What’s next?

Ever look at you blog and wonder why you bother?
No me neither.

It’s two and a half years since I began to blog. I have loved writing every post and this blog is now my diary. My thoughts are here, often in their rawest form. There are days when I am working, or even the occasional moments when I do housework, and I dream of blogging. Yes without doubt I am now a blog addict.

So where to from here?

It has become clear to me that I have no interest in expanding my blog by working on seo or other important blog things photo credit: notemily via photopin cclike I should. Just like in real life I am a minimalist. I like to put as little effort into everything as possible. I see other bloggers getting big views and becoming better known and a part of me cries, (and a part of me bitches) but really I shouldn’t be jealous, for my blog is doing exactly what I am asking of it.

Some of you may remember I completed a creative writing course last year (well all but the very last module) and I loved it. It was with fish publishing. The feedback I got was worth it’s weight in gold and my kind mentor taught me so much. The biggest lesson I learned however, was not about point of view, perspective or show don’t tell, no it was a much simpler lesson, I love writing. Here on my blog I write reality, but when I was doing my course I was writing stories and how I loved the experience.

Every couple of weeks an email would arrive with the details of the module within it, along with relevant stories showing how it looks when the topic is done well. I would look and wonder, how was I going to do what was asked? Sometimes I’d think that it was an uninteresting topic, or I’d no idea how to begin. I’d close my laptop and go away daunted or disappointed.

Then slowly I’d find myself becoming consumed. A thought would occur to me, usually out of the blue. I’d begin to wonder was this something I could make into a story? Over days I’d become more and more obsessed with the story until I had to drop everything to let it out. Finishing it always left me with a great feeling of satisfaction.photo credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/69065182@N00/12011421575">Certainty and Doubt</a> via <a href="http://photopin.com">photopin</a> <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/">(license)</a>

Then I’d leave it there, and sure enough over a few days I’d begin to doubt what I’d written. Was it any good? Did it make sense? Did I fall into traps I wasn’t even aware of in my writing? By the time I’d press send I’d be a mix of embarrassed and nervous by my story.

Thankfully the feedback when it arrived was always very positive, even when it was not.

Since then I’ve joined an online writing group, called Imagine, write, inspire. It is mentored by Carmel Harrington who has two books under her belt (Beyond Graces rainbow, and The life you left, both great reads) and another two soon to be published. She has been hugely generous of her time and I’ve found the group a great place to bounce off ideas, dust off stories, listen and learn with like minded individuals. Since joining I’ve had the courage to send off two stories to competitions, one was longlisted, the other is not to be decided on until September, so it’s still a maybe.

Come September my youngest is off to secondary school which means that for the first time in nineteen years I will be free from 9am until 4.15pm. I am thinking, surely I’ll have time to write? So my plan for the future is, to continue to write short stories and flash fiction, perhaps do another course and wait for it… continue to write my book.

Yes I have begun a book. I’ve only written the first chapter and already I’m full of doubt, but it’s a story I’ve been thinking of for quite some time. I’m not exactly sure where it’s going to go yet, but everyone must start somewhere.

So there you have it, my future hopes and dreams. I was reluctant to write this as sharing it meant I’d have to follow through, but I’ve done it now, so no going back.

The biggest drawback of all this is that I cannot share my stories here as all the competitions want unpublished stories. I itch to let you read them, but for now I’ll have to leave them to your imagination.

So now you know, probably more than my own family, where my writing is going. I will continue to blog here and read and enjoy your posts and comments as much as I always have. This blog has been a life saver for me, and now it has brought me to a new path in life.

I look forward to travelling it with you all.

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40 thoughts on “What’s next?

    1. Maybe in time I’ll get a couple of stories published and I’ll be able to post them here. Thanks for always being so supportive.

  1. I love that you are pursuing your live if writing! As for posting your stories, most places that wasn’t first rights will accept stories that were posted online ad long as the post/blog has no more than x number of readers. That used to be 1000 readers but I haven’t checked lately. So you might want to check on that.

    And as for having more time when your youngest starts school, that will only happen if you budget the time now. If you don’t schedule it, there will always be something that will take that time.

    I look forward to reading everything you post.

    1. Your tip about allocating time is a very good one. I will make a point of doing that, because you are so right time just slips away.
      I’ll dig a little deeper into what they say about pre published. Thanks Corina

    1. Thank you. I am sorry I’m so late replying but when I read your comment I was so delighted. I’d love if you decided to take the plunge. We’ve nothing to lose, and we might enjoy the process.

