Last Tuesday I started thinking about how I was going to get back on the train of the blogosphere after being somewhat MIA [missing in act] for six weeks. As an “unpublished” writer, I don’t feel qualified to give advice to any other writer, so posts stressing how to do anything concerning the craft is pure ludicrousness.
Before I get into that more, I was thinking some of you may be curious as to what I did during my semi-sabbatical.
Those of you who have been faithfully reading my blog know I took the time off to concentrate on my WiP. I didn’t goof off, giving hours every day to my unfinished manuscript. Still, I didn’t get as far along as I was hoping. 13,728 words so far. I can’t stop myself from looking for better words in the thesaurus. What’s with this obsession? I rationally know this is the first draft, yet I feel compelled to find the exact words I want. Yes, I also looked up spelling too but there are times when I’m so far off the mark that if I don’t correct it, I’ll never have a clue as to what I was trying to spell when looking at it later. Correcting the spelling cannot wait until the rewrite in my case.
I have learned to go a little deeper with my characters though. I had to allow myself to get off the beaten track in the story to show who my characters are. The first rewrite is probably going to be enormous, but then again, maybe not.
Okay, back to the original thought of this piece.
The idea of telling you about my writing life has appealed to me. Yes, I’ve been doing something of that all along. However, what if I go beyond this little corner where I have my padded chair and my PC in front of me? Maybe explore what it feels like to see the other parts of my life from the perception of the writer in me?
Some parts are going to include my judgments–my opinions. This may not set well with others in the writing community who read my blog. Nevertheless, I am going to stand firm, and hope that I’m not too offensive. I’m hoping by making sure readers know that I accept criticism in the comments, they’ll tolerate my point of view. I’m hoping a learn something too.
Today is Thursday. I’m more or less settled on making my posting day every Thursday, either that or every Wednesday. So many bloggers post on the weekend. I get it. They have jobs, kids, appointments, and so on happened throughout the workweek. Of course, this means I have blog upon blog to read during the weekend. Answering comments on top of giving comments sound like too much because I want to do other things during my days as well. You see, I still want have some time to write in each day, and spend a little time away from this blasted screen that isn’t for housework. I’m not going to run myself ragged and ruin the fun of having a blog.
What day would you like to see my post, Wednesday or Thursday? Additionally, is this idea of mine one you’d like to see in my blog?
“I have from the first felt sure that the writer, when he sits down to commence his novel, should do so, not because he has to tell a story, but because he has a story to tell. The novelist’s first novel will generally have sprung from the right cause.”
― Anthony Trollope, Autobiography of Anthony Trollope