Author Tips

The Social Media Diet


I saw a picture of a mug today…              Melissa Foster's photo via Facebook.

Melissa Foster’s photo via Facebook.

The first thought that came to my mind was that social media control and dieting are a lot the same.  Unlike other addictions that you can just quit, eating is something you have to do and this is what makes diets difficult.  You can’t completely cut out food so you are constantly exposed to the thing you want.  Social media is the same way for the independent author.  We need to be on social media  to reach out to our fans but it can be a huge time suck.  You start reading and pretty quick you’ve burned hours.  What happened to my writing time?  Oh yeah… I didn’t get in and get out.  So what do I suggest?  Set a timer.  Yeah, it’s childish but darned if it doesn’t work.  Or only let yourself answer a certain number of Tweeps or Facebook comments a day.  Pick one or two where you will have a strong presence.  You do not have to do it all but while you’re there be sure to be warm, friendly and genuine.  Best of luck and happy dieting.  Did I really just say that?

By Lauren Lynne, author

I’m author Lauren Lynne. The good side of growing up is that you can write whatever you want. The downside... now I can’t read it without my glasses! I have the soul of an adventurer but the heart of a coward when it comes to danger, yet I’m drawn to all things action-adventure, so this particular genre was a natural fit. You won’t find me bungee jumping, cliff diving or doing parkour because, well... I’m a klutz… so I write it. Think of me as an armchair adventure hound. I create characters who are much braver, tougher, more graceful and athletic than I will ever be. When you dream, dream big!

I love working with students who have a thirst for knowledge. I write for young adults because they are the age group I most love to teach. I grew up in a house where reading was expected, anticipated and enjoyed. I want to pass that joy on to my students. I do not write alone, but pull in my boys for real life teenaged insight. I also listen to my students.

I am a native of the Pacific Northwest, with its vivid and varied panoramas. When I’m not writing, I can be found spending time with my family, working with students, reading, gardening or hiking around Mt. Hood, the Columbia River Gorge or the Oregon Coast with my camera. I am also a graduate of both Oregon State and Portland State universities with degrees in education and science. Writing is my passion and I want to share my love of it and reading with you.

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