The Princess of Planning strikes again

January 24, 2011 § 13 Comments

These past couple of days, I have struggled to come up with interesting topics to post. Some days are better than others–some days the inspiration flows freely and other days I’m parched. Unfortunately, even the parched days require a post, especially since I have accepted the Post a Day challenge. Although most days I find myself glad to accept the challenge and impressed that I have gone three weeks and have risen to the occasion, there are the days when I feel too mentally exhausted to write, or when the great post idea never comes.

Enter: Freshly Pressed.

They featured a blog this week that talked about Bloggiesta, an annual weekend-long blogging extravaganza…something I had never heard of, but then again I’m new to the blogosphere. In this post, the writer, Leeswamme, offers wonderful tips to help sustain a blogger throughout Bloggiesta, but I bet these are tips that can help sustain a blogger even during the dry days. A few of the tips really leapt out at me, and they’re so simple that I can’t believe I had never thought of them:

  • Write backup posts for a rainy day.
  • Write that great post idea from three months back.
  • Work on series posts.

Of course! So now, this Princess of Planning is going to start working on ways that she can improve her blogging experience by keeping either a handwritten notebook of topics or prewriting posts that she can publish on those rare but excruciating parched days. The funniest thing is that when I accepted the challenge to post every single day in 2011, part of me thought that that meant that I should compose brand new posts every single day. Well…already I’ve scheduled two posts to show up on my blog the day after I actually wrote them. For both of those posts I chose this option because I wanted to write them while I still remembered the topic.

But what this approach is suggesting is to take stock in the fact that writing every day is difficult, particularly when you are attempting to write on topics that will attract readers. I want to write every day because it keeps me writing at all (and that’s precisely what I need to be doing at this time in my graduate program). But, I am learning to accept my flaws and forgive them in myself as I approach my thirties, which means that complete honesty would force me to admit that coming up with ideas isn’t as easy as it seemed on the outset.

In order to help myself come through on the challenge, then, to get me to the point where I can proudly exclaim that I succeeded, I will actually set myself up for success. I’m going to take Leeswamme’s advice of prewriting entries to post later and to work on the blog posts I always intended to work on.

No matter what, I will write every single day–either on my blog or on my dissertation (most days both), but, dammit, I will write every single day.

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§ 13 Responses to The Princess of Planning strikes again

  • leeswammes says:

    Great you found my post and it inspired you! Hope you’ll manage to write every day. I often write a few posts in advance and then sit back and let wordpress post them! That’s nice too. πŸ™‚

    • Mrs. H. says:

      Thanks for the great advice, Leeswammes! πŸ™‚ And congratulations on being Freshly Pressed–I’m so glad that they featured you because your post came at just the right time for me. πŸ™‚ I love that WordPress makes it easy for us to maintain these blogs and participate in challenges like this one. It’s great!

  • Robert says:

    I think I was talking to you about this the other day, but Brandon Sanderson (an author that I’ve been reading a lot of the other day), decided to take three months off at the end of last year, having just finished the most recent installment in Robert Jordan’s the Wheel of Time series (wonderful fantasy series that I think is head-and-shoulders above Tolkien…but that’s just me). In that three month period, he wrote another book entirely and started notes on a second book in his new young adult children’s series (the first book is called “Alcatraz and the Evil Librarian,” which may be the best YA title. Ever.). It seems like those of us in the profession of writing never really take breaks. Or to put it in better words: we take breaks from one writing project to work on another.

    That’s how I see this blog working for you. Your main “job” is on the dissertation, but we, as writers, need another outlet for all of our writing energies, and I think that’s where you take full advantage of your blog. And that’s why I like to read it. It’s different from your other work that I’ve read, and I think it’s a great way for you to vent/practice/explore/whateverotherwritingthingyouneed.

    So thanks for sharing.

    • Mrs. H. says:

      Aw, you’re welcome for sharing. πŸ™‚ Lord knows that you get the brunt end of all my venting, etc. anyway while we work our way through this dissertation-writing thing. At least this way, I’m not compelled to grab your arm and write notes on you or something. πŸ˜‰

  • AMo says:

    Brava, chica! πŸ™‚

  • Tori Nelson says:

    I have yet to read a post that isn’t interesting! With a baby and a serious case of lazy bones, I find myself not getting to sit and write as an idea pops into my head. I keep a notebook out and fill it with ideas. When I sit down to write a post, I can always turn to that if I’m having trouble thinking up something else! I say keep on keepin’ on…you have a lot of readers who love hearing what you have to say!

    • Mrs. H. says:

      Great idea, Tori! πŸ™‚ I’m going to have to be more diligent about keeping a notebook. My creative writing professor in undergrad (and countless other professors throughout my English career) have all said the same thing: keep a pocket-sized notebook in your pocket at all times and fill it with the little things that pop into your mind–these could one day become poems, stories, essays, lines of inquiry. And you know what? I’ve always ignored that advice.

      If your blog is any indication of how great this idea is, then it is something I absolutely must try! πŸ™‚ I’m glad to know, in a strange way, that I’m not the only one who has trouble coming up with topic ideas, lol.

  • What a great idea! I love the back-up post plan and think I might try that. Some days, I am just too tired to write, so I’m sure it will come in handy!

  • Clare says:

    I have bookmarked this here blog! I will do my best to comment on it! But you know I’ve always been a lurker πŸ˜›

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