It’s time for another episode of Insecure Writers Support Group, hosted by the one and only Alex Cavanaugh.
As this is A-Z month, (I remember, way back in the '00s, we used to call this one "April", ah the good ol' days) so as things are a little different this month, I'm not here to share an insecurity, but rather a positive.
A couple of weeks ago, I decided to power down on my regular scheduled posts for one main reason: My blog was eating its young.
I imagine most of us have limited time to write/blog. For me, I write Sunday to Thursday from about 9 p.m. to midnight with Friday and Saturday off.
I like to post about three times a week, so I start with fifteen hours a week, and each post takes on average three hours, which leaves six hours a week for "real" writing.
Not bad, you might say... and generally I would agree, but hang on, Twitter takes thirty minutes, email sucks another hour of my life that I shall never regain. Then, guest post prep/updates take another thirty minutes... now I'm down to four hours a week.
Still good, I hear you say, especially as I'm "only" doing edits for the memoir I wrote.
|Papa, it's been 15 mins, you're stuck with me.|
I'll sleep better, promise :)
Now, add in the intangibles like various children not being able to sleep, not wanting to sleep or Papa falling asleep in front of the keyboard... and all of a sudden it's late Thursday evening and I've done zero "real" writing.
All. Week. Long.
The good news is that in the past couple of weeks things have completely flipped. I'm up to date on my guest post commitments, I have no posting schedule and my blogging stress levels are below catatonic levels.
I'm having so much fun here in the dark that I wanted to come back to the light and share the news:
It's OK to step back from blogging and focus on why most of us are here in the first place: To write a kickin' great book that will be read by at least dozens of family members :)
Sure, I miss not doing A-Z, but I miss more that my book is not already sitting on your shelf - and it ain't ever gonna get there until it's polished, "locked" and published, God willing :)
Good luck to everyone doing A-Z and see you in May :)