With a title like that, I suppose there isn’t any other way to say it: I’ve been more than a little delinquent in updating my blog. And since I know that all of you just wait on tenterhooks for my next post (haha), I figured I should try to get myself back into the habit.
Starting with a quick explanation of what’s been going on. Since November, I’ve gotten a lot busier than I ever intended. Partly from school, mostly from writing. See, a good friend of mine and I decided to co-write a YA fantasy series, and between planning every detail we could think of, crafting the characters, and actually getting into the novels, I haven’t had much energy for blogging.
And perhaps more relevant, I have a hard time coming up with writing tips while I’m writing. I’m sure I could fill a blog post with the mistakes I’ve made in just the past week, but in order to continue writing I like to cultivate a feeling that what I’m working on is—not flawless, but at least good. The more I reflect and inspect first drafts, the less I want to continue. Which brings me again to what is perhaps the biggest mistake I made when I first started my blog: the focus.
My clear vision was that I didn’t want to be another author/blogger, constantly talking about my projects and peppering review posts and personal talk with all the rest. I wanted to do something different, and that came in the form of advice for anyone who thought I was worth listening to. Most of those posts did rather well, which I like to think was because they hit a niche within the community. I gained a few hundred followers in only a couple months, which seemed like quite a lot.
But because of the aforementioned reasons, I began to feel like I had more pressing demands on my time. The focus was such that I kept coming up with ideas for ‘four things I learned from poetry for use in prose’ and never writing an actual post. So as much as this is to inform you about my latest project, this post is a promise. A promise to myself, to refocus on what I find interesting: the writing. Not tepid lists of advice, but writing itself.
Writing that sings, writing that sticks in the mind like a shiny ball of duct tape. If you would be interested in hearing about my day-to-day experiences with writing, then all you have to do is keep reading. If not, feel free to tune me out, and I hope one of my posts in the past—whichever one originally made you follow me—proved helpful.
Oh, and if you’re interested in my project with the lovely Catherine Ford (haha, since I covered it in sooo much detail xD), please leave a comment and go check out her blog at: http://www.bookrantorrave.com/