Archive | January 4, 2010

Looking back on 2009

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…