#Writer’s #Platform Challenge: Facebook and Twitter

Day 3: Facebook

Facebook (n) – Internet based social network that allows you to share ideas, pictures, video, and information (often irrelevant), with “friends,” family, and people you wouldnt even label as “associate.”

For those of you who are connected with me on Facebook, you know I’m a major slacker when it comes to updates and getting involved. I’m not really a fan. At times it seems superficial and other times overwhelming, but the task for Day 3 suggested some important tips that would help me better use Facebook as a tool. Hopefully they are helpful to you as well:

  1. Update your status regularly. Since I have connected my Twitter account to post on Facebook, this should be easier, but updating your status daily helps your fellow facebookers know you’re alive.
  2. Join relevant groups. For writers, there are a TON of groups you can join. I am a member of Wordsmith Studio’s Facebook group and when I was active with NaNoWriMo, I joined a group there as well and made some connections.
  3. Follow relevant fan pages. There are fan pages for writing organizations, magazines (like Booth), publishers, literary events, and even other writers (like Kelli, or Mariya). You hit the “like” button, and their shared information will populate your “Pages” feed. Easy, right?

If you’ve been on Facebook for a while, update your profile to reflect changes in your writing life and don’t forget to fill out your “About Me” section. I’ll be spending some time taking that advice.


Day 4: Twitter

Twitter (n) – Internet based social networking portal that allots its users 140 characters to express ideas, share links, photos, and videos while connecting them with like-minded people around the world.

If you follow me on Twitter you know that I am wittier there than I am on the blog. Sometimes (Ok, the people who tell me I’m witty are usually nodding yes when I ask them with my scary eyes). It’s easy to connect with other writers, publishers, agents etc to hear what they are talking about and reading online. The Day 4 task was simple: get tweeting!

Hootsuite Dashboard

I use Hootsuite to schedule my tweets when I have too many links to share all at once. Great tool if you have multiple accounts or if you like to follow different searches (“poetry”) or hash tags (words that become searchable when written like this: #writer).


Friend me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/maxiesteer

Follow me on Twitter: @maxiesteer


Many people have reservations about joining these networks. What are your hangups or deal breakers with social networking online?



Weekend Roundup: #Writer’s #Platform Challenge – Self Definition and Setting Goals

Writer’s Platform Challenge

Day 1: Define Yourself

The first task is as critical as it is difficult with reference to establishing a platform. You must know who you are, what you stand for, and what you have to offer. I followed the questionnaire Mr. Brewer shared. The last question was the hardest. Here are my responses:

Name (as used in byline): Maxie Steer

Position(s): Poet, Fiction Writer, Blogger, Educator

Skill(s): proofreading, editing, creative writing (poetry and fiction), blogging, public speaking, teaching.


Social media platforms: Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Blogger.


Accomplishments: Third place in the Royal Palm Literary Awards’ Unpublished Poetry category in 2012; Top 25 Poem in April 2012 Poem A Day Challenge; Finalist in November 2011 Poem A Day Chapbook Challenge; Top 50 Poem in April 2011 Poem A Day Challenge.

Interests: Writing, family, faith, fantasy football, business, public speaking, reading, technology, candy.


In one sentence, who am I? Maxie Steer is a Christian, business student, poet, fiction writer, and sporadic blogger using her skills to help others realize their goals and to glorify God.



Day 2: Setting Goals

Goal setting is an important building block in the writer’s platform because it defines where you are headed in your journey. It is great to have these in your mind, but writing them down makes them more concrete.

Short Term Goals (goals to be completed in the next six months)

  1. Complete both the Writer’s Platform and Chapbook Challenge
  2. Restart editorial schedule on the blog
  3. Increase blog readership by 100%
  4. Enter poems into RPLA competition
  5. Submit work to 3 literary magazines

Long Term Goals (goals to be completed before kicking the bucket)

  1. Publish a chapbook
  2. Publish a full length poetry collection
  3. Publish a novel
  4. Write a devotional book
  5. Win a literary competition


Do you find it hard to define yourself in one sentence? Would you consider this sentence a mission statement?

What are some of your mid-term goals (things you can accomplish before the year ends, but not within 6 months)?


Due to modem issues at the house, this post is delayed. Forgive me as I try to catch up with the updates 😉





Editing a Poetry Manuscript and #NovPAD Challenge Recap

It is December already!

The last November Poem-A-Day (NovPAD) update was from week two and here we are, four days post-challenge. My absence is justified by my upcoming graduation, but despite the last semester’s push, I can say that I’ve written 31 poem drafts (yay!). Now it’s the hard part–editing these scraps into real poems and assembling 10-20 of them into a cohesive chapbook.

I chose “Complete Circle” as the theme for the chapbook and, to be honest, some of my poems will have to work really hard to resemble anything rounded, but that’s why we edit. There is still a mystery to this editing-and-assembling process because there is no right way to do it, but I’ll share a few tips I’ve encountered.

Editing the poems:

  • Print them out.
  • Forget the prompt that began the draft. You are no longer obligated to satisfy the daily starter.
  • Trim the fat. Use stronger words and aim for clarity.
  • Revise when your mind is sharpest. Don’t revise when you are exhausted or feeling destructive.

Ordering the poems:

  • I believe a book of poems needs to be deliberate, created and crafted. It’s not just your best poems in whatever order, there should be reasons for the order, reasons for the poems chosen, reasons for each part of your book.” –Kelli Russell Agodon (Compiling a Poetry Manuscript: Part 1 & Part 2)
  • “Robert Frost said something to the effect that if a book has twenty-five poems in it, the collection itself must be the twenty-sixth.” –Diane Lockward (The Twenty-Sixth Poem)
  • Ordering requires seeing each poem from a distance, so that all its sides are visible; it also requires seeing the manuscript as a whole, so that you can decide how each poem and its parts might connect with others in a series.” –April Ossmann (Thinking Like an Editor: How to Order Your Poetry Manuscript)

Oh, poetic wisdom! I’ll be revisiting this page and soliciting your help throughout the process. Thanks to everyone for your support during the month-long challenge.


Have any advice to share? Feel free to leave a comment below.


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