Saturday, October 29, 2011

Stalling

I have dozens of excuses about why I haven't been writing or updating this blog, but they're just that - excuses.  If I wanted to make it a priority, I would've.  I've found time to watch TV, to play with the cats, and lots of time to catch up on sleep.  I've found time to read, even if it's not as much as I would've liked.  I've found lots and lots of time to tool around online and play games.

So why, then, haven't I found the time to update or to finish my current work in progress?

Part of it is trepidation about finishing.  The current work in progress is on its fourth draft.  When I'm done, I'm allowing myself one more read-through, and then it's going to a set of beta readers.  As you all know by now, I am a special, delicate snowflake who tosses out entire drafts of novels based on a few negative comments. (No, not really, but my hyperbole isn't far off the mark.)  But if I don't finish, nobody will ever get to read it, right?

I wasn't thinking that deliberately as I stalled on the latest draft, which is about two pages from being done.  But the thought it certainly there, hovering in the back of my mind when I'm flipping through channels thinking there must be something productive I can do.

As for not updating the blog, well, I'm running out of future topics faster than I can come up with new ones.  I can blather on about almost anything, but I'm hardly an expert.  Most writing subjects have been covered quite thoroughly by other, worthier writers.  I'm having a really hard time coming up with anything I'm qualified to comment on.

So, here's where I open it up to you, my small but brilliant set of readers:  what do you want to hear me spout off on?  Whatever I contribute will be mostly opinion and what's worked for me so far, with no publication experience or firsthand knowledge of the industry.  With that caveat, what topic related to writing do you want to read my opinions on?

4 comments:

  1. I want updates on your current wip's progress as you do the final read through and send it off to the beta readers.

    I'd also love to read your thoughts on grammar and other writing mechanics. Do you have any grammar/punctuation pet peeves? I despise comma splices.

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  2. I can think of dozens of grammar and writing pet peeves right off the top of my head. I could make that a whole series.

    Thanks!

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  3. As a grammar idiot, I'd love to see that kind of series.
    LOL
    Honestly.

    And a little side post of updates is a great thing too.
    This is YOUR blog...it's all about you.

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  4. It is, indeed, but I do want people to come back and read it. I hold no illusions of blogging fame, but it would be nice to have a small group that keeps coming back to read and comment.

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