Being A Writer Isn’t all Sunshine And Catnaps

I’ve been sat… At my miniature desk, which is more like a TV desk/stand… wait, it is a TV stand. Ahem. Let’s start this again…

I’ve been sat looking at my laptop now for the past five minutes this morning. Vacantly, as I try and think of something new and important to write about. Let’s be honest here, writing is hard. Where do you begin? What’s the beginning? You write about your interests but people may not care about the same things you do. So you write things that you hope may get a few views or likes anyway, but nothing happens. Or you are the lucky one with a gift of knowing “what’s hot” right now in your town or country so you write about that instead and get the views and the praise. For others it’s much more difficult.

Writing is about, expressing what you love, what you believe is interesting to you. It’s very individual even though people may read it. We are taught “think about your audience.” To me, I’m talking to a friend. I may not actually know the person on here, but If I believe in my mind’s eye that my friend is sat across from me letting me rant about various things, it gets my mind into action.

Other people write for various purposes. A lot of people write about their own lives because it’s a good starting point. I tend to stick to that route myself, with an added twist of advice giving. All my life I’ve been able to give myself my own advice and easily give advice to others. I don’t know how I do it. My mind just has its own clever way of seeing two sides of a story all the time. In school (and beyond that) I was mostly the one “in the middle” because I could see both sides and so I acted as the mediator. Thus, it’s both a gift and a curse.

Structure is a tough one, I mean where should I begin and end? Do I need to come to some final conclusion, or should I keep it open and try to get advice from others? Where’s the limit of a short story? Again we are taught “there’s a beginning, middle and end of a story.” A high point and a low point. To use paragraphs when you start something new and god forbid you use incorrect grammar…

Inspiration to write can be tricky as well; waxing and waning like the moon it can be a struggle to keep writing all the time. I found that once I wrote what inspired me to start writing in the first place I lost my path a little. I stopped thinking “what can I write about?” to “what have I already written?” However I think it’s important not just as a writer but as an individual to branch out and find things to be inspired about. Additionally to immerse yourself into something new, which you find exciting or interesting. More to the point, if you are inside and writing I find a hot cuppa tea and biscuits can help for inspiration. With added blankets and peace and quiet. Never seems to fail… Maybe that’s just me though…

I need to work on this.

Time is an issue. Due to an ever increasing amount of responsibility, finding time to write can be a struggle. But we do it anyway. Why? Because of passion, that’s why. An idea, a way of being. Even if we are out and about, we are thinking of new things to write about. Journeys, wildlife, weather, good times, bad times and so on. All contribute to an idea a writer might have. A good idea is to take a notebook with you wherever you go. I do, on most occasions take a pen (sometimes two incase one looks like it wont work but it’s your favourite, so you take it anyway…) and my notebook with me so that If I have an idea I can jot it down so I don’t forget.

Being a writer: you are a writer even when you aren’t writing. If it’s in you to write, then you can be a writer.

So whatever you write about, make sure it’s important to you. It helps mainly for inspiration and things just tend to fall into place a lot easier. Moreover it’s because if you get asked about it and you don’t know what the feck you wrote about or can’t answer any of the readers questions…then there is obviously an issue in your writing.

Now it’s time for that end bit. That end bit that I never like doing because I don’t know if I’ve written enough. Or have I written too much? or even – I’d like to write more! Part of the writing that likes to throw a wrench in the mix. Sigh. I told you writing is hard.

Thank you for reading.

Keep dreaming and writing your stories.

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Make It A Great One.

As another year is soon to come to pass, it is now a time of reflection and new meaning to your life. I implore you to think for next year – “dream what you want to dream, go where you want to go, be what you want to be. Because you have only one life and one chance to do all the things you want to do.” (Quote By Unknown)

You create your own story, and as you make your way down the path you have chosen – make sure it’s a great one. Even when things get tough, push forward. If someone tries to knock you down, get back up. If you don’t get it right the first time, try again. Don’t be scared to be completely fantastic.

You have the potential in this life, to do what you need to do, what you want to do. With the right intentions things aren’t always as impossible as it seems. Think about it thoroughly and work for it. I don’t much respect those who have everything handed to them on a plate. It’s important to work for the things you get, it sets you up for the future, matures you as a person and makes you appreciate what you have.

As the year draws to a close, think about what’s important to you; your family perhaps? Your friends? Your beliefs? Or all of the above? It hardly seems probable that only one of those would be important to you… Whatever it is, you can then think what you may improve on for next year – what will make you happy? Be it improving your health, spending more time with someone, making more of an effort in daily things or even working harder at your job. Resolutions don’t have to be tough going. They are personal little reminders of what you feel you need to change. The challenge is sticking to it. Could you do it?

If you struggle this new year I’d like you to keep this in mind:

“This is a time for reflection as well as celebration.

As you look back on the past year and all that has taken place in your life,

Remember each experience for the good that has come of it
and for the knowledge you have gained.

Remember the efforts you have made and the goals you have reached.

Remember the love you have shared and the happiness you have brought.

Remember the laughter, the joy, the hard work, and the tears.

And as you reflect on the past year, also be thinking of the new one to come.

Because most importantly, this is a time of new beginnings

and the celebration of life.”

– Taylor Addison

I trust you’ll have a brilliant new year.

Blessed be

Until the next time~

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If It’s Worth It Keep Trying: Finally A Success Story…

Hello again reader,

It stands to reason that in life; you get out what you put in.

I went for my second interview on Wednesday (at a school) and I couldn’t have been happier walking through the school gates. Weird, huh? I’ve always enjoyed being in school. I wasn’t the person I’d call a “goodie-goodie” in school. I was quiet, so I got away with a few things. Teachers liked me and I got on well with a lot of different people. I had a good reputation, and was there for people who were in trouble. Even the people who you’d stay away from normally, liked me. Probably because I gave them a chance and tried to help them, rather than judge them. Which I have taken with me into my adult life, however for most of school I was depressed. People were normally very surprised when I told them about my home life growing up. I’m the typical – “She’s always smiling and being helpful” labelled person. … We won’t go into this right now though – story for another time.

So, my interview went really well on Wednesday. I had a test on writing something to do with introductions. I was a bit miffed that I didn’t have a test on my maths, since I was ready for it. Then had an observation done, where I went into a classroom, helped some year 7’s – lovely group of kids. People tend to stay away from Parkway in my town, with good reason too. Although I don’t particularly like the area I would be more than happy to help the children in that area. As I know how it feels to be less well off than others and have a bit of a troubled background. Not just through myself but from the people I used to know growing up.

After chatting to the members of staff and having a good time, I went home with mixed feelings. I couldn’t describe it, I just felt that I hadn’t got it, even though the interview went well. I was being interviewed for a Secondary position (something I wasn’t aware of until I got there) It all felt… Strange.

Needless to say, I got a phone call that day with the response of – “…I have two things to tell you – one, unfortunately you didn’t get the job and secondly, we’d like to offer you something in the primary school…” – say what?

I went back to the school on Friday to go through the process again. Primary school children…. Is a much better fit, they were completely right with that one. I completed a small activity of reading a book with them and the task was to find the adjectives. I was really pleased with their efforts and said thank you to them, which they responded with a big “thank you for seeing us!” … It was adorable.

So I wasn’t sure If I was going to get the job. It’s not good to necessarily assume you will get something. I might have been terrible! The good news is, I wasn’t. They have offered me the job!

After all that hard work, it’s great to finally say – I’ve got what I’ve been wanting for all these years. To work in a Primary school as a teaching assistant (TA) with children from all kinds of backgrounds and to start making a positive difference.

“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.” – Theodore Roosevelt
Until the next time!

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