I've Learned: Social Media
Today I want to discuss what I've learned from social media, and how it can be useful. I know it can be incredibly distracting, and that's something to be wary of, but it can also be used for your benefit as a writer.
The hardest thing to not get too distracted by, for me, is Netflix. And although that isn't social media, so I won't be getting into Netflix today, even that can be useful. There are up and down sides to everything, and hopefully today's post can highlight a bit of the helpful aspects of a few social media sites.
I've used Twitter for many things while writing. I've actually written an entire post about Twitter for writers. Check it out here for a more in depth list of ways to use twitter.
Twitter has taught me:
- How to connect with other writers & build a community
- How to find contests and pitch parties to participate in
- To read more! There are so many great recommendations and giveaways on twitter - and I can always find out what my writer friends are reading, what they are learning from to be a better writer.
Facebook is probably the site where I am get the most distracted and lose the most time. I'm working on this. I swear I am. But at least there are ways to keep productive on even Facebook.
Facebook has taught me:
- Where to find great articles related to writing, editing, etc. (There are some fabulous writing related pages to follow. Here are just a few suggestions.)
- Where to share your goals, so that you stick to them - being accountable helps to keep on track.
- Where to get writing ideas. Sometimes when you need a break getting onto social media can help. I've had a few times when jumping on Facebook has helped me to get out of some place I've gotten stuck when writing or editing.
It might be easy to spend a lot of time on Pinterest, but it doesn't always have to be for cute outfits and recipes. It can be used for things much more related to writing and editing.
Pinterest has taught me:
- To create inspiration boards for each manuscript
- To find helpful blog posts and articles to read
- About tips for both writing and editing
There are lots of other sites that writers can find useful. I am not an expert, and I don't use everything out there, but here are a few others.
- Blogs of successful writers, editors, and individuals in the publishing industry
- Publishers Marketplace
And one last way to use social media is to check out Wild Things Editing (my editing services)!
Or connect with me!
What have you learned from social media? What are your favorite sites and how do you use them? What other sites do you use productively while writing that I missed?