Social Media Overload, and My Version of #NaNoWriMo

Recently I’ve hit a bit of a social media overload.

Don’t get me wrong. I know it’s important. And most of the time I love it–the instant connection, the community built across hundreds or even thousands of miles. I love sharing opinions of books on Goodreads and sometimes I wish that I could live in my Pinterest. But here’s the thing: I manage the social media for six different accounts.

You heard me. Six. And they’re not all me, either. They’re my husband and mother’s business accounts, my RWA chapter’s account and a few others. When my phone goes off with a tweet, there’s a little bit of a multiple personality moment in my head when I have to figure out which account I’m answering with. And lately it’s gotten to be too much.

So I’m scaling back. I’m purging and merging. I’m making the choice to put myself out there in fewer circles so that I can spend my free time focusing on the thing that means the most to me: writing.

And that brings me to NaNoWriMo.

I think it’s a great idea, for those of us that need a boost, that need someone or something to hold us accountable to committing to getting words down on paper … or, screen. I applaud those of you brave enough to take it on. And while I do have plans to write several more stories, the beginnings of which are happily pounding against my brain like the good little plot bunnies they are, I can’t write a novel in a month. What I can do, however, is get my almost-there stories out the door.

There. I’ve said it. Now that it’s been put out in cyber space, I must hold myself accountable. By the end of the month, my novel and novella will have been submitted. (And hopefully I won’t have eaten too much turkey or potato latkes in the process.)

Happy November, everyone.

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