Blog posts don’t always flow beginning-to-end in a single smooth, elegant effort. Your kids interrupt you. The dog needs walking. It’s almost midnight and your train of thought has long since jumped the track.
Or maybe it’s a good interruption, e.g., the ice-cream truck or the UPS guy. Perhaps you promised your partner you’d go see the Metropolitan HD broadcast of “La fille du regiment” and it starts in 30 minutes – do you want to write until the last possible second, or do you want to build in enough time to get some kettle corn?
Of course you want kettle corn. You also want to blog. So I suggest you do what I do: Quit.
My desktop is littered with half- or three-quarter-written posts, and that’s a good thing. Generally I know exactly what I want to write on my personal website. Some days I don’t. But that’s okay, because I have all those half-written inspirations waiting.
Setting it down
Earlier this month a clutch of freelance deadlines – and, yeah, the fact that it’s summer in Alaska – kept me from writing much for my website. I wanted to do something substantive but I couldn’t think of much. (Damn you, summer!)
After poking through a couple of half-done pieces I lit on one called “Living the ‘pre-solvent’ life.” About 30 minutes later I’d finished it, chosen the art and posted. It engendered some thoughtful reader comments, which made me happy.
So the next time you start a post mid-evening but soon decide you want to go to bed, feel free. If you’re writing on a Saturday morning and lose steam halfway through the piece, don’t sit there for an hour trying to force-finish it.
Quitting isn’t always a bad thing, as long as you get back to the job eventually.