The last few months have seen some big changes. (Can months actually “see” changes?)
In November 2010 I quit my job. I no longer work for THE MAN. After being a project manager for 10+ years, it was time to pursue something else. Something that made me excited to get out of bed in the morning.
That something is writing.
The writing comes in several forms right now. Fiction writing is a big part of it. I have two main projects I’m working on.
I love this term so much better than futuristic romance. I started my story for NaNo and amazingly, still loved it at the end of NaNo. It’s currently in second draft stage. I discovered that while I can see it clearly in my head, I’m having trouble getting the details onto the page. It’s going slower than I would like, but it is still moving.
Short Story Ebook
I have a number of short stories I’ve written over the years and I’m considering putting them together into an ebook and publishing for the Kindle, to start, other platforms later. It’s a collection of scifi and fantasy stories, some short, some novella-sized. They all need a good edit.
I do a good amount of non-fiction writing for my websites. At Learn to Write Fiction, I put out a weekly newsletter with case studies on the habits and processes that bestselling authors use to write their books. It’s amazing to see the similarities and differences across genres, genders and countries. Writing really is about finding your own personal way of getting words on the page.
It’s easy for me to learn stuff like setting up websites and making the most of the Internet, so I’ve moved into helping my writer’s group ladies get their own sites set up and start promotional activities. And I found I’d like to help other writers get started on the Internet, too. It’s an amazing time to be a writer and the Internet is a fabulous (and practically free) promo tool. At Novelocity, I write about ways that writers can use the Internet to find readers.
As I venture off into the world of full-time writing, I’m enjoying each day so much more than I did when working for a large corporation. Setting my own agenda for the day and having the freedom to pick my projects is incredible.
They say each day is like a blank page waiting for you to write on it. My life definitely feels that way now.
What are you writing on your blank page?