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Real world or bust

Monday, December 14th, 2009

Gosh I haven't posted on here for a while. It feels like every time I come back to my blog WordPress needs updating again and that is the signal that I have to update a dozen blogs that belong to our company. So excuse me if I'm a little tired of blogging of late.

Rather than my digital life, I've been working on spending more time in the real world. Writing for more is largely a solitary activity and sitting at a keyboard for than a decade has left me distanced from real humans and face-to-face interactions. Correcting this has taken more effort than I ever would have expected when I started writing and running my own business. If you count up the number of interactions the average person makes during their day (by both being at work and getting to and from work) you will come up with a number that vastly exceeds the number in the average day of writer like me. It's lonely, but not so as you'd notice. Home working is touted as a solution for people with many anxiety disorders , but working from home can create such disorders where they weren't before, if you're not careful. Writing doubly so!

So my path of late has been to get out more. Distance learning likewise keeps you isolated so taking face to face courses has been an important step for me. Taking trips and pursuing work and doing interviews which need me to leave my comfort zone has been good too. I can't say however that I've found it easy.

A change of direction is on the cards too. I have decreased the amount of tech writing that I've been doing over the past few years and increasingly writing about a broader range of subjects across several genres. Now I have enrolled on a Screenwriting Masters which started in the summer. This is a huge step for me. I've always wanted to write for the screen and is closer to where I started out as the little girl who wanted to be an actress.

Stay tuned!

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