Does anyone else find it harder to concentrate in summer than at other times of the year?
As I make some progress on the newest manuscript, my mind wanders more often than not. There must be more to it than hot humid weather because we’ve had a number of nice days this summer, and my brain still goes strolling off. Here’s a sampling of what it periodically brings home.
Overwhelming Choice Paralyzes
This came about after I spent time browsing the Kindle store looking for a new mystery. Even after narrowing the categories from Mystery, Thriller & Suspense (195,520) to Mystery (87,710) to Cozy, I ended up with 6,929 titles. By the way, did you know that you can further refine Cozy by Animals, Crafts & Hobbies, and Culinary? Who knew? Okay, I’m sure some of you did. I’m a bit slow to learn the inner workings of anything technology-related these days….
But scrolling through all 6,929 titles? Ain’t gonna happen folks. After scrolling through the first 150 or so, I gave up. Not because my mind was wandering but because it was overwhelmed. I couldn’t decide if I liked the sound of a book or not. Even though some had good reviews and were free, I couldn’t click “buy.” Even if they were free. I was paralyzed. Overwhelmed. Don’t get me wrong—consumer choice is a good thing. But I think it’s possible to have too many choices….
Honestly, this led one of those moments where I thought, Why am I even considering an attempt to publish? Even with great marketing, who would find my book amidst thousands of choices? Choose “Women Sleuths” from the Mystery category on a Kindle and you get 16,784 titles at 12:48 pm EST on 16 July 2015. Seriously—who would find mine, let alone read the blurb and then click buy?
I’m still writing, by the way, but reminding myself that finding even 100 readers who didn’t know me would be a victory in itself.
Social Media Shows How Different We Are
You might be thinking I made a mistake in that heading, but I didn’t. Yes, social media can bring people together in amazing ways that were never possible before. And that’s wonderful. But as Facebook insists on filling my news feed with everything my friends have liked and suggesting I should like them too, I’m often left thinking, I have no interest in this.
Sometimes I’m just not interested—our hobbies are different. Other times I don’t agree with a political or religious stance. As in strongly disagree. As in going so far as to hide particular posts. Some friends may have done the same with things I’ve liked or posts I’ve made. But reading my news feed makes me wonder just how much we have in common with friends and families, let alone people we only know online. Maybe it’s wisdom, maybe it’s just getting old, but I think it’s possible to know way too much about way too many people.
Um, JM … Get Back To The Manuscript
Okay, maybe that’s more than you wanted to know about my mind’s workings. I’ll keep drafting this newest story. The draft just reached 20,000 words for what that’s worth. 😉 In the meantime, be sure to drop by on August 4th for a very special guest post by K.C. Tansley for the release of her novel The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts through Beckett Publishing Group. I’ve read the advance copy, and I couldn’t put it down. The book will be published on 1 August 2015 and is available for preorder. Why not check out the early reviews and reserve your copy now?