It’s been a long, long time since I just focused on my creative writing. In fact, for the last six years or so all I’ve done is freelance so I’ve not been able to write poetry or a short story, let alone focus on a novel or more emotional work like a memoir. If I was really inspired, I would write something, but it’s been a really long time.
But I’m changing that. I got my degree in English and Creative Writing with a specialization in Fiction because I wanted to write creatively. Writing articles and blogs and web content for others when my name isn’t even going to be attached to it doesn’t excite me. It was just a way to make money for a little while and then became my career. I want to show the world my creativity, with MY name on it.
And someday, if I get paid for getting published for it, then yeah, sure, I will be even happier. But for right now, I just want to write.
My Creative Writing Changes
Today, I wrote a short story for a contest at Writing.com in a genre that I’ve never written before. I feel like it stretched my abilities and was a challenge but I am proud of myself that I was able to finish it and enter the contest. If I place in the contest? I will be so happy! But I’m not holding my breath on that because, like I said, I had never written in the genre before which was “horror.” I like horror novels and movies so I figured I would give it a try myself, I guess.
But today I also signed up for Camp Nano. In April 2017, I will be attempting to write a 40,000 word book that chronicles people with mental illness who have encountered and OVERCOME the stigma of living with it.
I want to continue writing every day, even if it is just a blog (either here or at Writing.com) and I am challenging myself to write creatively at least three times a week right now. Once April hits, it will be every day.
So yeah, my life as a creative writer is back. And I can’t wait to see what adventures my imagination can cook up.