And so it begins . . .

I’m not sure how long I’ve been thinking about blogging–months for sure– but maybe even years.  I knew it was something I wanted to do, and as an aspiring novelist, something I needed to do.  But every time I thought about it, there were so many questions without good answers:

Blog title- Something snappy, but professional; original but not obscure.

Blog Platforms-I’ve researched the best blogging platforms with the zeal of a Southern girl belaboring which sorority to pledge. I finally settled on WordPress for no other reason than the blogs I like the most often seem to be WP.

Blog Content– Yes, sometimes I have even pondered about what I would actually blog about.  But, alas, that only brought more questions: Should I focus on my writing life as a first time novelist? Or that, and everything else that interests me–religion, history, literature, cooking, running, art, politics? Still haven’t figured that one out yet. . .

So many questions. So many reasons to –just like another good Southern girl, Scarlett O’Hara–wait until tomorrow. (Now, if I could figure WordPress out I’d have a picture HERE from Gone With the Wind . . . please just visualize for now).

It finally struck me that this whole blog thing is a little like writing a novel. It’s easy to find reasons why tomorrow would be a better day to start: you need to do more research, more workshops, your children are too young, blah, blah, blah. But at some point you realize that tomorrows add up, and if you don’t start TODAY you just might never do it.

That’s what has happened to me. After several years, I recently completed my first novel, a work of historical fiction about Sir Thomas More and his brilliant daughter, Margaret.  I am in the agenting process and hope to encourage others on (or thinking about) that journey.

So here is my go at blogging.  I’m tying on my shoes like I do for a run that I am not sure I’m up for. I don’t quite know where all this path will lead, but by golly, I’m going to start.

About elizabethcarden

A wife, mom and writer of historical fiction (but sadly, not of thank you notes).
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8 Responses to And so it begins . . .

  1. jojo says:

    Getting started – it seems like it should be the easiest step in any project, but it never is for me. I love that Steve Martin quote about his writing — “I think I did pretty well, considering I started out with nothing but a bunch of blank paper.”

    Anyway, this post inspired me to tackle a few metaphorical stacks of blank paper in my life, and I’m looking forward to staying tuned.

    • Thanks Jojo! I’ll never forget when you helped stack all that bunch of paper into something like a cohesive novel. What would I do without you?!? Never mind, I can’t fathom it.

  2. Ann Shipp says:

    Elizabeth-
    So excited and inspired to find your blog. Cannot wait to read what you share next!

    • Thanks so much for visiting, Ann! I think I have an inkling who might have directed you here and so glad she did.
      Elizabeth
      PS–Enjoyed the article in Traditional Home–you and Roger are the tops!

  3. Ann says:

    Welcome to the blog world! Not to be too dramatic or anything, but blogging changed my life. Literally. Almost 9 years into it, all sorts of crazy and great things have happened. Have a great time with your new virtual friends.

    • Are you kidding? I live for dramatic—and life change is definitely on my to-do list. I am honored that a rock-star blogger would visit my embryonic site. Thanks for the encouragement, Ann!

  4. K. M. Coile says:

    Thanks for inspiring me to get a blog started and not be afraid to start sharing my work. Can’t wait to read your posts!

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