Don’t get me wrong: I love being an author. I love writing fiction, and I love writing in general. That includes my blog. I love blogging about writing fiction as much as any other aspect of being an indie author.
(I can prove it, too. Check out all these reasons I love my creative writing blog.)
However: there are certain minor inconveniences of being an author-blogger that get under my skin sometimes. I’ve written before about the biggest minor inconveniences of being an indie author. Today, it’s all about the pet peeves of running a blog as an indie author. 🙂
- Do I work on the blog, or my novel? Blog or novel? I really should pick one. Like, pick one now. Before I waste another ten minutes trying to pick one.
- I want to work on the fiction, but need a blog post. Sometimes I’m just in the mood to get crackin’ on my fantasy, but life intervenes. And by “life,” I mean marketing obligations for the books I’ve already released. Which means the blog.
- Spam comments. I have been getting spam comments lately about cars. Spam comments selling cars. Because you guys are so likely to buy a car off a spam comment on a creative writing blog, right?
- The approaching deadline. It’s 6pm and I need a post for midnight. No problem. Or, it wouldn’t be a problem, if I had the slightest idea what to write about.
- I could write about…. Oh wait, I’ve done that one. But hey, I could approach it from this angle…. Oh, no, I’ve done that too. Why do I blog daily? Good heavens, why am I such a sucker for blogging daily????
- You want to write about your books, but in a big way, you can’t. Why? Spoilers. The spoilers will get you every time.
This is the biggest annoyance as being an author-blogger, for sure. I remember how stunned and then ecstatic I was when I heard Anne Hathaway had been cast as Fantine in Les Misérables. Why?
I had always considered her the perfect Laskenay, a character in my fantasy trilogy, and I based Laskenay in large part on my favorite aspects of Fantine. Not joking. My thought about that casting was “You have got to be kidding me!”
Of course, I couldn’t write about that too much on the blog. I would have loved to craft a post on the subject, but for the explanation to have enough depth to carry a post, I would have had to explain the links between Fantine and Laskenay, and that would have given away far too much.
The dang spoilers. They get you every time.
So, have you had to scrap an idea for a great post because of spoilers you couldn’t get around? Why do you love, and hate, about being an author who blogs (if you do blog?)
If you enjoyed this post, I invite you to check out the other posts in the “funny lists” category: you’ll crack a smile or too.
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