Friday, October 12, 2012

The Power of Facebook

Yesterday I discovered the true power of Facebook.

I was at my computer writing. I really want to finish my current manuscript, but life keeps getting in the way. After my first four cups of coffee (!) I took a Facebook break and posted that I was going to finish writing the darn thing in the next few hours.

2,000 words later, I took another break, (and finished the pot of coffee) and found that more than a dozen people had already clicked "Like" on my post. Not only that, but a bunch more people had left comments of encouragement. People I don't normally talk to about my writing, or whom I haven't seen in years. Yes, a few of my author friends chimed in, because they know how it feels to be that close and just want to finish. But my aunt in Colorado chimed in. An old friend from Vermont who's now a fan of my books. A high school buddy I haven't seen in years.

So I couldn't slouch it off until some other time. I needed to finish it. That day. Because I said I would.

Except... then I had to pick up my son at the bus stop. And organize rides for my daughter to and from rock band rehearsal. And go to other son's away soccer game. And make dinner for everyone. And watch the vice presidential debate.

And it just wasn't finished.

If I hadn't posted my intentions on Facebook, I would've shrugged it off for another day. Probably not today, as the sun is shining and I have a long list of errands. Next week.

But no. I told people. I had to finish.

At 12:05 a.m. I typed the words "The End." I guess technically I failed, as it was already Friday by the time I finished writing. But I hadn't gone to sleep yet so, again, "technically" in my mind, that's still the same day, right?

Thank you, Facebook, for being a good anti-procrastination tool. And thank you to all the friends who clicked Like and left comments, and kept me on track to reach my goal.

It ended up being a pretty good week.

How about you? Do you ever use the power of Facebook for good? (or just for evil time-sucking purposes?) What do you think about using social media to keep your writing goals on track?
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