Welcome to week #41 of the Marketing for Romance Writers 52-week blog challenge. This week’s prompt is My Blogging Inspiration.
I could make this post short and sweet by saying right now, this challenge is my blogging inspiration. But that would hardly make it worth the effort you spent clicking on my link, so I’ll try to expound a little bit more.
I may have mentioned before that I’m easily bored. I love variety. I like variety in my menus, variety in my activities, variety in my friends. I like variety in movies and TV. I don’t read the same kinds of books all the time, nor do I write the same kinds of books all the time If I write two romance novels in a row, I feel as if I’m repeating myself, and I feel the same way about writing two mystery novels in a row. I need to change things up…all the time.
That’s been one of my biggest challenges in establishing a regular blogging schedule in the past. First of all, I don’t think many people would find my day-to-day thoughts compelling. Second of all, I can’t find a “theme” that I can maintain for any length of time. I don’t like reviewing other people’s work, although I will on occasion. I find that talking about my writing process kills something for me, so I try to avoid posting about what’s happening in a book as I write it.
After more than 20 years of teaching writing classes and critiquing for other writers, I’ve probably said everything I know about writing in general a gazillion times, so I don’t feel as if I have anything new to say.
Until recently, I didn’t even have a hobby, anymore. I used to do counted cross-stitch a lot, but it’s not so easy to see those tiny little squares anymore, and crocheting afghans in Florida? Forget it! It never gets cool enough here to tolerate having a heavy blanket on my lap as I work. Recently, though, I’ve started keeping an art journal, so you may get an occasional post about how much fun I’m having with that.
I do occasionally write a “Behind the Scenes” blog post about the writing of a particular book on my back list, and I also like to learn random facts about the locations I’ve used for a book or some other aspect related to the book, like vintage clothing, or cake artistry, or candy-making, or the State of Colorado.
Basically, I try to think about the kind of blog post that would hold my interest, and then I write that. And that changes from day to day, which is one reason this blog challenge is good for me. While some of the topics have overlapped, most of them have given me a chance to run off in different directions each week, and that’s what’s kept me coming back for 41 weeks in a row.
What will I do when this challenge is over? Hope really hard that I find another blog challenge that will keep me going into next year, or that some brilliant flash of inspiration hits me upside the head around January 1st!
I’ll be interested to see where other the bloggers find their inspiration. Make sure you check out their links below.
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