Writing Tip #21 – The Social Media Dilemma

I love writing. I love teaching. I love teaching writing. I love listening to writers talk about their manuscripts. I love problem solving with writers. I love the delicacy and boldness of writing. These tips are things I’ve learned over the years that have held me in good stead and kept me going through the hard dry times. I hope they help you.

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How much social media should a writer do to support her career? It’s an individual question with a very individual answer. But I think it is important for every writer to answer it for themselves. Here is my answer: I do as much SM to support my presence in the wide world as a writer WITHOUT getting in the way of my first priority: writing. What is my presence? Well, it’s not all about me. I let the world know about my successes and news but I also signal boost events of the writers in my community. My social media presence is about me and my community. How much time do I spend on it? It probably comes out to about one morning a week. Three to four hours. That’s all. I know that I am not good at quick witted remarks in twitter feeds or carrying lengthy SM convos on Facebook. I know myself. Every SM guru will tell you only do what feels comfortable on SM. Absolutely. I would add: know who you are on social media and then your presence will follow.