It’s been six months! SIX months since my last post. That’s terrible.
The writing has crawled to a halt over the last couple of months, for a variety of reasons. But over the weekend, I came to a decision. If I want to be a writer, I need to write all the time, not just when I feel like it.
“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.”
― Stephen King,
I been doing the reading thing. Check out my goodreads page for proof of that.
And I’ve been trying to read from all areas, trying new authors and things I have never touched before. But the writing has suffered as a result – I’m just finding I am getting distracted by too many things. There’s always housework that needs doing, just five more minuets on the ipad (playing Zombie Castaway of all things) or just that feeling of I’m not going to achieve it so what’s the point.
But over the weekend I considered if I don’t actually do writing, put the time in and focus every day, then I will never achieve my goal and it’ll just be one more thing I let go over the years.
I started a new habit, which I was proud of.
Our mobile library visits every fortnight, about an hour before I have to go and collect the boys from school. So I joined up, chose some books for me and the lads, then go and order a hot chocolate, and sit in Tesco cafe for the rest of the hour and write on the pad. I have limited access to the wifi (I’m not hooking onto a public one that quickly) and can just sit, sip chocolate and write without distractions. If only there was a local library/community cafe where I could do that every afternoon! But I found I’m writing about 600 words a time, filling in gaps in the story, and getting some good stuff down.
But I need to do this more than once a fortnight.
Killiecrankie has gone through some changes since I started it, and I’ve learnt a lot about that time period. The end is almost here for it, if I can just tie it all together.
So here’s a promise to myself. I will write every day, even if it’s only to edit a few lines. I will finish this story, check it, write a synopsis, and send it to a publisher. I need to.
Oh, and I’ll try and blog about it more often, keep you in the loop.
Thanks for sticking with me!