Karalee’s Post #22 — Like a symphony playing, an author needs to meld the plot with its characters and setting to create a book that entertains or informs its readers. Research is necessary during this process as well as reaching out for input from others. I’ve gradually come to realize that social media can be helpful in this respect.
I’ve been consciously using Twitter more over the last month with surprising results. Not only has my following increased (thanks @beckyrbnsn for your help), but I’ve also come across blogs with great information about writing, leadership or medical and forensic stuff that I’m interested in.
And that is the purpose of Twitter – to connect people with like interests and share information.
And it works.
I’d like to share a few blog sites that I’ve found interesting.
- http://www.heidigranthalvorson.com/p/about-heidi.html?m=1 (copied from her blog) Heidi Grant Halvorson is a social psychologist who researches, writes, and speaks about the science of motivation. She is currently Associate Director of the Motivation Science Center at the Columbia Business School. Heidi is also an expert blogger for99u, Fast Company, WSJ.com, Forbes, The Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, as well as a regular contributor to the BBC World Service’s Business Daily, the Harvard Business Review, and SmartBrief’s SmartBlog on Leadership.
- http://www.marcandangel.com/ @marcandangel (copied from blog) Here at “Marc and Angel Hack Life” we enjoy sharing practical thoughts on a broad range of topics pertaining to life, hacks, productivity, aspirations, health, work, tech and general self-improvement. We promise you will not find a regurgitation of someone else’s point of view on our site. Regardless of the topic at hand, these views are our own.
- http://janefriedman.com/ @JaneFriedman (copied from blog) Jane Friedman is the web editor for the Virginia Quarterly Review, a literary journal that has won more National Magazine Awards than any quarterly magazine in the nation.Jane has more than a decade of hands-on experience in using new media and technology to engage and grow both online and offline communities. Her expertise has been featured by NPR’s Morning Edition, Publishers Weekly, Reddit, GalleyCat, IBPA Independent, and PBS, among many others, and she has consulted with organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts and the Creative Work Fund in San Francisco.An active blogger for more than a decade, Jane’s current blog was named one of the Top 10 Blogs for Writers in 2011-2012. Her presence on Twitter (170,000+ followers) is often cited as a model for those seeking to use social media effectively.
- http://www.livewritethrive.com/ @LiveWriteThrive CS Lakin is an author and editor. She has published books in Contemporary Fiction, Fantasy and YA Sci-Fi.(copied from blog) I’m a novelist, a copyeditor, a writing coach, a mom, a backpacker, and a whole bunch of other things.I teach workshops on the writing craft at writers’ conferences and retreats. If your writers’ group would like to have me teach drop me a line. I live in California, near San Francisco, just so you know how far away I am from you and your writer friends. I also enjoy guest blogging, so contact me if you’d like me to write a post on writing, editing, or Labrador retrievers (just threw that in there; I’m not an expert but I love them).
- http://writetodone.com/ (copied from blog) My name is Mary Jaksch. In July 2008 I became Chief Editor of Write to Done.Write to Done is a place where we can all grow as writers. It’s a place to share some of what we’ve learned as writers, with new (and experienced) writers looking to improve their craft and their art. That’s what Write To Done is about, at its core: the craft and the art of writing
- http://jamigold.com/blog/ @JamiGold Paranormal author and blogger. Blog topics include: Recipe for a Successful Synopsis; Self-publishing: Prioritizing Fast, Cheap, and Good; Do You Judge Books by Their Covers?
- http://www.thecreativepenn.com/ Thoughts on Writing, Publishing and Book Marketing by Joanna Penn (copied from blog) I’m an author, internet entrepreneur and international speakerbased in London, England.. I spent 13 years as a business IT consultant in large corporates across the globe before becoming a fulltime author-entrepreneur in September 2011
- http://www.kmweiland.com/index.php @KMWeiland
KM Weiland’s blog is about ‘Helping Writers become Authors.’ She has great information on topics such as backstory, beginnings, characters, conflict, dialogue and more.
Now comes trying to balance between time spent on social media sites reading blogs and such, writing on our 5Writers blog, and being productive in my mystery/thriller writing.
How do you balance your time?