Social Media And Writing

As a wannabe writer, a bit of a technophile, a librarian and someone interested in society, the whole interaction between writer and reader via the Internet has an interest beyond the advertising potential. The various ways and ease of communication is fascinating to watch, with a myriad of issues springing up to consume the little grey cells.

For instance just how much information does one share in their writing project? And if one becomes successful as a writer how much does one want readers to link back to their blog. One of the reasons I started writing this blog was to prompt my writing, and it has been successful in that. But then if I finish my story, record it for podiobooks and then sell it, will I want this place to be the place people go to find information about me and my writing. I am beginning to suspect not.

And how much to share? One writer I read and follow has one of those experiences lately. Laurell K Hamilton who writes the Anita Blake series, blogs and twitters, and while writing the latest Anita story has come to a point where she thinks she has shared to much. When writing a scene where one of her major characters dies, she twittered about how emotional it was to kill off a character even though she didn’t really want to. Now she is unsure how to continue her normal blogging and twittering without giving away the secret of who she has killed off. In this case the immediacy and ease of communication with the fans, may have back fired.

It certainly gives me something to think about.  


4 thoughts on “Social Media And Writing

  1. All good questions. But in short: you most certainly want people linking back to your blog. Is that *this* blog? Hard to say. You’ll probably want to blog under your own domain at some point.

    And I’d suggest sharing as much as you are comfortable with. Ms. Hamilton’s challenges with oversharing shouldn’t inform too much on what you do. Perhaps use her story as a cautionary tale, but her problems will likely not be your problems.

    The fact is that many “underpublished” authors are finding social sharing a fantastic way to grow and interact with a fan base. Some do that by sharing what they are currently writing about. Some do it by engaging in other conversations. Each finds their own path that they are comfortable with. No rules in this world, other than be authentic.

    Good luck. And thanks for bringing up Podiobooks.com!

    1. Thanks Evo 🙂 I can only dream of have the same difficulties LKH has. 😆

      I love how blogs, and social media are really opening people to conversing with their favourite authors and discovering new authors…

      I am also excited about the future research possibilities with the social history content contained on blogs. Imagine fifty years in the future when starting authors are now big names, and having the ability to go back and see what they were thinking while trying to get that first work published. Without having to wade through vast quantities of hand writing notes… All publicly available..

  2. I like how Diana Gabaldon handles this. She occasionally posts excerpts from some of her stories on the Compuserve community she belongs to. Usually it is to illustrate some point, but occasionally as a result of someone asking. The excerpts are mostly “tasters” and she doesn’t expose plot giveaways in them.

    I think if you bear LKH’s experience in mind you might temper the kind of thing you shared.

    BTW – I saw in the Herald today that they are offering to publish a book for free.. something to do with http://www.authors.org.nz/. Here is your chance!?

    1. Thanks Penny, I had a look 🙂

      It’s tempting, I certainly would have to put the pedal to the metal if I was to enter… I will have to think about it seriously 🙂

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