I’ve been thinking lately about my slackness as a blogger. It finally hit me that while I have (in the past) been concerned about being a good blogger, and writing regular posts, that this has actually been cutting into my novel writing time.
I used to think that I just sat down and belted out a random post in under 20 minutes of time that I wouldn’t have been using for anything else, but apparently that wasn’t the case. Apparently the few words I was using here were words directly being taken from my stories.
Well, colour me surprised. It makes perfect sense in some respects – I know a lot of writers who don’t post so often while they are knee deep in the writing, I just never thought that by trying to blog on an almost daily basis I was cheating myself from getting knee deep. Whether it was the random chatter about what I was working on that detracted from getting more words down, or something else entirely, I can’t be sure. I just know that right now I am making really good progress on my novel, and I’m barely blogging.
And that works for me. I’m a writer, and the most important thing is to get words on the page. The right way to use my words is in my stories, and when I have some spare words, on the blog.
I just hit 44,000 by the way. And I am going to try and hit 45K tonight. I know I keep saying this, but it’s amazing for me to be this far into a new novel. It’s been a long time, and every little milestone feels like I’ve won some kind of award.