Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Lin, win and In(secure)


Has your writing ever taken you by surprise?

That's this month's Insecure Writer's Support Group question. (If you'd like to join the group you can do so here – but you don't have to be a member to join the discussion.)

My answer is YES! I don't think I could keep writing if that wasn't the case. When I start writing, I don't always know the direction the story or character's will take. I don't know if that story will sell, win a prize or be one of those which doesn't quite make it.

Competitions wins have surprised me – I had a poem performed in the House of Commons and a novel published as the result of winning competitions. As a result I'm always on the look out for free to enter competitions, such as this poetry one, which I regularly share on this blog.

The biggest surprise though has been the change to me as a writer. I started off 17 years ago, writing just for fun, imagining it to be a short term hobby I'd quickly abandon when a new enthusiasm took over (that's happened before). Today I'm a full time writer. I even present workshops to encourage other writers, such as this one in Nottingham next month.

Another thing which can surprise me is the English language. I'm always learning new words (which is why I post my regular word of the week). Today's is lin. A lin is a 'collection' of water – it can mean a pool above or below a waterfall, but is generally applied to the waterfall itself, or to a ravine through which water is forced, producing a torrent.

The photos are of The Lin of Dee (apparently Queen Victoria's favourite picnic spot) and The Black Lin (centre). On our current trip we've also seen The Lin of Quoiche and The Lin of Tummel (my favourite in terms of names). They're all in Scotland.


16 comments:

lostinimaginaryworlds.blogspot.com said...

How lovely, all the things that have surprised you, and well done, Patsy 🌹

Lindsay said...

As a LINdsay, I was interested to hear about the meaning of lin - a new one for me! Keep the posts about the comps coming!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Now you write, teach, and travel!

The Cynical Sailor said...

Being a full-time writer - what a wonderful thing to be surprised by!

"Lin" is a new word to me. I'll have to see if I can work it into a conversation today.

Cheers - Ellen

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Patsy - Lin - is certainly a new word for me ... but those waterfalls look idyllic. Scotland is pretty magical - and you have the ideal life ... well done - and a poem performed at the House of Commons - that's an interesting accolade - cheers Hilary

Jemi Fraser said...

Great photos!
I love how your writing has surprised you and evolved along with you!

Rosemary Gemmell said...

I always learn something on your blog, Patsy! I didn't know that meaning, even though I live in Scotland. You'll know far more about the country as a whole than me by now.

emaginette said...

To be a full-time writer must be something. Funny how talent, hard work and enthusiasm will carry a gal.

Anna from elements of emaginette

Em-Musing said...

So inspiring to read your writing journey and successes. And never heard the word 'lin' Always love learning new words.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Glad that your writing has developed into a full-time profession since its start 17 years ago. It's fun watching how things change during our journey writing.

cleemckenzie said...

I loved your surprise about the House of Commons and the book you were able to publish because of that poem. Those are the kinds of stories I enjoy reading.

Sarah Foster said...

I love that you started writing as a hobby and now you're a full-time writer! I would love to do that someday.

Yvonne Ventresca said...

Love the new word. Thanks for sharing.

Juneta key said...

Those are wonderful surprises. I like the new word too. New for me. Happy IWSG Day.

Carol Bevitt said...

A new word for me to learn, thank you.

Lovely photos too- I like water images, very appealing.

Looking forward to seeing you next month too. :-)

F. Stone said...

I like new words also. My dentist used the term "extrusion" and decided I had to use it in a novel then wondered if that would be a good idea. Most don't carry a dictionary along with their kindle; or do they?
Could to hear an author living the good life and sharing your knowledge.
Blessings