Following a conversation via social media with a dear friend of mine only moments ago, it’s time to breath new life into creative efforts. She discusses her need to remove herself from social media, such as Facebook, in order to place stronger concentration on her creative pursuits. The wheels in my mind, of course, begin turning as we continue our conversation . . .
. . . if I spent half as much time on my novel(s) as I do communicating through social media and email, ‘The Ghost Writer: Fear of the Pen’ would likely be finished by now, as well as two or three others. Here’s my exact response:
You know, I do that also…and it never really occurred to me until now. If I wrote as many words in my creative efforts as I do on here or in (email, pm, direct) messages . . . my novel would be finished, and I’d likely be on the third or fourth by now. *ponders* I love connection, though, because I don’t have any human contact for many-many hours throughout the day. So, I guess I depend on social networking a bit too much to fill that void.
A shift in focus must occur if I intend to get anywhere with any of this. I have so many goals, and I’m stopping myself short through constant engagement. This is important during promotional periods, but there has to be a lapse in that in order for the writing to occur. I’m not talking about halting all social media communication, mind you, but rather pull back on the reigns a bit so I can work on things that are meaningful and creative. I love my writing career, and I love that I’m able to explore so many different projects . . . I need to finish them, though!