I find myself overwhelmed with the variety of social networks an author can use to promote him or herself. Quality blog posts on my official site should take priority — should represent my writing completely — however, in the online popularity game of celebrity status (i.e. the more networks your name is on the better) I find it hard to put the right amount of time and effort into my blog.
I decided to stop promoting myself for the sake of promoting myself, and began a Twitter account to bring awareness to the anti-conflict diamond campaign — a cause I care deeply about, which in return promotes my research, writing, and helps me build a reader following by tweeting with people who are interested in the subject.
Authors that specialize in a particular field will find Twitter to be a useful tool for (1) informing your audience on current topics, studies, and statistics related to your expertise, (2) directing traffic to your official site, and (3) marketing your book (products or services). People with Twitter accounts often choose to follow others who are involved in the same interests and careers. Using this site is a great way to reach out to your targeted audience. An author can have a link to their Twitter account via their Website. It’s a great way for first time visitors to connect to your site by them following your tweets. It keeps you connected to your readers…bonus.
An English professor of mine once said, “Poems often come from other poems.” I have found that poems can come from old blogs posts as well. Looking through blogs and journal entries can provide rich text to take from and emote. A great exercise for anyone with writer’s block! An author could develop characters, storylines, and dialogues from old posts.
Below is an excerpt from a blog I posted on Sept. 26, 2008 at 9:04 p.m. I used it as inspiration to write a few Haiku poems.
I like the Midwest. The sunrise in the morning is inviting. I feel so energized when the light shines on the lake and reflects on to the trees. The nights are enchanting. The sky is clear and the stars shine bright. It sounds simple, but it truly is breathtaking. I do a lot of thinking under that night’s sky.
The trees sing with the cold wind
A Midwest morning
Stars shine through the black
Provoking the lake to dance
Night enchants the poor
I thought my past blogs (rarely viewed) were done with. Being able to utilize them as a writing tool has motivated me to blog more consistently so I’ll have content to work with in the future.
I’ve spent the past few months focusing on completing manuscripts rather than concentrating on writing. My language skills, writing exercises, tips from various writers’ magazines and literature journals are ready to go in my mind, but the message in my writing gets lost in all the formal structure.
I’ve been substituting emotion and thought, for conventional words and rhythm. I forgot how easy it was to capture the moment by free styling. Simply sitting down at the computer and typing what I feel brings certain tranquility to my storytelling.
When I first started writing, I would jot down anything ‘inspirational’ that came to my head – on napkins, scrap paper, and on the back of receipts. I don’t do that anymore. Instead I get hung up on how behind I am in my revisions. I’ve learned this month that in order to keep my creativity fresh and true to myself, I need to take a break from the conventional. I’m setting aside time to put the laptop away and scribble on paper. I’m reverting into my old habits – while keeping my new skills… to remember how to write and why I write.
Blogging for me has actually become a way to exercise my free-style writing. I think a writer must take a break from that incomplete project and come back to it with fresh eyes and mind. New ideas (to include in my stories) come to my head as I blog clumsily about my mundane life and writing process.
Do you remember the quarks that got you through those first drafts? Maybe incorporating them into your writing routine will bring about those youthful ideas that drove your passion in beginning.