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All too often, I feel the sting of being a writer. Yes, a sting. It can be a lonely profession…when I’m doing it wrong.

Let me explain: I do need a quiet place – or at least a place where I’m not responsible for any one else – to work. In that sense, I need ‘alone time’ in order to work with words, sentence structure, plot elements and the characters in my head. Writing the story, the article, the post is simply step one. Sharing the story is something I can’t do alone.

There is a network of like-minded writers out there that I need. Writers need to encourage each other just like mothers tend to bond quickly over birth-and-delivery stories. The beauty of how a story (or a child) was born brings us together under, helps us know that despite the lonely times and the struggle to find just the right way to describe a scene – we are doing what we need to be doing.

The Internet is a valuable tool in all of this. Through WordPress, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, I have discovered some incredibly giving individuals – writers who understand that in order for the ‘little guy’ to find an audience, it takes team work. In writing, that means clicking on ‘Like’ if we think a blog post is well written, commenting on blogs, writing reviews for books we read.

Ways we can help each other:

1. Share other writer’s blog posts on Twitter.

2. Share blog posts on Facebook.

3. When a writing friend publishes something new, tell the world!

4. When a writing friend publishes something new, buy it! And then leave a review after you read it.

5. Reblog posts that you really enjoy and think others will appreciate.

6. Are you on LinkedIn? Use it. Share blogs, ideas, and articles there just like you would on Twitter and Facebook.

7. If you add a meaningful picture to your blog post, your writer-friends can add it to Pinterest. (Caution: Use your own pics to avoid copyright infringement issues)

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8. Leave a comment on blog posts you read. It’s a little more than grafitti: “Jessica was here and liked this”, but it doesn’t have to be profound. For example, you could comment at the end of this blog post, “Hi Jessica! Great Post. I really liked #4. I think I’ll give your new book a try!”

This really does work. Kimberly Shursen took it upon herself to tell the world about “People Like Us” on her blog. Authors submitted their cover art to her, she created a library, and is interviewing authors. Here’s the cool part: Every author who is in this interview pool shares the link to all the interviews twice a week for two weeks. That means each interview will be posted four times by each author. I’ve bought a few of the books that sounded good to me and I haven’t been disappointed! The latest book I bought through this was by Ken Magee.

In summary: Think outside the box in your marketing – like Kimberly. Take part in a Blog Hop, a Blog Tour, or a Blog Carnival. Try Parents and Writers – a Blog Carnival I host. And Share!

Have a beautiful day!
Jessica

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I started this blog a year ago and realized about six months into it that I know nothing about blogging. Not being the type to give up at any form of writing, I dug in deeper to discover the hidden wonders of blogging, bloggers and why we feel compelled to share our writing, our thoughts, ideas and pictures on line.

As a writer, blogging is one of many recommended platform builders. I was under the impression that ‘if I wrote, they woud read it’. But who are ‘they’? And where to they come from?

Lesson #1 – building an audience, a reader-base for a blog, is as essential as bringing a dish-to-pass to a pot luck. That is so simple, but it’s something beginning bloggers overlook. You might have the best essays in the world; you may have written a Newberry Honor-worthy story, but until someone read it, it’s just ink on paper (or pixels on the screen).

actualwritingspaceAs this lesson settled on my mind, I altered my 2012 writing plans to 2012 research plans. I ventured out and found new bloggers, old bloggers, Indie Authors, started a facebook page, opened a Twitter account, poked around on pinterest, Linked up on LinkedIn. Basically, I did a cannonball into the pool that is social networking.

Bringing those 2012 goals into 2013, I hope to compile a list of writing resources, great articles, compelling stories at the end of each month. Enjoy these bloggers as I have! Learn from them, follow them, comment on their posts. Join the circus that is writing and sharing and juggling careers and this art form. Be present!

Ideas for Social Networking:

3 Ways to Find Readers on Twitter

Joining Twitter Chats to Make Connections

Blog Hops and Blog Carnivals:

Author First Look with Vicki Husdon

Third Sunday Carnival Blog

Indie Author Interivews @ Kimberly Shursen’s blog (click on ‘more’ to view author interviews)

Writing Tutorials:

Giving Birth to a Book

Heirarchy of Clarity – an excellent website full of resources for writers! I tagged it in my favorites!

20 Frighteningly Good Writing Tips from Stephen King!

Just for Fun!

Board Games for Book Nerds

Gateways, my book – Shameless plug!

Gateways Book Trailer on YouTube

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