It’s IWSG time again. Every first Wednesday of the month writers gather worldwide to air their dilemmas and offer support. Hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh, you can still sign up to join us.
First, a reminder the What’s Your Chocolate? bloghop is just a few days away. Monday, September 10th, my lovely cohosts — Laura Eno, Brinda Berry, and Ciara Knight — and myself are presenting this chocolate extravaganza. Just post about your love of chocolate, then visit others for a chocolicious party. Sign up to be chocolate coated HERE.
Now for something completely different …
You always hear writers mentioning how much busier they are once they start publishing. It’s something I heard and understood, but the reality didn’t hit until this past spring. I thought, well, I already interact on social media a fair amount and schedule it in, it can’t be much busier. Wrong. Just the small addition of monthly newsletters, keeping accounts, and organizing the next launch can require another full-time me.
One of the things I did to make my life saner was to condense down to one website. I moved the blog to only here last month. I have to say, having only one site to maintain frees up time I can use for writing or editing or marketing or making covers or writing blurbs or reading crit partner’s work or those other things I mentioned above. Either way, it’s saner.
As essential as I consider a blog / website to be, they’re time consuming. Why burn a wick at both ends if it’s unnecessary? Talking to writers and readers can be done all in one place. I was really nervous a lot of folks wouldn’t come over from the other blog. Most of you did though, so thanks for alleviating that fret.
I feel like being here frees more than just some extra time. Freedom from numbers, too. It’s not about how many folks tack their faces into a follow box. It’s about connecting with people.
That is the most powerful tool in the beginning writer’s arsenal, that network. It’s worth the time and effort, and it makes a difference when starting to publish. It’s helped me start to push my boulder up the hill, and I’d be going nowhere without the support of all of you.
Sincerely, thank you.