Yes, networking is an important part of a writer's career, but there is something more important than sharing your writing: the actual writing itself.
My procrastination had gone too far, and I was getting very little writing done, so I decided that a few things had to go (especially with NaNoWriMo going on this month!), Twitter being number one on the list. Not doing much writing was taking a toll on my self-confidence, even though I was doing well in other areas (work, school, exercise, etc.).
And then I read the book The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp. I stumbled across the following quote, which opened my eyes to the artist's life choices:
"I wonder how many people get sidetracked from their true calling by the fact that they have talent to excel at more than one artistic medium. This is a curse rather than a blessing. If you have only one option, you can't make a wrong choice. If you have two options, you have a fifty percent chance of being wrong" (48).
Everywhere I look I see something new and exciting I want to do; I only have one life, so I want to fit in everything I can! However, upon reading this quote I realized something about myself: I am a writer.
Well, obviously I knew this already, but there's more to it than that: Being a writer is nonnegotiable. I have to do it. I didn't choose it; it was the only option presented to me—and so I grabbed it, because without it I'd have nothing.
So that's why I've been shying away from spending so much time on the internet, to carve out more time for my writing. I have enough distractions already!