This is my entry for the monthly Insecure Writer’s Support Group – a monthly opportunity for aspiring writers to have a whinge about the roadblocks we’ve came across while developing as a writer, and to offer each other support and advice. Click here for a full list of participants and to sign up. Unless you don’t want to, of course – no-one’s going to force you. Probably.
Life’s what happens when you’re busy making other plans.
On January 1st (and again on the 8th) I announced my plan to blog more often by blogging at a shorter length – around 300 words three times a week, then a longer blog, about 1,000 words, around once a week. That post on January 8th is the last post before this one, published on February 4th – which is slightly below the rate I’d planned.
I have tried to find the time to blog, and have about half a dozen ideas in my Drafts folder. While blogging isn’t my long-term ambition in itself, I do find that setting out to write something and getting it completed – however simple – is satisfying in a way that builds up and reinforces positive writing habits. As I’ve not completed a novel of my own – even a bad first novel, the type destined to end up in the bottom of a drawer somewhere – I think I could do with the practice.
Unfortunately, a large portion of my time the last month has been taken up with relatively mundane but stressful financial issues, plain old procrastination, and university work which has included analysing classic literature for , and making sense of the painful prose of Theodor Adorno. As a result, my blogging – both here and on other sites – has fallen down to absolute zero, and I’ve only had time to write a handful of tweets.
I’ve not totally stopped writing my own stuff over that time. I’m currently working on a half-written short story, and – most interestingly – I’ve thrown together a short script which is currently being prepared for filming (albeit on a less than blockbuster budget). I’ll go into a bit more depth on this in the next few days.
This blog was originally set up as a way of logging my slow, unsteady development towards being a more efficient writer. Hopefully, I will one day learn to keep up the habit on a regular basis.