This time last Summer I started to write again and I’ve started working on a YA (young adult) novel. When I was younger I wrote constantly, I even wrote a book when I was 11! Thankfully I don’t have a clue what happened to that gem! It was a tragic tale of a boy and a girl who live next door to each other and fall in love. The girl has an incurable form of cancer and dies, leaving the boy heartbroken. It doesn’t sound unlike a popular YA novel from the last few years so maybe I was on to something 🙂
I wrote on and off since then but never made proper time to for it; study, college, work and life in general took over. When I took a year off work to travel the world I recorded all my travel adventures in two journals with plane tickets and postcards from different countries, it’s a great keepsake.
I had many creative outlets such as painting and life drawing classes down the years. Yes, life drawing nude people, that one wasn’t for me. The same man in his 50’s was in different poses every week, it must be the Irish prude in me but I just couldn’t relax in that class!
The one thing I never stopped is reading and I devour books. I read absolute anything! I continued to dream about writing a book and shared the dream with one of my best friends.
Dawn moved back to Cork for the Summer and suggested joining “Writing Inside Out” a writing group in the City. I had nervous butterlies in my tummy before the first group meeting in Camden Palace but going along with a friend made it easier.
Joining this group reawakened my creative side and I’m so grateful to Dawn, the facilitator Ann Heffernan and the other group members for motivating and inspiring me.
The writing group was a safe place to share our stories, memories and inspirations. There was no pressure to share and no criticism of our pieces. Each group member had a different writing style and Ann brought along different books, stories, poems and graphic novels – anything that might bring inspiration. Every week we wrote something to bring to the class, thus forcing me to write. The more I wrote the more I enjoyed it. We had two four week courses over June and July and I’ve continued writing.
If you want to try something but you’re scared, just go for it! Life is too short not to and you never know you might even like it!