Believe it or not, social media can actually make you a better writer. If you go back and look at your posts, tweets and blogs from when you first started engaging in social media you should notice some key things that have changed in your writing such as:
- You say the world “I” less, because you know now that being social is all about your reader, not you.
- Your brain works in concise snippets now and you say things more succinct because Twitter has forced you into completing thoughts in 140 characters. (or Facebook into 420)
- You also avoid overusing descriptors and unnecessary adverbs because you want your post shared and you realize that if someone has to edit your post for length in order to share, it’s not going to be shared as often, or worse – at all.
- You’re probably a better editor now too – knowing exactly how to edit someone’s post that is too long you want to share in nanoseconds.
- You’ve learned what’s appropriate for social media vs. when you have more to say you now reserve it for a blog post or your book.
- You thought coming up with a daily blog was a pain, but now that you write every day, you realize the practice is paying off – you write some darn good stuff!
- You suffer from writer’s block way less because you are writing and reading and getting inspired every day.
- Sharing your content or excerpts of your work with other writers via social media, helps you with your creative process.
- You are getting feedback on your blog, posts or tweets and they are compliments.
- You find that the tweetchats of #amwriting, #blogchat, #wip, #NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) are not only informative, but that they hold you accountable for a word count and give you support when you need it.
- Spend no more than 10-15 minutes responding to comments, RTs and feedback. (set an alarm if you have to).
- Spend no more than 30-45 minutes each day reading the news and finding inspiration on the web.
- Last, take 10-15 minutes each day to schedule your posts on social media for the day and walk away. The rest of the time you should be spending writing.
Guaranteed after the first week you will feel like you have it under control.