Characters, Editing, Fiction, My Books, Novel, Revision, Words, Writing

Is this insane, or what?

I would love to write brilliant posts frequently … preferably every day. I would love to astound you with my insight, touch you with my heart, entertain you with my razor wit. Better yet, since this is a blog about writing, I would love to educate you with my considerable knowledge on, let’s say … how to write the perfect novel in ten easy steps. 

Nah, ain’t gonna happen.

The best I can do is tell you what’s on my mind today. STOP! I have to ask myself who this “you” is that I’m addressing. I have a few friends who stop by and leave comments now and then. But my stats show more hits than comments left, so there are some mysterious people who read and, having read, move on… without comment.

Perhaps I bored you, made you laugh (and not in a good way), or maybe you came here by accident though an iffy search engine result. Seriously, someone was sent to my blog yesterday using the search term “kill yourself Anne”! And I have to wonder what some others were looking for when they were directed to my blog after searching for “msn smiles water” or “was i out my hair out my mind” and just what is the deal with the “polaroids+anne+lamott” search that has resulted in three blog visit in the last month?

It would be nice if blogs had the Facebook “thumbs up” button, so at least I’d know you came, you read, you were pleased. I’ll pass on a thumbs down button, I have enough negative self-image, thank you very much.

So … yeah, what’s on my mind today. Well, I’m happy 🙂 because I’ve had three days in a row where my characters spoke to me and the words flowed onto the “paper”. I increased my word count by 3, 287 and I’m thinking I just might make my goal of 70,000 after all. A bit of copy and paste from the “bits” file, a couple more new scenes added and I think I’ll reach THE END. And then, the fun will start.

First, as I promised myself, I’ll take a break to do graphite paintings of my three main characters. And yes, I might even condescend to doing some long needed housework. But then … oh, be still my heart … I get to go back and polish my novel till it gleams. Since I edit and revise extensively as I write … yeah, I know, but you do it your way, I’ll do it mine … this will be when I turn my serviceable writing into something that sings. At least, that’s the plan.

Aha, and now I’ve written a longer than usual post and yet, said less than usual. Hmmm, maybe I should be a politician.

Nah, ain’t gonna happen!

16 thoughts on “Is this insane, or what?”

  1. A Facebook-like ‘thumbs-up button to click would be a good blog widget.
    There must be one like that out there somewhere already…

    But I’d not take the lack of comments personally.
    I read a LOT of blogs and other stuff on the Web, and don’t even comment once a day. I just don’t feel the need. I read through the post, a dozen comments or more, and I feel like I’ve enjoyed a good *complete* discussion on a topic, and don’t need to personally get a word in.

    And you know me, Linda — in a group, I hardly refrain from speaking out. So if I hardly ever leave comments, think what that says about less-outspoken people who just enjoy reading your words.

    Revel in your growing viewing stats; don’t worry about [relatively] small comment numbers.

    Hey look — I went and left a long comment! That’s my quota for June, done already!

    [um, what do you mean it’s not June yet…?]


    1. Oh, I don’t take it personally. In fact, I’m being a hypocrite. I sometimes click on a page in the “directory” that sounds interesting, but in reality doesn’t interest me, so I don’t leave a comment. Or I visit a poet’s site and read their work, but just don’t know what to say … even when I liked it. (Duh, just say that!)

      Anyway, I think I’ll just assume I leave you speechless with my intelligence and wit.

      LOL, I’m rarely aware what day it is, but I honestly thought we were already a few days into June!


  2. That’s awesome! I can’t wait until you finish and I can’t wait to see the characters as you see them. Congratulations on making such great progress!!


  3. Hi, Linda. Visiting your blog is a comfort trip for me. Your voice and experiences are a bit like mine, but your posts are more consistent. I hope for inspiration each time I visit.

    No pressure or anything.

    I’d guess many of your visitors don’t comment unless they can produce a worthwhile response with little effort. That’s how I am, though it is a bit hypocritical. I know any well-intentioned response is worthwhile.

    Thank you for your blog. I’ll breeze through again sometime.


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