Sometime in November, my kids charged into my office while I was plucking away on my keyboard.

“You’re always working on your computer,” said my seven year old.

“Or your book,” the nine year old chimed in. “You never play with us.”

What I didn’t hear, but could see in their eyes and hear in their tone – you love your book and your computer more than me.

Of course they exaggerate slightly. I’m not always working on the book. But it does consume a large amount of my already limited free time. With their mini intervention in mind and guilt weighting my heart, I decided to take a break from my blog, social networking, anything pseudo book related that didn’t tie directly back to improving my craft or editing my MS.

Fast forward to almost March. Over the weekend, I attended the Southern Breeze Springmingle. (For those of you not familiar with Southern Breeze, it’s the AL-GA-MS chapter of SCBWI.) It was my first writing conference and such an amazing, inspiring, yet sobering experience. I met many wonderful writerly types, not to mention illustrators. I even had the opportunity to meet a couple editors.

Anywhooo — One of the writers I met suggested only blogging twice a week. She said it doesn’t have to be long, just something you came across that you’d like to share with your audience.

Taking her advice to heart, here’s my mantra:

  • I don’t have to come up with something clever and witty for every post.
  • Get on a schedule and just do it.
  • It does help my craft because it’s writing and it’s voice and it’s me.

Until next time…