WIT :: of taking a break from my break

I think, if I were honest with myself, I’d have to admit that this blogging business has been one giant procrastination endeavor.

Although I began this blog to challenge myself both sartorially and financially, I think I’ve kept it up as long as I have because subconsciously, it’s allowed me to not write my novel.

Gods, writing that down makes me sound so pretentious! “Work on my piece”? “Revise my work in progress”? Is there some sort of cheeky euphemism I can use to say it so that it doesn’t sound like I’m wearing a black turtleneck and smoking Camel Lights and chugging espressos and bemoaning the state of the Oxford comma while frantically trying to get an agent to even bother with my manuscript?


But yeah, what with work starting up in September and all the drama that entails, I had very little time free to dedicate to it and writing and this blog. I justified it by saying “As long as I’m writing, that’s good enough.” After all, it’s more than I’ve ever done in my adult life, and all the advice from established writers out there all seem to focus on this “Just write!” business.

But writing for this blog is brain candy. It’s fluff. It’s off-the-cuff stuff that I can toss out in mere minutes. Oh, don’t get me wrong – I’m not denigrating this platform, nor am I then inadvertently denigrating you, my fabulous readers. No, I’m saying that working on my novel is work and blogging is play and ne’er the twain shall meet.

I simply can’t reconcile doing both. Not in regards to time suck. Not in regards to effort. Not in regards to wordsmithing. I can’t be in both modes at once; I just have two different voices for each. And since my novel is set in Renaissance Italy, I can’t even kill two birds with one stone and go back and forth between the two without dreading one or the other.

But I love and appreciate the friends I’ve made by blogging and I don’t want to say goodbye. I also plan on getting dressed every morning for work and all that outfit creating certainly can’t go to waste.

I propose this, then: I shall continue documenting my outfits in true style blog OOTD fashion during the work week, but I’m going to reserve the weekends for more novel-writing time.

So no more WITs and no more 5 Things features for a while. At least until I a) tire of my novel, b) actually get my novel published, or c) need to rant/vent/throw myself a pity party and need an audience.

I hope this decision doesn’t dismay too many of you. You really ought to be enjoying nature/life/family/that book on your TBR list/Doctor Who episodes anyway instead of reading my randomosity on the weekends.

Adieu pour maintenant!

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18 thoughts on “WIT :: of taking a break from my break

  1. Jan Graham-McMillen says:

    Yes. Great plan … I’ll be happy to see you when I see you, and I’m pretty sure you’ll be up for some distraction once in a while. I’ll do that for you from time to time. No need to thank me now …
    Glad you’re writing the good stuff. This bloggy stuff is the only way I can write, right now … but here I’m about the limits my talents. I gave up on fiction, ’cause I hate conflict. And without conflict, as you know, you gotz nada. I sometimes skip past the worst of the protagonists woes when I’m reading. I have plenty in real life.
    I just hate characters I love get into so much trouble. I think that’s why I like cheap detective dramas. My hero or -ine is usually figuring out someone else’s horrific events. That is usually manageable.
    That “just write” thing … isn’t that a way to sell How-to-Write books? We both know it is important, but there’s got to be a time when something substantial is needed.
    I’m your fan … not your ONLY one, of course, but I’ll be cheering from the couch, here.

    • mtsedwards says:

      Ah, thanks for the support, m’dear. Knowing I’ve got a cheering squad out there makes me feel I can actually do this before I die. “Write and publish a novel.” That’s the one and only thing on my bucket list.

  2. chessakat says:

    Like Debbie, I had a tiny panic when I thought you were bidding us adieu for good – but phew! Thank goodness! This seems like an extremely sensible balanced move.

    And though I do not smoke camel lights anymore, I do still moan about the Oxford comma. πŸ˜‰

    And now I want to know more about your novel! πŸ˜€

    • mtsedwards says:

      Ah, say goodbye to wonderful friends like you? Not bloody likely! Can’t get rid of me that easily!

      I miss Camel Lights…stupid health! ;p

      My novel is a fantasy/alternative historical fiction piece (I say “alternative historical” because a lot of my facts are based on real-life people and places in Renaissance Italy) that revolves around a boy, some magic, a conspiracy to overthrow the Pope, murder, mayhem and a coming-of-age along the way. I’m about halfway done at 80K words. πŸ˜€

  3. Patti says:

    Good for you, and remember that procrastination is the essence of human nature! So you are completely normal (and I am a shrink). Be sure to enjoy doing your outfit posts, and please don’t feel like you’ve signed a contract to do it every day. xox

    • mtsedwards says:

      I do enjoy my outfit posts – I just hate having to wait for my limited window of perfect light to snap my shots. And I’ve never actually procrastinated in my life because I can’t enjoy myself until my “chores” are complete. I guess it just depends on what I deem a chore, right?

  4. I will happily trade weekend blog posts for new chapters! πŸ˜€

  5. Good lord..you scared me for a minute…I thought you were leaving! By all means, dedicate your weekends to your novel. I’m not even attempting something so ambitious and I still cut back to 3 or 4 posts a week. Blogging is a lot of work! πŸ™‚

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