Wednesday, 21 March 2012

She wants more time; she has a plan

This week I got rid of Facebook - for a while at least. There's plenty I like about using Facebook and plenty I don't, and at the moment I feel the balance tipping further into the territory of don't-like. And this is about my use of it - rather than Facebook itself. I get 2 afternoons a week where I'm not at one of my other jobs and I'm home alone - the best time to write. I want to maximise that time, especially as I have A Plan.

Well, what I have is a desire to work on a story I've been mulling over for some time, that I've thought - for no good reason other than a hunch - could be a Young Adult novel. If it is, I might send it to the new competition just launched by Mslexia for a children's / YA novel. This closes in September so my plan is to work on it as much as I can and see if it takes shape for that deadline. See, my 2 afternoons are important. At the moment I'm longing more than ever to not have to do the non-writing jobs, just for a while. But there's not much use in just longing I guess, I have to use what I have.

So, keep going, keep going, work on the New Thing, keep writing short stories, and sending your work away. (I say to myself, and you too, perhaps if you need it.)

Not being on Facebook and being outside more are two things I hope will help.

Oh, and last week I went to the sea - the YA novel is set by the sea, so I thought it might be good to get away from the urban metropolis of York and go to our nearest (by train) seaside resort of Scarborough. I went early in the morning, by myself and stayed a few hours. Doing something just for my writing was a really useful and liberating thing I think. And I climbed up onto a cliffside and sat and wrote here for a while.


2 comments:

Reb Alexander said...

The Mslexia competition for adults really got my novel noticed, I now have an agent. So it's really worth getting the kids' novel, in and good luck with it!

Teresa Stenson said...

Hi Reb - I love your success story - I'm going to post a link to your blog in my next post. Congratulations to you, and thanks for the encouragement.