Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter… I do a lot of writing-related chatter that’s basically meaningless *mea culpa* but I also do post and re-tweet articles and blogs that I think are helpful, or pertinent, or funny, and I really enjoy the social aspect of tweeting. More, I find tweeting to be highly motivating without distracting me when I’m deep into my manuscript. You’d think this would be contraindicated, but it actually works for me.
Writing, let’s face it, is a fairly solitary endeavor. But if I’m having, say, a rough time with sentence construction to capture just the right feeling I want to convey… I can pop over to Twitter, dash off a quick note about my frustration, then get back to work. A bit later, when I go look at Twitter, and see it’s been replied to or even just re-tweeted… I feel like I’ve been “heard.” This is important. We all need to feel heard. And somehow… this just does it for me.
Because it’s a Tweet and not a blog or FB post, we’re severely limited in the space we have to write, plus leaving room for hashtags, so it doesn’t take more than a minute to get something written quick. OMG if I went to FB or here on my blog to post every time my characters weren’t cooperative, or every time a scene was going GREAT and practically writing itself and I was jumping out of my skin for joy… I’d never get anything written on the manuscript, I’d be too busy here or in Facebook writing about it! And that makes Twitter perfect for me.
In fact, some nights when I’m writing late, I find myself staying up later than I’d planned, so I could write more to have something to Tweet about! I kid you not!