I’ve taken an extended break from this blog because I really had no idea what I was going to do with it. Writing posts became a chore, and I lost motivation quickly. Although I like meeting people and kibitzing about all things writing-related, it was getting in the way of other productivity.
What I didn’t realize was that sometimes logging into a blog and doing posts was good for my overall writing health. I was taking too much time editing and rewriting my own work, and I didn’t spend enough time actually creating anything else. So, this has been a learning experience for me. Sometimes writing just has to happen.
With NaNoWriMo looming next month, I’ve finally gotten motivated enough to come back here and dust off the cobwebs. I’m looking forward to it, especially since most of my writing group will be joining in the pain with me as well. Misery loves company, and I will have company. Just as an aside, I’ll probably put my NaNo handle up here in case anyone wants to friend me there. Well, after I update my profile and everything.
In better news, my local writing group put together some short stories for the library that sponsors us. It’s a collection of retold Grimm’s fairy tales. The process of getting these together has been kind of hectic, but it’s worth it. They’ll be giving me a free copy I can put on my shelf, and this will be my first short story published. Proceeds for the collection will go to the Madison County Public Library system (Madison County, Alabama, that is).
With any luck, the book will be out by the end of November, just in time to show it off to the other WriMos. The group I’m part of started there, so it’ll be nice to give people something tangible to show that your writing can mean something. Also, I’m bringing a sharpie to sign copies.
I have to admit the idea’s pretty freaking awesome.