There are a million reasons not to write and this month has had all of them. Family - my sister was in town, my grandmother needed my help. Work - the Rules Nazi wanted some work re-done because it wasn't in keeping with paragraph 6, article b, page 34,786 of the rules manual that I never read. I went off to training in East of Jesus Nowhere. Then there was the usual stuff like buying food, fixing the computer that broke and washing my clothes.
and I have to hiking every now and then or do something to maintain my sanity.
I read an interview with Amanda Hocking recently, the ebook phenom everyone is talking about. She said she had to learn to treat her writing like a job. I already have a job that is eating my life and I suppose I could quit it and take an easier job but I won't.
So, why blog? Because each week I have to face that I'm going to write about how my writing went this week and I never want to admit I didn't write anything other than memos to my manager, Dan the Invisible Man.
I did manage to write another section in my outline this week (just before this blog (-: ).
When I can't find the time to sit and write an actual chapter, but I have an idea in my head, I add that to the outline for whatever book I'm working on at the moment. Later, if I have time but no idea, I pull up my outline and flesh out a chapter from that.
Maybe it is true that the greatest obstacle to writing and publishing is a regular salary. I actually do have two books done that I finished while sitting in airports and in the back row in boring meetings. I just wrote those to alleviate my own boredom. I sent a letter to one publisher and never heard back. A second publisher wrote me after a year - just sent a form letter. I know "real" writers send out 50 letters to 50 different publishers.
Writing is interesting. Writing to publishers isn't.
I know, I know. This week, I'm going to get up early every morning and write for an hour. I'm also going to contact one publisher. I'll do it, too, because otherwise I'll have to admit next week that I didn't.
Now you know why I need a blog.