Here’s a little update:
Last week I received my first link to a story inspired by one of my writing prompts. I was so excited! Please give the wonderfully vivid Things Best Left Forgotten by redgypsophila a read and offer feedback, and let’s start building! 🙂
Moving forward, I’ve started to have a few ideas of what I’d like to do in order to “build” this community. I’ve felt a little brain dead the last few days though, so it may be slow going. I blame all the new social media outlets I’ve been exploring.
I joined Twitter (my handle is @RachaelCMarek). Now that I’ve (slightly) got my bearings…I’d like to use this specifically as a resource, so if you have any tips on how to use it wisely, or can suggest people to follow that might be beneficial to writers, please, please, please share in the comments.
Then I signed up for Tumblr. I didn’t realize it was another blog, so that one will probably fade into obscurity, but I wasted a whole lot of time the other day…
I added a link to my YouTube page that I’m trying to build with the writer in mind. I’m trying to create “music to write to” playlists. This will be a work in progress, but if you’re like me and like to write to music, you may find a few new things.
And as if you needed one more thing, I saw a post about a blogging resource called Quora. This link is the article via The Write Life. Is anyone using this yet? Is it worth it?
Is all this other nonsense really required to be a writer…?? Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Instagram, Pinterest, blah blah blah. Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoy some of these services (some much more than others); it’s a way for me to stay connected, keep in the know, learn new things, etc, but A) It’s too time consuming to maintain so many outlets. B) It’s too easy to waste inordinate amounts of time. And C) Why? This is not how it used to be, not even a couple of years ago. Yes, there are hints of bitterness laced with mind-numbing exhaustion. I take full responsibility for time wasted the last couple of weeks.
As for actual writing…I spoke to some of my new writer friends who helped me gain some perspective. I decided against the massive rewrite, as it would change the story completely, and am going to try to find the issue in Act I that is affecting Act III. I have been all over the place with this, and this might be one reason I’ve started to mentally check out. So wish me luck.
Wishing you all a productive rest of the week!