Julie's Quest

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Happy Writing

Julie Phillips - freelance writer - member of the Association of Freelance Writers - member of the Society of Authors

Thursday, 28 May 2009

Caught In The Act

My husband just caught me having a 'moment' with my Moleskine notebook. I was watching Spring Watch and writing some ideas for a poem in one of my Moleskine notebooks when I was suddenly taken with this uncontrollable urge to sniff the notebook! (Don't ask me, as I have no idea why I wanted to do it!)

"Are you sniffing your notebook?" he said, a grin tickling the edge of his mouth.
"Er - no!" I lied, snatching the notebook down from my nose.

I don't think he believed me. What is with we writers and our obsession with all things note booky and pen like?!

I've had quite a good writing day today. I finished an article on the Ten Best Festivals In Shropshire and emailed that off to the website editor I've been doing some work for. I also finished the first draft of a short story for a woman's magazine. Oh, and the Moleskine notebook I had for having my letter in Writers' Forum came today too, which made me happy (I'm so easy to please!) I still haven't had any news on the work I've got out there, but you'll be the first to know, whether it's good or not so good news, when I do.

With the lovely weather today, and having had a good writing day, I find myself bolstered and raring to go with my writing. When I'm having a good writing run it's so motivating and inspiring, but when the writing's not going so well it can really dent my self confidence and I wonder why I'm trying to get pulished at all. I'm sure everyone's been there.

My advice for today is to help you get through the low times in your writing. Don't give up. Find something that you know will inspire and motivate you to get you through the not so good writing days - a note book, a pen, a quote, a photo/picture postcard, an acceptence letter, what ever it is that as soon as you see it, touch it (smell it!) will kick you out of the writing doldrums. Put it somewhere where you can see it and savour it, to get you back on the long and winding writing road.

I'm keeping to one of my promises I made to myself this year by going to a poetry workshop on the 7th June at Attingham park. I want to make an effort this year to get to as many different writing events as I can. I love Wrekin Writers and I want to expand on my knowledge and writing experience by continuing to be an active member of the writing group, but also going further afield. Doing the Open University Children's Literature Course, starting in October this year is part of this.

What's your writing goal this year - we are almost half way through 2009 now, so it might be time to take stock and see what you have already achieved (you will be surprised at how much you have done, I was.) It's also a good time to regroup, as it were, and see where you want to go with your writing over the second half of the year and beyond. Come on, really go for it. You can , and will achieve your goals if you learn and practice and send your work out there.

Hope everyone else has had/is having a good writing day. Enjoy it and take advantage of it while you can. You may not have the opportunity tomorrow.

Happy writing. Julie xx PS my husband has just informed me that I have just turned away from the laptop and given him the 'school ma'am' look over the top of my glasses! Well he was making a noise! A writer needs peace and quiet in order to create a masterpiece, don't they?! Just wait until I have a best seller (har har har) and the money comes rolling in (double har har har!)


Suzanne said...

I can relate to sniffing notebooks. I like to sniff any new book (one of the reasons I don't like libraries - the books just don't smell so nice).

firstperson writer said...

I like to set goals Julie, I work better if I've got a plan, and its rewarding when I can tick off each task as completed.
My goal list is monthly as this suits me better, and I don't over do it,otherwise I get deflated which has a negative effect.

I feel good when I look back and see what I've achieved each month.

Excellent blog by the way!

klahanie said...

Hello Julie
Um..excuse me one moment...just had to sniff my notebook. Ah, that's better.
I do not experience what has been called writer's block'. Maybe that is because I do not consider myself a writer. I guess I'm lucky in so far as that I can just sit here and type away. I have done blogs on not having anything to blog about. Which then actually becomes a blog.
If I do have any semblance of a writing goal, it would be that I continue to write for fun and for therapy.
I am most flattered that you and your fellow writers have actually read my stuff. For an amateur like me; it is wonderful to be associated with real writers like you.
Continued success with your writing endeavours. Kind wishes your way, Gary.

Julie P said...

It's good to have goals but as Firstperson Writer says, you don't want to go overboard and try to do to much (says she who sends loads of submissions off a month!)otherwise you're in danger of burning yourself out which is indeed very negative.

I have weekly goals that feed into a monthly report sheet so that I can see at a glance where I am with my submissions. I have separate sheets for poetry, articles, short stories and I aleays mark down the title, unit number, date ent and where to, and I record if it's been published or not, and I have a column detailing whether it was sent out again. It works for me.

Glad I'm not the only notebook sniffer, though, phew! Altogether now snnnnniiiiiiffffff!

It doesn't matter whether you're an amateur or a professional writer, it's the writing process that's important to me. The act of scribbling down ideas and then moulding those ideas into a poem or short story, or blogging is heaven for me. It doesn't matter if it doesn't get published - not really, although it's a bonus and thrilling when it is!

Keep going, what ever your goal is! Julie xx

Simon Whaley said...

Sniffing's okay, but kissing is best done in private!

Julie P said...

Hah Hah Hah! I don't think me and my Moleskines have known each other long enough to be kissing just yet!!