This post is in response to the NaBloPoMoUK challenge: a blog post a day throughout November. I’m using the prompts at www.blogher.com.
I’m quite new to writing. I wasn’t a child who would keep notebooks or scribble things down as you sometimes hear famous authors saying they did when they were children. I loved to read but we didn’t have many books in the house. I started reading more widely when I left home but it wasn’t until I went to University a few years later that I came to realise that I also like to write and that I may have the potential to reach a reasonable standard. Most of my essays were graded highly and I enjoyed the whole process of writing them from thinking around the title through researching and planning to editing and polishing the finished article. I found it quite exciting and the sense of achievement at producing a decent body of work was an amazing confidence booster. My dissertation was one of my proudest achievements.
I’ve never considered myself to be particularly creative but with writing I can put a few words down and produce something that I feel quite proud of. I like to think around the subject for a few days and see if I can come up with related ideas which may not be immediately obvious. I like writing because once I begin I find the words just flow and the process of marshalling my thoughts into some sort of coherent narrative is satisfying. Writing can sometimes be a bit of a labour of love, but I like seeing the finished article and realising that I created it.
In many ways I’m glad I’ve found writing now. I’m sure the whole process is easier in the age when most people have access to a computer. Random sentences can be inserted and moved around as necessary, a process which I imagine would have required several rewrites in earlier times. Cutting and pasting is so much easier than retyping and reshuffling pages and paragraphs, which would have been the way when I was younger.
I’d love to be good enough to write short stories or maybe even a novel one day. I like writing so much that I’m going to take a course next year which I hope will teach me how to write properly and maybe even how to make a living from it eventually. At the moment I’m taking my first tentative steps and relearning how to put a post together in such a way that other people might want to read it. Although I like to write for myself, I’m very appreciative when other people read what I’ve written and leave comments on the post. Having an audience which seems to like what I write just adds to the fun.