If you read this blog on a regular basis, I'm going to take a guess and say you read a lot of other blogs, too. Most of those on my daily reading list are writing related, even if the only connection is I know the person through the writing world. It can take me two hours to get through my regulars, and I sometimes question if that's a good use of my time.
I'm not working, so I can't make the argument that I have other, more pressing, obligations, but I'm sure Ibis could come up with better ways for me to spend my time. Every time I start to wonder how useful these blogs really are, the universe gets together and tells everyone to write about the very things I have swirling in my mind.
Just this week, I read an article at Writers Unboxed that says if you really want readers to care, the antagonist needs to be as developed as the protagonist. You can't have the bad guy be bad just for plot's sake; in the bad guy's mind he's doing the right thing and it's our job as a writer to show that.
When I read this, I had just introduced my bad guy. He was in the room and made eye contact with my protagonist, but the real introduction is still to come. I still need to get into what makes him tick. The article says that we probably all know this by now, but the timing couldn't have been better. I'm looking at this character differently, and I hope the reader will, too.
Several of the agent blogs I read have focused on mistakes beginner writers make, either when writing their novels or querying agents. Since I'm writing my first novel AND preparing to query for the first time, all have had a strong impact on me.
Finally, my blog friends have seemed to mirror my emotions lately, and while that may not help with my writing, it makes me feel a little less isolated. Knowing others have doubts and question themselves makes me feel like all these doubts are normal.
Does this every happen to you? Do you find the universe conspires to answer your questions, sometimes before you've even voiced the question?