tweeter’s block – when writing fiction isn’t enough

Lately I’ve been cranking out fiction like nobody’s business. I’m flying towards the end of the first draft of the final book in the Pegasus Project trilogy, averaging 1500 words a day. I’m polishing and editing The Teardrop Game for publication later this year. I also have an entirely separate project that has me producing 5000 words per weekend.

and yet, I feel behind

Why? Because I haven’t been blogging, and I haven’t been tweeting. I, in fact, would go so far as to say I am suffering from tweeter’s block and blogger’s block, even though I never once (in all the time it took me to write my first million words) diagnosed myself with writer’s block.

so what’s going on?

To put it simply, I’m over-thinking. Every time I sit down to compose a blog post or write a tweet, I find myself asking, “Is this relevant to my target audience? Does it tie in well with my novels’ themes? Is this the best time of day to tweet/post? Have I tweeted/posted something too similar to this lately? Is this useful? Am I helping my readers by posting this? Am I providing something of value?”

Invariably, I answer one of these questions with the yes/no/maybe that makes me think I should not post what I have just written.

enter social media paralysis – aka tweeter’s block

I don’t tweet/post the thing I was thinking about tweeting/posting. And I can’t think of anything better to post either, so my silence on the interwebs persists. As it lengthens, I feel an enhanced need to break it while also feeling an increased pressure to make sure what I do say, when I finally say something, is worth saying.

I feel this even though I know that no one has noticed my silence.

So I stare at the empty twitter compose box for a while, then wander away from my computer. I go into the kitchen. I gaze out the window and watch the squirrels in the yard while I heat up some leftover coffee.

I go back to writing my fiction.

I tell myself this is not such a bad thing…

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