What It’s All For

Posted by nightphoenix on January 6, 2015 in Process |

As the new year turns over, I find myself once again staring at this bit of cyberspace I call a blog and wondering what on earth to do with it.

There are many options.

I could do book reviews! Movie reviews! Post bits of my work! Writing rants and difficulties! Thoughts on characters and plots! Updates about my life!

But the way I see it, no matter what sort of content I decide upon, I’m always going to run into the same problem. Time. I simply don’t have time to keep up a regular blog AND do all the writing and artsing that I want to do. And I’ve learned that when it comes down to spending an hour or two composing a blog post or working on the current novel, I’m always going to choose the novel. The blog post never feels worth it.

This creates long periods of silence, which in turn creates the second, somewhat related problem with updating. Sometimes I will get an idea for a post, or just have something I want to ramble about, and I’ll get on here with the intent of updating. But it feels weird to jump straight into a topic apropos of nothing after a long silence on my part.

So I’ll starting talking about where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing. And since it has inevitably been a while, I’ll get both bogged down and bored. I don’t want to talk about me; I want to talk about whatever it is I’m thinking about. But I feel obligated to at least provide a small update before I ramble off into oblivion, and unfortunately I have a hard time getting past that.

So I just don’t update. And the silence stretches on.

What I may do is obligate myself to giving an update on myself every six months. That way, I can mentally trick myself into not needing to do it at the beginning of every post. Heck, I may even make myself a worksheet to follow so I don’t sit down to write The Big Update and end up staring blankly at the screen going, “Ooooh, where do I start?”

I’m not going to do that right now. Just the thought of it makes me tired :/

Otherwise, I’m going to use this space simply to hash out ideas. Character thoughts, story thoughts, dream thoughts. What my idea process is like. Etc. Stuff that I do in Notepad already, whenever a new idea or insight hits me.

Over time I’m going to try and take every character I’ve created so far in every story I’ve created so far, and just go into depth about them. Where they started, how they evolved, their GMC, etc. It’s one thing I never do enough of before I start writing, and not knowing my characters as well as I should is the primary reason I write myself into holes.

I may also record dreams here, and the process by which I turn them into story conceits. And then how two or three conceits become a proper story.

I’ll probably still occasionally do posts on books and movies that get things spectacularly right, or wrong, and analyze why.


Update on myself every six months.

Whatever in between.

I expect at absolute best I could post every two weeks. In reality, it may be more like every two months. I have bigger priorities than blogging and I don’t think I need to feel guilty about that.


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