a new challenge

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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!

10 thoughts on “a new challenge

  1. Mummy Tries

    Well done Maddy, I love the way you are constantly challenging yourself :) I don’t know how anybody writes in the evenings, my ability to do so is well and truly gone by about 8pm. Good luck for the Easter hols. Hubby’s taking some time off which means I only have four days on my own. Hats off to you with all three xxx

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    1. Maddy Post author

      Thanks! I do find it difficult to write in the evenings a lot of the time as I am so tired. Some evenings I literally have to go to bed and others I am slumped on the sofa with a beer/tea/popcorn/chocolate mousse/possibly all of the above with no energy to do anything. But on less-tired evenings it’s a good time to write as the kids are all asleep!

      Glad you are not alone with all three on too many days over the easter hols! Good luck with it all anyway! xxx

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  2. MeganReedWrites

    I’m going to be starting a blog soon as part of rounding out my writing and getting my name out there. I’m trying to generate content before I launch the blog, and also writing a screenplay, etc., and I totally get what you’re saying! Maintaining that focus is so difficult. I like the idea of setting a time limit! I’ve done that with other things (like housework) but not so much with writing. Sounds motivating! Like a little self-competition! Very cool. :)

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    1. Maddy Post author

      Good luck on starting your blog! Let me know when you do and I’ll pop over for a read!

      Generating content before you launch the blog is probably a good idea as it will give you a bit of time to promote the blog without pressure to write. I do feel like I’m flying by the seat of my pants a bit on my blog as I don’t have a back catalogue of pieces to publish. Obviously I want posts to be fresh/recent usually, but sometimes I’d love to have poem or piece of prose I could haul out and dust off. I write something from scratch every week to link with #prose4T on a Thursday and it’s pretty time consuming!

      Good luck with your screenplay and I hope you manage to juggle it with a blog. Blogging does take up a fair bit of time but I do think it’s worth it!

      Thanks for commenting xx

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  3. Chrissie

    Yay for getting a blog post out. It’s brilliant how you’re finding time to write, even if you don’t think it’s your best work (Personally, I always find your blog interesting and well written and your poems show you have a great natural talent). The key to writing is to write. It doesn’t matter what it is, just get on and do it, and you’re doing that!

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    1. Maddy Post author

      Thanks Chrissie, I really appreciate the compliment! I was actually happier with the post (when i read it back after publishing it) than I thought I would be, so perhaps there’s something to be said for writing things fast. I think you’re right about just writing. None of us can get any better if we just anxiously chew pens or drum our fingers on keyboards. I think you just have to throw yourself in really!

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  4. Sadie Hanson

    I think having a blog is a great discipline as a writer, and I can take ages writing my posts. Well done you for getting your posts out, and don’t feel pressurised into having a certain quota of blog posts, write them when you want to :o). X

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    1. Maddy Post author

      Thanks Sadie! I think you’re right – it is a good discipline. And one of the reasons I can’t get all caught up in trying to make my blog more popular is that I know it would mean writing more posts and doing more linkys and spending a lot more time on social media. I prefer to write to my own schedule rather than anyone elses… although fitting in with the blogging world a bit does help too!

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  5. Mummy Plum

    My posts are never written in 30 minutes – so well done for that! I can identify with your comments about struggling to decide where to focus your writing energies. I am the same but I like the community aspect of blogging and so it always seems to win over.

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    1. Maddy Post author

      It was the first time I’d ever written a post that quickly, I pretty sure! The community aspect of blogging is a big pull and I do find it very supportive and motivational. Finding the balance can just be a bit hard at times. Thanks for commenting!

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