When I finally finished writing the first book, I’d tidied and tidied the manuscript until I was past happy with what was there and I was just over analysing everything. I had been working on the book for so long, it had been all I could see for years, just plugging away at the story, making sure everything made sense and was exciting and was ready to set the ball rolling in the later books.
But what to do next?
The publishing journey itself is a big enough challenge on its own so I’ll discuss that next week. What I wandered into next was the delights of the social media world. Facebook, Twitter and this very site all link me to the outside world and allow me to spread the word of my writing journey and how my mind works.
And what a world of possibilities the internet is. Advertising is just the barest hint of how the internet can bolt onto the efforts of the fledgeling author. I can reach out and touch all of you with my very own noodly appendage, casting my own brand of nonsense out to the four corners of the world to anyone who happens to pass by. And these are only a sprinkling of the platforms available for those of us who have something to say. There appears to be an almost endless supply of ways for someone who was so inclined to make their feelings known to any and all of the population who could share an idea or a passion.
How much is too much?
You have your opinions on everything and so do I. But I don’t want to insult anyone so I try to avoid any of the topics or points which go to places which could be controversial. I’m not saying I’m just going to keep on the shallow mediocrity of banality all of the time but I’m aware that I must be considerate of everyone who reads what I write.I don’t hold any extreme views so don’t panic about me being a closeted axe murderer or the like.
That said, I also have a full time job so I have to aware that anyone can read what I post so I don’t want to put my career in jeopardy.
And there’s also the concern of time constraints. There are only so many hours in the day and now, rather than just using it all on writing as I did when I first started, I have to split my time between on-going work on narrative but also now on the comments on Facebook etc. as well.
I enjoy it all though. I like to talk to people. I like to connect with others and chew the fat concerning ‘stuff’. I have my brain whirring away on books etc but this allows me more and more possibilities to explore my own head all of the time.
We are a social species. Humans want to connect. My aim has always been to tell a story that makes people think, laugh, cry and everything else. Now I have the chance to discuss more and with more people.
Just please ‘like’ my page and ‘follow’ me.