My journey through the world of writing and everything that lies in between…

I’ve been desperately wanting to keep this blog updated at least three or four times a week and so far I’m probably only posting twice a week. That’s not a way to get readers! You’d think with all the blogs I read on writing and publishing, I’d be able to think of something. Especially for a hopeful author-to-be like myself.

It’s important to get that audience, and I do have a few faithful readers (thanks, guys–you know who you are :)). But I don’t want to lose readers because my blog is not updated frequently enough for them. In today’s fast paced world, attention spans are short, and if a blog doesn’t look like it’s being updated with new posts, people will stop visiting.  But how do you keep coming up with ideas? Perhaps I’m still quite a newbie at this writing thing as my brain seems to hardly be able to come up with anything of interest, whether that’s related to the blog or writing in general.

I know I shouldn’t be making excuses–I should just sit down and write–but I have to constantly battle the lazy slob within me. That’s really my biggest flaw I think–I don’t have the motivation or control to overcome the lazy side; I often let it take over. However, I also know that if I have a deadline imposed on me, I’m able to get my butt into gear and write (for example, with NaNo, I was able to reach the 50K goal before the deadline). But if it’s left up to me, the motivation isn’t there.

Sad, isn’t it?

I think it’s changed in a few years too. I used to be able to write all the time. Most of it had to do with passing the time in boring classes in high school and college; I also used to write short stories all the time for a weekly writing challenge at another website. But even that’s stopped.

Part of that may have to do with the novel mindset I’m in; I wasn’t actively working on a novel until late college and that’s when the short story ideas started to dry up. I guess when I’m in “novel mindset” it’s hard for me to come up with anything that’s not related to it. It’s certainly not a family trait; my younger sister is also a writer and she’s able to crank out the short stories like crazy while she’s working on a novel. Perhaps that’s just how my brain is wired.

Anyway, how do you keep the ideas coming? Are you like me, where you have a difficult time with the motivation factor? Or are you able to come up with new ideas all the time? It could be related to updating your blog or writing new stories or poems. I’m just curious  how others are able to do it! 🙂


Comments on: "Writer’s Block: From Blogs to Novels" (8)

  1. Sometimes I have difficulty with motivation. And short stories? Eeek. Not too good at those. You just have to find what works for you.
    Blogs are fun, but they’re not what will sell your book. So if you’re not enjoying it right now, that’s okay. Concentrate on your writing first. 🙂 (so I tell myself, lol)

    • Oh I enjoy blogging; I just wish I could come up with more topics! 🙂 Perhaps I’m just putting too much pressure on myself.

  2. Caitlynn said:

    Yay link! Nice to know my sister is plugging my blog for me…hehe.

    For the record, though, I’m not entirely sure that I’d say I’m cranking out short stories like crazy. 😛 Cranking out short stories like crazy is what we used to do with the weekly challenges at FW.

    Moreover, for all the short story ideas I get in my head, I’m lucky if a quarter of them ever make it to paper. I get a lot of vague ideas — those come and go quite often — but only a few get developed, and even fewer ever seem grand enough to actually spend effort writing down.

    And even though I’m on a revising kick right now with my novel, keep in mind that for a good year or so, I hardly did anything with it. Most of it is that lazy slob factor that you mentioned; self-motivation is hard, and deadlines just make it easier to get stuff done.

  3. I’m having a hard time maintaining my blog lately because I began my blog last August and came out of the gate writing almost every day, about writing, and now I’m running out of things to talk about. I’ve already covered so much. My blog posts were a lot funnier in the early days. I know it’s cheating, but I’m reviving and dusting off some of my golden oldies, that didn’t get much notice during their first at-bat.

    I have a book review blog that doesn’t get much traffic at all. I’m thinking about posting my book reviews on my writing blog too, at least to have some new content. DarcKnyt does movie reviews, which he claims pull in traffic. So, I may do more of a mix of things, with brain-boosting recipes, reviews, different things that catch my eye in the world of publishing.

  4. I am a Doc who plays semi-pro bluegrass mandolin on my weekends off. My bandmates, the folks we run into on the road, and my patients all have great stories. Of course with the patients I have to change things to protect their privacy, but the people I know are an endless source of inspiration. My problem is I just don’t have enough time to write it all down.

  5. Thinking of things to write can be hard sometimes but just keep at it and I think twice a week is just fine.

  6. bigwords88 said:

    The problem of finding topics to talk about can be overcome by finding the news stories that don’t make sense, looking at other blogs (memes seem to help some people) or simply reading a lot of books.

    I have more topics than I can keep up with, but I have squirrelled away topics for the time when they will have the most impact. Find out when something is going to happen, then prepare material in advance to tie-in to a current event. It can be especially useful for major events which are announced a couple of months in advance.

    I’m prepping material for an anti-censorship push at the end of September.

    Find what works for YOU, and (most importantly) have fun.

  7. Right now, I’ve gone around the bin trying to research agents to contact, research for a new book to write, find more people to keep in contact with regarding writing in general and writing Asian mindset-fantasies and historicals specifically, all so that agents and editors will believe I have a ready made fan base. I feel I do well to get in a blog a week. I was proud of myself last week. I did a blog entry while on vacation. I should get points for that, I think! If the great point dispenser in the sky is listening – Buehler? Buehler?
    Where do I get blogging ideas? The last two (not counting Jeannie Lin’s great news) were from reading Cindy Pon’s blog.
    I’ve got a finished interview to post, but the author and I are waiting until her book’s closer to its release date. If I had stronger cahones, I’d tap other authors of Asian historicals/fantasies, etc. to see about an interview. Still working on growing the necessary body parts. 🙂

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