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How many minutes (hours?) a day does it take you to properly attend to your platforming (i.e. social networking?) needs? By properly I mean interacting with online contacts, following their links and staying up to date on what’s happening in the writing world (like reading blogs from Jane Friedman, Chuck Sambuchino, Penelope Trunk, Janet Reid, etc.) Then there’s Twitter (and all the amazing and talented people I’m following) and Facebook. This all takes time, but as a business person it’s critical (and I enjoy it!!) One of my next moves will be to narrow my commitments to sites that seem most active and valuable (like Writer’s Digest Community). So I’m looking for strategies. Let me know how you keep it under control?
Back in October I attended a conference at the HQ of Writers’ Digest. I met Chuck Sambuchino – a very cool guy. Good speaker, easy to look at, but most important, his advice is practical and smart. I read his blog regularly. Today’s post is by a guest, a new writer (like you!) who shares what works for her. You can read about it here. The only place I differ from Jessica is that I loved reading about Stephen King’s desk in his book “On Writing.” In fact, I love asking authors where they work, what their “office” – if they have one – looks like, when they work (morning, evening, on the freeway? Hope not!), how they motivate themselves, how they divide their time between writing and everything else, like family, day job, and life in general. In future posts, I’ll interview authors and tell you about it.