Good morning all.
We are just a few days away from Christmas, and the anticipation is high as it always is at this time of the year. My kids are grown, but I've always loved Christmas... probably because of my mom. She kept that spirit in her heart all year round. In these times I know its hard to do that, even I have trouble keeping it there. Social media doesn't help sometimes. As an independent author/publisher you almost have to live on social media, to remind people you are still around. And it can be a bit daunting.
There are many mean spirited people in the world. Especially on social media, but thankfully I keep myself away from those kinds of people. I have met many nice friends, writers and readers of my work on facebook, and twitter. For the mean people - well I block them.
As a writer its tough to maintain an online presence, and write (and in my case hold a full time job) but you have to learn balance - you have to prioritize and you have to keep hitting those keys. Our readers want to see the next book in whatever series of yours they are following.
But don't lose perspective, don't forget why you write - what drives you. For some its sales, for others - like myself - it's because you have to write,, you have to be whole and writing does that. Sometimes I don't think the people in my life understand that. But that's okay. How can they? my wife is my biggest fan, and she keeps pushing me when I feel like giving up, and she knows how I drive myself crazy when I'm working on a new project. Writing might be hard, my fellow writers will contest to that, but promoting, keeping an online presence is tougher.
So, fellow writers, and readers, in this time of the year, don't let social media bog you down, don't let it control your life. Write, read, paint, do whatever creative thing you enjoy. Spend time with the one you love and remember the meaning of this season.
Cheers and Merry Christmas