Tomorrow marks the 7 month anniversary of this blog. This experience has changed me in more ways than I can say, but I don’t believe I need to. Most of you reading this are bloggers yourself and so you know what being part of this community can mean.
I started out without a plan, and I suppose I still don’t have a set course. I know I want to write. And with a few exceptions I have written almost every day for the past 7 months. I have written and published my first book (Thriving Not Surviving) and am in the process of writing a novel (explained in this post With Eager Anticipation I Watch My Story Unfold). But mostly I’ve just written what I feel.
There have been a faithful following that have read everything I write. I thank all of you for your continued support and encouragement. You have changed my life. I can’t possibly list everyone here, but in particular I want to thank the authors of the following blogs, you each know why:
There are others who read when they can, which is also appreciated. I know everyone is busy and I can’t possibly find time to read everything I would like to, so I am grateful when others make time to read what I am putting out into the world. Thank you.
Finally, there are some who have newly stumbled on my blog and probably aren’t entirely sure what to make of it. I want to welcome you on this circuitous journey I’m on.
This past weekend I disappeared for the second time in a month. I went up to the mountains and stayed in a condo that didn’t have internet. I went hiking and generally spent the rest of my time reading, writing, and thinking about writing. At first I intended to write out my posts longhand and then publish them when I got home. I started with ubiquitous and what transpired were several pages that would some day get to the word, but not very quickly and to be honest it’s still not finished.
What I worked on instead was figuring out some key elements of my story and beginning the process of my first rewrite. This will be a huge effort but one that is necessary given that the story at this point is little more than a bunch of random thoughts thrown together, out of order, based on the word of the day. I feel there is enough content at this point that it is time to take on this task.
Now I find myself at a crossroads, unsure how to proceed with the blog.
Should I return to writing about my personal metamorphosis as I had before I dove into fiction? Looking back, those posts certainly received more “likes” than the ones I’ve written for my novel.
Should I post the rewrite as I complete it? I’m not sure if this would increase or decrease interest in reading the final product. But it would force me to keep making progress on what is destined to be a laborious task.
Should I work on the new story idea that came to me this weekend? I constantly have new ideas for things I want to write, but while hiking this weekend something entirely new began to take shape.
I don’t know what is best. But I do know that I want to keep writing, and I hope you will continue to read, and comment when something moves you. I am grateful for each of you.
This post is in response to the daily writing prompts Circuitous.