I was going to talk about Europe… but honestly I’ve only just emerged from Writing Cave Land for a quick update. Those who follow me on social media might have noticed that I’ve been largely absent for the last week. The truth is, I need a social media break.
I love social media. I love interacting with people and getting to see what everyone is up to. I often find really cool or funny or thought-provoking articles from my friends on Facebook and Twitter. And I love celebrating the successes of others. But sometimes it can be draining and distracting—and this was one of those weeks.
I often talk about writing in an almost glamorous way. I’ve said things like: “I wrote a book!” and “I revised a book!” and “I went to this amazing convention!” And yes, those things are pretty amazing, but there were so many moments that just sucked before I got there. Finishing a book is a big deal—but it was really, really hard. Revising a book is even harder.
I’m in the middle of struggling with another round of revisions right now, and it’s been a week filled with a lot of words thrown away, a lot of self-doubt, and a lot of self-medicating with Netflix. And when I’m in a writing slump, I always end up spending countless hours doing nothing on Twitter or Pinterest or Facebook or Tumblr (and I don’t even have Tumblr!) And it never helps. I never come away feeling recharged or motivated after having spent hours on any of these sites. Not only is it a giant time suck, it also drains me mentally, making it even more difficult to write.
So I decided that for the next few months, I am going to make a few changes in how I use the Internet. Obviously I can’t just not be online, so instead of cutting it out all together, my goal for the months of July and August is to do a mini social media detox. I will be online—but only for a few hours each week. I’ve turned off my phone notifications. I’ll even be checking my emails less. It means that I’m slightly more difficult to get a hold of, but I won’t be completely unreachable! And hopefully at the end of these two months, I’ll feel a lot more recharged—and also have a revised book!
And also I am tired of apologizing for not updating every week… which basically tells me that every other week is just a more realistic timeline for me. So new update schedule: every other Monday.