My writing lifestyle transformed when I looked at it as a job instead of a hobby. Yeah, at heart it's still that hobby, but with the ambition of a publishing future, it's become so much more, and because of that I'm taking it more seriously. I'm thinking more about the clarity of the story and wondering more if a magazine or anthology out there would take it. Reading too has helped my grammar. Everything I know about sentence structure, the lyrical content of sentences, finding a voice and punctuation has come from reading loads. Reading is instrumental with writing, you can't do one without the other and expect results. You know, you can't make good films if you don't watch them? Or you can't music well unless you listen to a load of music? I don't know, but reading and writing is a must if you ask me.
I'm sure they'll be far more failures than successes in the future for me, but I'll wade through it. If you want something bad enough, hopefully nobody will say enough to make you stray from the path you want to take. I know what I've got to do and quite often it feels like I'm getting nowhere, but if I could read the future then maybe I wouldn't complain, or maybe I would! Still, this does prompt those fatalistic thoughts, such thoughts I hate but either way, this is a good thing and I'll just keep writing and see what happens I guess. If nobody else in the world believes in you, then you've got to believe in yourself. Otherwise, you may as well quit.
Or something like that.
If you want to read my short story, 'The Strangers We've Become' check out the Yeovil College Reading Group blog.
Songs of the Week:
- 'Language' by Porter Robinson
- 'Intro' by The XX
- 'A Metaphor for the Dead' by Anaal Nathrakh
- 'I Don't Want to Be Here Anymore' by Rise Against
- 'From Heads Unworthy' by Rise Against
- 'Ready to Fall' by Rise Against
- 'Wessex Boy' by Frank Turner
- 'Oh, My Sweet Carolina' by Ryan Adams