I know I’m three months late and should have posted about resolutions at the start of 2019, but I like resolutions so much that I make them all the time. Here’s a long-overdue blog post about my goals!
Since I was a kid I’ve always loved setting myself (usually overly-ambitious) goals, such as becoming the youngest published author in the world at age 11. It didn’t work out.
My writing-related resolutions are usually the same: write more! Alongside my other self-set goals, such as read more books, draw and paint more often, exercise, learn a new instrument, learn a new language… I generally put a lot of pressure on myself to do different things, when in reality, I should calm down and focus on achieving what I want in bite-sized chunks. Then it wouldn’t be so overwhelming.
I currently have six book ideas in the works, some a lot more developed than others, and the only way I’m going to finish any of them is by doing a little bit at a time. Let’s see how that goes…
In the theme of resolutions, I also decided I wanted a fresh start on Wattpad. I joined Wattpad when I was about 16 (I think?) because I wanted to tentatively post some of my work online to see if anyone out there thought it was worth reading. So I hit the ‘publish’ button, made some of my old books public, and wished I could publish them for real. I got a nice response from people who enjoyed and commented on my books.
Fast-forward 3/4 ish years. People were still liking, commenting on and reading my old books, but as a writer who has seen those old stories get rejected by agents and moved on to new things, their presence online was making me cringe. I hated that my old, immature writing was still available, but held back from taking anything down because readers still seemed to be enjoying them. Finally, realising I really wanted to rewrite one of the stories entirely, I took them down.
Some of the readers sent me disappointed messages, but at the end of the day I want to be the best writer I can be, and I only want my most recent, polished work to be available to read. If my writing career ever takes off (my ultimate dream) I don’t want anything to be associated with my cliché, poorly-written, badly-plotted stories I churned out at 16. Having left school, moved away from home and started university, I feel like a different person now. That 16-year-old was definitely not the person I wanted to be. And those stories – although I loved them and enjoyed writing them at the time and cherish those memories – also don’t reflect the person I am now.
They are now gone from the internet, and it makes me feel better knowing I can put that part of my life behind me and look forward! Like I mentioned earlier, six new book ideas. Six. At least three involve a lot of research, and I have no idea where to start, but I’m looking forward to it.
Will I post all my new ideas to Wattpad? Should I? Is it better to write without the pressure of people online who want to read and voice opinions on everything, or should I write privately? At the end of the day, I write for myself. I write what makes me happy, and I love it. If everything else in my life fails, no one can take away my ability to write – I wouldn’t be able to stop myself from daydreaming new stories, worlds and characters even if I tried.
On that note, I’d better open one of those notebooks and actually jot some ideas down…
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What I’m currently reading: Sphinx by T.S. Learner
Mythology fact of the day: In Greek mythology, Daedalus, the father of Icarus, was the creator of the Labyrinth, a huge maze located under the court of King Minos of Crete, where the Minotaur, a half-man half-bull creature lived.
Brew of the day: (‘cup of tea’ for any non-British readers) English Breakfast tea, as pictured in the first image.
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