What am I talking about?
For a huge part of my life I have tried to hide who I am.
I have tried to be what others want.
I have followed paths influenced by others.
I have been embarrased and shy to show who I really am.
Perhaps it’s because until recently, I didn’t know who I was.
It started off well enough, the kids got off to school on time, the house was relatively clean but then it was like someone tipped the day, and more so me, on my head. Within the space of half an hour I was feeling consumed by an avalanche of ‘to dos’. Things that weren’t on my to do list that seemed to crop up with urgency plastered all over them.
I wrote the other week about the importance of characters and my thoughts on how crucial they are to the story, and 75,000 words into my current work I am really happy with my characters. They are well rounded and have found their voice. They are emotionally responsive, flawed and relateable; everything I wanted them to be. And I think I have succeed in them them taking me on their journey,showing me what they would do next rather than me telling them. So on the character front I think I am doing okay, maybe even well but one thing that is challenging me and creating negative dialogue in my head is the story line and subplot.
I haven’t been blogging much lately and that seems to be the opening line of my last few blog posts. Recurring theme perhaps? It’s not that I haven’t had anything to blog about, no quite the opposite. My brain is full of blog fodder, but getting it in order is the difficult part.
When I come to blog I tend to let the words just roll off my fingertips, direct from my brain. A lot of the time they don’t make much sense until I go back and edit them, putting them in a sensible order and polishing the paragraphs so they are nice and shiny. But lately I’ve been confused.
If there is one question I hate being asked it is the old ‘So… what do you do?’ What do I do? What don’t I do more to the point? But that’s an entirely different post for another day! You see we are so much more than just one thing, one label. It got me … Read more
Tuesday has rolled around again. It seems the weeks just melt into each other at this time of year. I was going to share yesterday’s post for IBOT, until my friend asked me the question… ‘If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, would you be able to say you have lived a full … Read more
It’s something that all writers experience more often than not. Writer Envy. No matter what your passion and talent; non-fiction, feature article, blogger, fiction, chances are not a day goes by when you don’t read something and think ‘Wow!’ followed by a ‘I wish could write like that‘. But it’s not always an emotion coloured … Read more
As I opened up the local paper last night I was greeted with some sad news . Our local iconic record shop was closing down. Once a thriving, pumping business, the digital age of downloading music has taken it’s toll. Although this may not seem a big deal to city folk, where shops come and … Read more
On the calendar, summer in Australia has officially ended. However, it appears someone neglected to inform the weather Gods. Here in Victoria we are heading for the hottest March for over sixty years, with yet another 30+ degree day expected today. Not that I am complaining. I love the hot weather. Being outdoors, swimming with … Read more