WordPress has just informed me that it’s been a whopping 23 days since I last posted. I am deeply, deeply ashamed.
I don’t want to make excuses, but I do have excuses! There have been a million and one things going on in my life recently… I got a new job (yay!), which I love. It’s only been two weeks, but I’m really mega enjoying myself. Mainly, I’ve just been getting back into the swing of life again, after a low period. I’m sure I will write about that soon. I don’t think it’s wise to pretend these things haven’t happened. Life is a rollercoaster, as Ronan Keating would all want us to know.
(Here’s a quirky, British, TOTP version. You’re welcome.)
Too long ago, my wonderful pal Mollie over at Mollie’s Musings invited me to complete my Writer’s Bucket List. You should read Mollie’s blog. Mollie’s blog is a good blog. I actually feel like, at this point in my life, now is a good time to set my writing ‘goals’.
So, this is probably on a lot of people’s bucket lists, but it’s pretty current for me. I lost my way with Whisper, which breaks my heart, because it has been a source of comfort to me through hard times. I am not writing to make millions – I am writing, though it sounds cliche, because I can’t keep the stories in my head. I would love to be published though – self publishing is great and it’s wonderful that writers are able to get their work out, without relying on participation from external parties, but there is something satisfying about print, and it would be a shame to let traditional publishing dreams die. I obviously need to finish my manuscript before I can even think about anything beyond that, but I have a rough timeline in my head. Fingers crossed. There’s a snapshot from Scrivener above – I’m holding myself accountable…
Write outside of my comfort zone
I tend to find that I write very similar characters. My protagonists tend to be female, strong willed, young and facing adversity. Don’t get me wrong – I love that character, but I want to train myself to move away from that pattern. Particular characters I hope to write are the following:
- A ruthless detective of either gender – I actually started a short story called Gin, which was a murder mystery and began that ‘detective’ idea, in a non-traditional sense. I must finish that. I posted the opening chapter, if you wanted to check it out and peer pressure me into finishing it…
- An elderly gentleman, nearing the end of his life – a feeling I couldn’t imagine is spending your entire life with someone and transitioning to being alone once that person passes away. In my head, that seems like something humans can’t bounce back from, but so many people do.
- A mentally unwell character – probably male, probably suffering from a serious mental health condition. I find mental health fascinating and would love to research it more, in order to develop a character that portrays that struggle compassionately and accurately. I hate that we don’t talk about mental health. We should.
Go on more solo adventures
This is a long term resolution. I did this a few months ago (here ICYMI)
and spent a few days in London. Sometimes, it’s easy to get caught up in life, as I have demonstrated through my Bad Blogger Award recently. I love being around people and bouncing off others and I don’t think we can get by without companionship, friendship and solidarity. I also benefit from quiet alone time, where I can gather my thoughts, focus my plans and organise my brain. My few days in London really cemented a lot of plans in my head. I definitely want to do it again, and I want to broaden my horizons: visit the countryside, the cities, the remote hilltops, new cultures… I can’t wait to experience more and more as my confidence grows.
Learn how to write a screenplay
I’ve actually taken steps towards doing this already! I am a confident prose and poetry writer, and I have dabbled in scripts and screenplays at University, but I am by no means comfortable with doing it. Even if I never make a success of it, I would love to feel confident in doing it. I just bought Into the Woods by John Yorke and I am really looking forward to developing my skills.
Inspire and encourage others to write
This is something I have always wanted to achieve. I will never stop preaching the benefits of writing, blogging and reading. Creating something from scratch, with nothing but your imagination, blows my mind. Using words as an outlet for your emotion, from intense grief to overwhelming elation, is the closest thing to magic that I will ever find. I went into teaching to inspire and to educate and to encourage. It’s not just a teaching thing though; it’s a personality thing. I love educating people. I love encouraging and building people up. I love inspiring people to do something that they wouldn’t necessarily think to do. Just because I have moved away from teaching, doesn’t mean I won’t continue to pursue that dream.
“We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.” John Keating – Dead Poets Society
I solemnly swear I will not let this slip backwards again. I’ve missed you all and missed blogging. Life is beginning again and I am truly excited to be a part of it.
What is your writer’s bucket list?