Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Writing Forwards...

I wonder, can I still call myself a writer when I don't actually seem to write any more? I've not touched a short story for months and my novel is still, STILL stuck at 8967 words, see I don't even have to look that up any more, I just know it. Sad.

This last 12 months have probably given me more material to work with than any other period in my life but I think maybe I'm just still too far inside it all to actually work with it at the moment. Luckily, I have kept journals for some of the time and, difficult though they will be to read back, I know the intensity of the feelings will be etched on those pages for all time.

I'm currently researching retreats, with the idea of taking 5 days or so to myself later in the year. I'm thinking maybe October as I find that to be an inspirational time of year anyway. I'm not sure where I will go, I am open to all possibilities and trust that the right place will be brought to me at the right time. I am looking forward to it already though.....just me and my laptop, a notebook, a pen and a kettle - what more can a girl need?


Carol Anne Strange said...

I think writing will always be in your blood, Jayne. Often, we spend time gathering experiences and research, which will feed into later writing projects. I'm sure you'll find your own rhythm in terms of output, and quality is always better than quantity. :-)

As for retreats, I've been thinking of organising something like this for a while. When I have some time, I'm going to look into this, and will let you know if I'm able to organise anything.

Bright wishes, and thanks for visiting and leaving a comment on my blog. xx

Chynna said...

Very cool, Jayne. Wish I could do that. *sigh*

Tell us what wonderful location you choose for your yearly retreats. =)

Chynna xo

Debs said...

A retreat sounds like the perfect way to get the creative juices flowing once again.

Julie P said...

Ah but you are writing (blogging counts!) writing a journal, and you are thinking about writing too - a writer doesn't always write but they think, read, listen, pay attention, research etc and that's all a part of what writers do - so yes you are very much a writer!

Julie xx

Suzanne Jones said...

Hi Jayne

It's lovely to see you back in blogland - you've been missed.


Jayne said...

Thank you all SO much, it's good to be back and I'm hoping to blog more and pick up pace again soon. xxxx