This is my fourth attempt at writing a blog this morning, and let me just say that attempt #3 was the ultimate in author irascibility. But see, I still have enough restraint to pull that back.
I am deep, deep into the first draft of the third novel of the year, and being pulled away from it is physically painful. Which is where I find myself wondering if readers really want or need to hear from me in between books? I don’t know. We hear so much about social media and the need to keep readers interested and engaged. There is so much competition out there, how would readers know to find me if I wasn’t blogging somewhere every week?
I don’t know the answer.
I know that I am faking my way through this blog because I am desperate to get back to the story I am writing, so I am pretending to be a normal human who likes normal interaction.
But for future reference – not just for me, but for this blog in general – what would you like to hear from us (besides the best damn books we can write?)
Here’s a list of potential (recommended) writerly topics – I went through several of these blogs and this is the only one where I thought the guy had a handle. But it seems only fair to point out that while he might have a handle on writing blogs, who the hell has ever read his fiction? Nearly 44K followers and I’ve never heard of him.
And that’s the dilemma, right?
I would rather be known for my fiction than my blogs. And I think it is safe to say that my wish has come true. And all kidding aside, that's a comfort on mornings like this one.
So you tell us here at Not the Usual Suspects. What kind of blogs would you like to see in the future?
1 - Excerpts from our Carina Press Novels.
2 - Backstory of Said Novel.
3 - A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Said Novel.
4 - “Directors” Notes. I personally like this one! "Explain why you chose to start with a particular scene. Talk about the scenes you had to delete—or those you had to add to improve the story."
5 - Interview with Yourself. *splutter*
6 - Interviews with Your Characters.
You tell us. Basically blogs are for your entertainment. So what would be interesting to you, the reader?