12 Ways Social Media Could Be Hurting You as a Writer

Aside from the obvious distraction factor, of course.

(Other than totally distracting you, because that’s obvious!)

1 Teaching you to act like someone you aren’t to attract more readers/attention.

2. Turning you into a “plz buy my book” robot.

3. Creating false expectations of what “being a writer” is actually like.

4. Taking up valuable writing time.

5. Probably well-meaning people offering bad writing advice.

6. And bad publishing advice.

7. Writing prompts that aren’t actually helping you focus on a specific task.

8. Overlading you with ideas — that’s not always a good thing, it turns out.

9. Zapping your much-needed creative energy (if you spend social media time creating more things).

10. Let’s be honest: People promoting their books, which makes you want to buy and read like 500 more books.

11. Forcing you to talk about your ideas/connect with other writers when you aren’t ready/comfortable.

12. Encouraging you not to experience things in the real world — something all writers definitely need to do more!


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.


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