Today I have set up a brand new blog space which you can follow on http://mywritingnotebook.wordpress.com. My writing challenge will launch tomorrow, with the challenge being for me to learn something every day for a year that will help me improve my writing… and…I will share these with you.
My first words
I have been writing ever since my dad taught me how to hold a pen and in my first journal (that he encouraged me to begin at age of four) he would write the first line and I would copy it underneath. Although nothing exhilarating seemed to happen back then (“we had cornflakes for breakfast” and “it was raining in London today” are a couple of May 1973 entries, so things haven’t changed much) they are all still memories to me and I often take the (now tatty) A4 blue book out of a clear plastic bag and reminisce.
So why do I want to learn more about writing?
I have recently turned 42 and still write by keeping many journals up to date at any one time, writing books (attempting to), jotting down inspirational notes, writing business requirements documents at work, and blogging in my spare time. However my passion to make something more from it, like become an inspiring and successful author, is still burning inside me.
Possibly like many other potential authors, I often say ‘I’m writing a book…’ or ‘I’ve got loads of ideas…’ but have only got as far as publishing chapter one on my website www.tipsandluxuries.com and haven’t had any interest from agents so far. I’m sure my friends and family are wondering if they will ever see the rest of this book and the others I’ve started but not finished!
More about my writing challenge
Although I write every day, I’m not pretending to be an expert writer by any means. I know I have a lot to learn, but with young children and working full-time, I never seem to find the time…and then the thought popped into my head yesterday whilst peeling the potatoes for dinner (cooking and showering reveal my most inspirational ideas!). I came up with this challenge to blog what I learn, which will also be a way for me to teach others at the same time (which is another passion of mine).
So, that’s my challenge - whilst I am waiting for my fame to arrive (ha ha), I will become a better and more concise writer. I will dust off the ’how to write’ books from my ‘self-help’ shelf in the spare room and actually read them instead of hoping that the contents will miraculously absorb into my brain. I will review websites for useful pieces of information and read all the writing magazines I subscribe to (that sometimes remain in their cellophane).
One year from now, I will be more knowledgeable than I am today, by learning 366 new tips about writing and adding them to mywritingnotebook.
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