The Method (Is There a Method??) Behind the Blog (And, a Free Promotion)

Time flies.

It’s a cliche, I know, but sometimes the tried-and-true aphorisms say it succinctly and well, and this particular one is spot-on.  Take The Eye-Dancers blog, for instance.  I began this blog, clueless as to how to proceed with it, back in the summer of 2012.  It’s hard to believe six years have come and gone.  But this brings to mind the completion of the “time flies” truism:  Time flies when you’re having fun.  And this blog has been a joy because of all of you.

 

Don’t get the wrong idea.  The way that last paragraph reads, it almost sounds like I’m about to announce the termination of The Eye-Dancers blog.  Not at all!  As long as you want to continue perusing these flights of fancy of mine, I will stick around.  The WordPress community is a special place, and I intend to remain a part of it for the long haul.

 

But I’m struck by how little I’ve changed in my approach to blogging over the years.  Granted, I am no longer new at this.  Six years and over two hundred posts, and, most important of all, your enduring support and encouragement, have helped me feel a lot more comfortable than I did at the start.  The fact remains, though–even now, after all this time, I don’t really have a blogging blueprint, a template, or a schedule.  As the time arrives for my next post, I kind of go with whatever feels right at the moment.  Sometimes this approach may work well.  After all, if I feel inspired to write about something, as opposed to scheduling a post weeks or months in advance, then, hopefully, the prose will be alive and imbued with the heat and purity of inspiration.  On the other hand, without a clear, precise sense of order, the blog may at times seem haphazard and too random.  (Not to mention, the risk of being repetitive.  If I post about something one week, and two or three posts later, I post about something similar because it “feels right,” I may not be tuned in enough to the overlap of the two posts.)

 

How about you?  How do you approach your blog posts?  Do you, as I do, lack a blueprint and forego a script, as it were?  Or do you plan ahead, map out a course of literary action, and, as Marc Kuslanski would surely advocate, prepare several posts ahead?  As with any form of writing, from poetry to short stories to novels and everything in between, fiction and nonfiction alike, there is no one “right” approach.  I am always leery of anyone who attempts to prescribe a set guideline of rules and rituals for writers to follow.  When it comes to creativity, we ought, in the words of Thoreau, to “step to the music which [we] hear, however measured or far away.”

 

And I know, for me, few things in the creative life (in life, period) can match the moment of euphoria when an idea strikes.  It could be anytime, too.  It cannot be scheduled or prepared for.  Creative epiphanies are as capricious as the New England weather.  You can meditate all day, turn an idea over, explore every angle, and come up with nothing, gutted, tempted to take your WIP and toss it in the fireplace for kindling.  Or, you can be taking a walk, showering, mowing the lawn, playing softball, preparing for your fantasy football draft, arguing with a friend, driving down the interstate, and–bam!  The idea hits, with the force and impact of a boulder.  When this happens to me, this unplanned-for gift, I try to hold onto the insight, repeating it over and over if need be, until I am in a position where I can jot the idea down on scrap paper.  (I am old school like that.  I prefer pencil and paper.  My desk is littered with scribbles on the next chapter, story, or blog post.)  And then, as soon as possible, while the idea is still hot and fresh, I let it out–and a post is published, a chapter is written, a short story is completed.

 

I suppose this approach, this reliance on a mysterious muse who flutters and floats, often tantalizingly  just beyond reach, a vision over the next rise, is something the intuitive Mitchell Brant would understand.  It’s organic, not pre-planned; spontaneous, not charted out with preordained precision.  And for someone like me, who has a tendency to over-prepare and obsess over the details, this freedom to allow the muse to guide me is both terrifying and rapturous.

 

In this spirit, I am also, extemporaneously, announcing a promotion for the e-book version of The Singularity Wheel.  If you might want to get a Kindle copy of the novel, now would be an ideal time.  Why?  Because it’s free!  Beginning today, through Friday, July 6, the electronic version of The Singularity Wheel is free.

 

Please feel “free” to take a look!  Here is the link.

And thank you again for the support all these years, for following along with the ramblings and the idiosyncrasies of this blog.  What will the next post be about?  I wish I knew!  But I hope you’ll be here to find out.

 

Thanks so much for reading!

–Mike

34 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ShadowThePRcat
    Jul 02, 2018 @ 18:35:19

    Reblogged this on black CATastrophy.

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  2. kimberlywenzler
    Jul 02, 2018 @ 18:43:37

    Hi Mike,
    Great post! I can totally relate. I have no schedule or blueprint for my site either. I love the Thoreau quote too.
    Looking forward to your next post.

    ~Kim

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  3. leggypeggy
    Jul 02, 2018 @ 21:04:39

    My blog is a roller coaster too.
    I’m passing this post on to people I know who have teens and young adults.

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  4. Ste J
    Jul 03, 2018 @ 01:02:54

    Having a schedule is problematic because sometimes the drive to write isn’t there. I have found that having a few series of posts helps, although I only really do the music one. That way it maintains blog presence is short to write and fills in a gap. Other than that, I just shamble along, if I have time, I will blog, if not, then I worry people will think I have abandoned it.

