This weeks Blog is dedicated to Tunny, who gave me props for focusing more on the Writing of my manuscript and less on my Blog. So, it is a little ironic that I’m here blabbing to all the world about it, but it got me thinking about all the ways in which I procrastinate about hitting the keys.
If you are like me, it’s really hard to make yourself write more and visit with folks less. There always seems to be one more person you can share with, one more funny email you can respond to, eight more things you could Blog about, someone who needs an answer to a text message, etc., right?
However, all the texting, visiting or emailing with any of those wonderful people are sucking up time you could be spending on your manuscript. You wanna get those idea down on the page? You need to detach a little from your electronic umbilical cords, and tell everyone to sit tight, you’ll get back to them after you’ve written the next chapter.
Now that I know I can begin a story, craft a middle, and have a notion of an end, from where I’m at now, the point is to COMPLETE my manuscript . Completing my manuscript needed to become, and has become more important to me than socializing.
If I spend a majority of time Blogging, my manuscript writing time suffers for it, period. But, because it is my Blog about my writing, it’s okay to take a break now and then and Blog for a little while. Did y’all catch that, NOW & THEN .
I am Blogging now because I took a bit of Writer’s Break. I was on a writing roll for the last several hours, body starting to grow sore and stiff, and my eyes feeling a bit dizzy. Good time for a break and a cuppa Joe. So, I decided to check my email and I noticed a comment on my Blog. This being my break, I allowed myself to follow it, and here’s why:
I’ve a new rule about breaks: During a Writer’s Break, all socialization and attachment to the electronic umbilical cords must be solely to people who are Authors or Writers.
I know that other Writer’s understand the need to be mostly absent from the world so you can write, and you don’t expect me to Blog or contact you every day. You expect me to have my nose to the proverbial grindstone, churning out the pages and mixing my metaphors. I expect the same of you…except the part about hashing up the metaphors.
One of my favorite Authors, Seanan McGuire said, “Writing a book is a solitary exercise, actually finishing it is not.”
She is referring to all the people who helped her in getting her manuscript through all of the stages of proofing and the many people it took to read and reread and hack out the stuff that she couldn’t see through to edit out herself, along with those who hosted her when she was writing abroad, and folks who simply listened to her whine. Notice that even on the home stretch there is still a lot of writing to do? I highly recommend McGuire’s Blog 50 Thoughts on Writing for her best Writing tips. Check it out.
So, our writing Blogs are important for us as Writers aspiring to be Authors. They are a place where we can get writing advice when we are crumpling up the 20th false start. They are a safe venue for venting our frustrations and cheering ourselves and each other on when the going gets tough and the tough want to quit and take an aspirin and a shot of whiskey, or to offer the same to another Writer in need.
All of this until the day we become an Author. That’s when our Blogs become part promotion and part lesson, where we answer questions about how we got there to our fans, and why we didn’t off ourselves instead to our worst critics.
Right. Time to get back to my manuscript, folks. Thanks to you all for reading this Blog, and may you get right back to your manuscripts; my coffee is finished and this Writer’s Break is over!
What? Are you still here? We’ve got work to do! Ciao, C.K. Garner 😀