Wow. It’s 2010. In fact it’s 4 days into it. Wow. How did that happen? I thought I’d spend this blog looking back on the last 12 months I’ve had as a ‘writer’.
A year ago I wouldn’t have been doing this. I’ve never even dreamed of being a blogger. I hate to say it, but I thought blogging was only for geeks and self obsessed people. Writing was still something I did occasionally, but always knew I’d do it seriously sometime – I knew I had at least one novel inside me.
A year ago the most I’d ever written on any project was about 6,000 words on a novel about a girl who had just finished university and returned to the UK after a year in America. It was going to be about her struggles to find a job and (of course) love. I got a bit bored after 6,000 words and hadn’t touched it since. I’d also written bits and pieces here and there.
A year ago I wanted to do a writing course. My mum had started one YEARS ago, but hasn’t got very far with it. Her course was a correspondence one that you can take as long as you want to do. I wanted to do that. I didn’t know when or how, but I was going to do it.
In January I (kind of) got made redundant. The only job I was able to find in the horrible economic climate we were in at the time, was as a receptionist. At the same time, the writing course company sent me a letter saying that if I started the course now, it would be really cheap. How could I resist, cheap course and stressless job! I sent off the application form and started the course.
That was the turning point. Had I not have signed up for that, nothing that came next would have happened.
My boyfriend then suggested I signed up for a blog too. A what? Oh no, no. I wasn’t a geek. I wasn’t self obsessed enough to do a blog. But, he said, I could write about my course and how I get on. You could use it as an online diary. He did have a point. It was a good idea, so I signed up. And discovered a world I never believed existed. A world of writers, where you can read hints and tips of writing. A world where you can see what other people are doing. A world where there are challenges that will encourage you to write. This was my kind of world.
Not long after this, I decided if I was going to be a writer, I was going to have to start writing more frequently.
Fast forward 11 months.
I now write VERY frequently. I still tend not to write at weekends and generally if I’m not a work. The same with blogging, although I’m a little more regular with that – usually I blog about five times a week. In October I took part in a Novel Push Initiative – where you had to write 250 words a day – I succeeded in this. In November I then took part in NaNoWriMo, where you had to write 50,000 words in the 30 days of the month – I ‘won’ this. In December I finished the first draft of my first novel, which I am about to start editing. I’m about 1/4 of the way through draft one of another. I’ve written 165 blogs, had 1393 visits to my blog and 145 comments. Wow!
All this in a year. I can hardly believe the change.
With this all in mind, I want to finish this blog with a thank you. A thank you to all those people who have helped me to get where I am today.
Firstly I need to thank my mum (she may read this, you never know). Without her signing up to that writing course ten or so years ago, I never would have had the idea to do it so wouldn’t have started the ball rolling. Thanks Mum. Love you.
Next a massive massive thanks to my boyfriend. He’s been so supportive over the last year. Without him I definitely wouldn’t be blogging this, but I’m also not sure I’d have done so well writing. He pushed me when I didn’t want to write, and also gave me the incentive of a Wii if I completed Nano. I’d like to say I would have finished it anyway, but I can’t say for sure! Baby thank you for everything. Love you!
Laura Best, thank you for your regular comments. Everything you say is so encouraging. It’s great to get advice from a published author!
Kait Nolan thanks for your encouragement to join your NovelPI in October. Without that, I may not have done it, so may not have done NaNo.
And lastly a really really big thanks to EVERYONE who reads and/or comments on my blog. It’s such a boost reading stats that people are actually reading what I write, and the comments, that’s even better. Thanks guys, I hope I continue to keep you entertained through 2010 and beyond.
I wonder where I’ll be this time next year…