The last time I posted anything here was before NaNoWriMo and the holidays, and before that, my posting wasn’t as steady as it once was, even though the craziness of my overworked life had ceased. The main reason behind that is that I’ve been holding on to what that blog used to be instead of altering it to match my own evolution. I had to step back for a time to realize all that.
So, after careful consideration and a little heartache, it’s time to voice the changes.
Serialized Novels: Out
I started this blog to make a habit out of writing. The focus was on quantity, and serialized novels were the perfect way to force myself to sit down and write every week. Now, writing is part of my routine –the initial goal is achieved!– and I’m striving for quality. Unfortunately, unless I write the whole novel, spend a year letting it rest/editing/rewriting, and then post it as a serial, I’m not delivering the quality I want, the quality I feel I need to aim for to further my writing, the quality that makes me happy.
Spending so much time on free serialized content for my blog takes away from writing content for publication (and a potential career). Countless people have written that authors need to see writing as a business, and I’ve factored that in my decision as well.
Serialized Shorts: In
The commitment for a short story is much smaller. It’s easier for me to wrap my head around and polish to the quality that makes me happy. It also provides a nice break from the bigger projects. As a result, I’ve decided to write more of them. Mix it up a little! Let my creativity go crazy!
I’m not promising a definite amount of short stories. It might take a while before I start publishing them. I’d like to get into a rhythm of submitting shorts to magazines –a great way to get some publishing credits– and post the rejects here. I’ll possibly have blog exclusive as well. We’ll see.
The point is that there will still be fiction posted on this blog.
Writing Tips: Back In
When I started this blog, I posted various writing tips, from my writing process, to creativity tips and analysis of TV shows. The funny thing is that even though I’m not posting these anymore, I still do them for myself as mental exercises to push my craft. I want to share these learning experiences again, and get your thoughts on them. The time I save by cutting out the serialized novels will allow me to bring these tips back.
Drabble Day hasn’t been a big hit in the past months so I’m not sure whether I’ll cut it or not. Weekend Writing Warriors will be back for sure as I really enjoy sharing snippet, reading others and interacting with that awesome community. I’ll most likely go through the old posts and pages, and do a little bit of clean up in the coming weeks.
Besides that, I don’t know. We’ll see how it goes. In a nutshell, I’m still writing a lot, I’m returning to blogging, and I’ve missed you, readers.
Welcome to 2014 (belated, but still…)!