I founded In Brief three and a half years ago as a way to help me improve as a writer. At the time, I needed the structure to force me to get used to working under a deadline. I needed the commitment to ensure that I put my butt in the seat at least once a week. I needed the low word count to teach me how to best use my words and convey my thoughts. Over the last three years, I’ve benefited from all these things.
What I didn’t plan on, and what I couldn’t have known back in February of 2013, was all the friends I would make and the communities I would become a part of because of this blog. And for that most of all I am sincerely thankful. However, I have been thinking about it for a while and have talked about my blog and what direction I want to take it with my writing group and closest friends. I’ve come to the decision that last week’s Monday post will be the last regular In Brief post I do. Not necessarily forever, but for a while.
The truth of it is that I feel that In Brief has become stale for me. I’m no longer benefiting as much with each passing week and the commitment to work on a weekly post has been detouring time and energy from fiction that is finally gaining some traction. No promises yet, but I feel that I need to devote more time and energy towards that project and less on these posts.
So, what does that mean? I will no longer be posting every Monday, but I do not anticipate that In Brief will go away entirely. When I have something meaningful to say, I’ll still do it 500 words at a time. I’ll still share the steps in my writing journey. I’ll still talk about beer and share things that make me happy. I'll still respond to friends who come on here to chat with me. NathanBarra.com isn’t going away, I’m just turning it into something different.