Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Living the dream?


This month's Insecure Writer's Support Group question is – How would you describe your future writer self, your life and what it looks and feels like if you were living the dream? Or if you are already there, what does it look and feel like? What would you change or improve?

The thing I'd most like to change is to make better use of my writing time. I have a bad habit of getting distracted by social media, emails and ... well, too many things. A few more book sales would be nice too.


In a lot of ways though, I am living the dream. Despite wasting some of it, I have time to write. I travel around in the camper van doing fun stuff, including writing, presenting writing workshops and meeting writing friends. I get to see my stories and articles in print pretty often... Actually, I have a whole website about that stuff.

One of the best things about being a self employed writer is that I can write whatever I like, and as much as I like. That's good as there's a lot I want to write about. So much in fact, I've written a book about things to write about.

A YEAR OF IDEAS – 365 sets of writing prompts and exercises

I think that titles probably gives you a pretty good idea of what to expect, but here's the blurb in case you'd like a bit more information ...

All writers need ideas. We need topics and themes, prompts to get started and a little encouragement to keep going. New writers may be wondering where to begin, daunted by a blank page and want help to transform thoughts into fiction. Even the most experienced have dry periods when ideas don't flow, or times when they appreciate a push to try something different.

Patsy Collins' methods are proven to work. She's employed them at workshops where she's never failed to get her attendees, from brand new and nervous to burnt out, not just writing but producing interesting scenes, snippets and stories.
Each of the daily sets of prompts in this book have been used in some way by Patsy, to create her own work. She needs a lot of ideas as she's completed five novels, co-written From Story Idea to Reader (an accessible guide to writing fiction) and produced nineteen collections of themed short stories, averaging two dozen per book. Hundreds and hundreds of her short stories have been published – mainly in women's magazines. She blogs, writes articles, wins competitions and is always working on something new.
Whether you're a new writer, or a more experienced one temporarily out of ideas, have hours to fill or just five free minutes, you'll find something in this book to help get you writing – every day of the year.

The prompts and suggestions can be used for short stories or longer works and in any genre.
You can buy it here. The ebook is £2.50 ($3.22) and the paperback £6 ($7.75).

How about you? Are you living the writing dream? Would a book of ideas and exercises help, or is there something else which would get your future writing self where you want to be?

28 comments:

Alex Gazzola said...

I think to some extent it depends on whether you view writing as a destination or as a journey. It’s both, to some extent, but where you place the emphasis probably matters. Even if you want to achieve something - ie get somewhere - you’ll want to achieve something else - move on somewhere anew - once you get there. We are always moving. Maybe we should ask ourselves which journey we want to be on? This might call for a blog …

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

A full year of prompts - perfect.
You are in one of the best places for a writer. Enjoy it, Patsy.

Natalie Aguirre said...

I need to make more time for my writing too. Writing is great for your lifestyle because you can do it anywhere.

Jemi Fraser said...

It's tough to get my brain to focus at the right times some days!
The prompts sound like fun!

Mandy said...

How lucky that you get to live the "writer life", travel, and just enjoy.

That book of 365 prompts sounds os helpful! I'm always looking for prompts and ways to improve my writing! I'll have to check it out.

WIth Love,
Mandy

cleemckenzie said...

What a great way to travel! I love the van.

emaginette said...

Congrats on the book. What a great idea. :-)

Anna from elements of emaginette

PJ Colando said...

I am living the dream but from a different end of my life - writing has become my encore career, creating - yet in a different way than I did when I was a speech-language pathologist. Writing is fun, fun, fun!

Sonia Dogra said...

You have a perfect life for a writer. And I love that camper van of yours!

Rachna Chhabria said...

Your camper looks wonderful, Patsy. Yes, at times even I waste a lot of my precious writing time with social media distractions. But not anymore. Nowadays I try to focus on my work more.

Ellen Jacobson said...

Your camper van looks really cool. Off to check out your other site. :)

Tyrean Martinson said...

I'm glad you're living your dream! Way to go!

Sonia Antaki said...

It's a great life!

Janet said...

Wow, you really are living the dream! Love the camper van.

Lee Lowery said...

My life is a lot like yours (minus the camper) so I am living the dream. Might not seem like it to others - I've published some non-fiction, but my fiction isn't published yet. But I don't define myself by Stephen King or Danielle Steele standards of publishing. And the freedom is worth it's weight in gold.

Yvonne Ventresca said...

Too much social media time is always a struggle. :)

Liza said...

Sounds like you ARE living the dream. How much fun to travel at a whim. I appreciate that you are helping other writers, too!

Damyanti said...

Love the van!

Anonymous said...

What an interesting question. The dream? To write that prize winning novel one day. The reality? I don't have the talent or the dedication required. I'd also struggle with the long periods of isolation that writing it would necessitate. So my writing reality is keeping the day job, and writing short stories with the support, encouragement and critiques of a small writing group. I've had a few stories published in magazines, which gives me a buzz and a bit of extra money, all resulting from a hobby I enjoy. Maybe the reality suits me better than the dream?
New Girl on the Block

Juneta key said...

Inspiring. 365 prompts what a great title.

lostinimaginaryworlds.blogspot.com said...

Wishing you a happy holiday time and continuing success in the new decade 🤗

Helen said...

Sounds like you have is pretty well mapped out. Congrats! :)

Rebecca M. Douglass said...

Totally agree about the distractions. I'm not notorious for focus :D

Congrats on the new book. It looks like a useful thing!

Carolb said...

I'm working on the dream- to get my novels written and out there. I need to organise my time better next year.

Congratulations on the new book too.

Nicki Elson said...

LOVE the camper van! I bet that makes living the writing dream even more fun.

Michelle Wallace said...

Your camper van looks like the perfect writing spot... and you can travel around to new places encountering a change of scenery which provides fresh ideas and boosts inspiration!

lostinimaginaryworlds.blogspot.com said...

That is an interesting thought Patsy, I think the ability to write reflects very much who we are, as you say. I am 83, and have had more life experiences than the proverbial cat. This gives me added material to write about, but does not make a difference to my skill as a writer. The only thing that has made a difference to my level of skill is the recent university creative writing course for the MA - it was well worth all the hard work.

Patsy said...

Thanks for all the comments, everyone!

Yep, I'm very lucky to have the life I do.