Hi, Miss Snark.
I've become a crazed MySpacer. I'm hoping Silicon Valley will soon develop some kind of vaccine, because I'm not getting a lot of real work done.
I'm running short of ideas on what to blog about. What are your thoughts on unpublished bloggers posting intimate details of rejections from agents/editors? I can see that sharing this info might be inspiring to other writers.
But from an agent's point of view, is it the kind of thing you'd want to see on a prospective client's site? And what about posting a blurb or chapters of unpublished work - silly or savvy?
Since when is it your job to be inspiring to other writers?
Your job is to write.
Unplug the damn internet and get to work.
If you need to buy another computer that doesn't actually hook up to the net, do it.
Blogging is not writing.
Looking at MySpace is not writing.
Friending on MySpace is not writing.
Posting chapters and feverishly checking for comments, then obsessing about comments, and parsing out the hidden meaning of comments like "this blog is great. Have you enlarged your penis yet? Here's my blog that tells you how" is not writing.
Checking site meter stats to see if anyone from NYC is reading your blog is not writing.
There's a lot to be said for sitting down with your ownself and writing. Nothing, literally NOTHING replaces that. Focus. You're wasting time.
And don't post your work on the web. It's not silly or savvy. It's pointless.