If you’re a writer with a full-time job and a family, then you know how hard it can be to make writing a priority. Add to that the pressures to publish, the state of the publishing industry itself right now (hint: it’s kinda bleak), and the ins and outs of everyday life, and you’re lucky to walk away with a thousand words by the end of the week or even the month.
Even I have struggled to practice what I preach these last few months. Between the stresses of orchestrating a cross-country move in the coming months, caring for an elderly parent, teaching a course at the local university, and working hard to re-establish a readership of my current catalogue, writing—which is supposed to be my full-time job—seems to have taken a backseat these days. And I don’t even have children.
I’d started this blog ambitiously. However, posting twice a week soon became posting once a week. Then posting once a week became targeting the subject each week. I thought about further reducing posts to once a month, until I confronted a hard truth: I’ve lost my direction and purpose.
Moreover, I’ve lost the joy.
And so, I’m making the difficult but necessary decision to temporarily step away from this blog. Because I’d rather not do it at all than do it poorly and inconsistently.
Thank you for the support you’ve given this blog. Thank you for taking the time to read each post, for sharing them on social media, and for offering feedback either privately or publicly. I hope to be back soon.