Thursday, October 7, 2010
If you follow me on Twitter you know I'm usually a pretty active tweeter,but over the past few weeks (months?) I've found myself tweeting less and less. I have loved Twitter, it's helped me tremendously. It's led me to meet some fantastic people and make new friends. It's opened doors for me that I never knew would be there.
There are tons of good things I could say about how wonderful Twitter is, but now I'm going to move on to the meat of this post. No, I am not leaving Twitter, but I won't be on Twitter as much. It got to the point where TweetDeck was open on one half of my screen and Scrivener (my writing client), was open on the other so I could always see what was going on and if anyone was talking to me. This has hurt me more than helped me.
My writing is very sacred to me, and Twitter makes me talk too openly about it. I don't like being so open. I've told very few people the actual plot of the contemporary I'm working on. I have to say it bothers me a little when writers tell Twitter everything about their WIP. Let's face it, if you're always talking about your writing *whispers* you're probably NOT writing.
I'm the first to admit I fell into that boat (how does one fall into a boat anyway?). Anytime I crossed a major hurdle I felt like I had to tell someone, and Twitter is the easiest person to tell because you're not just telling one person, you're telling million of people! "Hey world! Guess what? I just figured out this amazing plot twist!" Well that's great, Stephanie, but why aren't you actually writing the plot twist instead of telling everyone about it?
I'm sure there are writers out there that can handle writing and tweeting about what their writing every few minutes. It's just a bit counterproductive for me. If I have time to write 140 characters, they're going to go toward something useful, like my WIP, and not Twitter. By stopping to make that Tweet it takes my head out of the world I'm in, and it takes me a while to get back into that world once I'm out. Plus I'm very ADD which probably doesn't help.
Anyway, with all that being said, I'll still be on Twitter, I just won't be on Twitter as much. I think I'm too addicted to 100% leave, plus there are some people I only communicate with via Twitter. I think I'm going to try to blog instead of tweet and see how that works out. What are your thoughts? Am I just being really weird about this whole thing?
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