25 July 2013

TWEETER!

As a friend of mine says, I have learned how to tweet a twit on the Tweeter. I have long resisted the bird song, succumbing only to Facebook until a couple days ago. I did good. I held out for quite a while but now it's official. I have been twitterfied.

In even bigger social media news, I have followers!

And that leads me to a question... WHY? It's not like I've published anything (yet), so the fact that I have followers is kind of interesting. I don't want to believe that people will just follow anyone randomly. I want to be tweeted because I'm liked, not because twitter is just a free avenue for self advertisement and promotion. It makes me feel... used.

I kind of like it.

It also leads me to believe that someone could randomly open up a twitter account and call themselves an author and become *famous* without ever having to write a book. Just goes to show, you can be anyone you want to be on the internet.  

As amusing as I find the whole thing, I do really enjoy the cute little quotes and the funny pictures. Free kindle e-books. Links to obscure blogs that I really enjoy. It's not like I'm obsessively checking it, waiting for additional followers and cyber stalking famous authors. *cough*

I don't get what the big thing is about social media in general. Okay, so I am addicted to it and Google but I still don't get it. Why should I care that you're having pancakes with Grandma Jane at Cracker Barrel? Or that you did 2,284 reps to help sculpt your hideously underdeveloped muscles? I don't care.

And yet, I'm hooked. Twitter is my crack and Facebook, my heroin. I'm a social media junkie.

Just in case you were wondering, I'm the person that "likes" your post saying that you did 2,285 reps today and beat your all time best. Go you!

21 July 2013

Editor's Block?

I'm sure everyone out there has heard of writer's block. But what is it called when you've written your novel and you find yourself blocked to edit it? Editor's block?

Writing is re-writing. And just when you think you're done, re-writing again. So perhaps it is writer's block or some hideous form of it. It's cruel, really. Just when you think you're nearing the finish line (or the second of many smaller finish lines)... BAM!

Nothing.

I'm not fresh out of ideas, but maybe I'm fresh out of motivation. I'm reading a book by Cathy Yardley in her Rock Your Writing series called Write Every Day and she discusses motivation, along with a host of other possible causes of writer's block. Maybe I'm just fresh out of energy. Maybe I need to watch some TV and recharge. Or play some Candy Crush.

Whatever the reason, nothing will come and I'm not about to force it. Unless I want to write awful prose which I'll just need to re-work. Again. It really is a good thing that I'm not writing on a deadline. Or at least not a deadline that's written in stone.

Maybe I'm just tired of staring at my computer screen. Maybe I just need a nap. Oh, a nap sounds good. Yup, I think I'll go do that.


Question: There are a few different viewpoints out there when it comes to writer's block. What's yours? Is it something that you just need to force yourself through? Do you write a more detailed outline to get you past the block? Or do you just go watch an episode of "Game of Thrones" and eat a bag of M&M's while everything sorts itself out in your mind?

18 July 2013

Living the Dream

I'm kind of at a loss about what to write today. I'm tired and my mind is blah, but I didn't want to go to work in the next little bit without putting something down.

In my endless Google searches, I've learned a lot of things. About writing. About time management. About life. I've discovered forums and blogs (most notably terribleminds, a blog by Chuck Wendig). I've discovered links to free e-books on Amazon. There is a lot of information out there - useless, sometimes - but information nonetheless.

And research.

Oh, the infinite possibilities. There is so much I could write about, so much I want to write about. If only time would allow it (note the time management skills I'm attempting to develop). My dream would be writing full time, of course. Actually being able to sit down and pound out a book or two and having the time to devote to the craft. Of learning to write better and actually being able to do it. I can only imagine how much I'd be able to produce. I could probably calculate it if I had the time and the desire to do it.

But isn't that every writers dream?

Perhaps one day. Unfortunately I'll have to put off the dream for one more day. Work, here I come... still have to pay the bills, or most of them anyway.

04 July 2013

The Age of Technology

Last night I decided to explore the world of Twitter. I've never "tweeted" before, so I thought I'd give it a shot. I created my account and started following a few people. I still don't really know what they're saying, but it's interesting nonetheless.

And the symbols? The "@" and the "#"? I kind of get it since Facebook has started using the same symbols, but if it weren't for that I'd be completely lost.

Technology just amazes me. Whether it's Twitter or Facebook or Blogspot, it's all interesting to me. I may not completely understand it, but I am fascinated. When I was younger, I used to think that in order to write, I needed a typewriter. I had this ancient blue monstrosity that was loud and vibrated (and made my fingers numb on occasion). Now I get to type of my touch screen laptop, which - thanks to my father's wallet - is a wonderful piece of equipment that I can use for both school and work. I love it.

In fact, I don't even need to use Microsoft Word anymore to write my stories. I have invested in Scrivener (which, if you've never heard of it, I highly recommend looking into - it's WONDERFUL). I can jump from scene to scene without the single click. I can edit, rearrange, trash (and yet not delete it), and keep all of my research in one place in one easy location.

There are all kinds of tools out there to help us struggling authors. There's programs out there that allow you to speak into a microphone and it'll write everything out in Word for you. I don't even have to sit down anymore to write. There's no excuse anymore for my fat ass to sit in a chair all day and slowly develop blood clots in my legs over time. I can exercise and get work done at the same time (not that I would, but you know). Maybe before long I'll just be able to wear a headband that transmits my thoughts into a computer program so that I don't even have to speak out loud.

Technology really is an amazing thing.

Question for fellow authors: What is your favorite piece of technology that helps you with your writing?