It’s 11.23, I have a cup of tea in my hand and I’m going to write a blog post in the next 30 mins. It’s a little challenge I’m setting myself because I’m finding the blogging versus creative writing balance a bit of a struggle at the moment. Again.
Maybe that doesn’t sound like much of a challenge. Perhaps most other bloggers are speedy bloggers who reel off posts in the time it takes me to boil the kettle, get distracted my twitter, reboil the kettle, put a tea bag in my cup, realise the kettle needs boiling again, fill the cup and leave the tea to go cold… but for me it takes rather longer. Too long, I’ve decided.
Even if I write something fast I always seem to end up faffing around finding a photo or doing battle with WordPress which seems to like removing line breaks (anyone else have that problem? Argh!) and suddenly an hour or two has passed and I haven’t got time to write anything else.
So I’ve decided this post needs to be written and published by 11.53 (look at the top of the post – did I make it?) Ooooh the pressure! It may be full of typos, grammatical mistakes and rambling sentences (or more of those than usual!) but worse things happen.
So, this is my weekly catch up post on ‘how my writing’s been going this week’ (not pleased with that sentence… will I have time to alter it before I hit publish?). As you may have gathered I’m struggling with finding time to write and wondering (again) about how much time I spend blogging. I’ve blogged about this issue before and decided that blogging was working really well as part of my creative writing ‘journey’. Particularly linking up with #Prose4T over at Verily Victoria Vocalises every Thursday is making me write a creative piece to a deadline.
Obviously I don’t HAVE to link up, but I love that particular linky and think it’s useful to put myself under pressure to produce a ‘finished piece’ every week. Otherwise I have a tendency to re-write and re-write before abandoning whatever I’ve written having decided it’s a bit rubbish.
But I think if I’m ever going to write the book I keep wittering about then I need to focus on it. I don’t have much time available to do so – just some baby nap times and my evenings (when I’m usually really knackered) – so I need to use the time well. So I’m going to have to spend less time writing blog posts, blog hopping and social networking.
I would set myself a challenge for next week but the easter holidays are about to start which means I’ve got all three kids at home so I’m going to have to just wing it for the next couple of weeks!
But once the holidays are over I think I’ll try doing not more than 30 mins of blog-related activities a day. Which includes time spent writing pieces (poetry or prose) for #prose4T. That might give me some time to spend on my book.
Well, I’d love to be able to restructure this post a bit but It’s now 11.48 so I need to find a photo (quick! quick!) and publish it!