent trend of publishers and agents wanting authors to have an established platform. Several people in the group were less than excited about this fact, feeling overwhelmed at just the thought of trying to juggle writing, blogging, websites, and social media accounts, all at the same time. I totally get it. It takes a lot of balance. There are times when I start to feel overloaded, and it's not like I have a huge following to interact with. But at the same time, I understand the value of this idea because I appreciate it, not just as a writer, but as a reader.

The easiest way for me to explain this is to share with you some of my favorite people to follow, and why: 

I'm lucky enough to have a few signed copies of Erin's novels on my bookshelf, thanks to contests and promotions on her Facebook page and blog. Not only is she a phenomenal writer, but she's the most kind and open author I've ever had the privilege of interacting with online. She's constantly engaging in conversations with her fans, asking and answering questions, and passing on encouragement to those of us who aspire to be as successful as she is. Her blog posts are always inspiring, honest, and real. I don't think you could find a better example of how an author platform should be used.

Jon's book START (see my review here) is all about figuring out your dream and turning it into a reality. What better topic for aspiring writers? Not only does Jon offer lots of encouraging and inspiring tweets and posts, but he's also hilarious. From comedic observations of every day life, to TV and sports commentary, to his knack for finding extremely awkward Pinterest posts, it's impossible to follow Jon and not laugh out loud at least once a day. 
Tony DiTerlizzi (@TonyDiTerlizzi) 
If you follow author and illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi on Twitter and/or Instagram, you'll get to see a constant gallery of his sketches. I love seeing his process when it comes to creating the beautiful images for The Spiderwick Chronicles and The Search for Wondla. He's also replied to several of my tweets, sometimes answering questions, and other times simply thanking me for a compliment. It's awesome to get an inside look into his books and their stunning artwork.
Ksenia Anske (@kseniaanske/ 
There are so many reasons I love following this woman. Blogger and up-and-coming author, she delights in interacting with her followers. Every day you'll find her answering questions, giving pep talks, celebrating victories, and generally boosting moral in the Twitter writing community. Do you need someone in your corner who will push you to write, write, write and never give up? Follow her. She has an incredible work ethic and is a great example of what it means to be dedicated to writing. And not in an intimidating "I'm so much better than you, you could never compare" manner, but in an uber-inspiring "You can do it, too!" sort of way.

I could add so many more...Bob Goff, Isaac Marion, Don Miller, Becca Rose, Kristin Lamb...the list goes on. 

Inspiration, encouragement, support, humor, writing tips, a glimpse into the lives of my favorite authors...all because of  their Twitter/Facebook/blog. All because they take the time to interact with me--the reader, the follower, the fan. I think if you can experience the excitement that comes with interaction like this, the idea of being able to provide the same for your own followers will seem a little less stressful and a lot more fun.

Friday, April 5, 2013

In Good Company

One of the things I love about being a writer is the amazing community I'm part of, just by being a storyteller. There are so many people out there who are passionate about writing and there's an instant connection as soon as you find out someone is a fellow wordsmith. You get each other. You have a mutual understanding of the quirks and thought processes and emotions that come with the job description.

As a writer, I have a constant flow of characters, scenes and plots running through my head. Ideas come at random, and almost always at inconvenient times--like in the shower or the moment the lights are out and I'm snuggled in bed in blissful comfort. I mumble to myself a lot. I have emotional attachments to people who aren't real. I drift so deeply into my thoughts, I respond to my husband's questions and then three seconds later realize I have no idea what I just agreed to. The annual family Christmas letter goes through at least three drafts before I've deemed it ready to send out. Movies and TV shows are over analyzed--especially mysteries, which always beg the question, "If I was writing this story, who's the who whodunit?" On a good day a great book inspires me, on a bad day it leaves me feeling like I could never, ever write something that good. I battle a constant war of confidence and doubt, determination and despair.

Thankfully I have an incredible husband who loves all my crazy and wouldn't have me do anything else but pursue my dream (and he's learned to make sure I'm making eye contact when he has something important to tell me). But there's something wonderful about meeting people who are the same kind of crazy. Which is why I love social media and the ability to connect with other writers all over the world. And even more than that, I LOVE the writing group I'm blessed to be a part of.

I've heard it said over and over by so many authors that one of the best things you can do as a writer, if you're serious about pursing your craft, is join a writing group. And it's true (and if you're a writer and not part of one, you should be. Go find one. Now.). Last fall I decided to start a group with a good friend of mine, and I am so, so happy we did. It means more than I can say to have a safe place to share ideas and receive helpful critiques. My novel is so much better because of the time my friends have taken to point out the wrinkles and applaud the good stuff. These wonderful people have become a steady source of encouragement, knowledge, and motivation to keep writing, keep creating, keep chasing my dream.

The connections I've made through my writing amaze me. From right here in my hometown, to continents on the other side of the world, so many people have helped and inspired me. It's a pretty incredible thing to know that no matter our differences, the common love of words unites us. So to everyone I've had the opportunity to get to know--even if it's just been through a tweet or two--consider this the acknowledgements page. Thanks for being part of my awesome, crazy writing journey. I look forward to seeing where it takes us.

Are you a writer? Have a book, a blog, or a Twitter account? Feel free to share links in the comments--I'd love to learn more about you and your work!