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.