The distractions include
- WORK so we can eat today, never mind the desire to be a profitable, full-time author
- Energy to write after work and family responsibilities are met
- Wrapping the tired head around the last great novel that is spinning in your spirit
- Professional procrastination fueled by directives to write so many words per day. Usually that word count is in the thousands.
Blogging can be a useful tool that permits you to keep writing, yet taking smaller bites of the story.
Blogging is an appealing platform that could resemble ‘journaling’ for you as you write a longer book. Blog posts are generally under 1,000 words in length. You could write bits in the 500-1,000 word size! You will be surprised how quickly the pages fill to become your novel. Because you are only using the blogging or journaling platform in a draft, you wouldn’t actually publish your writing before you were ready to release a full novel or novella.
Tools to help your blog
In drafting blog posts, I like to use software such as OneNote or Evernote. Scrivener is another brand of authoring software that works very well. I find Scrivener more robust than the others. One could use WORD to compose, but the posts either accumulate in one very long file or you have numerous separate files for the smaller bites. With the note taking software, each new post is handy to maintain continuity. OneNote is a MS OFFICE program that is included in Windows 10 along with OneDrive. Scrivener has a sample offer, but it doesn’t ‘release’ everything that you would get when you purchase the program at a very reasonable price.
You have responsibilities. Many of them are people you love. Taking care of family is what we are about! Writing your stories, however long, in blog post sizes can help you ‘do it all.’