I hope you’ve enjoyed our visit with Kris Camealy this week. If you want to get to know more about her, but sure to follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. And, of course, you can always find her over on her blog KrisCamealy.com.
Today, Kris is sharing her thoughts on social media and writing and giving us a glimpse into her workspace. Am I the only one that looooves looking at all the things these bloggers have on their desks? Fun pens, notebooks, markers, planners.
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Kris Camealy on Social Media and Writing
1. How do you keep social media from running your life? Is it a struggle for you? Any social media management tips?
Because I am a social person, I find the balance between working and social media to be a continual challenge. In an effort to set and keep boundaries, I take one week a month off of social media. This is often very difficult, but I have it on my calendar and I do it because I know it is important for me, and helps me to listen for the Lord, and connect fully with what I feel I am to write about. I really think everyone should take regular breaks from social media. The benefits are worth the small sacrifice, and I find I am always blessed when I am intentional about seeking some quiet space.
2. What is your writing process? When do you write? How long does it take you to create a post?
My writing process varies depending on what Im working on. Writing a book is different than working on a blog post. I can and usually do write a blog post in an hour. For Five Minute Fridays, hosted by Lisa Jo Baker, I will create a post in 5 minutes. For real. I set a timer. But generally, I can write a post in an hour and then edit it, adding images usually takes me longer because I want to edit them, etc.
When I wrote my book however, I wrote constantly, and often late at night so my process was different. I’d work without stopping for many hours at a time. I don’t typically work like that when I’m just writing a blog post.
3. Do you have a blogging mentor or accountability group (formal or informal)? How have you created and fostered those relationships?
I am so grateful to be a part of a fantastic and active mastermind group on Facebook. We encourage each other in our writing and help network our work and our ideas. These ladies are such a tremendous support for me. I also have a couple of other groups I’m in online and between all of these I find a hefty helping of encouragement and inspiration for both my writing and life.
4. What is the best blogging advice you’ve received? (OR) What is the best blogging advice you could give?
The best blogging advice I ever received was not intentionally blogging advice, but rather life advice that I have applied to blogging. My Compassion coach told me once, to pursue waiting on the Lord. At the time I didn’t know what this even meant, or how to do it, but as I have learned to pursue this waiting, this quiet intentional time with Christ, my writing flourishes. For any Christian who wants to write, I would say, give it to the Lord. Let go completely of the desire and the dream, and ask Him to hand it back the way He wants it to look. Whenever I am holding too tightly to my writing dreams, I cannot write. But when I let go, when I pursue Christ, not words, He opens up places in me I didn’t see, and the words tumble out.
Q & A with Kris Camealy
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