Several people I respect–including an agent, and a published author–have mentioned that the first priority for a fiction writer should be learning to write well, not building a platform or an online presence through blogging, Facebook, twitter, etc. Learning how the publishing business works, how to get an agent, formatting manuscripts, and other business-related matters won’t help if the writing itself stinks. With that in mind, I’m planning on devoting more of my time to the actual writing, and less to other endeavors.
I will continue to post tidbits of information I find helpful, and link to sites I think others will find interesting. But considering how few people are reading my blog anyway, I think my time could be better spent writing stories and articles rather than lots of blog posts.
I’m going to try to post about 3 times per week; if something comes up, it might be less–or more. If anyone has a suggestion for a post, please mention it in the comments section and I will gladly try to work it into my blog. It’s hard to know what people are interested in when I get so few comments, and I see no point in cranking out stuff no one cares about. So, I’m off to work on my short story for the contest over on Editor Unleashed Forum. It’s for flash fiction, less than 1000 words, your choice of topic.
Check it out: http://editorunleashed.com/forum/index.php