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Will your blog become a monster draining you of your creativity?

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.


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  • http://barbarawklaser.mysterynovelist Barbara

    I don’t see it draining me of creativity, but time, yes. It can be a monster that devours TIME: writing posts, editing posts, researching cool links to add, and of course all the housekeeping chores that seem to be involved with having any kind of website. I’ve set aside whole days for web and blog, and other whole days for fiction.
    The Internet itself is something of a monster.

  • http://sketchblogs.com J

    Thanks for the plug! And the advice. I think I will have to take a break from all the heavy 24/7 stuff. Sometimes I act like that (writing) is all I can do. But I know different. Now, how to pry myself away from the computer and the words. Which are there, even when the computer isn’t.

  • http://sketchblogs.com J

    Thanks for the plug! And the advice. I think I will have to take a break from all the heavy 24/7 stuff. Sometimes I act like that (writing) is all I can do. But I know different. Now, how to pry myself away from the computer and the words. Which are there, even when the computer isn’t.

  • http://clear-lake-reflections.com mark

    I found your recent comment amusing about the 5 minute speed writing exercise, that I should take pen to paper. What’s a pen? I can sign my name. Does that count?
    I think I was born typing, which annoyed my mother during the infant stage.

  • http://clear-lake-reflections.com mark

    I found your recent comment amusing about the 5 minute speed writing exercise, that I should take pen to paper. What’s a pen? I can sign my name. Does that count?
    I think I was born typing, which annoyed my mother during the infant stage.

  • http://tales-from-the-ridge.blogspot.com Ecks Ridgehead

    I agree with Barbara – it only sucks at my time, not my creativity. In fact, it allows me to write outside the boundaries which I have set for myself for my novel.
    To be able to write about absolutely anything, with no pressure at all, is a welcome respite…

  • http://tales-from-the-ridge.blogspot.com Ecks Ridgehead

    I agree with Barbara – it only sucks at my time, not my creativity. In fact, it allows me to write outside the boundaries which I have set for myself for my novel.
    To be able to write about absolutely anything, with no pressure at all, is a welcome respite…