Facebook confession

I feel like I’ve been cheating on my blog with Facebook. I want to apologize.

It’s just so easy to write a one-sentence message and send it out. With the blog, I feel a need to revise and shape a few paragraphs into something you might find worth reading.

The other Facebook temptation is the response from “friends,” which is also effortless and thus much more plentiful and immediate. (It’s all about instant gratification, isn’t it?)

Today, I posted something that I thought was pretty mundane along the lines of: “Off to the library to work on a new book and I don’t know quite where I’m going.”

A few responses were kind and supportive, along the lines of, “You go girl,” and “I have faith in you.”

But there were several posts with suggestions of what I could or even should write next. I’m not sure why this drives me so crazy but it does. I wasn’t shopping for an idea. Honest. That’s not how novels are born — not mine anyway.

I’ve learned my lesson. I’m going to limit my Facebook comments to the weather, food, and current events and save the more “serious” musings for you guys. Whoever you are. Wherever you are.


  1. Two Bloggers on December 23, 2009 at 10:01 am

    If you keep writing, we’ll keep reading. Good luck with the book, whatever subject you choose.

  2. Anita Diamant on December 25, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Thanks bloggers twain. And I think I came up with a decent approach for my new book. Or at least, enough of an idea to keep from freaking out.

  3. WordDoc on December 26, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    I give up on Facebook and twitter isn’t working out for me. I do prefer blogging, and anything you care to share about the birth of a book is welcomed.

  4. Sole~Bound on December 28, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    lol..see, this is why I dont do that or tweet either… stay away from that feedback, it will only drain, I think your great. And it’s not anyone’s place to judge your idea-getting-inspiration-technique for how you write your novels, I mean really though? they need to get a life! lol

  5. Kathy on December 30, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    How cool that you have a blog! I found it while searching for posts about your book “The Red Tent,” which I just finished reading last night. (Great job, by the way). If you are interested, you can read my post about it here:


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  7. Chantelle on March 18, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    I love your books, and am so glad you’re continuing writing. I just found this blog and am so excited!

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