I’ve just marked my 4,578th Writers Bureau assignment. It was also my last. I’ve decided, after nearly 12 years, that it’s time for me to move on.
I feel guilty for those of my students who’ve yet to complete their assignments with me, but there’s a band of fantastic tutors ready to take over, so I know they’re in good hands. And I’ve made many good friends over the years: staff, fellow tutors and students.
But life is not about standing still, and the same goes for our writing. I have some ideas and projects I want to develop, and to do them justice I need to devote more of my time to them. As I’ve commented on this blog several times, we all get given the same 24 hours in a day, but it’s up to us how we make the most effective use of them.
I think it does writers good to step back for a moment and go through all of our projects. Sometimes a new idea intrigues us so much it takes over, and we find ourselves devoting a lot of time to it. In the meantime, some of our other plans end up languishing at the bottom of in-trays and in half-forgotten notebooks, waiting to be rediscovered.
Stepping back, and taking time to reacquaint ourselves with those projects, can reawaken forgotten dreams. I’m currently liaising with a publisher about a non-fiction book idea I’ve had for a long time. It’s exciting, because they’re keen on the idea too. It’ll mean more time in the great outdoors (assuming we get a summer this year!), but that’s not a bad thing. I have a camera, notebook and pen - what more does a writer need?
I started this blog on 29th November 2007, with a post called Which Magazines Do I Write For? Although aimed primarily at my Writers Bureau students, I hoped it would also offer some useful tips to any other passing writers. And here we are, 495 posts later. See? Who’d have thought back in 2007 I’d have written nearly 500 blog postings by May 2016? (Remember what I’ve said in the past - regular writing makes you a more productive writer!)
This is not the end of this blog, though. Far from it. I plan to continue posting, although I shan’t be posting quite as frequently, as I have done in the past. I fancy taking a week or two, or three, off, from time to time. (Why not sign up for updates by email, to ensure you keep up with my less frequent posts, if you haven’t already?)
So here’s to new chapters. Why not go through your own in-trays and notebooks and reacquaint yourself with some of your old ‘new’ ideas? You never know what you might stumble across.
PS - And if you’ve read this blog since the start, can I thank you for reading all 242,031 words!