Eeeep so I did it!
I bit the bullet and officially parted with over $100 (AUD) of my hard-earned cash to reserve the domain WhatSheWrote.com for my very own blog. Although one would imagine that if you are reading this you know that already since you’ve already found your way to my little corner of the big bad web!
So who am I and why have I started a blog?
To give you the very short version I’m a 30-something happily married mother of two boys, currently on maternity leave with my youngest.
I’ve always loved writing. As a teenager (many moons ago) I used to write all the time. Yet somewhere between then and now my passion had faded. My writing had dwindled, and eventually over time, I stopped altogether. I let life, and responsibilities get in the way of my passion.
Don’t get me wrong. The life that got in the way has been its own amazing journey and I wouldn’t change a minute of it. I’ve got a wonderful family, a good job and great friends. I truly do sit back and count my blessings on a regular basis. But just because life is amazing right now doesn’t mean it can’t get better. Just because you’ve let your passions fall by the wayside for a little while doesn’t mean you can’t take the time to pick them up again. When a close contact recently revealed to me that not only had she started writing, she’d actually finished her first novel and was ready to publish she gave me a real kick in the backside to do just that. My goal for the second half of 2017 quickly became to write a novel of my very own.
So did I write one you ask? Indeed I did! Or at least I’ve started. Whilst I haven’t yet got anywhere near publishing, I have finished my first draft and along the way I got well and truly bitten by the writing bug. The more I wrote, the more I enjoyed it. The more I enjoyed it the more I started thinking of other excuses I might have to not just write, but share my writing with others. And not just a novel. Yes writing the novel is great fun and incredibly challenging, but it’s also been long, and involved and I’m not even finished yet. I needed something shorter. Something a little more flippant and fun. Something that will keep me writing regularly.
The solution I came up with both excited and terrified me at the same time. What better way to refine my skills and my writing than to start a blog. Not only would it give me the platform to write multiple short pieces, but by publishing to the Internet and (hopefully) building up a following I’d have built-in accountability to ensure I continued to update content regularly.
So that’s my new goal for 2018. Alongside finishing my first novel I aim to grow my writing and my blog. I will be the first to put my hand up and say that I’m new to this whole adventure. As a total newbie I can only assume that I will make many mistakes and wrong turns as I find my way around. In an effort to be honest and upfront about my experience however I aim to try to document both my successes and failures.
I’m hoping that at least a few of you will enjoy coming along on this crazy journey with me. I’m looking forward to interacting with you all as I muddle my way through life’s latest adventure.
For now though…
That’s what she wrote!