The following are the five tips I’ve come up with for getting through NaNoWriMo while avoiding the black hole of social media:
Take multiple selfies before November and schedule the posts on Instagram throughout the month to let your friends & family know you’re okay. Your friends won’t notice how old the photographs are. They’ll appreciate the time and effort you put forth into reassuring them of your well-being during NaNoWriMo.
Keep your Facebook page open so that your friends think you’re keeping tabs on them. Train your cat or dog to press the Like button on friends’ posts so that they won’t feel neglected during NaNoWriMo.
Check your Twitter feed when you’re in the bathroom. You won’t have time to read anything important when you’re on the toilet. Twitter posts have a lifetime of about 18 minutes. Chances are what you’re reading is old news and what you Tweet won’t be appreciated. Post your word count if you have to.
Write about your goals on November 1st and post on November 30th to let your followers know that you are a NaNoWriMo Winner! You won’t have time to write anything but your novel. Unless you’re like me and you’ve made your word count for the day, you can post to your blog. However, let’s face it. No one reads your blog, and whoever does is most likely an author. They are busy writing their novel, so they’ll be skipping your blog for the month.
Pinterest is for the easily distracted writers when they can’t put one more sentence together. It allows the writer to look at and repin numerous pictures of puppies, kittens, nail art and whatever weird and wonderful thing catches their eye. Hours will pass by before the unwitting writer realises they’ve pinned into the next year.