The assigned task for the 27th day of the 2015 October Platform Challenge is “Get Social.”
To help us with that, Mr. Brewer is again hosting a pair of #platchal chat on Twitter; but he also encouraged us to make new connections, respond to tweets and/or status updates, like and comment on Facebook posts, retweet with a comment on Twitter, and send direct messages to people. As Mr. Brewer pointed out, “Making a concerted effort to get social and forge deeper connections with your target audience and other like-minded writers, editors, and agents can only help bring about more opportunities for success.”
Get social. For the most part, humans are social creatures. Humans generally live, work and play in concert with other members of the human species. And writers are human. So, why do so many writers need so much prodding to “get social” and forge connections? Why do so many writers need a blue-print showing, step-by-step, the necessary tactics for remaining connected with their target audience and others within the writing/publishing community?
Writing is generally considered a solitary profession. A novelist does not work in a cube-farm, lunch with his fellow workers in the company cafeteria, attend endless meetings with colleagues, or engage in most of the activities associated with work in the corporate world.
Writers write. They spend hours pouring over words, transferring them from their minds and imaginations to the computer screen or sheaves of paper. They rarely communicate with anyone during working hours, unless it is to send a proposal, a query, or a manuscript to a publisher or agent.
Writers also read. They can spend as many hours reading as writing. Again, a solitary pursuit.
So, it seems reasonable that writers can forget how to connect with other writers and like-minded people within the industry. Hopefully, The October Platform Challenge has helped one group of writers, including yours truly, to bone up on our socializing skills.
Feel free to stop back from time to time. Maybe we can spend some time socializing. I’ll keep the porch light on for you.