I’m going to be taking a break from blogging for the next few months. I’ve thought about this for a while now, and there are several reasons for my decision.
I’m not enthusiastic about blogging.
I’m a novelist at heart: I love creating characters, working through the intricacies of plotlines, subplots, plot twists, developing imagery, weaving words together until the story unfolds with grace and power.
It’s not that I can’t do similar things in non-fiction, but it’s simply not the same process for me. Frankly, the work of writing non-fiction exhausts me.
True, writing fiction exhausts me as well, but that exhaustion is the pleasant kind, where I know I’ve progressed in the story. The non-fiction writing exhaustion is a “I’m so stressed out that I’m yelling at my kids” type of exhaustion. Which leads to my second reason:
It’s taking a toll on my relationships. If I’m stressed and exhausted by blogging twice a week, the first people to pay for it are my family and friends. My relationship with God suffers; my husband gets snapped at; my kids wonder when Mommy will ever be finished with her blogging. They’re too important to me to sacrifice for something I dislike.
My fiction is suffering because of blogging. My craft is suffering. I’m obligated to stop work on my second novel to write a blog post twice a week, and since I’m a slow writer, a single blog post takes two-three hours, which is how much time I have to write each day.
This mean that I lose momentum in my story, forget what has just happened in the plot, and the like. If I compromise my commitment to perfecting my craft and developing my art, then I will lose one of the major reasons I love to be a writer.
This may be the stupidest marketing move that I’ve made in my attempt to create a platform. But it’s a necessary one for me at this point in my life. We’ll have to see how (or if) this affects my efforts to snag an agent and/or publisher.
I plan to take a three month hiatus. Depending on my life circumstances, I will return in March 2011. I will periodically update my readers on my journey toward publication, both here on the blog and on my Facebook page and profile. Feel free to read past blog posts, leave a comment or send me a message on Facebook. I love to hear what you have to say. You can also follow me on Twitter now, too. (See the sidebar.)
An update (12/13/10): The first draft of my second novel is finished, but it’s a confused mess at this point. (Why did he do THAT? What’s wrong with this plot? What’s up with this awful writing? I thought I was a better writer than that!) But I can edit and re-write a mess; I can’t edit a blank page. So wish me luck as I plunge into draft number two.