      1. I keep telling myself that – even if I just finish the book and it never sells, I think I’ll still feel like I’ve done something worthwhile with my free time. It’s either that or TV, right? πŸ˜€

        1. Yes go for it. I’ve read the best way to write a book is to write it. There is much sense in that, so even when I don’t feel like writing it I am trying to knuckle down.
          Best of luck.

    1. Thanks for you very kind comment. I am trying to take baby steps, but if I am to do this I need to give it time and put in the effort. This post was to push me to do that. Hopefully by Christmas I’ll be on well on my way.

  2. Great to hear! I’m on a blog break, as I simply can’t get myself to write these days, but I hope and trust there is more to write… It is so satisfying and fulfilling. I love your writing and am so glad to be following your writing journey!

    1. Thank you Lucia. I follow you on FB and no wonder you have little time for writing. I think it is a need we have at times, sometimes greater than others. I’m delighted to have got to know you through your writing and I often think of your lovely daughter Elizabeth Blue who I also got to meet via your writing.

  3. You go girl, we can be first time published authors together. I can’t wait to read your stories. I will be taking your picture to be matted this coming weekend so I will hopefully get it in the mail by next Monday. I don’t know the matting process, if it is anything like framing, I will need to leave it there and then come back later in the week to pick it up. Since I am doing 5 of them that may be what I will have to do. Best wishes on your writing, keep us posted as you travel this new road.

      1. I told my husband tonight, hours ago, that I need to do it or not. I have many ideas. It’s really a time issue. But something I want to do. And thank you Tric. That felt good to read.

  4. Fair play on sharpening that writing mojo, tric. And besta luck with the book. Some of my favourite blogs have a fistful of readers; god forbid the stats become a measure of quality. Enjoy the journeying further into the new foray.

    1. Thanks. It’s a beginning but I am so enjoying what I’m doing, so hopefully I’ll continue to. Maybe one day you’ll join me. You write so well.

  5. I started writing my blog February 14, 2013. It was meant to be a place to vent my frustrations about the injustices going on in the world around me, but it has evolved into something much deep, a place I had no idea I was going with it when I started it. Now this blog is my lifeline; it is my place to explore memories, feelings, and to get these out through my writing. In the process, I found I could write this stuff in poetry, something which I had no idea I could do. I love to write, and I look for opportunities to write somewhere, a class or something. I guess when the time I right, the time to write (pun intended), will be put in front of me.

    1. A class is wonderful, and one you could actually go to would be great. Reading your comment I can see you look at your blog as I do mine. I’d be lost without it.

  6. “I’m full of doubt” ?

    don’t let worry of other folks opinion stop you from writing, tric – even J.K. Rowling must have moments when she wonders if that new book she’s spent months working on will be another best-seller or judged by others as a load of tripe

    go for it, girl – follow your dream !

    1. Thanks Duncan. You were the first person to put writing into my head ages ago when you suggested I self publish some of my posts for Xmas. I’d never thought of that for a second. So thank you!

  7. My dream is to write, write, write, as well! My breast cancer blog has been a great outlet, but the question for me is, “Where do I go from here?” Good for you for following your dream!

    1. I was reading your blog the other day and it is so well written.Well done. I was on my phone and couldn’t comment. My sister and three first cousins have had breast cancer between ten years and two years ago, and are all doing well (always good to hear that I’m sure)
      I think you’re writing is so good that maybe in time when cancer is not taking up so much time you might get a chance to branch out and write other things. I think writing finds us and I am sure in time it will lead you where you want to go.
      Best of luck in your treatment. My sister and cousins have shown me, there is a whole lot of life after cancer.

  8. I think your plans are great and I wish you all the best in submitting your writing, as well. Earlier this year I was about to quit my blog. I started feeling that after four years I had reached my finish line. Then I started thinking about life without my blog, without writing for my blog, without the connections with other bloggers and friends.
    I returned, needless to say, and did some remodeling and I’m back at it. I have no idea how long I’ll continue but I write for me, from my heart and am grateful for the following I’ve established. I think that’s the key…do it because we enjoy it, it sets us free by being able to express what is in our minds and hearts…keep your dreams alive, Tric! xx

  9. So happy to hear about the expansion of your writing. Good for you! I know the story about not being able to share your other writing on your blog, as the same thing happens with me and my poems. Best wishes as you continue to develop your skills and work on contests and publication. One word of advice: there will be a lot of rejection, but don’t get discouraged. It makes the acceptances that much sweeter when they come.

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