To Write a Blog Post or a Chapter? That is the Question

Obviously, by the stunning lack of posts here, my answer to this question has been to write a chapter. The fact that I’ve been experiencing some technical difficulties with this blog has made that decision easier, but I think I need more balance.

One day last week, I found myself spending an inordinate amount of time researching the word fisticuffs to see if it  would have been used in pre-Civil War America. That’s the kind of rabbit hole I often find myself lost in as I write my second historical novel. It makes me think I need to get out more.

Writing is a lonely pursuit–anyone who has written so much as a long letter realizes that. But a novel is a whole different level of lonely. You slog around with characters and scenes all day. You wrestle with dialogue and trying to keep the pacing just right. Sometimes all that wrestling leads to virtual fisticuffs with characters that refuse to play along with your plans.

This blog gives me the chance to leave Tudor England or Civil War Virginia or whatever other period I’ve dropped my anchor in. I can reenter a world where I don’t have to worry so much about etymology. I can write something and actually FINISH it in a day. A thought. An idea. There is a definite beginning, middle and end to a blog post. There is something very satisfying about that.

In future posts I plan to delve into the Wolf Hall brouhaha (let’s just say Hilary Mantel and I don’t see eye to eye on Sir Thomas More) and give a review of All the Light We Cannot See. Thank for stopping by.



PS–Fisticuffs first known usage was in 17th Century, so I used it:)




About elizabethcarden

A wife, mom and writer of historical fiction (but sadly, not of thank you notes).
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4 Responses to To Write a Blog Post or a Chapter? That is the Question

  1. Ginny Perdue says:

    Seriously???? On your second snow day with 2 children you are writing at all?????? What a trooper you are! Love, Ginny

  2. Amy says:

    I can relate to your dilemna, as I watch my daughter attempt another essay for a very demanding literature class, and she has hit her “wall”.

  3. School papers are just no fun! Tell her to breathe and put something down on paper–something is always better than a blank page:) xoxo

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