A couple weeks ago, we held a ‘Using Social Media’ workshop at Leicester Writers’ Club. We had a fantastic panel of Club members, some of whom are award-winning social media experts. It was all going swimmingly for me until the expert on blogging said something like, ‘If you’re going to blog, you have to be consistent. Whether you decide you’re going to blog every week, every other week, or once a month. Be consistent as your readership will expect it.’
Failure at the first hurdle. Because quite frankly, if you are a regular follower (or perhaps I should say, were), you will know that it’s been awhile since I’ve blogged! OK, yes the truth of it is, once again, a heavy dose of my day job has caused interruption to our regularly scheduled programming (too much reference to American TV there?).
The good news is, this didn’t end up being a Scriptum-Hiatus-Induced-Testiness (S*!T) situation for me (see my May 31st blog) ! I still managed to keep writing, albeit somewhat less consistently. No, something had to give so it was my blogging. But guess what?
Yes, I’m back!
When I looked at the date of my last post, I can hardly believe it. It’s been a full month since I last blogged! It doesn’t seem like it’s been so long, so what have I been doing?
I have a friend who says that getting down to the last part of a novel feels as if he’s roaring down the tracks on a freight train. Well, it seems I caught that train a few stations ago. Clackety, clack I’m tearing down the track. It’s going full speed and I can’t get the story out fast enough now.
There’s something magical about this time in a novel. Really what I hope to do is simply stay out of the way! I need only step aside and let the it unfold. I’ll let you know how that goes!
How does a blog get one into such trouble? After my blog ‘Keeping Your Head in It – Part I’ came out, my family called me, concerned for the safety of my partner. Ok, so I compared myself to Jack Nicholson in The Shining. Ok, so I talked about carrying an ax. But I knew that other writers would know exactly what I was talking about. I’m talking about the grumpiness that comes upon a writer when she/he is forced by some life circumstance to take a break from writing. I’m talking about times one really still wants – needs – to be writing, but somehow, something has interfered in such a way as to make it an impossibility.
But other writers would understand immediately it’s my inner Jack Nicholson I’m referring to. It’s an internal conflict. One day some of my writer friends and I were talking about these situations. Every one of them admitted to the same difficulty. We even came up with an acronym for it. Scriptum Hiatus-Induced Testiness (S*!T). (I had a terrible case of S*!T last autumn).
The condition is so prevalent among writers, my gut feeling is that S*!T gave Stephen King the idea for The Shining in the first place. After all, he’s admitted that he writes every day, no matter what. I postulate something came along that forced a break in his writing habit and the next thing you know, he’s writing a best seller about how crazy he gets when he can’t write! Good on him!
So relax, people. I’m busy now writing my own (b**t) seller, there’s no ax in the house and best of all, no S*!T in sight!