new plan

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The easter holidays are over, the kids have gone back to school and I finally have time to do a bit more writing!

I haven’t written one of my Friday ‘writing posts’ for a few weeks but I have been thinking a lot (in between – and during – many visits to soft plays, playgrounds and parks and while building castles and flying ships out of junk… it’s been a busy few weeks!) and some things are becoming clearer to me.

The long and short of it is: I need to blog less because as much as I love blogging, I love creative writing more.

I set up my blog to support me in my goal to becoming a published author. So far it has been fulfilling that aim (not that I’ve got very far along the road!) In particular, writing a creative piece from scratch every week to link up with Prose For Thought on Thursdays has been helpful. It’s pushed me to get a complete poem or story written for a deadline and (more importantly) got me over my fear of anyone reading what I’ve written. Yes, I know that probably sounds ridiculous – to aspire to having work published while being fearful of having any readers – but it’s true! I’m much less scared now though. And I’ve loved the support of the blogging/writing community through all of this.

But what I’m finding is that blogging is basically taking up all of my creative writing time. During these last school holidays, writing blog posts and taking part in linkys took up all of what little ‘me’ time I had. And demands on my time are only increasing now I’m back at work (even though I’m mostly working from home and in an ad hoc way!) so something has to give. Blogging has helped me with my writing so far, but it is now becoming a bit of a hindrance. I really want to be writing my book (in fact I’ve just had a new idea for a whole other book which I’m itching to get started on!) so I’m going to have to cut back on the blog.

So for the next month I’ve decided I’m going to stop writing for #Prose4T and stop taking part in any blog hops. I’ll still be doing my weekly limerick challenge on a Monday and I’ll post here on a Friday about how things are going but that’s it. This might not sound like a major cut-back, but I’m playing with such small chunks of time that it actually makes a massive difference!

I suspect I will miss the ‘hopping’ – and my Thursday posts in particular – but I want to see if doing this makes a difference. Hopefully I’ll be able to make some real progress with writing during May… watch this space.

5 thoughts on “new plan

  1. Stephanie

    I think you are making a wise choice. I did the same a while back and it does make a difference. The linkies in particular are time consuming and although they are fun I felt it was a choice between them and my own work so they had to go. Good luck!

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    1. Maddy Post author

      Thanks Stephanie, glad your choice is working for you – I was thinking of you as I was writing this as I remember you deciding to stop linking up with #prose4T a little while ago. I hope it makes a difference for me too!

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  2. Shawn

    I hope you come back to your blog. I was just starting to get into it haha. Hope your life is better for the change !!

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  3. Jess Paterson

    I know what you mean, Maddy, I started blogging as an adjunct to my creative writing but it’s totally taken over now. Sounds like you’ve made a good decision, hope it pays off and you get a book deal within the year! xx

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  4. Maddy Post author

    Thanks Jess. I’m laughing out loud at the idea of me getting a book deal within the year! I like your optimism but I’m setting my sights slightly lower – I want to get the first draft written! I think blogging can very easily take over which is why I’m taking a slight step back. I’ll just pootle along for a bit, get some writing done and see where it takes me. Thanks for commenting and I hope you find time for blogging AND writing – with three small people running around it’s not easy! xx

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