Okay, so the clue is totally in the name! Today is my birthday...and do you know what I'm doing? Revising. Okay, so I can hear a collective groan. Hey, shoot me, I'm a reviser, not a drafter ;-). Some of you might think I'm on deadline, or I have nothing else to do, or I'm just a glutton for punishment. But do you know what? I'm none of the above. I'm actually doing the thing I love: writing (revising!).
I want you to take yourself back. Way back. Before you started thinking about literary agents, publishing deals, critiquing, editing, marketing, brand development, book tours... Scratch that all away for a minute...
You know why? I want you to remember why you first started writing. If your aim was just monetary, then this blog might not be for you. I"m talking to the writers who wanted to explore a world they didn't know, experience something outside of their own life, pass a message to other people, soak themselves in something that wasn't in their every day humdrum (or you might have a super exciting life, and just wanted to try something new!). Whatever the reason, I'm pretty sure you started writing because you loved it.
Yup, there are times when you stare at your screen in horror - writer's block, revision panic, deadlines looming - but those first days/weeks/months of writing because it's your passion? Please don't forget those.
Today, I'm ditching the serious writing hat. Instead, I'm doing what I love, just because I love it!
Go on and love what you do. Throw off your serious cap, and just have fun! Trust me, it's worth it!
Friday, 19 May 2017
Writing Birthday Post - Love What You Do
Fiona McLaren is a displaced Scot living on the sunny island of Cyprus. She's an author, scriptwriter, and editor. She works alongside Cornerstones Literary Consultancy U.S., and also takes on freelance editorial work. The most important things in her life are her boys, her family, and her partner...and lots and lots of books! She's represented by the wonderful literary agent Maura Kye-Casella at Don Congdon Associates.