For those of you who’ve been with me for years, you know that my blog changes. As I continue to learn about writing, and about myself, I recognize the need to adapt my blog to reflect me. As I grow, my blog needs to grow. I’ve learned a lot this year. It’s time for my blog to catch up.
I spent this past year working full time as an accounting assistant. I had no accounting experience, but I have computer knowledge and connections. It opened the right doors, and I tried something new. I actually loved the work and the people, but my writing suffered. I also gained tremendous respect for people who work full time and write on the side (you’re my heroes), I also learned about my creative needs and tendencies, as well as my blog short-comings. I’ve already made changes to my work life. Now it’s time to do something about this blog.
The original purpose of this blog was to give others than chance to read about my journey toward getting a novel published. In 2012 you’ve followed me step-by-step through the process. The problem is, none of this is an accurate reflection of my writing life! (Thanks to the Breathe Writer’s Conference, I realized that).
I thought I could write a novel this year. If I hadn’t been busy working, reading, editing, blogging, and writing feature stories for a local paper, I might have done it, but I also wanted to sleep. Instead of giving you the chance to read about me and my journey, I put you in the middle of a boring, fiction-publishing craft blog written by an unpublished novelist – I’m sorry.
After much prayer, reflection, and too many cheesy breadsticks, I’ve gotten back on track. I found my writing path, and I’m ready to share it. Here’s what it means for my blog:
1. Accurate Representation: As I’ve been working on novel manuscripts I’ve also been writing feature articles, doing some editing, and trying to build my freelance writing/editing/coaching business. This is a HUGE part of my writing life. It’s time to give it some attention on my blog. You can expect to see more posts about non-fiction and editing.
2. Networking: I love meeting other writers. It’s not just the joy of sharing information and contacts – it’s the camaraderie of being around other people whole love Office Depot as much as I do. I’ve met some amazing people over the years. I’m going to bring back monthly interviews so I can introduce you to some of those people (and it will give me a great excuse to reconnect with them!)
3. Blogging: I actually started posting about this a few months ago. I spend a lot of time blogging. I didn’t realize how much I understand about it until I attended a blogging class at a recent conference. I’m pretty well versed in web logs – why not blog about it?
That, my friends, is a more accurate reflection of my current writing path. There’s a lot happening over here, and it’s not all about fiction. It’s time to let you see the whole truth.
Do you have a blog? How has it changed over the years?