In a response to yesterday’s blog entry, Why Blog?, J over at Sketchblogs brought up a great caution when working with blogs: they can be overwhelming. As most writers soon discover just about any part of writing can take over your life. Stories of writers who can’t let go of their work and who keep revising, editing, and tweaking their first chapters abound; writers who revise the life out of their work or follow their characters down twisted paths that lead them further and further away from their story and the reason they’re writing are legend; writers who become lost in research and never seem to get back to the project at hand remain too numerous to mention.
Maintaining control over the writerly life and trying to achieve some sembelence of balance requires constant vigilance. Once a book is published, the danger of marketing assuming monstrous proportions is great and much is often necessary; but the next contract deadline looms or the next book’s final revision is fast approaching, so the juggling act and the need to make time to adequately accomodate all parts of the writing life is more important than ever.
And then there’s that little thing called "life." Writers must have a life: its experiences contribute to the rich source of material pooling in the creative well where artists naturally go to draw inspiration. So I hope over the next few weeks you’ll stop what you’re doing and experience life with friends and family and fill the well for the writing to come next year.
PS: For those in the Houston area, stop by my booksignings this weekend and say hello.