W is for Writing
I have always been an avid reader. Retiring after a long career as a high school teacher, I began to write in 2012. I have had many short stories and travel articles published on line and on local radio. I also have a novel on the go. I wonder if I will still be saying that next year!
I have found the writing fraternity, like the gardening fraternity, generous to a fault with their encouragement and advice.
The Write1Sub1 challenge has been a great motivator. Last year I went for the monthly challenge and this year I have gone with the weekly one, although it’s a struggle.
Other sources of inspiration are a monthly local writing group and helping to produce a programme for a radio station is another source of inspiration. There are a host of bloggers featured on my blog who keep me going with their tips and news of competitions (Patsy Collins http://patsy-collins.blogspot.co.uk to name but one )and the facebook page Writers’ Office.
My friends and family spur me on but don’t always respect the slots in the day I choose two write. If I’m at the dentist our having my hair done, they know I’m not available, but if I am ‘just writing’ they consider me fair game to devote my time. That sounds as if I don’t want to lunch/shop/go for a walk/spend time with them!