I’ve been a shamefully neglectful blogger lately.
I can’t offer any excuses, other than I just haven’t been into it. I’ve kept up with the blogs I follow, mostly. I read your posts when they land in my inbox, but I’ve been too lazy to let you know I was there with a Like or a comment, so my apologies. I’ve come down with a case of the blogging blahs.
That’s not to say I haven’t been busy with other writing endeavors. Currently I’m enrolled in two different workshops, one of which may appeal to you. Why? Because it’s offered through The University of Iowa (of the prestigious Iowa Writers’ Workshop) and it’s FREE.
How Writers Write Fiction is a free workshop that runs through the 21st November. Each week a new craft topic is presented by video lecture, an assignment is given, and students have the option of posting the assignment on the course forum. Participation is worldwide, and is open 24 hours per day.
The extent to which you participate is entirely up to you. Although the course has already begun, it’s not too late to sign up. It’s worth checking out — who doesn’t like free?
At the same time, I’m workshopping the first three chapters of the YA novel I began in July’s Camp NaNoWriMo. It’s one of many courses offered through WOW! Women on Writing.
Even though I haven’t finished the first draft, I took a long break from the manuscript to rethink the plot and my character’s goals and motivations. Thanks to the encouragement of many of my blog readers, I finally made peace with the notion of revising as I go. In my case, breaking this writing rule has fueled my desire to continue.
Going forward, I hope to get back on track in the blogosphere. Have you ever been weighed down by the blogging blahs?