Writing

The Blog Life

So I recently went back to look over my blog history for how often I’ve blogged since I first started a few years ago. I know it’s been extremely sporadic the past year or so, to say the least. And I want to do better about that. But life’s been crazy with everything going on in the family, so it’s hard to balance everything and keep writing, let alone blogging. Of course, I will be trying to focus on writing a lot more for NaNoWriMo. I mean, in my mind, that’s my writing month. It might as well be called Writember instead of November, lol.
But anyway, I realized that the first couple of weeks of this blog was pretty much just non-stop blogging. I would blog once, even twice a day for a week straight. That’s definitely a lot more than I’ve been doing since. So I’ve been thinking it over, and I think I’m going to try to designate a blogging day. One day a week, I will set aside some time to update a new blog post. Hopefully over some time, this will become a habit I don’t even need to think about. I would like to have maybe two a week eventually, but we’ll see how this goes. I have to get one habit started first. While I’m at it, I’ll probably just have a day set aside for writing as well, that way I’m more guaranteed to have at least one day out of the week to write. Right now, with things as they are, I’m getting less than that done. Maybe it’s just NaNo Prep, but I’ve had that writing stirring inside me and on the brain a lot more than it has been. I still don’t know exactly what I’ll be working on come NaNoWriMo, I may very well end up trying to multi-task as I tried doing in July Camp NaNo. There’s so many ideas stirring around, and I’ve discovered in the past year or two that if I let that energy build up, then I’ll have more excitement and drive when I actually get to writing. If I jump on whatever pops in my head, then my energy and ideas run out fast. Perk of waiting: most of the ideas I have are one little piece and tend to be a bit on the obscure side, so in waiting for my idea tank to fill up, the words generally pour out more at a time. And it’s better that way. I can flesh it out a little better having thought it out a little more.
Chances are, once I decide on a writing day, you’ll probably see posts about no interruption days or #WritingWednesday…something like that. I rather like Writing Wednesday, now that I think about it. Anyway, whenever I decide on a set day, there will more than likely be posts popping up here and there about it. Heck, I may even have a daily total at the end of Writing Wednesday (or whatever day I pick). That is…if my total word count isn’t embarrassingly low, lol. Then again, anything is a step in the right direction. And it would be more than I’d have gotten done the day before. I think while I’m at it, I’ll go on ahead and say I’ll start today with Blogging Fridays. I’ll start trying to get a new blog post out each Friday. The November posts will be the same as usual-stats at the end of each week, then it’ll go back to normal posts. I rather like this designating a day thing. I’m thinking maybe I should’ve started that from the beginning, but back then I was blogging all the time. It’ll be nice to get back to blogging more often again. Who knows? Maybe I’ll even break my previous record for posts in a year (grand total of 20).
So here we go, first Blogging Friday in what will hopefully be a long line of Blogging Fridays. I’ll say it now, if I don’t make it one week, I probably have a very good reason. And I’ll announce when I finally settle on a writing day as well.
One last thing…I just want to take a minute to thank anyone who’s read anything of mine-whether you’re a first time, or returning reader of this blog. Or maybe you’re a reader on Wattpad/Booksie. Or a follower on Facebook/Twitter. Whatever it may be, I thank you, and I am flattered that anyone would take time out to read whatever it is. Lately there’s been a peak in Twitter followers, and I just want to say thank you everyone! I’ve watched that number slowly climb since I started on Twitter, and seeing it climb higher since this summer just reminds me that my dream of writing is happening. Slowly, but surely, one day I will hold in my hands the proof copy of my debut novel. And a lot of the reason why will be because of you, dear readers. Because your support and encouragement-whether voiced or not-will be a big thing that pushes me to really go after writing. I’m getting there more each day. So thank you, everyone, anyone who has been there through all of this so far, and whatever may come. You mean more than you could know. 🙂

     Love always,
          Liz

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