Plus there are so many pretty, shiny distractions.
Like blogging. I do enjoy blogging. I like writing posts, I love looking for cools pics or videos to include, I love visiting other blogs and posting comments.
But lately, I feel like a man cheating on his wife. Because the MS I finished last month is sitting forlornly in a corner, waiting for me to really buckle down and edit it.
Now. I did need to take a little breather, right after I finished it. At first, I was on such a high, I thought it was perfect, not a period misplaced, not a single word poorly chosen. The writer's equivalent of beer goggles.
Then I looked at it again, and ye gods, was it hideous. How did I ever think I could be a writer? I should just put the whole thing in the trash. Prolly should reformat my hard drive to erase any traces that it ever existed. *sobbing*
Lately, I've been able to take a more clear-eyed look at it - and I think it's pretty good. But... there are some holes in the roof, there, some furniture that needs to be moved all around, maybe some windows replaced. That accent wall - not working. The carpeting's kind of scraggly, too.
Still, it's got potential. It'll be a sweet little novel someday, once I fix'er up.
But how do I make time for editing when I am so busy and my mind is so engaged with blogging?
I can't. This post was intended to be a cute piece that tied the Romantic Friday Writers' prompt, Whispers, in to this week's GBE 2 theme, Safe Haven. If I invested 4-5-7 hours into sitting at the 'puter, I'm sure I could do a decent enough job, if not some marvelous piece that goes viral.
Or, I could take a couple hours to write this post, and have several hours left of time and creative "juice" to work on my edits.
So, here's my new plan. I will continue to blog - but not three times a week. Maybe not even twice, depending on if the spirit moves me. I will still participate in GBE2 and Romantic Friday Writers - if the prompt really grabs me and I can write something quickly and easily.
I will still visit blogs and leave comments - but not as many, nor as frequently. (So, please don't take it personally if I don't visit you as often. It's me, not you. Your content is still fabulous, I swear.)
I need to devote the lion's share of my time and creative energy to my
She deserves it.
Have you ever had to make similar choices?