I’ve been thinking about how I spend my time online a lot this week – this whole year, really. I spend more time on the internet than I think I should. It’s a distraction, taking away from time with my family and actual writing time, but it’s also where I get a lot of social interaction with friends (via email and Facebook) and fellow writers. This morning, a thread about author newsletters prompted me to think about how I use my blog.
Starting today, I’ll be experimenting with a new format. Every Sunday, I’ll post a brief summary of my writing life this week, a writing tip or tool, and whatever else strikes my fancy. In short, I’m going back to the antique model of blog-as-diary. So here goes:
What I wrote: I’m working on the next book in my Anamat series, Defenders of the Dragons’ Realm, which I really just call Defenders. I threw on the rest of the title to tie the series titles together more strongly, and because I think it looks good on the book cover. Also, having “dragon” in the title is good for SEO, right? Anyway, my goal was to finish chapters 5-9, but I’ll be landing up somewhere in the middle of chapter 7, which is okay. I got more done than I’d managed the previous couple of weeks, and I’m getting back into writing new material for the first time in what feels like years.
An excerpt from this week’s work:
“Which of them are you spying for?” the guard captain barked.
“Which of who?” Thorat said stupidly, though even as he asked the question he knew – the prince or his brother. Before he could stumble back over his words, the captain shook his head.
“You’re quick on your feet but none too clever. Stay in the barracks unless you’re on patrol or out on training.”
“Yes, sir,” Thorat said with a bow.
As the captain walked away, he muttered: “Good with a tune, too. Should’ve thought he’d have more sense.”
What I learned: Nothing new here, but something that bears repeating. Last weekend I set myself a low daily wordcount quota of 500 words a day. I can do that in about 20 minutes, if I’m organized and inspired, so worst comes to worst I can chain myself to the computer for a few minutes before dinner and get it done before I wind down for the night. I’m also participating in a new goal group, a tiny little NaNoWriMo knock-off, where we post our word counts more-or-less daily. Those two things have been great for my motivation.
I also messed around a bit with trying to figure out my social media, and whether or not I would ever want to schedule posts and tweets. I still don’t get the appeal of twitter, but lots of other writers think it’s great.
Other News: It’s Mother’s Day, and my 7-year-old made me breakfast. She also gave me a card and a present she’d made at school, in the decorated paper bag at the top of this post. Happy Mother’s Day to all!
The daffodils are getting just past their prime and things are starting to take off in the garden. All we need is some rain (staying above freezing would be nice, too, but I’m not putting the tomatoes out yet).
Wow, that was a long post! I can’t promise it will be as long next week.