Writers Use Social Networking

I’m dazzled by the number of resources for writers and authors. Friday on Goodreads I posted this:

This morning I sat down to try to clear my head about all the social networking sites I’m trying to keep up with (including this one). My thoughts are in today’s goodreads blog — no solid conclusions, more of a status report. Has anyone else reached conclusions about the value of their social networking?

Got a variety of responses, from (I paraphrase) “I’m done with it” to “you get what you give.” And I connected with “Dr. Paradise” who was born in St Mary’s Hospital, same as me. And people volunteered more links to more networking sites.

I’m sure that no single networking site and no single tactic is the cure-all. So much depends on how you click with any group of networkers at any given site at any given moment. Serendipity. Kismet. Luck o’ the Irish.

Meanwhile, since I’m actually trying to write another book, I joined NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. People who are, you know, crazy, spend the month of November each writing a 175-page novel, with lots of mutual support. No kidding, in 2007, 100,000 people participated and 15,000 actually finished their books by midnight on Nov 30. I’m thinking this might be a great Jack Kerouac way of unleashing the imagination.

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