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Social Media Presence

One of the more difficult things about being an indie writer is self-promoting. It requires one to maintain a visible presence in social media – website, blog, Facebook, Twitter and the list goes on.  Learning how to use all of these effectively is a challenge as they all change frequently.  As a self-publisher hiring someone to administer is not an option.

In a perfect world an email would go out as updates occur in social media listing the changes with a “How to Guide”. Unfortunately, that rarely happens so we are often left floundering our way around the new changes.  So today I am spending my time maneuvering around WordPress & Facebook doing some updates and reorganize some pages. Nothing major but it’s a time-consuming task when one is searching for functions and tweaking and hoping you don’t do an “oops” in the interim.

Hopefully, I don’t break anything. 🙂

Stutters, Stops and Starts

The last few months have been stutters, stops and starts where my writing is concerned. It’s been frustrating. I’d think I was moving forward only take two steps back. The story was floundering and getting into the flow was a struggle.

I’m back. The words are coming to me and the story is evolving. It is going in the direction I want to go. The scenes are coming together and the plot is where I want it to be.

Through a friend I came across some really helpful learning resources that have helped me refocus and find my way. I learn from all the resources I review, some more than others. These broke things down for me in way that I had not seen before and cleared some of my confusion. I’d gotten stuck in the do’s and don’ts. Mired in structures that we not working for me and turning everything into a maze.  I’m finding my way out of that maze slowly.

Still a lot of work to do but the end is closer. I’m past the midpoint now and the end seems achievable.

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