On Writing: an update

On Writing: an update

Soooo, I sat down, determined to write something about writing today. Then Facebook happened. Forty minutes later and I’ve given myself a good old metaphorical kick up the you know what, and I’m actually typing.

Whether that will amount to writing remains to be seen.

I’ve had an interesting few months.

Haven’t we all?

Life with three kids gets busier by the day, and I’ve been happy to go with the flow, do what needs to be done. Limiting the stress as much as possible. Even if that’s meant limiting the writing too.

And then, the world. What can I say? I’m still processing to be honest and doing a lot, A LOT, of reading. I have so much that I want to say, but I am hyper aware that I speak from a position of privilege and when I do write about how broken we are, I want to get it right.

So, that’s for another day.

As we head towards the end of the year though (how did that happen?), my thoughts are beginning to turn to the New Year. New starts and all that. I don’t make resolutions, but I do have goals. My last musings on writing and blogging alluded to a refinement in focus come January: less of some stuff, more of others.

Still a work in progress, of course, but I am gaining clarity.

I find myself circling back to the question of monetization. Don’t I always?! But, I think I might be ready to actually make something of that. I’m getting a clearer picture in my mind of where this blog might go, if I’m to continue to write it AND feel that I’m doing something productive with my time.

Decisions, decisions.

The key thing though? I need to actually start writing again.

I’ve loved getting back to The Prompt. Although, as with most linkies these days it seems, it’s getting quieter and quieter. I need to decide what I do about that come January, if indeed I do anything. More decisions!

But, I’m not writing much beyond that. I sit down each week and love the act of writing a poem (because it always turns into a poem). Playing with the words, finding the layers and the meaning, expressing the sentiment. It’s a happy place to be.

I just need to apply that process to more of the ideas that are bouncing around in my head.

Because I spend far too much time thinking about what I might write, how I might write it, what people might think of what I write/how I write, whether what I write is of any use for anything, at all. The never ending Catch 22 of a self-confessed perfectionist.

I take myself far too seriously.

I’m not really sure what the purpose of this post is, other than to process some of the thoughts swirling in my head and to perhaps draw a(nother) line in the sand by which to hold myself accountable going forward.

So, here goes.

More writing! Less procrastination. Less worry about writing the ‘right’ thing. Less concern with finding the perfect words, every time. Less focus on whether any one (other than me) cares… Less Facebook!

But perhaps most importantly, more fun.

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9 thoughts on “On Writing: an update”

  1. Oh, I am having similar thoughts about my sewing and making and creating, and have come to some very similar conclusions…I need to stop trying so hard and start just ‘making’ for the joy of it and see what happens. And, like you, these thoughts are swirling around in my mind and need to land somewhere! New Year is always a good time for that sort of thing isn’t it…formulating these thoughts into a goal or plan of some kind. Good luck with it all :)
    (And by the way I just love your writing x)

  2. It is nice to see what your inner thoughts are. I think, as the end of the year approaches, we all get a bit sentimental, looking back on what we’ve done and looking forward on what we’ll do. It’s great to have a plan, but for me, it’s those little victories that mean the most, even if I do not reach the master plan goal. It will come, when the time is right. I heard a sentence a while ago, and it is perfect : ” Nobody will ever know what God’s master plan is, so do not get stuck and stressed over the temporary. Keep going, believe in you.”
    See you on Friday:)x

  3. So much going on and so much to think about Sara. I hear you loud and clear! It’s funny that there don’t seem to be as many linkies going on any more. They are a lot of work to run though and personally, I haven’t been blogging regularly enough to keep up with them.

  4. Sometimes it helps to write things out I think, and I enjoyed finding out some of what’s whirling around your head. It really has been such a year hasn’t it? Far too much to get your (one’s) head round! At times I’ve blogged my way through it and at times it’s stopped me being able to write entirely. Really would love to meet you one day and have a big old chat! Do let me know if you’re in the Uk and fancy doing something – would love you to be able to join in one of our #whatImWriting meet ups.Thanks for linking up – oh and I’ve just realised I totally forgot to link to the Prompt the other week when I said I might – sorry! xxx

  5. Lovely lady, I honestly think that it boils down to this: just write…. it’s the simplest and best advice we will ever get. It sounds like you have lots of balls to juggle, and that you’re unsure of many things. Ultimately you’ll listen to your gut and do what’s best. Blogging is wonderful but we should never blog for the sake of it, because what’s the point? After you’ve been around as long as we have there is already tons of great content for readers, old and new, to browse through.

    For what it’s worth I think you should focus on ditching the perfectionism, it’s not good for the soul. Sending love your way xx #whatimwriting

  6. I love your blog, especially The Prompt. Hopefully I’ll be more present now I’ve done NaNoWriMo. I was playing with another poets poem the other day and refigured it into a pantoum (four line verses with repeating lines) which made some relevant meanings sing out. I’d love to share it, but feel fraudulent (although obviously I’d say what I’d done), but then I’m wondering if it’s different from the Sex Pistols reinventing the Queen’s portrait?

  7. Sometimes a thought-processing post is just what we need (I find that a lot of mine are just that really). Not only the events of the past few months but the frantic pace of family life too, lead to getting side-tracked in thoughts. But sometimes we need to re-centre rather than carry on blindly, so it helps us d that to get thoughts down in writing. We underestimate how much we change over time and especially when we are being conscious and mindful in our lives. There is no right or wrong to writing, but there is not doing it at all. Fingers crossed for you to find time and to find direction. xx

  8. I’m nodding and smiling along here, both with your motivation to write the post to get your metaphorical house in order and many of the conclusions you’re drawing. Actually working my way (belatedly) through the #whatimwriting posts this week is proving hugely therapeutic – whilst I wish that the world was calmer and we weren’t going through these battles with ourselves and our place in that world it is strangely reassuring that all these women I admire and respect are having similar thoughts about ways forward. Good luck with the next phase in your journey – I hope you find the space for some writing soon xx

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