Call Myself a Writer?

September 7, 2009

If I’m calling myself a writer…

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… I should be writing.  So why am I not writing?

I’m writing now, obviously.  I’m writing this.  Blogging is supposed to be a good way to get (back) into practice of writing daily, and that’s something I seem to have stopped doing just lately.

I joined Protagonize.com in May 2008 and for a while I wrote daily.  I wrote loads.  I was the first Protagonizer to get to Adventurer status (250 posts).  Then I did NaNoWriMo and wrote TWO novels in 30 days.  And then it all went wrong.

I posted less and less on Protagonize, despite frequent calls for me to add to my existing stories, like ‘Paddytum’, and ‘Waking Up With Henry’.

I’ve had little bursts of activity since then, but they’ve been woefully short-lived.  I’ve edited one of the novels I wrote, to publication standard (and I’m still not entirely happy with it, so I need to edit it again, until I am). I’ve written the odd short story – even had one accepted for publication by Wyvern Publications in their forthcoming anthology (Dragontales – due for release November 2009), and I’ve entered a few competitions.  I’ve even won one.  You’d think that would convince me that it’s what I should be doing.  But it hasn’t.  Not a bit of it.

I’m reading lots of writing blogs and writing articles, both online and in the writing magazines.  I’m always getting books on writing out of the library.  I read the first chapter or two then put them aside.  It’s as if I think I’ll get a sudden burst of inspiration and be jolted back into full writing mode again.

I know what I should be doing.  I should be sitting down at the keyboard or with one of my many notebooks and just… writing.  So why can’t I just do that?

There are plenty of things I could be working on:

  • Continue one of my Protagonize stories to novel length
  • Re-edit my Young Adult novel
  • Edit my Chick-Lit novel
  • Write a new short story for Wyvern’s next anthology
  • Write a short story for one of the other anthologies calling for submissions
  • Write a short story for one of the competitions I’ve seen advertised
  • Write a short story for submission to a magazine
  • Start a new novel… though I’m planning in doing NaNoWriMo again this year so perhaps I’ll wait for that.

Maybe it’s because there are so many choices I can’t settle on just one, so I end up doing something else, or just nothing, instead.  I went to my first ever Writers’ Conference in July, and I met people there who had been working on just one WIP for years.  I envied them.  I need to pick just one thing and stick to it – at least for a few days.

I really have no excuse.  My motor insurance policy gives my occupation as Writer.  So I should be writing.

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