Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Sept. IWSG: Blogging Struggles, Big Girl Pants, & Honing the Craft

What do these 3 things have in common? For me, everything.

It's no secret, I've lost that bloggin' feelin'. I can hear Maverick and Goose serenading me as I write this post. (Yeah, right.) But seriously, folks, the proof is in the pudding, so to speak. Since I decided to reduce my blogging down to once a month (IWSG post day), I've not only lost followers, but my comments went down from between 50-75, down to 4. I've been a lousy blogger. I can only blame myself. Really. 

But I'm getting the work done. Perfecting my manuscript. Honing my craft. Every time I make a pass, the manuscript only improves. I won't lose focus of the big picture. Publication. Because truth is, it's why I've set out on this journey.

So, no pity party. I wear big girl pants. 

I have to endure the struggle. No matter what the cost. 

My copy w/ younger sibling scribbles
Honing Your Craft

I read CALL OF THE WILD in 1981. My copy still sits on my bookshelf today. Jack London and his character Buck made quite an impression on me back then. I'd like to share his philosophy about honing your craft.

1. Be decisive, choose something, then attack it.
2. Be persistent, endure struggle, and hone your craft.
3. Develop a routine and be relentless about it.
4. Settle into a groove and make the act of creating part of your life.

This article here goes on to say, Jack London was "horrifyingly prolific" when it came to writing. *whistles* What I wouldn't give to have someone say that about me some day. Wishes do no harm, right?


You can find out more about the Insecure Writer's Support Group here. Visit the link to find out how we're celebrating our 3 year anniversary! You can also join the group on Facebook. Please join me in thanks to Alex Cavanaugh (our mighty Ninja host) and his awesome co-hosts for the September, Laura at My Baffling Brain, Mark Koopmans, Shah Wharton, and Sheena-Kay Graham!

Write on, folks!


  1. It's hard to maintain a blog when writing. (Which is probably another reason why I'm so slow. No wait, I'm just a slow writer...)
    Glad to hear your manuscript is getting better and better.

  2. Alex visits 100 blogs a day! Ouch!! Can you imagine doing that? My own post for today is THERE WAS A TIME I LOST HOPE. Life has a way of making us choose a path to walk. We will get nowhere if we hop from one trail to another, fearing we are going in the wrong direction.

    I wrote my first children's book! I thought of you when I did it. Just 40 pages, HIBBS THE CUB WITH NO CLUE -- imagine fishing for catfish and catching a dragon ... or rather having a dragon catch you!

    I've been asked to have it in soft cover, but I am a novice to CreateSpace, sigh.

    I believe you get what you plant. You are planting time, creativity, and heart into your writing. You will reap a lovely book from that sowing. What have harvested after writing 365 posts? A year long diary.

    Your friends will still be there when you come back after the novel and start up the marketing phase of your writing dreams. Those who will not be there were not your friends in the first place.

    Did you do your illustrations for your first book? I tried for Hibbs. But he stuck out his tongue when he saw my stick figures! It was good to see another post from you. I've missed you!

  3. I rarely find time to post on my blog because all my free time is dedicated to writing my series. Sometimes I can sneak in a blog post when it's slow at work, but I feel the same way. I'm a lousy blogger. I try to force myself to blog more but then I think... nah, I'll work on the book instead. Hey though, as long as we're writing, right?

  4. I understand completely. I took time off from blogging several times this year, but now I'm publishing more too. It's about time constraints and putting the best use of your time on valuable things.

    The information from other bloggers is so valuable though, which is always why I drift back into the fold. It's hard to get caught up again though.

  5. I've cut back, too, and it wasn't an easy decision. I feel so torn, but I have to find time to write, or what good is it? Hang in there and keep writing. It'll all work out.

    IWSG #179 until Alex culls the list again.

  6. It's understandable as a writer you don't have time to dedicate as much to a blog. You MUST get that novel written. Your supporters understand. :)

  7. Lol, Alex! 100 blogs a day?! You rock.
    Roland, I've missed chatting with you too, my friend. I'll swing by your blog and answer your questions. Way to go on your children's book!!
    Ninjallamaempress, as long as we're writing. So true!
    Miranda, I know. I agree with you. Bloggers are a wealth of info! Congrats on your pubs!
    Melissa, thank you, dear.
    Diane, so sweet. :)

  8. Call of the Wild is one of my favorites. I reread that book so many times. Hope you're getting lots of writing done.

  9. At least you're focussing on the real work. I admire that. I only blog twice a month, and I'm the same as you, hardly any commenters. But the WIP must come first! :-)

  10. Glad to hear you're making progress! :)

  11. Call of the Wild was the second big book (after Black Beauty). That was about the time I started trying to writer my little stories. Methinks it doth take time to hone the craft. As to blogging, I got some incentive when a publisher (I think) strolled through both of my sites. Stop by on the 5th. I'm blog-hopping for Linda Ulleseit and her Flying Horse Books. Blog on!

  12. Thanks, Susan!
    Yvette, I think you do a fine job of sharing your social media time with your writing. Me, not so much.
    Thanks, Lara!
    Connie, I enjoyed Black Beauty when I was younger as well. :)

  13. I understand how you feel. The blogging thing is fun but it does take time. And when you do it less, you feel the burn of less comments. But it is soooo good to focus and make progress in your work. Love seeing that old Jack London book. My father gave a a series of really old Edgar Allen Poe books, which I treasure.

  14. I think we all go through a time where we have to step back from blogging and focus on other things, whether that be writing or just life in general. You'll get back to it eventually. But the most important thing is to write.

  15. Personally, I feel constrained by my Big Girl Pants. They tend to chafe sometimes, especially when rubbing up against social expectations versus physical limitations. Still, you gotta do what you gotta do, right?
    Is it too late for me to start reading 'Call of the Wild'? I know, silly question - it's never too late to read a good book!

  16. I hear ya about the blogging. I've been sporadic at best for the past year. BUT! I have a novella series coming out, the first one next week and the other two in October. So I've gotten a lot done. Keep on Writin'!