Today's post has been prompted by an online writing group that I'm a member of, The Write Post. They have Thursday blog hops every week and this is the first time I have taken part. The reason why I'm doing it now is because I have made myself a vow to stop procrastinating and spending hours and hours every week on social media and reading blogs and other articles. I am going to limit myself to half an hour in the morning and another half an hour in the evening.
The rest of the time I am going to write for customers, write for me, read, bake and walk. I really am going to do this - although regular readers of this blog will be forgiven for thinking they may have heard me make such declarations before!
So to the blog itself and the reason why I write. It's because I read and always have done.
Reading has been a huge part of my life - the many novels I have read have taught me so much about humanity, history, psychology, sociology, and me. To write my own stories and touch other people's lives in the way so many writers touched mine was always what I wanted to do. Although I didn't tell anyone and just wrote occasionally in secret for many years.
Once I started writing fiction in earnest and ventured out into the creative writing world through classes and workshops, I discovered I just couldn't stop. Those voices, sentences and paragraphs that had been roaming around in my head for so long were finally getting put to paper and it felt good. Really good. Reading my work aloud in a writing workshop for the first time was one of the scariest things I have ever done though. I couldn't eat all day before the class and hid behind the pieces of paper while my voice quavered as I shared my words for the first time.
But now, several years down the line I'm no longer scared of reading my work - I can't wait to see how people react to it. So that I can continue to learn from the feedback I get and also because, until I get published, this is the only way I have of touching people's lives with my writing. On that note, I'm thrilled to be able to say that one of my short stories has been accepted for publication in an anthology! My very first publication of my fiction outside this blog. When I heard I had been accepted it felt truly amazing and that is why I write.