Dear friends,

I find it is of utmost priority when interacting with your fellow writerly folks, nay!–the world, that you must comport yourself with the best of manners. While this might feel silly and overly “pc” as they say these days, it is still to your benefit to act in a way that shows you are aware of other people and proper writerly…

1. conventional requirements as to social behavior.

source: http://dailyinfographic.com

We’ve already established that writing is a lonely business requiring Assiduity, Backbone, Community, and Drive. But, when you find yourself locked in your writing cave for weeks at a time with only the time stamp on your tweets to tell you if the sun is out or not, it can be easy to forget how to talk to people and connect with your writing community.

There are so many “what-not-to-do” blog posts out there, so I won’t waste your precious reading time going over the rules… but suffice it to say that there are some people in the world who are oblivious, even to the most egregious errors.

People want to engage, so engage. Be nice. Share. Be generous. Don’t overdo it. Don’t be “on send” all the time where you forget to listen. Meet the members of your community and most of all… just like momma said, be yourself.

Lest you be accused of a different alphabet of distasteful items like: Asshattery, Boorishness, Churlishness, Dirty Dealing, or worse yet, Egomania. *gasp*

And so, in closing, lettuce remember our lesson from Dickens and practice some common sense as we strive to be model citizens on the interweb and beyond. Moderation in all things… unlike our Mr. Turvydrop here.

What’s your internet etiquette peeve?  I find relentless self-promotion to be up there on the list. And I was once at a writers conference chatting with an agent when this writer guy in a mini-sombrero barged right between us, shoved his business card in the agent’s hand, and told her to do herself a favor and check the first pages of his novel on his website. O_O That totally happened. I thought things like that were urban myth, like Bigfoot.

Happy Saturday!

About the Author Corinne

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  1. Etiquette is important, especially in writing and in promoting yourself. Like you, I think it’s annoying if all anyone does is promote their own work. Social media is about interacting, if you never interact and just talk about your work nonstop it’s not very interesting.

    ~ Kim

  2. “when you find yourself locked in your writing cave for weeks at a time with only the time stamp on your tweets to tell you if the sun is out or not”

    Wonderful line. I love that.

    I think my biggest pet peeve is when people treat me like I’m not there. I could be talking to someone, and a 3rd party barges into the conversation and makes it all about them, but only talks to the other person and I can’t get a word in edge wise. Sounds similar to bigfoot in a sombrero.

  3. Great article. I agree with the self promotion. Sometimes my facebook and twitter feeds feel like one big commercial where people are screaming BUY MY BOOK, only they think they are doing it in clever ways. I think it is now a writers job to figure out how to be different and get above all that noise so people figure out who you really are. :)

  4. I agree about the self-promotion. I admin a group of 4,500+ people and we can not get people to understand the no-promo rule to save our lives! Also, people who engage disingenuously (commenting just to get a comment, liking just to get a like back, etc) are recently getting more prominent (and shameless).

    A-Z link redacted, just so I’m not a hypocrite, haha!

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