Some, or perhaps all, of you may have noticed my lack of blogging for quite a while. A large part of this absence from blogging in the past 11 1/2 months (wow, almost a year!) has been due to God bringing a very special man into my life–the man I now call my husband. However, it’s been longer than that since my consistent blogging, probably since I published my second novel, “Where Shadows Lie” in June of 2015. Ever since I decided to take a break from writing at that point, I haven’t blogged very much. It’s been one post here or there, every month, or couple of months truly. My blog has become a place for general updates–how I spent my summer, haircuts, big news, dating, engagement, and marriage.
I would like to take back my blog to the place I consistently updated, but I’m not even sure how to now. It’s been so long, and my life has changed so drastically since that was a priority for me. I started this blog when I was fourteen and in school and now I’m nearly twenty-one, married, and working. Life is 100% different in every way. I feel like I have grown up with this blog, but I don’t quite know where to go with it now. I don’t even read blogs like I used to–I have severely cut back on my blog subscriptions and I only follow at most five blogs now. I am more particular about what I put energy into reading, and I hardly update my blog because I just don’t know what to write. I love my life, but it simply isn’t fascinating enough to share about all the time. Honestly, I feel like that has a large part in all this: what to write. And that actually brings me to the topic I wanted to share.
I am a writer and a published author. Writing is my passion and nothing else quite compares to the thrill of seeing a book go from an idea to a published novel in the hands of readers.
It kills me that I have absolutely zero passionate story ideas to follow right now. I am dying to start writing a new book and begin that process all over again; to experience the joy of a story unfolding before my eyes as I type away. The truth is, my imagination feels like a dry well right now. Perhaps I need to just wait for things to settle down with my marriage and then I’ll have an idea to run with. People ask me when my next book will be out, they wonder what I’m working on…because surely, as an author, I always have a ready spring of ideas to pull from. I watch my favorite authors as they release book after book, year after year, and I can’t help but marvel how they have all these great ideas–they never run out!
So, to be completely honest, I’m a bit at a loss right now in my writing. But I refuse to give up and I am keeping my imagination wide open for an idea that I can latch onto and mold into a story. I have high hopes that I just need to wait for life to settle a bit, and then it will come to me. We will see, I suppose!
The same concept applies to blogging. I still don’t know how to start consistently blogging again because I simply don’t know what to write about. Perhaps I will post more book reviews here, but even as much as I love books, those reviews don’t feel personal enough for my blog. Perhaps I will post more vlogs, but I have a hard time filming those because I’m such an introvert. Or perhaps, through trial and error, I will find something that suits me, and discover my blogging niche.
Until then, thanks for sticking with me, friends!