Monday, September 7, 2009

How I spend my time writing. Part Two: Blog baby blog!

   I like the process as it gives me specific tasks to complete each day of the week. This keeps me coming back to the computer on a daily schedule and forces me to appease the writing side of myself every day. I believe that anyone can squeeze an hour out of their day if they truly want to accomplish something. This blog is important to me, so it's one of the first things I do early in the morning. I make it a priority and I'm sure the time I spend on it is worth it.

   The thought of spending 7 hours on a secondary pursuit that is not actually writing the novel may seem contradictory. After all, I could be spending those 7 hours a week actually writing my novel. So why do I devote so much time to blogging? Two main reasons: first it gets me thinking about writing on daily basis, and the second main reason is marketing.

   Writing on a daily basis is important. I put this novel down 15 years ago and have found enough excuses to not pick it back up again till now. I don't want to risk that again. Blogging on a daily basis keeps me focused on the writing process. I have a lot of research to do for this novel, both for inside the book and for the writing craft itself. The blog gives me a place to organize those thoughts as well as refine my skills as a writer. I have to come up with ideas, lay them out in a logical pattern, do the actual writing, then copious amounts of editing to make each post worthy of being published. By nature I'm a sloppy writer. This process every week helps me slowly pay attention to details, so that as I write my novel I'm more apt to write better, have fewer edits down the road, and thus become better overall.

   While writing the book is important, marketing the book is the other half of the coin that many people don't think about. As a new author, I'll be among thousands of book pitches out there on the market. How I present my brand (book as well as my own) is going to be important. Blogging helps me develop a sense of who I am as a writer. Hopefully when that book deal hits the shelves and I'm being interviewed by Oprah I'll have already answered all questions to myself in the blog before I do them in front of a live audience. It also gets me thinking about the mechanics of publishing and marketing early in the book’s career. I have a short window to get my book sold. Now's the time to start thinking about how that will happen, and building up the buzz for when my novel is released.

   So blogging is an integral part of the writing process, at least for me. With the change of tides in the writing and publishing industry, we’ll see how it integral it becomes in the future. At very least, all authors need to have a website, and should be keeping their fans updated on various things. I hope this blog accomplishes all that I’ve set out to do.

   How has blogging helped you in your life? Do you use it as a journal, as a marketing tool, or even as your writing method of choice? As always comments are welcome and encouraged.

1 comment:

  1. You know, I've never thought of blogging as writing activity in the form of creative excercise. I blog mainly to help the rest of the growing Vintage Base Ball community keep up with reports of the matches that happen during a season. Maybe I should take another look at it from a creative stand point. I'm starting to seriously think about writing a book myself, although not fiction.

    Food for thought.