I’ve had a website for years, but this is the first time I’ve taken up blogging. I’ve got lots of writing news brewing, lots of things to share, and I wanted to keep readers updated on new releases, so it seemed like a good idea to bite the bullet and blog. I just worry it’s going to be another way to “not write.” Sure, blogging will, technically, be writing. But I’ve discovered so many ways to not write my works in progress, that I’m becoming better at avoiding it than doing it. (Writing, that is.) I love writing, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes the story stalls, the words just aren’t coming and you need to find an out–fast.
Here are some of the many ways I don’t write:
By cruising ebay for good deals on Swarovski crystal pieces for my hubby. (he likes the stuff, what can I say.) And there are usually thousands of pieces listed on ebay, so that sucks up a lot of time. And once in a while, I snag a bargain.
Trolling stock photo sites for possible cover pictures for books I might write some day. This is a huge writing-avoidance activity, because it’s writing related, and one could call it work. Let’s just say I already have the book covers created for my next 18 short stories.
Pinterest. Oh, how I wish I hadn’t found this website. In case you’re not already addicted, this is a site that let’s you create virtual bulletin boards so you can pin pictures, recipes etc. to boards in different categories. Here are a few of my boards: Yum!, She’s Crafty, and Garden Love. I find myself pinning several times a day.
Surfing writer’s forums. Oh yeah. Major time suck.
Reading other people’s books. This is a toughie, because one really must keep abreast of trends in the marketplace. Plus, it’s always helpful to see what someone else is doing right–or wrong.
When I’m really desperate, you might even catch me cleaning. Yikes. That’s when you know it’s bad.
Or, I think of something I need at Target and come back with twenty things I didn’t need from Target.
And now this. Blogging. Is this where I’m going to turn next time I’m stuck in a scene? I think this may be why I’ve been reluctant to blog. I’m afraid I’m going to like it too much.
But welcome one and all. I suppose you’ll be able to tell how my writing’s going by how many blog posts you see. 🙂 I do have plans for some fun features and contests. But right now, I’ve got some stock photos to pin on my pinterest boards.