Been a while.
When I started writing this blog back in… 2005 was it?… I had no idea how long I’d do it or how many people would ever read it.
Turns out the answers to those questions were “years” and “a lot.” And when you grow a site to the level where it gets national attention, you feel like you have an obligation you never really wanted. I have a job and a family and friends, and suddenly the blog was a slog.
Then, one day, I sort of ran out of things to write about.
I say “sort of,” because there’s actually a bunch of things I have to say, but I just didn’t feel like putting them down in words anymore. I took a month off from posting, which turned into two months, which has turned into pretty much a year.
And it was a good year.
Of course, while I let the weeds grow, the world kept on spinning. There’s plenty left to discuss about the craft and business of screenwriting, but I’ve obviously lost (at least for now) the passion for publishing it all week after week.
Let me confirm what’s blindingly obvious: The Artful Writer is pretty much kaput as a blog. I just don’t want to do it anymore. However, there’s Something New coming, which should please a few of you, annoy a few of you, and hopefully entertain and inform the great rest of you.
Until then, I want to thank everyone who visited this site and read what I had to say, as well as all everyone who participated over the years. It was a strange, gratifying, frustrating, useful and useless venture, which is about all I could have ever hoped for it to be.
If you’re not already following John August’s site, you should be. He’s the Lou Gehrig of screenwriting bloggers.
And in a week or so, he’ll have some cool news.