Today you asked me to pick up a book, turn to page 29, see what word jumps out at me, and write a letter using the word as inspiration. Now, I’ve got lots of books, I could’ve chosen any… history, plays, novels, poetry, even creative writing tomes, but today the writing gods led my hand to Marina Lewycka’s ‘We are all made of glue’ (one of my favs… if you haven’t read it, do!).
I’ve had a rough count of the words, and there’s around about 350 on that page, and do you know which one took my eye first? Well, do you?
‘Now that’s fates hand working if ever I saw it’, I thought.
To be honest, it made me chuckle. Of all those words that could have leapt from the page ‘hard’ seemed the most apt for a writing 101 challenge. Not that, generally, I’ve found the pieces hard to write. On the contrary, as each day and challenge passes, generally I find the ideas are forming quicker and the words are spilling from my keyboard in a smoother stream.
But it is hard sometimes to find the time. Even me, in my retired state finds it hard to fit writing in every day. Something has to give. So the housework doesn’t get done, or we get in to an unmade bed at night, or we have a quick, thrown-together-with-left-overs dinner in the evening.
Sometimes, I look at the challenge that arrives in my inbox first thing in the morning, and sigh heavily.
‘Phew, I could do with giving it a rest today’ but nonetheless, I see all the others in the commons writing brilliant stuff, and know I need to keep up.
The other thing, that I am truly finding hard, is the change that’s taking place on my blog. Up until recently, all I had posted was ramblings and rants based around my chaotic life. Not so long ago, I took the plunge and diversified into adding some photos and poetry (that was very hard. I had to suck my teeth and take the plunge – glad I did though, nothing but nice comments about it so far, and met some brilliant new followers). And now, since taking up your challenge, I have been writing fiction and sticking it up on the blog.
I’ve always written short stories. I like writing them, and think they’re generally ok. But they weren’t really for public consumption. Now though, everyone is getting to see the warped contours of my imagination. Again, nothing but complimentary comments, but at least one person was worried that one of them was non-fiction. For the record…no, I haven’t murdered anyone!
The hardest thing is seeing how my precious blog is changing. Morphing into something it wasn’t supposed to be. I’m publishing things on there that I wouldn’t have dreamed of sharing before starting this course. I look at the home page and hope that people are not just reading the first post, but having a look around to see who I really am.
Ok, hopefully you’ve got the gist. I’m finding writing 101 hard in all sorts of ways. Nonetheless I’m loving it. Yes, it’s hard to go straight to my computer and start tapping away first thing, but my head is now brimming with ideas and I can’t wait to get them down on the page. Yes, it’s hard to see my blog growing up. But it is becoming varied, and with any luck, more interesting. I’ve certainly gained lots more followers since starting, and have had some lovely comments.
So thank you pixies. You’ve made me realise that my writing really does benefit from daily practice, and that with a simple prompt my mind can fly. That if I’m brave enough to share all of it, I’ve got friends out there who will comment and give some constructive criticism where necessary. It’s been an enormous boost to my confidence, and motivation.
Now I feel empowered. If I keep at it I feel sure my blog will grow and blossom, and it’s all thanks to you.