Why am I in a rush?

I took a break from the computer. I took a break from writing, from social media, from mounting stress on to myself to be a professional writer. I stopped writing in my notebook, except for a few notes scribbled as a vague idea formed. I stopped reading about other writers methods, stopped comparing myself to them.
 
Why am I in a rush?
 
I have been writing for 2 years: I have written 3 drafts of 2 books and I have felt the entire time a humongous pressure to be a professional writer. To be published. Why? Because of social media, the peer pressure, and the resulting feelings of inadequacy within myself.
 
It took me about 3 weeks to unhook the claws that social media had attached to my brain and my need to be “social”. Slowly, I felt the accomplishment of what I had done in the past 2 years flow through me. I kicked all the doubts, the to-do lists, and my goals out of my head. I reminded myself that 2 years ago I felt lost, no idea what I wanted to do with my life. Now, I am a writer. I am finding my own path. Just because so-and-so said, to be a writer you have to write every single day, does not mean that that is my path. I was planning on taking a one month break, it ended up 2 and a 1/2 months because I was exhausted.
 
I learned that all the “connections” I’ve made the last few months on social media were superficial. That hurt at first. I did not do this as a test, I left because I genuinely did not have the energy, physically or mentally, to do another blog post. It hurt because not one person noticed, or asked.
 
Then I asked myself, does it matter? I don’t know these people, why do I suddenly care why these people would notice my existence? This is the poison left over by the claws of the social media monster. I do not need you, and you do not need me. I will like and share your posts, but at the end of the day I am alone on my path. I know that now.
 
At the end of June, I decided that this time next year I would like to have draft 3 of book 1 done. I have swirled around and did an outline for 3 chapters that will contain all the information from the 1st 5 chapters. Tomorrow I will start the rewrite. I will no longer be as active on social media as I was this last year. Social media is a tool that I will learn to use correctly. This blog is still about my journey as a writer but I see no need to blog several times a week.
 
I do hope the summer is going well for all of you. Happy Sunday.

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Social Sunday, April

April
WordPress: 161 followers = +6
Twitter: 553 followers = +37

I was doing great with the Twitter games until last weekend, 3 days of not been able to do it broke my rhythm. However, even with that setback, I gained quite a few followers and I’m happy with this month’s total.

May’s games: #authorconfession, #MythMAYhem.

April Folly might be back in June and WIP joy doesn’t have anything up yet. I would like to do more games but I stumbled across all these ones, so I have to keep plodding along hoping another game catches my foot.

Happy Sunday and enjoy the May bank holiday!

Social Sunday 09/04

WordPress: 155 followers, no change
Twitter: 539 followers, +23

I am absolutely loving Twitter! The games are so much fun. Turns out I really know my 4 MC’s. If you want to see my responses go to @LillyCasey. If you want to join in on the games: #MythWorldWIP, #authorconfession, #WIPjoy and #aprilwipfolly. There are much more, but 4 is enough to keep me going.

I’ve been receiving DM’s off writers too. Real messages, not those “subscribe to my X, Y, Z,” ones. I ignore those because they are impersonal and are properly sent by a bot. It is nice to actually talk about writing to other people, connecting to people worldwide. The only writing community I have is the one that I am finding on Twitter. It is very important to me.

Happy Sunday!

Social Sunday 02/04

March
WordPress: +6 followers
Twitter: +102 followers

I’ve joined up to 4 different Twitter games. It’s all about networking. I love the chance to interact with different writers and authors from the games.

I wasn’t able to participate in last week’s #storycrafter. It was disappointing. This week, I can write but I’ve to take my time and stop when my hand goes dead. I have taken on quite a few tasks for this month, I hope to rise up to the challenge regardless of injuries and illness.

Happy Sunday!

Social Sunday 26/03

WordPress: 156 followers, +5
Twitter: 508 followers, +20

500 followers on Twitter! Awesome work. I am delighted.

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I participated in the Twitter game #storycrafter last Sunday. The host, Faye Kirwin, asks 6 questions, and you must answer them with the tag #storycrafter. Here are the questions from last week:

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Here are my answers:

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I answered the 1st 3 questions in the allotted time, but then my dinner was ready. When I finished eating, I finished off the questions but didn’t get any likes or interactions from those answers. I enjoyed the experience, but it was very fast-paced, and a whole load of information flying at me. I had 3 Twitter tabs open to keep track of what was happening. If I can I will participate in today’s #storycrafter game.

Thank you to all of my new followers. Enjoy the last week in March and happy Sunday!