Writer. Adventurer. Currently working on The Dreamless City, a series of steampunk novels and short stories.

Listen to Your Friends

My writing process post on Monday was rather verbose. Apologies to anyone trampled by the inordinate number of words charging off the screen. You can talk to the imaginary horses about the property damage and any marigolds that were eaten.

Apparently I cannot be trusted to not info dump at the first opportunity. I knew it was happening, but I couldn’t stop the stampede once it had begun. I’ll do better next time, I promise. ;)


Key 06Today, I want to share some wisdom that I insisted on learning the hard way. I have said for a long time that I’m not interested in Twitter. Yeah, go ahead and gasp. With work emails, personal emails, Facebook, and my blog, that’s all the internet time that I can stand. I just don’t have the interest or the bandwidth to consume more, which leads me to why I’m not on Twitter.

Well… I should say that I wasn’t on Twitter. You can find me now @tracycembor.

So why did I change my mind? My good friend MJ Pullen pointed out to me that social media isn’t about me, it’s about connecting with others. Since I one day want to be able to tell people about my books, and I hope that lots of those potential readers are young, I need to use the communication channels that they use.

Red BirdsAlso, I shouldn’t have all my eggs in one basket. While I don’t expect my blog to go anywhere, people say (or maybe they just hope) that Facebook is living on borrowed time. I don’t know. That’s a bet I don’t want to take, but just to hedge my bets in the event of FB-Armageddon, I should probably have some other ways to connect with people.

I might not consume a lot of content via Twitter, and I don’t know yet if that will change. But if that’s a way you like to get your browse on, now you know where to find me.


And while we are on the topic of sharing writing advice, here’s an interview from best-selling fantasy author Brandon Sanderson. He discusses his path to becoming a writer and advise he would give to those aspiring to join his ranks.

8 comments on “Listen to Your Friends

  1. ericjbaker
    June 13, 2014

    I have a band page on FB but, honestly, I don’t get the hype. The layout is ugly and dated, and it all seems so obligatory. The concept of Twitter seems far stranger to me, and I joined grudgingly, but I kind of like it now that I’m on. It’s gives you a chance to be funny, and your stuff has a better chance of going viral.

    • tracycembor
      June 19, 2014

      Yeah, I figure I’ll do an author page on FB when I start having books for sale. Some people still follow people that way. Until then, a writing blog seems the most effective way to network.

  2. mjpullen
    June 14, 2014

    Aww… you caved! That’s wonderful. I’m always happy to be a part of peer pressure. :)

    • tracycembor
      June 19, 2014

      That’s right, it’s all your fault. I now have a new opportunity to fritter away my free time by prowling the Twitter-verse.

  3. vlsperry
    June 17, 2014

    O.o Thanks for the Brandon Sanderson share. I may check out his lectures, too. I very much enjoy his writing.

    • tracycembor
      June 19, 2014

      I enjoyed his lectures a lot, and it made me feel like I wasn’t being unproductive during the first weeks with Ace. If I was listening to authors discuss writing and thinking about it, that was better than nothing, right?

  4. livelytwist
    June 17, 2014

    Lol@ FB-Armageddon :)
    The ‘noise’ on twitter confuses me, but I ‘quietly’ share links to my post. Since I got there before you, let me welcome you. :D

    • tracycembor
      June 19, 2014

      If FB-Armageddon happens, just remember that you heard it here first. ;)

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Tracy Cembor attempts to juggle a preschooler and a baby, a full-time job, random geekery, and the writing life. Currently working on The Dreamless City, a steampunk urban fantasy novel. Come join the adventure.
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