What matters most to you as a writer?

As you can see, I went on hiatus from this blog for about two months.  Part of it had to do with major writing commitments I made in early October, and part of it was an old-fashioned case of writer’s block brought on by putting too much pressure on myself on what this blog had to provide.

There are only 24 hours in a day.  You have to decide which writing is most important to you, and do that writing first.  My first love is fiction writing, and I spent my available time rewriting a 553-page novel manuscript down to around 400 pages.  But for someone whose passion is writing blogs, blogging would come first in the time available.  Figure out what you care about most, and write that first; the rest is just gravy.

Writer’s block often comes about when we demand perfection from ourselves.  Even though I started this blog with the intention of just having fun, after awhile old bad habits reasserted themselves, and I put pressure on myself to get things “right” (the rightness being defined in such a vague way in my mind that there was no way I could reach it).  And then I started feeling guilty about not blogging, which made the block worse, and so the cycle continued until now.  We’ll see if I’ve finally got this blog block under control.

I have a half-finished commentary on WHISPER OF THE HEART to come.  This time I’ll just have fun with it, instead of turning it into a class assignment for a grade in my head.  I am also going to open up this blog to anything in the arts (as it relates to writing or the writer’s life) that catches my interest–such as musician Jonathan Coulton’s making a living as an artist using the internet.

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