The Christmas holidays gave me some time to reflect on writing and the flu, which are an oddly similar afflictions. One of thing that I kept circling back to was this question: Do we writers need to have blogs?
I started this blog back in 2011 to give out free writing advice, for what it’s worth. I then rebooted it last year to focus on writing science fiction or — as I call it at cocktail parties — sex scenes.
But seriously, even under the huge umbrella of science fiction, fantasy and horror, I don’t really have a focus. Just think about all the things I’m interested in:
- Science fiction
- College football
- Home improvement projects (I even do windows)
- Time travel
- The Civil War
- Creative writing
- Computer modeling
- Classic rock
- World War II
- Collecting books
- The Cold War
- Old school D&D
This is pretty typical of writers, being interested in lot of stuff. We’re sponges. We’d probably make good Jeapordy contestants.
My dilemma is that I have the attention span of a puppy running through a pet store. If I start writing a time travel story today, by Friday I’ll shelve it and start working on a nonfiction piece about beer. I’ve written three novels, hundreds of short stories, and enough blog entries for a decent book.
Sure, I’ve been pimping my one published novel and my thin collection of published shorts (not boxers), but my writing has not exactly zoomed into the stratosphere. And I’ve been doing this for 20 years.
So, why continue with this blog? This isn’t a pity-party. I’m not slumped-shouldered (except when grave-robbing). I’m asking a real question: Do writers need a blog? I’d be curious to hear your thoughts.
Until next time,
Peace, from Keith
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