Poem - Roses

Roses

One by one the petals from this dyeing rose do fall
There’s a bed of fallen petals lying at my feet
And one by one the thorns do drop leaving its withering stem bare
And one by one its colours fade from red and green to brown.
It’s fading away, right before my eyes
A flower that was once so bright and full of life…

I was once a rose, so vibrant and free
With thorns upon my body as my armour against the world
But now I’ve began to wither like this rose lying flat against my palm
My petals slowly falling as my time on Earth runs out
And as I watch this flower die I know that I soon will follow
But the seeds I’ve left behind will flourish
And the world will be full of roses long after tomorrow…

J A Shaw

Using social media as a writer - Procrastination at its best

Social media in this day and age is pretty hard to avoid… Unless you moved to somewhere deep in the Amazon but even then I’m sure that we would find someway of finding even the tiniest bar of signal, just enough to check our twitter feed.
For writers, it is both a blessing and a curse.
I’m putting it out there. Writers are THE biggest procrastinators of all professions and being on social media just aids our procrastinational nature. Fact.
In this post I hope to help you turn your social media procrastination into a tool for your writing rather than a hindrance.

Okay, so lets start from the beginning and take a look at what all of us writers are guilty of. 


1. I have decided I want to be a writer. Great.

2. O.M.G. I have the most amazing idea for a book. Yay!

3. I must tell everyone I know about it, to twitter and Facebook I go!

4. Wait, if I am becoming a writer surely my writing persona needs its own twitter account? How will the millions of followers I’ll gain ever find me if not?

5. It’s only right that if I have my own twitter account I must have a Facebook page… that’s just the law.

6. Phew, now I am a writer and established on the two top social media platforms I can now begin to write!

7. But wait… what if the million and one followers I will gain want to see pictures of me and numerous pictures of my hand on the keyboard of my laptop? *Light bulb idea* Instagram!

8. I’m so awesome at being a writer.

9. I suppose now I should write.

10. Wow, that first paragraph was tough! *Now scrolling through Facebook newsfeed*

11. *Ten cat videos and three fail compilations later* *Switches back to word document* *Writes two words* Look at me all writing and stuff! *Grabs phone* *takes photo with hand perfectly poised over keyboard* *Spends ten minutes choosing the perfect filter before tagging every single writing ‘#’ going and posting*

12. Wow, writing is hard work. That’s enough for today.
And the next day the cycle starts again, we’re all guilty of it!
The fact is that if you are not writing, you are not a writer. Calling yourself a writer on social media and posting a million and one pictures of you typing on a keyboard does not make you a writer. Sitting down to write and instead scrolling through your twitter feed does not make you a writer!

Now we have that clear I hope to give you an insight into how to make social media work for you rather than become just another tool us writers use to avoid the thing we most want to do with our lives.

1st and foremost: You must have written something before you even bother with social media, whether it be a blog post, a short story, a full length novel, a screen play, what ever! Don’t bother using social media to promote the fact you are a writer if you have nothing to promote, it will only deflate you when the millions of followers you are expecting are a no show.

2: Use social media only when necessary. If it’s getting in the way of your writing stop. Now.

3: Stay professional. If you are using social media as your writing persona it’s probably best to keep the drunken pics and over opinionated status’s to your personal accounts.

4: Join social media communities with like minded people. If you are a writer just starting out, take advantage of the great writing hashtags out there and get to know other writers. Network.
Click here for a list of some great writing hashtags to get you started.
Also, interact with people who are likely to read your genre of writing! If you write romance check out the hashtag #amreadingromance for example.

5: If social media tends to take up more of your time than writing then set aside time specifically for writing and remove all distractions.
- Cut off your internet, no internet means no social media.
- Don’t take your phone into your writing space. Cutting off the internet will not help if every two seconds you’re grabbing your phone to check your texts, twitter feeds etc. Bite the bullet and leave your phone in a separate room, you’ll be surprised at how productive you can be.

6: Social media isn’t all bad when used productively. When you have written something for people to read social media is a great tool for promotion, it allows you to connect with your readers, gain new readers, network and promote the writing you’re working on as well.

I hope this post helps in some way with prioritising your writing and your time on social media.
Again, social media isn’t all bad when used productively.


Happy writing! And happy tweeting, Instagraming and Facebooking!
Writer’s Digs


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Just a quick post for all you writers using social media!
Happy writing and happy networking!

Writer's Digs