All writers should take time out to reflect on their writing from time to time. It recharges the writing batteries and helps writers understand why they are writing.
We all have things in our lives that annoy us and it seems that currently Triond is annoying many online writers. Like others on this site, I struggled to come to terms with what the whole challenge was about. I’d returned from holiday excited, believing my writing soul had been refreshed. I was eager to get back to my computer and tap away, producing words that turned into sentences, sentences that turned into paragraphs and paragraphs that turned into articles.
That enthusiasm quickly ran dry. I was seeing articles of questionable quality making it onto the new challenge list. I was seeing occasional articles from excellent prolific writers and I was failing to see any work of some very talented people make an appearance at all. And I started worrying about it, to the extent that I lost all interest in writing. Now, having written on a daily basis in one way or another for many years, I wondered if my time had come. Was this the end of the road? I decided to take time out and reflect on what I really wanted from my writing and what I wanted in particular from Triond.
After a week away from the key board, I came back refreshed today. I also had some much clearer ideas of what I wanted to write and why. By coincidence one of the first articles I read on return was Jimmy Shilaho’s article on doing a SWOT analysis and know now this is what I need to do. I also read Jimmy’s article on his thoughts about the May Triond Challenge, and felt better that I was not the only person feeling a little disappointed in what constituted quality.
I am getting closer to returning to understanding why I write after my week’s absence, as well as where I want to focus my energy. I had strayed away from my major project, that being the 1950s memoir I hope to complete by the beginning of 2013. I had strayed away from the education and parenting articles I write for another site. I had stopped writing in my daily journal. In other words I was drifting aimlessly, not being true to my writing self.
Today I began writing again and it felt good. I first wrote a parenting article, my first for some time. Then I logged on to Triond and remembered why I’m here. Like others I get disillusioned from time to time and wish things were more the way I’d like them. But, it’s no use worrying about things you can’t change. I realise I’ve spent a lot of energy over the last couple of weeks worrying about something I can’t change. I’d have been far better off thinking about my reasons for writing and just getting on with it.
In the last day or two I’ve resumed daily journal writing, exploring thoughts and feelings on many things. This has been useful for me to reaffirm my interest in writing and recharging my writing batteries. I am pleased to be sitting here with a smile on my face, knowing I am still a writer.
I had a boss once who allowed me to try new ideas, even when he was afraid I may hang myself in the process. But, he stood by me and supported me, and do you know what, because of that I always got there in the end.
So, to all my fellow writers on Triond. May has not turned out the way we would have liked it to. But that has not made any of us lesser writers. We know there are many writers who write quality material here and we need to continue supporting them. Hopefully Triond is reflecting on the new idea it had. Hopefully it has not lost too many supporters in the process. And, guess what, a new month will be here soon. Let’s all just get on with writing.