Paused for thought

Paused for thought

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

A love of words

Fresh faced and 18 I set off eagerly to university to undertake an English degree. I was so excited. City life. University life. Higher Education. They lay before me waiting to be explored and enjoyed.

It was Thomas Hardy who sealed the deal when it came to studying English. Reading Tess of the d'Urbervilles really moved me. I could see her, in my mind's eye, I could feel the wind that might have moved her red ribbon at the May-Day dance. I could probably still recite large chunks of text now, over a decade since I last read the book, such was its impact. 

My love of reading slowly became a love of writing too. I had written on and off for years but at university I took the opportunity to join the student newspaper and, in my second year, I set up my own website. The former provided good experience, the latter was hard work to begin with (mostly because the publishing package I used didn't upload correctly so I had to learn then rewrite the HTML so that my efforts were displayed on the live version too) but it was worth every second. I published poem after poem after poem on my website then slowly but surely I started to write prose. Anything went, holidays, events, things that inspired me. It was what you might now call a blog. I got it off the ground and thoroughly enjoyed it. Then along came 'proper' work.

I had wanted a career in writing at one stage but knew that I needed to pay the bills and didn't have the same confidence or determination as authors such as J.K. Rowling so I went for one that offered a real job with an actual, regular, salary. Slowly my writing dwindled beyond what my job required and before long it was only the odd poem that my tired brain was producing.

My job and career was satisfying but was soon overtaken by family life. Filled with enthusiasm and fresh opportunities once again my writing started. Just like before the poetry came first, but slowly the prose has followed.

I don't proclaim to be good at this, I certainly don't think that this little corner of the Internet will suddenly start to pay for so much as an apple, but I do make a promise, to my readers but mostly to myself. I am passionate about this and this time I am quite determined too.

It may take me years but I have a big writing project very, very, slowly taking shape. I look forward to the day that I might share that and I hope that for now this little venture will, this time, bring years of unbroken enthusiasm and learning.

As always, thank you for reading. I'd love to hear about your passions and how you make time for them in your life! Feel free to comment below.

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