3 things to do before hitting publish on a Facebook post

facebook_icon_400x400There are several types of Facebook posters.

There are those who post once and never again, those who post excessively about every little thing, and those who post intermittently. There are the over-sharers, the sellers and the meme lovers.

But there’s more to writing a good Facebook post than frequency or style and it takes time to learn what will work for you and for your readers.

Below are my top three points to consider before posting something to Facebook.

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Speed Reading with Dyslexia

I’ve talked a few times about being dyslexic and how that has impacted on my life. This morning I came across the below video, and it brought back a lot of old thoughts and feelings. It’s defiantly worth a watch if only to find out how dyslexia affects the mind.

A part of the video resonated with me very strongly, the few moments where it discusses speed. Mainly, the fact that it will take a dyslexic person longer to process information when it is presented in writing.

This fact may seem pretty obvious to anyone who knows something about dyslexia, and I am sure that I was aware of it previously, but it hit me today. Because I have the mindset that when I am slow, I am bad.

Really, really, bad. A waste of space, not worthy of life, love or happiness levels of bad. Bad with a capital B.

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Mythbusting! 5 Writing Myths.

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I’ve been writing since I was in college, well earlier really but college was when I started writing regularly and sending out my writing for others to read.

In the time since I was 16 up to today, I have learned a lot about writing, I’m still learning now and I am excited to look back on myself in the future to see how far I have come since today. There is always more to learn, always more practice to be done and it makes me very happy to know that I will never stop improving. I feel very optimistic when I think about writing in this way.

We are all learning and that learning is very objective. What works for me may not work for you, a ‘writing myth’ to you may be true for me. Today I would like to discuss some of the more common myths that when I read them as a teenager I believed but have now learned are not true, at least not for me.

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How to Craft Settings: The Reader Experience

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Today I want to discuss settings, in particular how to create them. There are many tools at hand when crafting settings, the visual description being only one of them.

When bringing the city to life in Grey Wings, I didn’t want to rely too heavily on visual description. We have more senses than just sight, and when used in tandem, the setting gains depth and reality.

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How Readers Experience Your Settings

Readers will experience your settings through your characters, and your characters (maybe) will have the use of all their senses. If you rely too heavily on visual description alone, then you are potentially ignoring several resources available to you via your characters.

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Facebook for Writers

sticky-notes-to-do-listI’m a big fan of facebook; I’ve been on it for years and use it as a way to stay in touch with the people that I have met throughout my life. Without facebook, I would not have some of the most important relationships in my life. Doubtless, I would remain in contact with people, but it would not be as constant or as detailed. I could not share the little daily intimacies that make a relationship as strong and cherished. I’m connected to friends who physically live hundreds of miles away from me, and when we do meet up, it’s like we’ve never been apart all because of Facebook.

But when you’re a writer looking to market themselves you need to start using Facebook a bit differently. You need to make a page and gather followers, the more followers you have, the more people will be aware of upcoming stories and books. It’s a great way to advertise what you’re doing to a huge audience for a tiny cost.

But how do you build that audience?

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Character Study: Aurelius

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Aurelius was my first ever main character.

He was originally meant to be the protagonist of the story Grey Wings, but early on Jason overtook him. This was in part due to Jason’s easy going nature despite his tragic situation and easy way he seemed to connect with my readers.

Despite falling into second place, Aurelius was still my personal favourite character to write, all of his scenes were fun. I have an enormous soft spot for grumpy b*****ds especially the petulant ones and Aurelius fits right into that box as if it were made for him.

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Writing habits and how to form them.

Writing is a fickle beast.
Sometimes it comes easy, sometimes it does not. We can go for significant stretches of time with little or nothing to show for it. The blank page mocks us cruelly. Then there are periods of great abundance where sleep becomes something other people do because the ideas won’t leave us alone. Rarely is there a happy middle ground.

computer-on-desk-5But that doesn’t stop us from trying, and you can create that fabled middle ground. You can train yourself to do almost anything.
Human beings are (generally) creatures of habit so why not make ourselves creatures of writing habit. Creating a habit helps you squeeze into the headspace for any particular task more easily. Setting yourself a nighttime routine will help you fall asleep sooner (usually), setting a morning routine will help you get to work on time, setting a writing habit will help you write each and every day.

Creating a daily writing practice really helps, it took a while to settle in (apparently it takes at least 21 days to form a habit that will stick), but now that it’s there I find it easier and simpler to write at certain times of the day. Once I trigger my brain through the little rituals I’ve built up, it automatically shifts into writing mode.

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Why can’t I afford cake?

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We can have it all, can’t we?

In this day and age, we’re made to feel like we can have it all. This goes for both men and women, we’re all supposed to have the biggest house, the best careers, the most remarkable family life, the flashiest car, wads of cash, an exciting social life and of course significant levels of fulfilment. I say this day and age but I probably shouldn’t, maybe it was always like this, I can’t say I wasn’t there. Either way, we expect a lot out of life, a lot out of ourselves and it’s no wonder we burn out.

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Social Media puts everyone’s success on show. While you will be happy for your friends and family and sincerely congratulate them on their success, there will sometimes be a little voice in the back of your head whispering “they’re doing life better than you, they all are. You suck, you suuuuuuck.” This constant competition is exhausting and demoralising. Then you start questioning your own mental fragility, why does someone else’s success make you feel this way? Are you that shallow that you want others not to be successful just because you feel you’re less successful. The internalised cycle of crap is irritating in the least.

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