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    • The Eye-Dancers
      Jul 03, 2018 @ 11:59:07

      That is a great point. I know sometimes I am forced to ignore the blog, too, for a few weeks at a time, depending on my schedule, and I always worry the same thing–that people may think I’ve abandoned it! But I am definitely not going anywhere.:)

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  5. joannerambling
    Jul 03, 2018 @ 01:37:39

    I came and read and enjoyed and thought oh yeah and now I leave

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  6. Baydreamer
    Jul 03, 2018 @ 22:52:09

    Congrats on 6 years, Mike, and I think we’re on about the same timeline. 🙂 I don’t have any set schedule, either. It’s up to inspiration and editing. I’ll type up the post or poem first, then do some editing until I feel it’s ready. I think it depends on the blogger and what works best for them. Hope the book sales are doing well, too!

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  7. Donna Gwinnell Lambo-Weidner
    Jul 04, 2018 @ 22:01:37

    Congratulations, Mike! 6 years is a true feat! As for me, I used to have a schedule, but not really know exactly what I might blog about the following week. I’m pretty much a pantser. Lately, it’s been a bit erratic. But aaah well. I’m working on that. Be well! And wishing you a bazillion in sales!

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  8. kutukamus
    Jul 06, 2018 @ 21:23:05

    Idea/topic-wise (in blogging), sometimes I know what to write next but that doesn’t happen very often (if at all). One too many times, my number one enemy is ‘how’ (angle, approach etc). Anyway, yeah, method sure is confusing. 🙂

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  9. The Eye-Dancers
    Jul 08, 2018 @ 01:24:12

    A great point . . . the angle in a blog post is really important, isn’t it? It’s interesting how a particular topic can be approached and written about in a multitude of ways . . .

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  10. jjspina
    Jul 11, 2018 @ 23:30:42

    I concur, Mike. When the muse works go with it. I never know when my muse will hit me. I just go with the flow. Best of luck with your book promo. Enjoyed your creative post as always! 🤗

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  11. evelyneholingue
    Jul 13, 2018 @ 13:37:21

    Your thoughts about blogging and writing in general echo mine and I’m sure other writers’ feelings about inspiration and planning.
    Your blog is clearly focusing on fiction writing and specifically on your books. You managed to link inspiration and everything around writing in general through your posts. And I think you’re doing a great job. Considering the number of ‘like,’ I don’t think I’m alone to think that 🙂
    I get it when you talk about coming up with fresh ideas. I also blog since a long time, sooner than you in fact and it is true that remaining original is a challenge.
    I used to blog often and without a schedule. But soon I realized that my most visited posts were related to my French American identity. So I focused on that aspect and a while ago decided to stick to a weekly post that I call French Friday.
    But I also realized that my blog has little to do with my fiction writing, mostly targeted to children and teens.
    I considered having two websites/blogs and voted against since I write under the same name and it would create confusion. Besides every fiction piece I write holds distinct French elements. So I made peace with the fact that my blog, my writing and me will always be in between.
    It’s always great to read you, Mike and I hope everyone will take the opportunity to download your book today. I finally got to it, now that my own novel is in production.
    The release is for the fall. More on that later, on my blog 🙂
    Best to you.

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    • The Eye-Dancers
      Jul 14, 2018 @ 15:27:02

      Thanks so much, Evelyne! Yes, I do think you and I are kindred spirits, as Anne Shirley would say, when it comes to writing and creativity.:) And I am excited to hear that about your novel! I cannot wait to buy it.:)

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  12. Karina Pinella
    Jul 14, 2018 @ 22:40:40

    I have a schedule because if I don’t, then I won’t bother with it. I also have notes and pages of ideas for stories or something. But at times I don’t know whether to reserve some for “later” when I get around to really writing ‘that book’ that I would want to have published and sell. I have such stories but they need to be edited, etc.

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  13. The Eye-Dancers
    Jul 15, 2018 @ 00:33:09

    Hi Karina! It is always great hearing from other writers and their methods on how they go about the creative process. Sometimes just finding the time to write is the challenge, too. I know I have a short story idea I really want to turn into an actual story, but it will need to wait till August due to my schedule this month.:( Always good to hear from you!

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  14. datgirldeeja
    Jul 17, 2018 @ 09:29:41

    wow, six years is a long, long time.

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  15. booksandstuff431
    Jul 20, 2018 @ 15:47:58

    Six years, that’s so awesome. Congrats on that 🙂

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  16. ellie894
    Jul 22, 2018 @ 01:50:03

    Like you Mike, I’m not much of a plan ahead kind of writer on WordPress. I’ve tried to be more scheduled but in the end my inspiration or lack thereof always wins out. If I’m in the moment and the ideas fly it’s glorious. I can’t write that on a calendar. I can only see where I am when I arrive. I always enjoy your writing. It’s heartfelt and thoughtful. Take care, suzanne🌷

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  17. The Eye-Dancers
    Jul 22, 2018 @ 21:37:20

    Thanks so much, Suzanne! It always makes me wonder how people who need to be creative on a set, regular schedule manage to do it. I suppose necessity forces them to.:) I think of pastors who need to craft weekly sermons or even those old comic book writers who needed to come up with several new stories each month. Lots of pressure! Always great to hear from you.:)

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  18. Samara Marie
    Aug 15, 2018 @ 21:15:22

    Congratulations on 6 years of blogging, and thank you for following my blog. I’m enjoying your posts, and I can totally relate to this one.

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