Hey everyone, and Happy Sunday. It is a new month and the new novel that I am working on is coming along nicely. I recently did something that I had to correct immediately. I canceled my Twitter account. I did so because I was having a bout with depression due to mounting problems that I was going through. But after a few days I began to regret my actions and yesterday I reactivated the account. To be honest, I did not think anyone would notice or miss me, but you know what…I missed Twitter and not for the reasons you might think.
Since I became a published author and started using Twitter to promote my novels, I have slowly but surely interacted with a few people. I even had a romance with one a few years ago that did not work out. But it left me with a lot of great memories that I still hold dear. It is not always about promoting what you are selling or gaining attention from the masses. Sometimes I forget that what I say on Twitter can be seen by the whole damn world. It is easy to get caught up in the daily responsibility of connecting with your followers, especially if you only pay attention to a handful of people every day. It is easy to get used to talking to them or just making a comment now and then.
I am one of those types of people that love people. I love talking to everybody from all walks of life. Social media is a great way to meet people and it is important to do that when you have an isolating profession or do not have many friends to hang out with. I used to think that I could do simply fine without Twitter but this week, I found out that I cannot. The writing community is supportive of one another and that is not something you can find at home or work. We all have one thing in common, we love to write and we know what it is like to spend hours struggling to write a scene or grieving a character that you had to kill off. We know that incredible feeling we get when the book we are writing starts writing itself, it is like magic. The average person does not understand these things, but writers do. That is why it is so important to talk to other writers or to just sit back and listen to what they have to say. Now and then, someone invites you to listen to an interesting podcast that they are having or offers you a way to promote your book using their services. Do not even get me started on the overabundance of resources Twitter has to offer its writing community. We all need to use editors or beta readers, or someone to illustrate a book. Twitter is the best way to find these things. Do I use these resources? No. But it’s nice to know they are there if I should decide to. I do however listen to writing tips or advice. Because that usually comes free of charge from other writers that just want to help and aren’t just out to make a buck.
I can see myself being on Twitter for a little while longer as I continue writing because not only are the people in the writing community supportive but so are people who do not write. If you announce something that they can relate to, they will reach out and let you know that you are not alone. That means a lot to someone going through a hard time in life. And they will celebrate with you when things are going great. Because we have all been there. We understand. I hope that my followers read this blog post because I meant every word.
Summer will be over soon and Autumn will be fast approaching. I cannot wait to feel the cool crisp air and see the changing of the leaves, pull out the blankets from the closet, and stock up on pumpkin spice-flavored everything. I am looking forward to more positive changes in my life that I can share with my Twitter followers and those of you reading this blog. Thanks to my Twitter followers for not giving up on me when I needed to be alone for a moment to think and pull myself together.
Until next time…