1. Twitter isn’t the only place to share your work/connect with writers, and it’s probably not the best, either.
2. Writing forums and Facebook groups still exist – and they might serve as better communities to be a part of, if you can find positive, supportive ones.
3. Once you learn about distracting website blocking apps, you’ll never go back.
4. You don’t “need” the internet to write a book. You don’t have to know every detail when you’re writing a first draft, even if your brain tries to convince you otherwise.
5. I’m neither a marketing nor social media expert, especially when it comes to books. But just because social media is good for your brand doesn’t mean you have to spend hour after miserable hour scrolling through it.
6. People who only seek to criticize and tear you and your writing down don’t have opinions worth caring about.
7. What you write outside of the social internet will always be more important in the long-term than what you write inside of it.
8. Decreasing your screen time isn’t just something you can do during a “detox.” You can enjoy being present in the writing community without overdoing it.
9. You can’t change other people. But you CAN change how you react to (or cease to interact with) others.
10. If you’re on the internet, you’re probably not writing … you should fix that.
Meg is the creator of Novelty Revisions, dedicated to helping writers put their ideas into words. She is an editor and writer, and a 12-time NaNoWriMo winner. Follow Meg on Twitter for tweets about writing, food, and Star Wars.