As I was deliberately not trying to write anything for the blog tonight, I glanced at my site, and then thought someone somewhere might appreciate a tiny glimpse behind the scenes (I know, I am terribly enigmatic)
For certain parsings of "terribly"...
Right now there are 72 draft posts in my profile. Some of these are not really drafts at all, just a few lines of something I wanted to remember. Some of them will never go anywhere. Quite a few are something I'd vaguely like to develop further but keep getting distracted.
Mostly what happens is one of the following:
- I read, listen to or discuss something that provokes thought, leading me to start writing a new post rather than finish an old one
- I begin working on a post, have a tangential thought and explore that instead
- I begin working on a post, go to do a little research, and end up writing a completely different post
- In extreme cases, I start writing a post, go to get the link for a post where I previously said something relevant, and either remember that I meant to write a follow-up post or have a new idea inspired by the thing I wrote before
And to be fair, several of the posts there are things like entire campaign settings that are not necessarily well-served by being a blogpost.
Alarmingly, I recently embarked on a concerted effort to cut back that pile, by either finishing posts or discarding them. That's where seven of the last ten posts came from. Unfortunately I have rather a butterfly brain, so my drafts folders tend to replenish themselves just as fast as my scenario seeds list and my reading pile.