One minute it was 2014, then all of a sudden it was 2015.
…that was also 42 days ago.
Since then I’ve done no writing whatsoever, and sometime around early-mid January, I reached a point where I decided that I was going to completely write-off any writing for the first month of the year to allow myself the time to catch up on all the overdue daily prompts that were still left from December 2014.
…however, after going into great detail writing at least four of those posts on my iPad, the app had a bug in it, causing my drafts to disappear every time I went to amend / edit them… so I ended up having to re-write them again. And again. And again. And after a number of complaints to WP, I ended up giving up and just waiting for some actual downtime in front of my laptop to properly re-write them yet again.
Today was the day that I finally caught up with all of those posts.
So NOW I can finally turn my attention to my creative writing, but therein lies the problem…
I need to find a good place to find some weekly / bi-weekly or (at a stretch) monthly writing challenge prompts. I know that there’s NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) but that’s not until, like, November or something, and I’m not quite ready to start writing a novel, I need a bit of practise first, so I need your help to find a great place for prompts, so please leave your suggestions in the comments.
What’s your next, most pressing deadline? Are you excited, stressed, or ambivalent about it? What’s the first thing you’d like to do once you’re done with it?
OMFG let’s talk about deadlines… I’ve got a backlog of approximately 20 posts that I need to actually finish writing to finally finish my daily-post challenge for 2014… then I need to find a good weekly writing challenge that I can focus on for the next twelve months to develop my creative writing and start actually doing some real writing, instead of spending all my time on these daily prompts. I’ve done it for 12 months, and I’m done.
It’s proven that I just do not have the time to dedicate to daily writing, and instead, I end up with a giant backlog, that I have to spend excess time on in order to try and catch up on.
I’m looking forward to clearing this backlog, but I’m more excited about really being able to sink my ‘teeth’ into some creative writing. I’ve realised that I’ve got a strong connection to it, and I really want to pursue it further.
I also think that it will allow me to write a lot more other posts from week-to-week – about anything that happens to pop into my mind. I’ve got a couple of posts that I wanted to write a little while ago, but never got around to it… 2015 will be the year I change that.
What’s the best present you’ve ever received that was handmade by the giver, not store-bought? Tell us what made it so special.
One of my favourite presents, which I’m pretty sure I actually still have in a box somewhere, was a card that my mum made me for my birthday. I’m not sure how old I was – maybe like 7 or 8 – but it was a period of time where neither my parents could really afford much; everything was going to bills and paying for our house renovations and the mortgage and buying food every fortnight etc etc. I didn’t necessarily want a present anyway, because I never really wanted to celebrate my birthday.
Do you feel you have found your voice on your blog? What techniques have you tried to develop your voice in your writing? What are some characteristics of your personality in your writing?
I think I’m yet to find my blog voice. I think if I really want to try and find my voice, maybe I need to stop with all these daily challenges and focus on weekly creative tasks instead. Continue reading →
Tell us about your favourite costume from childhood.
Growing up, I didn’t really have ‘costumes’. We didn’t do halloween, and even when we did, we didn’t really get into costumes. For us, Halloween was done at night, but it was always so incredibly hot, so costumes had to involve a singlet, shorts and thongs. Maybe some face paint.