Is blogging a writer’s cop-out?
I have been asking myself this question a lot lately. In an attempt to post to the blog on a fairly regular basis, I feel like I have been neglecting my “actual” work: that of writing stories and novels. I find myself spending more time devising topics to discuss here instead of devoting the time to the projects I already have working.
Is this some form of general procrastination? A manifestation of insecurity about those other projects? Or am I still simply in the process of finding that balance between the two?
I hope that it is the last option. I have come far in overcoming my fears about the reception of my creative work, so maybe it is just a matter of me finding the proper balance between my life, this blog, and my creative efforts.
I am not saying that writing this blog isn’t a creative endeavor; everything I write is a creative piece. Most of the “academic” papers I wrote in college were just thinly veiled creative pieces. And I certainly don’t want to disparage any other bloggers out there; this is work. Hard work.
I guess I’m just in a bit of a creative funk right now, though I am trying to address it directly. I want to keep posting here, and I WILL finish the major pieces I have going. I guess I’ll just have to listen to Yoda: “Control. Control. You must learn control.”
So: is blogging a cop-out for writers?
No. No way.
Blogging can be an invaluable tool in working out ideas, problems, plots, characters, opinions, confusion, and distraction so that we can focus more on other things.
Therefore, I will keep on blogging, regardless of how often or how rarely, because I think that it is becoming a critical weapon in my arsenal.
I will keep writing.
And that includes blogging.
Happy Memorial Day, everyone. Remember those who have served and those who still do.