On the 1st March I joined the Screw Work Let’s Play programme. Over 30 days I challenged myself to write about creativity, my process as a writer, to create new stories or poems, and, most importantly, to share my writing and launch it into the world.
DAY 30: This blog is the result.
I’ve been writing a novel The Wish Bone for three years and have a lot of work hidden in files as they’re ‘not good enough’ – the files in the pictures show work which has been written and abandoned from the last 30 years. Now I’m broadcasting my work via this blog. My secret weapon has been 20 minute writing practice in my journal ‘playbook’.
I’m not a great completer finisher usually having a great idea then moving on the next big thing but one of the most helpful things from the programme is the lesson that sending stuff out into the world will bring results, and that doing what you love is its own reward.
|Over 30 days I’ve created loads of new content – short stories and poetry for this blog and have found a new technique for editing my book. I’ve learned that I love making videos, and reading in public. I’m enjoying blogging and I’m thrilled to have a poem accepted for publication on an arts trail in Bristol – it may even be turned into a postcard.
I’m buzzing with ideas, pretty exhausted, but for once I’ve achieved something to be really proud of, and, I’ve put a smile on some of my writer friends’ faces by posting their work here too. It’s not all about me – but about the work of being a writer and feeding that creative need inside ourselves.
|I’ve climbed the path
Next steps: Coming soon – my first writing website – www.wordpoppy.com and I intend to build something great on there soon. Thanks for being my audience – but don’t go away – there’s more to come.
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Happy writing, Grace