Friday, January 4, 2013

Writing & Marketing Tweets from January 3, 2013

I was reading a post this morning 7 Key Habits of Super Networkers and #4 made me stop and think:

Finish Line
Air Force Marathon
September, 2012
“Share a memorable fact: When someone asks, "What do you do?" don't give a canned elevator speech about your company and career. Mention something personal that defines who you really are. Maybe you have a passion for playing an instrument or an obsession with collecting antiques. These are also "things you do," so make it a point to share them. Such personal details can help lighten the mood and get people talking.”

When I tell writers that I’m a runner, they find that fascinating. When I tell runners that I’m a writer their eyes grow large. “Wow, that’s cool.” And these are people who can run twenty-six miles in three hours. Takes me twice that long. It also takes me twice as long to write a book as my writer friends. I guess I’m just a slowpoke.

A slowpoke? Me? When in the world did that happen? Most of my life, I’ve done everything in double-time. I moved fast, cooked fast, cleaned fast, played cards fast, drove fast . . . well, you get the picture.

I think when I turned fifty, my world started to slow down. Priorities changed. Life changed. These days, the only thing that goes fast is the day—twenty-four hours seems to travel by the speed of light. Zoom. I wake up and it’s gone. Maybe it’s always been like that, but I moved so quickly, I got more done and didn’t notice.  

If I could have it either way, I’d stick with the way things are now. So, if you ask me “What do you do?” I’ll answer, “I’m a writer and a runner, but I’m slow at both and that’s okay.”

I hope you’re moving at a speed that makes you happy. Be sure to mention that the next time someone asks, “What do you do?”

Show LessIf you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again: 
  1. Notes from Tabor Lane: Writing & Marketing Tweets from January 2
  2. Four Twitter Predictions For 2013 A roll out of all Twitter users' tweet archives, among other predictions
  3. How To Write Action Show action, reaction & describe, describe, describe . . .
  4. Love Thy Neighbor by Donald Maass. How do you create a place of goodness, a safe corner for your readers? Good post!
  5. You Know What Happens When You Assume Things… "Playing with readers’ assumptions is just another tool in your toolbox"
  6. 22 rules of successful storytelling: @lawnrocket @pbjpublishing RT @elizabethscraig Good Infographic to keep handy
  7. What to watch for in 2013 5 trade publishing trends to keep your eye on
  8. Will Twitter Become The ‘De Facto’ Communication Tool For World Leaders In 2013?
  9. A Simple Way to Make Images Stand Out on Pinterest It’s Visual Marketing Simplicity at its best!
  10. Easy Ways to Create Original Images for Visual Marketing [PicMonkey] I'm going to try this.
  11. 10 Tips About Basic Writing Competency
  12. WRITING ON THE ETHER: Ingenious Pain via @porter_anderson Don't let business make us forget the art we serve
  13. Craft: Women Authors & Those Scarlet Initials via @JaneFriedman
  14. 10 authors give their best guess as to what trends we'll see in 2013 via Laura Howard
  15. Ten Tips for a Terrific Antagonist This is very good and something to think about. I've printed it out.
  16. How Will You Be Useful in 2013? @JoelFriedlander "Being useful can make you a hero, can make your name & ideas spread."
  17. The Starburst Method: Discovering Your Characters by @woodwardkaren
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Happy writing & running, Kathy

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