Monday, 31 December 2012

Here's to the Next Year!

It's been a while since I last posted an entry on here but the good news is that I've actually been writing my novel in recent weeks. I know! A girl who blogs and tweets about writing a novel, actually writing part of her novel - shocking, right?

2012 has been a great year for me - in my personal life and in my writing. First of all I got engaged to the most amazing man ever and we booked a date for our wedding (whoop whoop, can't wait to be a bridezilla!) which has undoubtedly been the best part of the year. I've pretty much spent my whole life waiting to get married so it's not surprising that I've already got the date, venue, bridesmaid dresses, invitations, cake and music sorted already (if I were writing a thesis or a research article this is where I would reference back to my earlier blog where I discuss my fondness for daydreaming).

In terms of my writing, 2012 has been a real step forward too. For the first time ever I actually told people about my book (apart from close friends, family and (eek!) fiance who have been hearing about if for years and are probably sick to death of hearing about it now). My blog has been surprisingly successful and a good motivator too - at least if I'm not writing my novel I'm writing about writing it on here. You know what I mean... right?

For the first time ever people are asking about my book when I see them (right after I've finished boring them with details of centrepieces and bouquets). What's even nicer is that there seems to be a genuine interest from people in how I'm getting on with it and that's such a lovely feeling. The comments on my blog, tweets and follows from hundreds of people and the lovely comments and likes on my Facebook blog links all motivate me to keep writing - even when it's really hard. And it's often really hard.

In all honesty and joking aside, nothing gives me greater pleasure (except wedding dress shopping) than when I'm writing and the words are flowing. When my fingers can't keep up with my brain. When I'm looking at the blank Microsoft Word pages ahead with excitement rather than dread. When I'm out and I jot down ideas on a piece of paper or my iPhone. That's what being a writer feels like and even though I don't write full time, I'm starting to finally classify myself officially as a writer more so than anything else.

I was invited to be a guest speaker at a local readers group to discuss my blog, my novel and writing in general. Not to sound too colloquial here but that was seriously cool. When I'm writing I feel confident in myself and (I really hope this doesn't come across as conceited or arrogant) I feel like I'm good at it. In other areas of my life, I don't feel as confident. But when I spoke to the group about my writing and my love of words and books, I felt confident and happy with the words coming out of my mouth. I hope I gave the group some small bit of insight or interest in writing because their comments, praise and discussion about my work was invaluable in motivating me and I hope they know that!

I also attended a writing weekend down in Tipperary with proper, accomplished writers who have been doing this a lot longer than me. The feedback and response I got was amazing and I remember driving back up the N7 feeling excited about writing. A spark was ignited again.

So overall, 2012 has been a really good year. And that's pretty surprising because it really didn't start out that great. So hopefully, 2013 will be just as good. Obviously the wedding next year goes without saying (hmmm, maybe I should set up a separate wedding blog about that...) but if I can maintain my writing and keep challenging myself to commit to it - maybe (just maybe!) I can get a (deep breath...) first draft finished!

I was talking about this with Andrew (the other half) yesterday and how much I would love to be a full time writer. I was rambling on (I do that a lot) about how if my book/s was/were successful enough that I could do it fulltime. Then of course I rambled on about how unlikely that would ever be to happen. Andrew looked at me and said "All it takes is one good idea, Sinead".

One good idea. That got me excited. I like the idea for my book. It is a good idea. So let's see where it takes me in 2013.

Thanks for all the support and taking the time to read this. Like I say to everyone who takes an interest in my writing "I'll remember you when I'm famous!" (I can't promise it but I'll try!)

:)