This is my first blog post of 2014. How exciting. I’ve made it this far submitting regular(ish) posts for your approval, and I’m pleased with that. So, for the next phase, I’m going to attempt to up the ante for myself. For 2014, I will add a monthly fiction post on the 16th of the month. It might be a poem, or a short story, or an extract from something bigger that I’m working on. Whatever it is, you will see it here first.
Occasionally something like Fairy Tale Friday will catch my eye, and I will join in with things that will get posted here as well. It’s great when I get inspired by something like this, but it does seem that I struggle to keep going with them. I have my own projects, which are busy cluttering up my mind and not leaving enough space for outside projects. On the one hand, it’s nice to be so engrossed in what I’m doing, but on the other it does seem a shame not to be entering more competitions. After all, a lot of writers seem to get their big breaks from competitions. And sometimes they produce things that can make you feel really proud.
I’ve also been invited to join a local writing group this year. I hope that meeting up with other writers on a regular basis will keep me motivated and encourage me to plough on, putting more words on paper. Sometimes it doesn’t seem to matter what I write, I just need to keep getting those words down in order to stay motivated. Stephen King, in his book On Writing, accredits his prolific reputation to his discipline in sitting down every day and writing 1000 words. 1000 words isn’t much. In my hand-writing, it’s about 4 sides of A4 (wide-ruled). Keep that up every day for three months, and you’ve written a novel’s worth of words.
Due to my fibromyalgia, I can’t always guarantee that I will be lucid enough to write 1000 words in a day. If I’m sitting in a trance, trying to remember what my name is and whether I’m wearing socks or not, any words I manage to produce are not likely to be in English. It’s not a bad practice to get in to for the other days though, and those are the days that count.
I’ve also decided to go back to my old day job. I gave it up for the reasons described above, but I miss it. I miss being a holistic therapist. Despite my approach being firmly in the weird-and-wacky camp, I always tried to keep myself serious. I was ashamed of something I was, and am, really good at. So in line with my own resolution, I shall be restarting the sideline. I’ll still keep writing, still keep blogging, and still keep loving it. But now I shall also be doing it over here as well. I might make mention of it from time to time, but I won’t keep plugging it ruthlessly I promise. If you’re interested in that sort of thing you now have access to it, and if you’re not you’re not.
By the end of 2014, I hope to achieve:
1 blog post each week;
1 fiction post each month;
1000 words a day;
Attend a writing group;
It’s shaping up to be a pretty cracking year.