Forgive me, Reader, for I have
sinned. It has been a month since my last Pen Pot Post. Now, I confess: I’ve
found creativity hard-going lately, and it’s left me wondering quite what I
should blog about!
From previous experience, I’ve
learned that when the end of a project arrives I feel bereft and lost for quite
some time – and it’s easier said than done to launch into the next project.
Since completing my ‘Identity’ poetry sequence, I have written six poems and
have plans for a seventh, which is great. Fabulous. Almost prolific, even. But
as poems are short and so a self-contained project, I’ve been feeling lost
after finishing each one!
Fresh ideas for longer pieces,
then, have been lacking – and I got to thinking about why I set up the Pen Pot
Blog in the first place. Realising that it’s a year since we began, I figured
it was time for a Retrospective.
Back on the 8th August
2011, I opened the Pen Pot with the aim to talk about:
1.The crafting of writing; 2.The critiquing of writing; 3.Words that work as writing prompts; 4.Specific inspirations; 5.Books I’ve learned from; 6.Inspirational quotations; and 7.Beginning/completing writing exercises (and
sharing them with you, if I was brave enough!).
I achieved these aims, then? Well, it’s a mixed bag, I guess – ‘yes’ to words
that I like and find inspirational; a mega ‘yes’ to talking about books and my
reading, though a ‘maybe’ to discussing anything learned from them; a teeny
tiny ‘yes’ to sharing quotations (and yet I was sure I’d share loads!); a fair ‘yes’
to sharing how my own writing has been going and my drafting/critiquing process
(though not in detail); but a big fat ‘no’ to writing exercises.
that’s what I’d like to change, going forward. I need to be more disciplined and
definitely DO some exercises!
Retrospective is also a big “thank you” to you, the Pen Pot Readers, for
sticking with me and my warblings!, and a huge “thank you” to those of you who
have ‘followed’ the Pen Pot (if you haven’t yet and you want to – so that you’d
never miss a post – just click on the ‘Follow’ icon at the top of the screen
and carry out the instructions!).
I genuinely appreciate you reading this, I had also hoped the Pen Pot would
find a wider, more writerly-based audience too, so as to put me in touch with
other writers; and perhaps we would’ve even been able to have a creative
correspondence of some kind. Unfortunately (even after I promoted the Pen Pot
address in a published letter to ‘Writing Magazine’...), this hasn’t happened
yet...and I still would like it to.
I think it’s time to try and cast the Pen Pot’s net a bit further... I hear
Twitter is the place for writers to hang
out, chat and connect – so watch this space...my witterings may become Tweets
sooner than you’d think!
then, for the next year of the Pen Pot’s life, I aim to:
1.Post a writing exercise of some kind once a week
(written, if not immediately shared online, on a Monday evening when the TV is
out of my control because the soaps are being watched...grr! But this does free
up an hour and a half of watching-nothing-time which can become
writing-exercise time instead of reading/listening-to-music/chatting-on-the-phone
time!); 2.Talk more specifically about how critiquing
helps improve my work; 3.Be as short in my postings as I am in real life
(!), and share succinct quotations and posts instead of War and Peace type ones (!!); 4.Be brave and wade into the Twitter domain so
that I can hopefully connect with more writers; and 5.(in the way of Strictly Come Dancing-speak)...