There are so many reasons to join the plethora of social media platforms out there. Recently, I have been more active on Twitter (@LauraMonka1) then IG or Facebook. Once they were primarily for me to connect with family and friends. But as I dig my heels deeper into my writing career, it has become so much more. With just a click, you are exposed to millions of people who have similar tastes and love of genre, write fascinating short stories, microfiction, novels, and expose themselves to the world with their poetry. And these are just writers and artists: I’m not even mentioning those brave souls who invite the universe into their inner circle of intimate thoughts and situations ( although I suppose I just mentioned it now…).
In the last few weeks I have found myself writing more of my own poetry and prose, which has been shoved on the back burner for many years. I also began to wake up with many ideas for stories and articles which hasn’t happened to me since the birth of my first child. Insomnia usually isn’t my friend, but if it keeps me writing, I will accept it!
Social media of course can also explode in our faces. Just recently I read a BuzzFeed article about a girl posting about her boyfriend’s infidelity. Though they got back together, their faces were plastered all over the world for everyone to see, comment, and shame. The internet can be a scary place. My boss said she knew she was a “officially” journalist when she started getting hateful emails about the things that she wrote. If you aren’t afraid to show your artistic side to the world, you can get some great feedback and learn a few things along the way.
Fellow literary artists are sharing and baring their souls for millions of eyes to see. Sometimes it seems daunting to let your work be seen by strangers. Harper Lee once said, “I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide.” Toxic people and trolls are waiting in the shadows, ready to rip you and your work apart. The worst one I have found are the people who call themselves your friends. It is one thing to be truthful about somebody’s work, but another to tear it down. As writers, we know how powerful words can be. We need to use that power to bring joy to those who find our work inspirational and entertaining. Not everyone will love what we have to say. Most importantly write for you. Your dedicated fans will follow.
And always keep writing.