Social Media Free for Over 3 Weeks

Social Media Free

Social media: the bane of anyone trying to accomplish anything. I walked away for a while and…still didn’t accomplish anything.

Well, perhaps I should clarify that. I didn’t accomplish my goal (a certain word count on my current work in progress). I felt that, by walking away from social media for a bit, I would free up my mind to write. Most of September, then, became social media free.

My Social Media Experiment

It became clear very quickly, however, that the problem didn’t reside in the distractions of Twitter. It was the story. At first, I blamed the story’s pacing. Therefore, most of the manuscript went into the “trash” folder, followed by a critical plot change and revisiting other plot points, and I tried again.

The stone wall I ran into earlier rose again and blocked my path.

Not long ago, I read James Scott Bell’s Write Your Novel From the Middle. It focused on finding the moment in a character’s arc where they face themselves and come to a realization. Once you’ve found what that realization, you write from there. I couldn’t find my main character’s realization. I didn’t know what she really wanted.

So, I walked away from the manuscript. My focus turned toward reading, crocheting, housework, exercise, and reconnecting with my nonwriting life. Because I am a spiritual person, I also focused on that portion of my life. No social media allowed me to realign myself with my goals, my heart, and my spirit to get my feet under me after promoting Clara’s Return.

What Did I Gain?

My work-in-progress is the second book of the Lands of Sun and Stone Series, of which Willows of Fate is the first. I discovered what my main character wanted. I also discovered that my drive to write the story, to really tell and live it, wasn’t there. Forcing myself to write it would only make it flat.

Robin McKinley once said that she writes what she’s given to write, given to her by her inner Story Council. I realized I was trying to work separate from my inner Council and it simply wasn’t working.

Secondly, I want to try something new. Something so different from what I usually write, I’ll have to do it under a pseudonym so that my readers won’t go into it expecting one thing and then getting another.

I’ve also gotten back into an exercise routine and I feel balanced once more. At the end of the day, this all means that people on the look out for book two of the Lands of Sun and Stone Series will have to wait a little while longer.

In Other News

I won’t be at the Indie Author Day event at Coker College. Scheduling conflicts led to the event’s cancellation.

On November 19, I will be at a book signing at the Barnes and Noble in Florence, SC. If you’re in the area, please plan on coming! More information as it becomes available.

I also made the shortlist over at Literary Lightbox for their Indie Spotlight. I didn’t make the finalist round but, as they say, it’s an honor to be nominated.

I hope everyone has a good week!


Also published on Medium.

4 Comments

  1. I get what you mean with social media being such a distractor, ugh. Good for you though for sticking through with your ban and working on your novel! If you’re up for it, there’s also a website called myWriteClub that does these really handy word sprints for just getting your novel down on paper. As for the ban, I think I’m going to try that until the PSAT. Need to get in as much material as I can! Best of luck with your novel 😀

    – Eli @ The Silver Words
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    October 9, 2016
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    • Suzanna said:

      Thank you so much. I hope you do well on your PSAT and I’ll definitely check out that website. I’m sorry I took so long to approve your comment. I’ve been without power after Hurricane Matthew and am using my mother in law’s Internet to check up on things.

      October 11, 2016
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  2. I’m impressed you made it three weeks. I feel so remote from the world after only like a day of no social media so three weeks would be torture. Even without social media I would be able to find ways to distract myself. I’m an excellent procrastinator.

    October 16, 2016
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    • Suzanna said:

      Oh, I’m an excellent procrastinator, too. The idea was for me to lose one more excuse. And I still didn’t get any writing done but at least I was unplugged for a few weeks.

      October 16, 2016
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