Maybe a year and a half ago--two years?--I went on a self-induced blog hiatus.
Not writing blogs, but reading them. The publishing ones anyway. Right now publishing is changing a ton, that's clear.
And I was getting bogged down in it. I wasn't getting enough writing done, I wasn't thinking enough about the book I was working on. I was spending the day bouncing from new blog post to new blog post, while waiting for inspiration to strike.
And it never did.
So finally, I just stopped reading. It was freeing. I didn't know the trends in publishing--or at least they weren't readily apparent to me. I didn't need to think as much about the Kindle or e-Book publishing.
All I needed to think about was my book. And that was good.
Because I wrote the book I wanted to. I didn't write a book to fit into a trend or a genre. I didn't worry about how I was going to promote the book--BECAUSE IT WASN'T DONE.
It's better to be somewhat ignorant. You can do what you want. You aren't influenced.
Learn about the biz later.
Write now. It's worked for me.
But I want to hear from the peanut gallery. How do you feel? Do you need to know everything before you write? Or would you rather know nothing about publishing?