1. It’s fun to follow writers you love. You might even gather up the courage to reach out to them! (eek!)
2. Many writers, editors, and agents give helpful advice and tips on platforms like Twitter — for free!
3. It’s good to have a platform to share your work, personality, and interests.
4. Sometimes, you get to “meet” other writers. Some of them may even become friends.
5. You might get lucky and get a cool job/gig from a social media interaction. (It happened to me!)
6. Blogging is “technically” social media. Technically.
7. You might have to do some extra practice focusing and tuning out distractions … not bad, if you remember to unplug.
8. Fun prompts from other writers!
9. There are online communities — positive ones — where you can voice your frustrations and find support.
10. Unfortunately, having a “following” really matters in modern publishing.
11. But that’s OK, if it means you can reach a wider audience and connect with more readers … without letting it take over your life, of course.
Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is a staff writer with The Cheat Sheet, a freelance editor and writer, and a 10-time NaNoWriMo winner. Follow Meg on Twitter for tweets about writing, food and nerdy things.