Julie's Quest

Hello, and welcome to my blog. My blog is about the trials and tribulations of writing, where we celebrate successes and commiserate our near misses. We tell it like it is here and will do our very best to help you on the road to being published and pick you up after the rejections (they will come!) Whether you are a professional or amateur writer you will find something useful here.

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Happy Writing

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

Friday, 5 April 2013

Write What You Really Want

One question that writers ask themselves on  frequent basis is, 'Am I happy with what I'm writing?' Another question should be, 'If I'm not happy with what I'm writing, then what am I going to do about it?' Most writers, if they are trying to be published, probably work on several projects at any one time but are they really writing what they want?

Obviously, if you rely on your writing to bring in some money, then you will be writing what you know for sure you will get paid for - commissioned pieces. But, there are other projects that you won't get an immediate if any return for your hard work - novels, short stories - the more speculative work that you complete.

While it makes good business sense to work on several projects at once, some you will get paid for soon and some you don't know if you'll get paid for, writers should ask themselves what do they really want to work on? For some, that may be a novel they've been slowly working on for a couple of years, or it might be a book of themed poetry, a non-fiction book or a collection of short stories. If you don't work regularly on something that holds your creativity and attention in a way that a commissioned piece might not, then you are short changing your creativity which will have a knock on effect for your other writing.

Making time for your future, more long term projects is a must in any writers' life and, as they say, a little bit of what you fancy does you good! So think about what your dream writing project is. What would you like to have published? What holds your attention and makes your creativity come alive?

Think about it and then write it!

Happy writing
Julie xx

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