Sorry about that.
In short? Sometimes the intersection of writing and book blogging sucks. Most of the time, I think it does make me a better writer. Having to think - constantly think - about what I like and don't like in a book does a lot to make me think critically about my writing, and most especially to help me avoid the sorts of tropes and stock characters I hate to read.
Another thing book blogging makes me think about constantly, though, is marketing. And while judging whether or not a current project will sell or get good reviews is certainly a useful ability, it's one that lately I can't seem to turn off: and it's killing me. It's killing all the fun to be had in getting my current story off the ground, because all I can think of is that it's not necessarily one I'd give good reviews as a blogger or one that will be ending up on the NYT bestseller list.
The kicker is that it's not even a project I have real plans to sell. It's one that I'm essentially working on as a long writing exercise to get myself back into the groove, because the last time I finished a novel project was two years ago and that is the most depressing thing ever. So. *pulls hair out*
Here's where I ask for your help, oh infinitely wise readers of this post: has anyone else had this problem? How did you get over it? Any advice on how to get back to writing for me and only me?
Thanks, all, and your regularly scheduled book blogging program will be returning