Short term vs. long term

I recently finished a classic book on writing that I’d never heard about: Writing down the bones by Natalie Goldberg. For anyone interested in writing I would strongly recommend this book. The book is a selection of thoughts and ideas on the topic of writing in relation to ourselves and the world around us. Whether you write fiction or non-fiction, this book will help put your own writing voice in perspective.

But the purpose of this blog post is not to review Ms Goldberg’s excellent book. Whilst reading it, I was reflecting on my writing process. Currently I have a fulltime job which leaves me with limited time to dedicate to writing. As part of “building my profile” I started this website. Which brings me to a bit of a dilemma:

With limited time for writing, where do I put my focus?

My blog posts are short pieces of writing, focusing either on reviews or on my activities as a writer. Even though my blog is still young, I find it an enjoyable way to showcase my writing. But every minute spent writing a blog post could also be spent on working on my manuscript.

Whilst reading that book it became clear to me that all writing matters. So in that sense, no minute is wasted as long as I’m writing. In that sense my focus should be on writing things that matter to me. Whether it’s a character arc or some snappy dialogue or a reflection on dividing limited time between multiple writing projects.

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