Note: this post was originally published on Have Coffee…Will Write, a blog I ran with writing buddy Karen Delabar.
See the original here.
A few months ago, after successfully completing NaNoWriMo, Karen and I decided to seriously pursue this writing thing.So, we started reading blogs about how to approach it and what needed to be done other than just writing.
That is where we learned about blogging.And Twitter.And Facebook fan pages.And that we needed them.
Neither of us what very happy. Karen will tell you I pushed her to create a blog and to join Twitter.I did.I didn’t want to do it, but I knew I should.I also know it is easier to go into it with a friend.
So, on January 5, (also my birthday), we both created new Twitter accounts (Karen, Susi).We also started looking into blogging and the different platforms.Before long, Have Coffee… Will Write was born.
I have had a Twitter account for a while.I followed a few family members and friends, and a whole slew of celebrities.(Now that the real name is public knowledge, feel free to check it out- @SQNonns.) During NaNo, I added a few writers and tweeted a bit as I went, but nothing major.As of today, my grand total number of Tweets on that account is 87, and I have a whopping 31 followers (a good chunk of which came in the past few days). But, I figured, at least I knew what I was getting into.
Blogging, on the other hand, was completely foreign to me.It wasn’t anything I had ever seriously thought of doing.I couldn’t figure out how I was going to come up with something original to say multiple times a week.
Surprisingly, I ended up finding writing a blog to be fun.I use it to get thing off of my chest, and to ask for feedback from other writers.I find I get a lot of useful suggestions. (Thank you all, by the way.) It also keep me in the habit of writing, even on those days where I don’t want to.
Twitter was a different story.For anyone who hasn’t figured it out yet, I tend to be long-winded.I just can’t seem to get anything productive out in 140 characters or less.I found myself writing tweets that were too long, then deleting them and not posting a thing because I couldn’t figure out how to shorten them without sounding like a total idiot.
Still, I did manage to talk to some people, and I noticed a trend.
First was Bob Mayer. Within the two or three tweets we have sent, I realized that he is an alum of West Point, graduating a year after my uncle. A few years ago, my little brother also graduated from the Academy. So, I was intrigued by his books. What did to do? I bought one. (I am almost done with it now, and I LOVE it!)
Still, I was going days without even looking at Twitter. I knew I shouldn’t, but I hadn’t seen any real benefit of Twitter yet.
While I was struggling, Kaye was embracing Twitter.She tweeted all the time, was talking to a lot more people than I was, and loved it.
I didn’t get it.
Then, last week, she said I should join her in #pubwrite, where a group of writers talk about writing, drinking, and anything else that may come up (like a naked Gerard Butler – yum).I was skeptical, but tried it. And now I am addicted.
In less that a week, my total tweets went from about 200 to the current 616.Suddenly, I wasn’t worried about the number of characters.I was having conversations with real people.If it didn’t all fit in one tweet, I would add another, something I was afraid to do before.
So, I would like to thank all my #pubwrite friends for teaching me to embrace Twitter. But they have done more than that.They have made me more confident as a writer.They accepted me even though I am a “newbie” writer, even though I have nothing published (yet).Heck, they even got me to reveal my real name.
There’s only one problem—now I want to read all of their books too. As more people join, I find that my to read pile just keeps growing.
Seriously, though, is that such a bad problem to have?