I had never used Instagram until back in 2016, when I started that account to supplement my blog here. I approached Insta with no illusions. I knew I was not a "19 year old woman"; I was a male writer. But I thought it could used as outreach to those who had never heard of me or my blog here - and particularly to women, who are the bulk of my readers.
A "spirited" online discussion is one thing, but NEVER be libelous... or, well, stupid in what you write. Think before you post anything. I am sure you know seemingly EVERYONE is now on social media somewhere - including, uh, your employer, or your desired future employer, or that college you so hope to attend. You NEVER know who will see what you post...
I can’t really offer up replies to them quite as the questions are asked. But I suppose I can offer some general personal takeaways based on nearly six years of doing this now. I think I have learned lots I did not know in 2013.
I had also anticipated I would not be writing much this week in France due to the fact four of us are unexpectedly sharing a small holiday apartment. So I had decided that I would at least read some while here.
As the world turns. A blog post is often how I start my day, and by 9 or 10 AM I am often immersed in what I am supposed to be writing for eventual novel publication.
I feel it’s a book for adults. Re-reading it I realize increasingly why I was bored with it as a teen. The issues and problems are more adult than I think register with kids.
Novels are (to me) about a snapshot in time. Readers are dropped among "these people" for perhaps hundreds of pages. Abruptly they are then dragged away and are now unable to witness the goings on any longer.
For a Christmas post, how about a series of short - a few seconds each - videos. So you know, they contain SOUND.
I write this post to vent about this because recently I have been getting *extremely* negative feedback from a family member about my author Instagram page...
Writing is an often isolating endeavor, so opening a day, I have learned over the years, with a post on some issue that grabbed my attention, helps me clear my head and get going.
If you fear what you create for the public will be critiqued, I suggest it would be best if you did not create anything for the public.
And if I run into the "aspiring author" stuff one more time on social media, or well, anywhere, I may, uh, well... I just hate seeing it.
Seeing that post from her made me smile.
My guess is I have a modest flow of new novel readers only because as I have kept writing books I have also made sure I have regularly posted on my blog here: the two go hand in hand.
He thought reading reviews is usually unhelpful to a writer. Bad reviews are likely to discourage you without actually providing much help for future writing; on the other hand reading good ones might go to your head and bring on a sense of complacency.