It feels like a long time since I’ve posted anything (besides that Reads/Recs post 2 days ago) and even though I primarily subscribe to the idea that one should only post to the blog when you have something and that it shouldn’t be a source of stress, I do feel a little remiss when I have these ideas I want to share, but can’t seem to form the post to frame them and let the blog go dark for 3 weeks.
So here are a couple of random thoughts to ruminate for now – (or chide me, whichever) which also explain my absence, should such an explanation matter to anyone:
1. I teach and January is typically a little more hectic. I teach online, which means I have students from all kinds of different schools with all different semester end dates. And also because I teach online, learning is self-paced and tons of assignments come in at the last minute. I say all of this because sometimes, time really is an issue with fitting time in for writing. Or reading.
My point? When writers argue the point about the importance of blogging (though if you read this post, you’d know I think “importance” is a misnomer), many acknowledge that if time is short and you are choosing between your fiction writing and your blog, fiction wins out and always should. There is no need for platform if your purpose for building it doesn’t go anywhere.
So I have been heeding that advice. I write slowly, so the moments I give over to writing in general I have tried to give to my current WIP.
(Current wordcount for the WIP: 52,000. If NaNoWriMo were actually NaNoWriYr, then I TOTALLY WON.)
2. Working on my current WIP has provided me with many moments of intimidation, creating that fear commonly known as writer’s block. I went for a while without writing much of anything at all, much less working on the novel. Then, I pushed myself back into it, but then I ran into something that surprised me a great deal. To re-immerse myself into my story, I re-read some of my chapters and thought, oh, this is actually some good stuff. And this intimidated me because I started thinking, what if I can’t follow through and make everything else match what I’ve already written?
This business of writing has shown me how quickly I can go from being confident to incredibly insecure, so fear of not being good enough is no surprise. However, it’s never stopped me. It still isn’t, but for the first time it did throw a few rocks in my path.
So, if you made it this far, let me throw out a couple of fun tidbits I came across this week so you don’t feel like you totally wasted your time clicking onto this post.
Tweet of the week:
It’s nothing earth-shattering, it just made me giggle:
“Guage”? No, that can’t be right. “Gauge”? That doesn’t look right either. Let’s face it: there’s no correct way to spell this word.
— Eamon Dolan (@eamondolan) January 30, 2013
Twitter conversation of the week:
Sesame Street floated one of my very favorite childhood books onto Twitter – “There is a MONSTER at the end of this Twitter conversation” – and thank you to Jonathan Liu for compiling the interactions that subsequently occurred with Wil Wheaton. You should absolutely “click out” on this link. It’s sure to bring you a smile:
Song of the Week
Since I’m all about trying to devote my writing time to the novel, I thought I’d play a song from my novel-writing playlist. For unknown reasons, pretty much anything Maroon 5 seems to sink me into my story and characters. This particular one isn’t specifically on my playlist, but I thought I’d throw it in here, because in the “Radio Game” (trademark by friends Amy and Scott), my husband always loses this one because he says Levine’s voice is too low at the beginning. Ha!