Do you ever feel pulled between different types of writing? Like you’re in a tug of war between poetry and flash fiction, novels and short stories, or blogging and, well, everything else you want to write?
At the moment I’m feeling a bit caught. I love writing all of the above, but any time I spend on one means I have less time for another. And my writing time at the moment is fairly limited – I have baby naps (when I also need to fit in housework and other admin) and evenings (in which I also spend time with my husband, attempt to have a social life and attend to my telly addiction).
Into these wedges of time I fit blogging, working on my novel, and writing flash fiction and poetry. I haven’t written a short story for a while which I kind of miss as I love writing those too!
I feel stretched a bit thin. “Like butter scraped over too much bread” you might say if you were wanting to quote a certain hobbit.* And I’ve been wondering if I should do something differently. Maybe if I just focussed on my novel I could break through the ‘oh man it’s a pile of steaming horse crap’ thing I’ve currently got going with it?
Or maybe I should ignore my book and just focus on flash fiction which – as I said in my post yesterday – I find really satisfying to write. Perhaps I should blog less? I mean, I’m not a prolific blogger but I write at least three posts most weeks which is a fair old time commitment.
I’m not sure. Do I like trying my hand at lots of different forms of writing? Yes. But is my lack of focus holding me back from getting genuinely good at any of them? Well, possibly. And that’s what worries me – that I’m never going to succeed in any area because I’m too busy experimenting in all of them. I haven’t submitted any work anywhere for ages because I’m too busy writing everything I can, to ever look at submission possibilities. It seems a shame.
But maybe it’s fine, perhaps it’s what I should be doing? I haven’t been writing for long after all. Maybe this is just like getting fit before specialising in a particular sport? My future could lie in 200m or marathons but I’ll never know when I can’t even run down the road without getting out of breath. Or could I have a future writing poems, stories and books? Does anyone do that? Does anyone manage to have time?
- Do you stick to one form of writing or several?
- Do you think it’s good to try out lots of different styles, or is focus important?
- How do you juggle blogging and writing (not to mention other aspects of life)?
I’d love to know your thoughts!
*That would be Bilbo in The Fellowship of the Ring to give J.R.R Tolkien his due.