Saturday, July 21, 2007

No Thoughts

A writer friend of mine emailed me yesterday wondering why I wasn’t posting my thoughts here.  My first reaction was, how nice that she cares, and my second was, what thoughts?

I’ve been reading a lot and I have thoughts about the books I read, but this blog was meant to be about writing thoughts, as it says above.  The problem is I have no writing thoughts.

About once or twice a week I get an email from a fan who is waiting for the next book in the Faye Quick series.  That makes me think about writing for as long as it takes me to answer the writer and tell him/her that there won’t be anymore Faye novels because my contract wasn’t picked up.  And then I don’t think about writing after that.

Actually, I just realized that I’m lying.  Occasionally I think of what I might write if I start writing.  These are fleeting thoughts and certainly not worth posting.

I have thoughts about politics (who doesn’t?) but that’s not what this blog is about.  I also think abouth movies I’ve seen.  Not about that either.

But thoughts about me writing?  Nope. We’re halfway through the summer and I guess I had a secret thought that I might start a new book after Labor Day.  And I might.

Here’s the thing: I don’t miss writing at all.  I have no idea how long that will last.  Maybe forever.  Maybe until Labor Day.

Sometimes I think about other writers.  I read about their deals and hope that huge sums of money won’t ruin their careers.  Or I notice that a very good writer has disappeared from the scene.  In fact I could probably do a whole post about Whatever happened to…?

Still, that’s not about my writing thoughts.  Maybe I should branch out and write about some of the things I mentioned above.  But a lot of people write about those things and better than I would.

I know I’ve posted about publishing before.  So what more is there to say?  We all know it’s only going to get worse.

This doesn’t mean I won’t post again until I know what I’m going to write.  Something will rile me up or spin me around and I’ll put my two cents in.

So, stay tuned.


Jessica Ferguson said...

Glad to see a new post. I check in daily... waiting, waiting. :) If you don't miss writing, that's okay but there are many of us who miss you, so we'll be watching for your next post. And Sandra, if you want to blog about other things, books your reading, a certain author's voice or style, or authors who have disappeared, believe me, we'll tune in.

Enjoy the rest of your summer. It's sure going by fast.

Sandra Scoppettone said...

Thanks for giving me permission to blog about anything, Jess, but I started this blog for one reason and that was to show what it was like to be a writer. So I feel obligated to stick to that.

And btw, thanks for sticking with me.

Jessica Ferguson said...

Yikes... I didn't mean to sound as though I was giving you permission... I always think anything a REAL author has to say is interesting. :)

Sandra Scoppettone said...

I shouldn't have used the word permission. I know what you meant. And I'm not so sure anything an author says is interesting.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I find what you say about "not writing" as compelling as what you say about "writing." It's all part of a writer's life after all. And that's your subject matter here.

Have you been following the horrible saga of Theresa and Jeremy in the NYT? What a horror story.