I'm off to Dubai tomorrow for five days or so on business. I've got a very crowded schedule and there'll be no time for blogging. I imagine the ensuing peace and quiet will be welcomed by all, especially the neighbours on West Egg.
While I'm away I will be thinking about the topics I'd like to address on the blog after I get back. Here's a flavour of what's in my mind:
1 What is the natural lifespan of an unpublished writer's blog? Obviously, there is only so much you can say about not breaking into print.
2 How depression affects writers. I've been putting off tackling this subject ever since I started my blog because it looms so large in my life. In the Pundy House it truly is the elephant in the room, almost blocking out the light.
3 The best way to self-publish. Putting up your novel on the net so people can read it from a screen or print it out is not the answer. Most people still want to read a book. What's the best way to satisfy that need if you can't get published in the traditional way?
4 Beyond technique. There is a lot of really good advice and information out there on how to be a good writer but most of it is from a technical perspective. Grammar, dialogue, plotting etc. But assuming you've mastered the basics, what will turn you into a truly great writer? I need to know.
5 How to use your blog to be a better writer
6 Is writing a blog any different from writing a novel?
7 How to get a link to the GOB. Only joking. Given that I'm going to continue to write this damned blog I would like more readers though. How to get them is the question.
8 Is humour funny? I'm not joking. Should this blog adopt a more serious tone if it ever wants to be taken seriously.
Well, the contemplation of those little questions should tide me over my sojourn across the desert. Might even take my mind off the saddle sores.
See you at the back end of next week.