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Last week was a really great week in writing. I wrote seven chapters in as many days.
This week, I’ve spent more time resting, drinking tea, plotting and being engaged in tickle-wrestling-wars on the trampoline.

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I have spent less time writing. Less time all by myself, fingers stuck to my keyboard, eyes trained on the words of the screen, smiling at the joy of writing, frowning because what on earth is scene structure. I have spent less time in the solitary part of writing, and more time remembering how writing isn’t a solitary profession.

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Personally, I read almost exclusively contemporary romance, but my real life friends who also live and breathe books, whose favorite vacation destinations are also bookstores, don’t.

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Some of them read historical romance, and some read no romance at all. But we share a love of reading.
It’s scary to reveal the storylines swiveling around in my brain, then again, you know someone really loves you when they’ll spend hours on phone with you, rehashing plot points in a genre they don’t even read.

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The last few years I’ve discovered that even though many of my real life friends aren’t as into writing as I am, there are plenty of people who are.

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Social media brings readers and writers (most of whom are also readers) together. There’s the gushing over books, laughing over bookish quirks, being a part of launch teams for books (and authors) that you adore, connecting with authors, with readers. Finding new books to read, discussing books you already have read.

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Writing isn’t a solitary profession. Any published author will tell you that. Social media makes it even less so.

Yes, lots of the time it’s you and the keyboard.

But there’s also the plotting friends, the critique partners, the alpha readers, the beta readers, the editors, the ARC readers. The launch team members, the readers.

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Have YOU found that Social Media makes writing (or reading) less solitary?

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Austin Ryan makes her home in a forest clearing in the nutmegy part of New England.

In love with words, books and all things related, she can usually be found either reading or writing, or even reading about writing.

She wrote her first story at seven, an illustrated adventure about a troll girl retrieving her doll from the moon. The story was self-published in one copy, and most likely still exists in her mother’s attic.

Since then she’s written numerous stories, and now she is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). Austin writes inspirational romance, working her way toward publication one paragraph at a time.

Apart from all things bookish, her favorite past times include going on adventures with the-best-six-year-old-ever, hanging (more) twinkle lights around the house, or simply watching the waves roll in from the ocean.

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