Well, a bit of an oops on the ROW80. The goals I’ve been working on this week are blog, Twitter, Facebook, and email. On email, to clear my inbox every day. On Twitter to put in at least one period a day in which I scan everything, clear all my columns, respond to my @s. On Facebook, to make one update to my page every day. And when I see every day on this stuff, I mean weekday because I give weekends to my family and sometimes am not online at all. On the blog, my goal has been to stick to my blog schedule, writing posts ahead and scheduling them at least the day before. Which I’ve done all week, except for today’s which is why you’re getting it so late. I totally forgot about it–which is the reason for the scheduling thing. But all in all I think I’m doing really well on the social media stuff.
On the writing stuff it’s going great. I’ve done some really good work on the planning phase for HEROES UNDER SIEGE. I absolutely love this phase of the planning process when everything is fluid and I can pull up threads and weave them around, wallow in the stuff I love like backstory and theme. I said on Twitter this week that it’s like that beginning part of a puzzle where you’re just pulling out the edge pieces and setting them aside. Fitting some together if you happen to see the connections. Totally not like the work of actual putting the whole puzzle together or, you know, writing the book.
Save the Darlings!
“Kill your darlings” is one of those pieces of writer advice that makes me cringe. Yeah, no one likes to read someone else’s novelized D&D adventure, complete with inside jokes that didn’t quite translate, and that sort of writerly self-indulgence. But some of those darlings are what make it yours. And awesome. So when I saw this float by on Twitter, I had to click and check it out. Plenty of good advice here. (via Twitter @annerallen #MyWANA)
Being a teenager sucks!
Okay, yeah, I’m having another Happy Harry Hard-On moment, but this Pump Up the Volume fan moment is brought to you by this article by the AMAZING Chuck Wendig, Adolescence Sucks, Which Is Why YA Rocks which made me want to dig in and writer harder. It’s funny because I had been concerned that with Heroes ‘Til Curfew I was starting to get too ugly for my age range, and now Chuck’s making me wonder if I need to go put in some more fucked up shit. If you read or write YA, or if you gave up YA as a child because it was boring, give this a read. (via Twitter)
Life Amongst Pen-Muggles
Speaking of Chuck, you can’t get enough Chuck. I sort of hope that if I read enough his crazed brilliance will start to rub off. What It’s Like Being A Writer (via @shilohwalker on Twitter)
Stop the Buy My Book DMs!!!
If you read this post by Kristen Lamb, you probably wish everyone would read it and take it to heart. And so I link to it in hopes that we may all live in perfect harmony. (via subscription, but everyone’s all aTwitter about it)
Characters as messed up as we are
From the site that brought us the insightful facts about why we will probably all die at the hands (and teeth) of zombies comes 6 Beloved Characters That Had Undiagnosed Mental Illnesses over at Cracked.com. (got this one from @techsurgeons)
You can see I’m back to getting a lot of my reading from Twitter and I’ve noticed something. Teaser tweets don’t work on me. Tweets that are like: I enjoyed this post about blah blah blah, here’s the link– that works. Because I like some stuff you like and if you say you got something out of it, I want to check it out too. But I don’t have time to follow every vague teaser. If you don’t tell me what it’s about, then I don’t click.
What about you? What kinds of tweets do you find yourself clicking more often?