December 10, 2010

The Networking Writer

You may or may not know about the vast (vast, vast) writing community out there. As a writer, you should know about it, but the question is: how much should you network? You can have too much of a good thing in this case. One can spend countless hours talking with other writers online and not get a single word of fiction done.

On the other hand, networking is great. It lets your voice be heard and you make connections you might not otherwise make. You build friendships, you practice your writing voice every time you say something out there. You can learn a lot about writing on blogs and forums. I learned a TON this way.

So, if you're interested in expanding your network, here's a link to QueryTracker's blog post on The Writing Community. They list a few of the big sites you should at least know about.

And then there's Twitter. You either love it or you hate it. My personal opinion is: if you enjoy it, do it! But if you drag your feet every day, making yourself say SOMETHING, then it's probably not for you (and your tweets will reflect that).

You should give Twitter a try, if you haven't already. (And even if you have) here's a Writer's Starter Guide to Twitter (or: everything I wish someone had told me when I first started using twitter) by Justine Musk.


Alex said...

A great post, and immeasurably interesting links. I thought I'd contribute two posts from soon-to-be selling author, Beth Revis. You may read her already, but she herself spoke about networking in when one is a writer:

Roberta Walker said...
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Roberta Walker said...

Sorry, deleted comment due to spelling errors. Gah!

I think networking is invaluable, but I try to keep it limited to a couple hours per day, otherwise I would never get any writing or revising (or anything else) done! Set aside the time on your agenda, and quit when your time limit is up. Go take a walk, or get another coffee, then put on your writing hat!

Unknown said...

Alex: thanks for sharing!

Roberta: I'm with you on this one. Moderation seems to be the key. And I never really thought about it, but you're right. A transition activity does help, rather than try and go straight to writing. Thanks!

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