What do I do when I’m not writing?
Sadly, I am not a writer. When I was at school (maybe around the age of 10?) I desperately wanted to be an author. I was an avid reader of Enid Blyton when I was young and then I was addicted to the Trixie Belden books in my teenage years. My wonderful mum and dad actually drove me to garage sales so that I could get the entire set of 38 and I still have them, packed away in boxes. I adore them. Maybe I’ll read them again…
I was such a bookworm, I easily read a book or two each week and I dreamed about the idea of writing for a living, although I don’t think I ever even thought about money. I just dreamt about writing stories. And of course I wrote stories, so many stories. I wrote a lot.
And then of course, higher education got in the way, and writing fell away for me. So now, I’m not a writer (when did we stop calling the authors?) but I do write every single day. I predominantly write copy for websites and brochures, I wrote reports and emails, I write plans and of course blog posts.
When I’m not at work, I’m styling products for photos, I’m taking photos, I’m editing photos. And when I stop all of that, I write. I find that I am only writing creatively when I have spare time, but it’s the spare-spare time after the spare time.
I’d love to make time to write more, and that’s why I started this course. I’ve missed it and I wanted to spend more time doing it. I haven’t written creatively in such a long time. While this course uses some old prompts that’s I’ve done before, I’m finding that I’m approaching them quite differently and I think that’s because I’ve grown through my experiences, as we do, and that allows me to write more maturely (sometimes LOL).