Blogs Are Hard

I don’t know how people manage to write blogs multiple times a week, let alone daily. Clearly I’ve been struggling to do it weekly, considering I’ve just skipped the last two weeks entirely. I don’t know why it’s so much easier for me to write 200,000-word novels than it is to write a short blog post.

I guess part of it is that I feel like I’m running out of things to say or I don’t have anything interesting to talk about. All my interesting ideas show up in fiction, as far as I’m concerned. Writing fiction has always been easier for me, anyway, than writing anything non-fiction. I think another part of it is that it feels like I’m shouting into the void, because, really, who reads these? Besides my most amazing writing buddy who proofreads them for me.

And then, of course, there’s the fact that I’ve just been drained lately. It’s hard to find the motivation to write blog posts or even post on Instagram while working full-time and writing 2-3 hours a day and also having to exist as a human adult. I know a lot of that is self-inflicted. I could not be trying to finish revising the second Enorians book (which keeps getting longer… help me) by the end of June. I could be taking it easier, but I want to revise A Compass in the Shadows by the end of summer and start sending it out into the universe, and I won’t be doing that if I don’t get book 2 done.

So for now I think I’ll stop writing weekly blog posts and just write when something comes to me. At least until I finish revising the first two Enorians books. Once those are done maybe I’ll be better about taking breaks and not pushing myself so much, and maybe I’ll find the time and motivation and ideas to write weekly again. Or maybe not. We’ll see. For now I just need to put what energy I do have into my books.


What I wrote this week

Enorians Book 2 – Draft 2 Chapters Fifty-Four through Sixty

What I read this week

The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

2 Replies to “Blogs Are Hard”

  1. Dear Amber,

    First of all I wish you a happy birthday today!!!

    Hopefully you will have a day off to eat together with your family a nice birthday cake with as many candles on the top of it as you enjoyed springs.

    And then I fully understand your decision to leave your weekly blogs in favor of your writing.

    Your blogs were very nice and interesting to read so they must have cost you too much of your real writing time.

    I wish you all the best and good luck with your books!

    Lots of love to both of you,

    ‘your aunties’

    Liliane and Sytske.

    Sytske Sötemann

    E: ssotemann@freeler.nl

    T: 0104856544 / 0646350373

    W: http://www.sytskesotemann.nl

    Van: A.M. Sӧtemann Verzonden: zaterdag 15 mei 2021 17:27 Aan: ssotemann@freeler.nl Onderwerp: [New post] Blogs Are Hard

    amsotemann posted: ” I don’t know how people manage to write blogs multiple times a week, let alone daily. Clearly I’ve been struggling to do it weekly, considering I’ve just skipped the last two weeks entirely. I don’t know why it’s so much easier for me to write 200,000-wo”

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