At the AWP convention in Minneapolis, I moderated a panel called Social Media Secrets for Authors, and the “secret” that every panelist related to most was “authenticity.” It is SO important to be authentic in your blog posts (and all your other social media posts). Your readers want to feel you are human, not some robot that spits out listicles, and not some celebrity that only puts her best face forward. They want the real you. They want to hear about your fears and failures as well as your successes. They want to see the snapshot of your cake that flopped, not just the picture perfect end product. They want to know how much money you really make as a full-time author and how many times you were rejected before your book sold or your film was made or your product was launched. Be authentic. Be you!
For me, staying fresh, creative and open as a writer means that I have redefined what it means to read. My daily reading practice has broadened to include fashion, food, photography and design blogs. Observing how a photographer composes an image tells me as much about how to craft a sentence as a reading a book on the craft of writing. Someone describing their passion for food or art, keeps me connected to emotion in all its forms. Watching a video about how a designer creates a new collection helps me think about narrative. My favorite blogs (listed at the end) keep my creative world big and nurture my imagination. As big as the world of books is, there’s an even wider world of inspiration. Here’s the list: The Sartorialist, Street Etiquette, Local Milk, Beewalker, The Selby, Alabama Chanin, Rebecca Rebouche.
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