Book review blogging is great fun. I love spreading the word about a book I really enjoyed reading. It’s also nice to get free electronic copies of some great books, often before they’re officially published, in exchange for writing honest reviews. But the best part is that in the process, I’m learning a lot about what does and doesn’t work in a variety of published novels. And that’s something that I can apply to my own writing.
Trouble is, all this reading, blogging, Facebooking, and tweeting has seriously cut into the time I’ve been spending on actually writing my novel. In fact, between you and me, there were six weeks straight during which I didn’t write a single word of my novel.
Not a good thing.
At first, I was trying to get ahead in my reading and blogging so I could be sure to post reviews and articles on a consistent weekly basis. Then, as time passed without writing, the details on where I was in my novel and where it was headed began to fade, making it harder to get back into it. And before I knew it, six weeks had passed without writing a single word of my novel. Gasp!
This week, I decided it’s time to change that. I re-read a half dozen chapters of my novel in progress to bring myself back up to speed on where my story is going. And I’ve been making a point of devoting time to my own writing each day, regardless of what books are waiting to be read or blog posts are waiting to be written. Best of all, the excitement for writing my novel is back.
Don’t worry. This blog isn’t going anywhere. I’m still here, still reading and reviewing, still writing articles. But my novel is moving along again too. A little bit at a time. Yay! I’m still trying to find the right balance, but I think I’m on the right track.
Anyone have any tips to share on balancing competing priorities or finding more hours in the day? If so, I’m all ears. 😉