Why Novelists** Make Crummy Bloggers

Jul 03

I feel awful. I haven’t posted on my blog in over a month. I’ve thought about it. In fact, since early June, I’ve scolded myself daily for not logging into Porridge Report to update the blogosphere on my latest exploit or rant about the deleterious effects of digital media on kids (most of which I’ve experienced through first-hand observation of my three boys.)

I do have an excuse. Well, two excuses. One is that it is summer. And my three kids create a never ending stream of distractions when I write. As of now, my ten-year-old is asking me what extra virgin olive oil means as he stares at our barren cupboards looking for a snack. (Really??!)

I respond: I don’t know… it’s really good olive oil. Does it matter? I’m trying to concentrate here…

But I digress.

The second excuse is that I have been writing daily – on a manuscript. Because the middle grade story I’m writing takes place in a fantasy world, I find that the few crumbs of creative energy remaining after a bout of writing aren’t enough to write a decent blog post. Hence, the neglect.

I imagine that’s why many novel writers find blogging more akin to slogging. When the passion for writing is dedicated to the creation of a well-written book, it’s hard to squeeze in another hour of pithy blogging. My plan had been to complete the manuscript and begin querying agents by the third week in June. That plan fell by the wayside when my online critiquing group informed me that my last two chapters should be scorched alongside my kids’ marshmallow s’mores.

So, it was back to the laptop to bang out a more creative/feasible/mind-blowing resolution to my story. Now, the summer has arrived and I have the boisterous company of my three sons (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) to add more delays and distractions.

Thankfully, my manuscript is now complete (well, dependent upon how many more times I re-read it over the next few weeks and reconstruct various components). I should be able to return to responsible blogging. Then again, I have this amazing idea for a Young Adult novel… Priorities?

**FOOTNOTE: I am not an “official novelist” as I’ve not been commercially published, but in this post, I am counting anyone who is working extensively on a novel as a “novelist”. So there.

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