Which Comes First?

Which comes first? No, not the chick or the egg debate; although, I’m certain it’s a fascinating subject.images-3 I’m talking about craft versus platform.  As a writer, I’m sure you read as many articles as I on the importance of having a healthy and engaging platform. After all, if no one knows you’re a writer, why would anyone be interested in reading your stories or books.

After all, if no one knows you’re who you are or what you do, why would they be interested in reading your work?

I struggle with this issue all the time. I try to keep up with  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest – on and on it goes, but it’s like a time-sucking vortex. And, it doesn’t help when you have the attention span of a gnat, as I do of late.

VortexWhich brings me back to my first question – Which comes first? Craft or Platform? Want to join the debate and get a few helpful tips in the process?

Check out 4 Ways to Beat Frustration in Your Writing Career by Dan Blank over at Writer Unboxed and let me what you think. Craft or platform? Which is more important to you and how do you manage without sacrificing one over the other?

I’d love to hear your comments. Talk to me. Tell me your story and look for me on Facebook at SheilaMGood,  PinterestBloglovinTwitter@sheilamgood, Contently, and Instagram. You can follow my reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.

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Another Great Tool for Writers

We’ve all used Google maps to get from point A to point B, but have you ever considered using it as a writing research tool?

Neither had I,  until reading the guest post on Writer Unboxed by Camille Di Maio.  

Remembering details is not my strong point. My brain seems to have more holes in it than a sieve, and my memory is worse than a nat’s life span.

I didn’t inherit the sense of direction gene, either. I’d get lost in my driveway. So, as you can imagine, having access to the right tools can make all the difference. It’s the same when writing.

Whether the location and setting of your novel are imaginary or based on a familiar place, details do matter.

Think about the things you can do with Google Maps – Visualize streets, intersections, terrain, transit routes, lakes, and rivers and you can see all of it via satellite, live, or in 3-D. Now, we’re talking!

Let your imagination run wild; happy researching and be sure to check out Camille’s post, Google Maps the Writing Tool that No One Knows About

I’d love to hear your comments. Talk to me. Tell me your story and look for me on Facebook at SheilaMGood,  PinterestBloglovinTwitter@sheilamgood, Contently, and Instagram. You can follow my reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.