I’m taking a break from social media. If you follow me on social media, I posted about this earlier the week.
My posts for the rest of October are pre-written (including this post), and I won’t be responding to comments on the blog.
I’ve noticed myself becoming quite habitual with my social media involvement. And it isn’t a good thing. On Tuesday morning, I woke up, checked the time, and immediately went to check social media. I removed the apps the night before, so I didn’t open anything. But that was my first reaction: check Twitter, check Instagram, check Snapchat. I’m exhausted by it.
I love social media, but only when I choose to include it, and not when it’s a ritual I use to start, end, and punctuate my days.
For the rest of October, I’ll be focusing on my health—physical and mental—as well as my novel. When I get near the end of a project, I feel much less motivated. I’m 15,000 – 20,000 words away from finishing, so I can’t let social media become a distraction or a means for procrastination. I can’t let myself get lazy and self-destructive. It’s happened too many times before.
Since I’m going to continue writing, I’ll be over on myWriteClub occasionally participating in sprints. Feel free to add me—or join the beta!—if you want to write with me. I’m still not sure if I’ll do Nanowrimo. I want to have THE PILGRIMAGE drafted before November so I can edit it during November. But I think I might do a fast-draft novel? We’ll see—you can add me as a buddy if you’re participating.
Anyway. I won’t be on Twitter and all that. The earliest I’ll be tweeting and snapping and instagramming again would be November 1—but I’ll take as long a break as I need to. The latest I’ll be back is December, that’s for sure. (There’s a Twitter pitch party I’m aiming to participate in.)
Thanks for respecting this. I’m sure there are oodles of you tempted to take a break like this—do it if you think it’ll help!