Wednesday, October 26, 2011

In which I poke my head out of the cave

Hello! Long time no post. That seems to be my new trend - about two posts a month or so.

It works for me, as getting a second novel to my agent is currently my priority. That, and I think the blogging community for writers is a very dynamic thing. When you first start out, you're flying blind, trying to find answers and learn from others experience. I was there when I started this blog in 2008. I had a dream, but I didn't really know shit. We all put ourselves out there, meet other writers - some of which become invaluable beta readers and friends - and sometimes, forget that we started the blog because we love writing.

Being part of the blog sphere has been great for me. I've entered contests, picked up beta readers who I'll never let get away, and felt welcome and part of something bigger in the vast interwebs.

I've seen posts where people complain that once writers get an agent, they stop talking about stuff regarding their experience in publishing. I think this is true, though not always, and I think the reason is two-fold.

One, there are certain things you shouldn't post when you reach the stage of submission and even of querying. You don't vent publicly about query or submission frustrations, and the world probably doesn't need to know every single step in your process. I was pretty forthcoming about my experience querying - after it was over and I found an agent. I'm still willing to share my experience if anyone felt inclined to ask. Email away if you are. As for submission? Well, things have gone from dreams to reality and business, and being in business (which writing for publication is) demands professionalism.

Don't get me wrong. I hem and haw and whine as bad as anyone, but I do it privately, as nearly all writers who blog do.

Second, is that writing has shifted from something that can be put off when I'm just not feeling like writing, or when I want to play video games, to something that needs to be a priority because there are now expectations on me. I might be out on submission, but that's not the end. I need to have my next project ready to go as soon as I can. For me, it's not only about having a backup plan if my first novel doesn't sell, but also about proving to myself that I am ready to make writing a career and that I am capable of outputting on aggressive deadlines (even if now they are merely self-imposed).

The short of it is that I think writers cycle in and out of this community as it fits their current needs. For me, I post less because I simply don't have the time or the draw to focus on blogging when I need to be focusing on writing (and you know me - those sneaky video game binges).

The great part about this community is that everyone seems to understand that. We come and go as we need to, posting more and posting less, and followers might come and go, but the environment, for the most part, remains the same.

A welcoming, supportive and fun place for a writer to be, no matter what part of the journey they're on.

So, now that all my long-winded thoughtfulness is out of the way, thanks for still following a slightly less active blog. I've got about 5k in the tank on my current revision on Ashfall, and I've got lots and lots to go.



M. Dunham said...

So very true - and something I've realized is the more serious you get about writing your saleable material, the less things like blogs tend to get updated unless it's for promotion (and therefore, directly related, I think, to sales).

It's not because anyone is focused on money, but because no longer figuring things out in the nuts and bolts of writing and publishing means you no longer need to write a blog to help yourself. And a writer's blog is to help them first. Some people take it further and use it to help others more, which turns the blog into a business blog and less of a personal one.

Your focus is where it should be - on producing results in a young career.

Amanda Bonilla said...

This is a great post and so, SO true! I'm off the radar for a while as well. Books don't write themselves and business comes first. Happy writing! Drop me a line when you get time. :)

scott g.f.bailey said...

Thanks for still posting to a slightly less active blog!

Just last week I asked my agent where she's been lately (she hasn't blogged or tweeted since early October). She said she's been busy, and the internet wasn't necessary to business so she cut it out.

I only blog anymore when I can think of something that will amuse me personally. I have two books out on submission and I've just sent a third MS to my agent and I've made a good start on the next one, and those are the things that are necessary to the business of being a writer. Blogging just isn't.

The Screaming Guppy said...

One thing I forgot to add is that I do love how the blog keeps you in touch with other writers! :)

Thanks for stopping by, guys!

Pandora Swift said...

Great post. Don't feel bad about irregular posting. There's something to be said for keepin' yer head down and digging in. Just don't forget there's a community out here, WILLING you to succeed.