Monday, January 25, 2010

Persistence.

A few weeks ago, one of my favorite blogs, Naked Authors, closed its doors so the writers could concentrate on what they should be doing, which is writing.

As a regular reader of that blog, I was sorry to see them go, but I understood. Time is tight. Focus is important if you're going to run the marathon of writing a novel. A good novel, anyway.

For 4 years I've put up a post nearly every day. I've enjoyed the hell out of this. I hope you have too.

But lately I've wondered if I shouldn't be putting this time and energy into my next book. It's almost finished and I think, with some serious attention, I could be done by early summer.

So I'm taking a break. It may be a long break. I hope not. I hope I'll be back in April or May with news that I've finished this book. Wish me luck.

I'll miss all of you. OK, most of you. And you can always drop me a line. I answer e-mails, even the ones from people who wish to punch me in the face.

Which is most of you.

Good luck and I'll be back.

Later.

PS. I wanted to end with one of my favorite pictures. To me, it is the spirit of the novelist. Persistence in action.

16 comments:

Bill Crider said...

Good luck with the book. I'm looking forward to your return.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Where else will I find a like mind?
I just finished my second attempt at a novel so I'll be around even more, God help everyone.

Gary M said...

I understand completely the need to refocus. Your views will be missed but I'm looking forward to the book, so get at it, Dave.

Judith said...

I understand, but I will miss you Dave. Good luck with the book and I'm looking forward to reading it, and to your return to the blog.

Graham Powell said...

Res: persistence: "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again - then give up. No use being a damn fool about it." -- WC Fields.

Jeff Shelby said...

You'll miss me the most, right?

Joe Saundercook said...

Get that book done!

Beneath the Carolina Moon said...

Priorities. Best to you.

Dread

Anonymous said...

Well damn, isn't my timing great? I just decided to start visiting here regularly.

Let's play some blues!

Jeff L

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