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A standing desk experiment

I spend far too much time sitting down. My work day is normally 10.00-18.00, and most of that time is spent sitting in a chair, immobile. Time to try something new.

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NaNoWriMo – mid-month progress report

After the near-effortless progress of the first week, I expected the second week to go just as easily. But my progress is slowing and I’m finding it more difficult to hit my daily goal.

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NaNoWriMo – week one progress report

It’s been seven days of crazed literary abandon so far – except that it hasn’t.

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I’m taking a break from social media in November

It’s almost November, which means National Novel Writing Month is upon me. I’m going dark on my personal social channels until December the 1st.

I won’t overcomplicate this, because it’s pretty simple: in order to give myself a fighting chance of writing 50,000 words of fiction in a month1, I need to create more time. Over the course of 2017 I’ve become much better at managing my time more effectively, but personal social media is one area where I often spend more time than its benefits justify. I’ve made headway over the last couple of weeks by cutting back and rationing my usage, which has helped me carve out extra hours to plan the novel, but for writing the first draft I need to go cold turkey.

A few miscellaneous comments:

  • This does not include social media activity for TGO, which is part of my job (and has been a strictly timed, measurable activity since I took over TGO’s social accounts).
  • I won’t be manually posting anything on my Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or LinkedIn accounts from 1/11/17 until 30/11/17.
  • I’ll continue to write and publish on my website as usual. Thanks to the magic of IFTTT, posts will appear on Twitter and Facebook to announce new blog entries, but if you reply to those posts, I won’t see your replies until the 1st of December.
  • If you’d like to contact me, please do so here: I’ll be reading and responding to emails as usual.

That’s about it. I’ll be back on social media in December, but I’m really looking forward to the break – and am hoping I see a boost in concentration and productivity.

  1. For the why and the how, see this recent post:↩

Social media for writers

‘Oh, you’ve written a book? You have to be on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, Goodreads, and Google+ … or you will never sell a single copy.’

Does that sound familiar? New authors can find social media a bit of a minefield, and there’s a lot of contradictory advice out there. The (bad) advice above stems from the common belief that your main purpose on social media is to sell books.

I’m here to tell you that social media isn’t about the hard sell. It’s about being a social human being and networking with fans, readers and colleagues. It’s also about protecting yourself against its negative aspects.

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