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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Writing Can Be a Challenge!

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I'm working hard at trying to finish my book, Welcome to Country Connections. Although the second half of chapter 9 appears on my blog this Friday, I'm in the process of writing chapter 23. I'm hoping to be done before too much longer, as I have other projects I want to work on.

With as much energy as I'm putting into the book, I'm finding myself a little lean on blog material. I hope you will all stay with me, despite the fact that I've not been at my blogging best. Maybe I'm reaching the end of my blogging efforts; I'm not sure. I just know that when I sit down to do a post lately, the well seems dry.

I suspect I'm not alone in that feeling. I'm looking for advice from some of you long-time bloggers out there. Any suggestions for revitalizing my writing? 

Your help and ideas would be appreciated.

EVA

16 comments:

River said...

No help from me I'm afraid, when I can't think of things to write I fall back on photos, photos that tell a story, or recipes. Sometimes an article in our newspaper inspires a story or a rant.

PⒿ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

Take a vacation from blogging, EJ. Your readers will be happy for you and welcome you back when the time comes. And this is the best time of year to do it. Everybody gets busy away from computers when the weather gets nice.

Joann Mannix said...

Well, you see how sporadic my blogging is, these days. Do what makes you happy. That's my best advice. I did a lot of hand-wringing over this and finally I grew comfortable with blogging when the urge hits me. It might be once a month, once a week, four times a week, whatever. Blogging can be hard work or it can be just a fun endeavor on the side. Do what makes you happy.

Brian Miller said...

i think you have to find a rhythm that is comfortable to you...i used to be a daily poster...now i post 5 times a week...it was wearing me out but i am comfortable now...i have found this with a lot of writers actually...they put a lot of effort into the book and it takes away from other things...maybe you take a break to finish it out then come back...

Terri Sonoda said...

Hi Eva;
With all my writing projects and my school work, I'm also finding it tough to come up with blogging material. I've pretty much settled on 3 posts for the week, my WTFridays, Sara's Sleep and Monday Listicles. Two are of my own design, but Monday Listicles are a linkup from northwestmommy.com. You might want to try a meme. I think you would be hilarious in Monday Listicles. Just sayin...

Sue said...

I wrote three books in 6 years, then started blogging and haven't written one since!

;)

Debbie said...

I am no better at blogging my friend! I hit or miss a lot lately. I think you have it nailed down...it's probably because you are putting so much effort into your book and maybe other things right now? That's why I don't blog as much...when I am busy...I just don't have the time to devote to it. I don't like posting two liners...I want to be able to have something to talk about and that's not always easy. How about themes...it seems a lot of people do that? Why not post just once a week or every so many days? You will find that people love you no matter what and they will come back to check on you even if you are not there much....so hang in there...bloggers block comes to us all!!! Happy Easter my friend.

ipenka said...

Wish I could help. Only been blogging for a year or so and already running out of ideas!

On a side note, looks like the change to Sundays have worked out well. Enjoying the pictures, a different creative side!

Al Penwasser said...

The problem I run into is that I want to devote more attention to my book which could potentially mean money (emphasis on "potentially"). But, I enjoy writing on Blogger because, even though I don't get paid for the crap I write, at least I get immediate feedback. Besides, were it not for Blogger, I wouldn't have "met" great people like you. Still, I really should be working on my book. Unfortunately, because of the challenge, I haven't worked on it for a month. And won't get back to it until May. At that time, I'll be cutting back on my blog a tad (famous last words). Oh, yeah...advice. I noticed when I took a week off from Penwasser Place, it helped clear my mind, allowing me the mental vigor to write hideously long posts and comments. Like this. Hope this helps.

The Frisky Virgin said...

I'm having the same problem. It seems like a lot of bloggers are going through this blog-brain-freeze lately.

But please don't stop blogging, please. I think it's important to not feel pressured to post. Your readers love you no matter what. :)

One Bad Pixie said...

Sometimes you need a bit of a break. We all do now and then. Besides if you don't post for a few days or even a week or two, when you do, you will come back with a fresh mind, plenty of ideas and lots to type about... I can relate.

Kelley said...

I love your honesty! I think that a lot of bloggers' wells run dry after a while. I totally feel that way, too, sometimes. I think if I wasn't doing the NickMom thing here and there, I might've given it up. I don't know if I have any advice. My blog post topics aren't the norm. Most people don't care to write about baleen!

The Beans said...

Writer's block can be a bit of a hassle, but as it usually is, the best time to write is when the inspiration comes (either for your novel or the blog). :) Good luck!

-Barb the French Bean

Sela Toki said...

On my blog I blog about anything and everything. So I get ideas from everything I see, hear, touch, taste or smell. It can be something my children says, or a picture I saw on the bill board while driving. A feeling. A memory that crosses my mid. I always have so much to blog about but never enough time to do it. If I don't write it down to remind me, I'd end up forgetting and blog about something entirely. I guess it depends on what your blog is all about. Hope this helps a little bit.

Sela Toki said...

Sorry, I meant to say..."something different entirely". LOL.

A Beer for the Shower said...

Like Al said, it's a delicate balance. For us, our biggest thing is not to blog every single day. I don't know how people can do that. We post twice a week, and that's more than enough for us. Our number one rule in blogging is quality over quantity!