Like many of you, or perhaps even most of you, I spend a lot of time on Facebook. Some days more than others. Probably too much time some days. It’s a great place to find out what my friends and family are up to and see photos of their latest (fill in the blank here): trips, kids, grandkids, cats, dogs, etc. etc. I also engage in some interesting discussions too. Writing alone in my little office is pretty isolating, so it’s good to have this social time.
Some may say that it’s a waste of time. I disagree.
A recent visit to Facebook inspired this post. A friend posted something from Rethink Press, a UK-based print-on-demand and e-book publishing company. It’s titled “10 Steps to Becoming a Better Writer” These tips are from British author and playwright, and screenwriter Brian Clark.
Here are his first five:
Write even more.
Write even more than that.
Write when you don’t want to.
Write when you do.”
You can check out on the rest on the Rethink Press page. It was originally posted there on May 28. You’ll likely find this advice from Clark elsewhere on the web too.
After I shared this link, our son Jeremy commented, “Easier said than done! Or is it?’ To which I replied, “Definitely easier said than done, Jeremy! Some days I write “in my head” but then when I go to put it on paper or the computer the words are gone.”
I know I should write every day, even when I don’t have a writing assignment. But when I don’t have an assignment, and am weary of the necessary work to get a new assignment, it’s easy to get sidetracked—on Facebook, with e-mail, watching videos linked to e-mails or Facebook posts, etc. and get away from the writing. No excuses now. After reading this simple, but not so simple, advice about writing, maybe I’ll find it easier. Maybe I’ll get out more of the stuff that’s in my head, and JUST WRITE. I’ve started with this blog post, and have already got some ideas for more.
After an inspiring writers’ conference in early June with my friends from the Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC) and others from the writing and publishing world, I’m feeling more focused in my work, so I am getting the stuff out of my head and on to the page. I have some leads for some new assignments, and I just had a great meeting with a client who’s assigned some articles for her new e-newsletter. This “Getting back to writing” also helped me complete an assignment I’d been working on.
So, it’s been easier to just keep writing, and it all started because I was taking a little time to check out what was new on Facebook.
I don’t think that was a waste of time at all.
Have you been inspired by something you’ve seen when you were on Facebook, a website, or other social media site? Write and tell us about it.