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Writer’s Life: 10 Ways To Deal With Critics

When I first decided to post my writing online for public view, I had no idea it would lead to pursuing a professional career. I thought a few friends and some family members would enjoy the posts and that would be that. Now, a little more than 5 years have passed and my fans and followers are over 100K. The number still amazes me. And there are days when the Internet and its social media algorithms make me question it all – but I am always grateful – day in and day out.

Being in the public eye I am an open book. And as an artist, I am of course my own worst enemy and critic. That doesn’t mean haters don’t find me. And when they do, I take it best I can because most are just trolls trying to stir the pot.

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Social Media Hashtags For Writers

If you have spent any time on social media, any time at all, you have seen hashtags used within a post or comment. Back in the day, a hashtag was simply known as a pound symbol. Today, it is a way to start, follow, and participate in online conversations.

As a writer, promoting your brand is vital. Hashtags are a great way to stay on top of the conversation in your genre. The writing community frequently uses hashtags as a way to self-promote, announce projects, and follow trending topics of interest.

Don’t feel as if you are alone on an island when it comes to social media hashtags. Just how they work, what they are and how they can help writers on social media platforms is sometimes confusing.

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John Singleton : Writer, Director, Producer, Human

John Singleton exploded onto the Hollywood scene in 1991 with his Academy Award-nominated screenplay for Boyz In The Hood and became the youngest person nominated for Best Director. He was 23 years old.

Singleton captured inner-city life through the eyes of three life-long friends. The storyline of Boyz hit home with me as I had also grown up within an inner city setting. Although the violence each character in Boyz In The Hood experienced was above anything I myself dealt with, the daily struggles, pain, dangers, and loyalty found within the community were very similar.

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