We all know that writers need to be aware of the Internet and social media. Not only are we talking marketing tools, but as writers our craft relies on understanding the social fabric of the communities we live in.
In the four years I’ve seriously been engaging with this side of modern life, things have changed so much. With every new tool I find, I have to spend considerable time learning how to use it. And just when I start to feel comfortable, the program changes and I have to discover anew where everything is.
Now, I may not be as IT savvy as some, but I’m not exactly IT illiterate either. I just find that with a day job as well as this writing gig, when I sit down to my computer it’s often a choice between social media and writing my own work. When your spare time is split across running a household, socialising and writing a masterpiece, it often feels like none of it is getting done well.
So what’s the answer? Sometimes I think I’d like to give up the Internet entirely until I’ve finished a major work, but when I connect with the virtual writing space, I find I’m inspired. Writing is a solitary occupation, and for an extravert, that’s a difficult thing. But I don’t need to engage with everything. I can pick one or two tools and have a play, within an allocated timeslot. As usual, it seems that discipline is the key.
One day, I’d like to find something that requires a total lack of willpower and dedication. I’m sure I’d excel at that!