If you’ll excuse the nice, generic title, (:p) I’d like to talk about my writing. I’ve been thinking about the steps I want to take and though I run the risk of repeating myself, I want to discuss about things in more detail. So… The next few posts are going to be a series related to the same subject; stuff I’m writing.
*I haven’t written any poetry since I was 14 (maybe younger) and all of it is so closely buried in my adolescent angst that I can’t stand the thought of writing more. I’ll elaborate when I get to that heading.
I want to talk about each style of writing, what I know about it, what I feel about it and if I plan to do any of it in the future. Some of those headings you’ll probably assume I have every intention of getting on with, others you may be surprised to hear what I’ve been up do. I guess that depends on how long (if at all) you’ve been following this blog.
The second, and more important reason behind doing this, is to force myself to think more clearly about where I want to take my writing as a part time career. As you probably all know, my time is monopolised by my children and while that’s fine by me, it means that I have to take especial care over what I commit to and when. If I want to give a task my time and attention, then I have to be sure that 1) I really want to do it and 2) it’s worth doing. That way, in the time I have portioned off for writing, I can be sure that I’m not wasting precious minutes on non-essential faff.
Some people make lists. Others keep notes or write diaries. I write posts on my blog and talk to you fine people about my plans and, believe it or not, use the comments and the conversations we have to help make my decisions. Never underestimate the value of another person’s opinion. Whether they know all the ins and outs of my personal situation is irrelevant- in fact, it’s sometimes helpful, because they can cast a fresh and unbiased eye on my thoughts and bring to my attention things that I hadn’t previously thought of. Obviously some suggestions and ideas I can’t take up, but others are downright lovely!
I also find that talking about these things here makes me accountable. Not that you guys are going to string me up and beat me if I don’t do what I say I’m going to do, but by voicing my thoughts, ideas and plans to somebody other than myself, there is additional motivation there to get things done. I’ve always been like that and I’ve certainly been more productive since acknowledging that fact for myself.
Finally, the internet is forever, whereas paper, and computer files have a habit of getting lost/eaten/dying on me. Previous painful experience has taught me how to back things up, but by using this blog as a means to record my plans, not only are they safe (so long as WordPress doesn’t die!), but I can always come back and check on my plans. Having a record is infinitely helpful.
So… I look forward to writing these posts in the coming weeks. Sundays I’ll reserve for Sunday Snippets, but the Tuesday and Friday slots will be taken up by completing the above list.
Have you guys got any writing plans? What about new ideas you’re planning to take forward? I’d love to hear from you, as always! ^_^