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To Twit or Not to Twit, That is the Question

October 1, 2011

My daughter came home from high school the other day and informed me that if you major in technology, what you learn your freshman year in college will be dead by your junior year. True? Who knows. But, it’s terrifying no less. Heck, I still miss telephone dials that you poked your finger into and spun.

As writers, we do need technology. Computers have transformed the way we write, making it easier to delete, spell, and count our words. The use of the internet makes research a breeze, and certainly the move toward e-books has transformed the industry. But my mind struggles with how much time writers should spend playing with technology. Certainly we should be using technology to promote our work. The possibilities seem to increase daily. Websites, blogs, Facebook, and twitter are only the beginning.  However, there’s a fine, thin line between procrastinating and productivity. If I post on Facebook, of course I’m going to spend just a little time reading what 450 friends are doing. Who wouldn’t?  It’s easy to get caught in the web of social marketing when maybe, what we should be doing, is simply writing.

With that thought, I’m off to work on my manuscript. Enough procrastination for today.

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