Day 4 of the 7 day ProBlogger Challenge: A Story…
It was short and to the point but at the time I recall feeling highly creative and a star in the making. I am still hoping for someone to accept my work and publish me, however I also accept that to do that they need to see my work in the first place. [Note to self, finish something and submit it!]
In the early years of my writing I was extremely naive, or was it arrogant, enough to think that I could just sit down, scribble down a few words and hey presto I’m on the shelves next to Dylan Thomas or Joanne Harris. Well surprise! You have to work harder at writing than anything else you’ve ever done. You put your hours in, your heart in, your soul and at the end it’s probably rubbish so you start editing, over and over again. Yes this is the bit they don’t tell you about at the beginning of all those courses that promise you a best seller in 6 weeks.
As I’m now blogging, I am inundated with emails and social media hashtags and the rest telling me I can get 10 000 followers and make £1M in 3 months, if only I buy this list, or software or etc etc you get the drift. It always makes me smile, after all, if it worked so well, why aren’t these people sat on a beach somewhere with a glass in hand looking out over their private beach with helicopter landing pad. OK, I guess some are.
If I ever reach those dizzying heights (yes I am still an optimist) I’d like to think I would be doing something more fulfilling than trying to sell yet more followers to a poor newbie blogger. A friend laughs at someone who constantly tells them they can give him 5000 followers TODAY but only has about 350 themselves, hmmm, a smell a rat.
I knew blogging would be hard work, I did my research, I do my research daily, probably too much, damn Facebook and Twitter, but I also write, alot. I draft, I edit, I blog, I post and I love it all.
I will be successful, whatever that is. I hope to see you in print too, if that is your aspiration.
Do what you believe is right, write about your passions and hopefully someone else will get passionate about your work too.
For a bit of fun, without any keywords or images (who knew what they were!) here’s my very first blog…
Or if you prefer the text here…
Hello! It’s a beautiful day, and after a walk in the sun, a coffee at a local cafe and a glance at the footie from yesterday I’m now in writing mode!
I am submitting my first poetry to Writer’s Forum, and a short play to the beeb. Fingers crossed for success.
My main aim is to get more confident with submissions, hope for success and learn as I go along.
My job in the sun on the balcony will be to compile a calendar for the year of competitions I wish to enter, and to continue to edit my final university assignment. It’s been in the PC for a week now so will be ripe for editing.
Thanks for joining me, enjoy your day and write something, anything, just write!