My husband made a keen observation during our last discussion about writing. “Haven’t you got a bit off track?” he asked me. I knew immediately what he meant. I had noticed it myself but was hoping I could “get away with it."
I set up Penned but not Published in order to be more serious about writing, in order to devote more time to writing. I wanted to post my progress weekly and thus be held accountable as a writer.
Wonderful things have come about since I started blogging:
1.I have found deep and lasting encouragement from other writers.
2. I have discovered words of great wisdom in many blogs I now follow.
And perhaps most important of all..
3. I have developed as a writer. I have gained confidence and insight. My writing voice has become clearer and stronger. I write far more since starting this blog than I ever did before.
However, amidst all of these positives there lies hidden a negative.
The problem is that I have also used blogging to procrastinate. I have spent untold hours reading other blogs and surfing around the worldwide web. Many weeks, I have posted about writing on my blog but have not really written all week. This feels hypocritical. Too much time passes without any progress on my screenplay, stories or poems.
There is no easy way to remedy this. I cannot pull time or motivation out of thin air. But as I contemplated the problem, I came up with a fairly straightforward solution. I would use the methods I teach my students. I would ask myself questions. The basics: Who, What, When, Where and Why:
Who would be interested in publishing my work?
What am I most eager to complete and have published?
When could I reasonable complete my WIP?
Where do I see myself a year from now?
Why do I want to be published? (because being published doesn’t make you a “real” writer.)
So, I have devoted some time to seriously considering these questions. I have set aside my next 3 or 4 posts to answering these questions.
I would love to hear your answers as well. They might be simple questions but the answers can be quite profound. Please share what you have gained from blogging, distractions you have had to overcome or any questions that have guided your work.