Beginnings 12th January 2010

I’ve just been engaging in a bit of nostalgia and looking back through my blog archives to January 2010, which saw my first posts.

Start! Jetzt geht´s los

Yes, I know checking the archives is up there with emails, facebook etc as a means of procrastination. WRITE THE NOVEL! But it is interesting to read that first post, and consider how far I’ve come since then.

I was waiting for Unravelling to be published in May 2010. I had decided to do a major rewrite of The Piano Player’s Son. I’d entered two short stories into a Fish competition. All four of those works have now been published, and other short stories and flash fictions too. And so much else has happened as well. We spend so much time looking forward; setting ourselves goals; frustrated with our apparent lack of achievement; expecting more and more. All this is good, but every so often perhaps it’s a positive thing to look back and feel grateful.

You can read that first post here.

And now – Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn get on with that NOVEL!

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  1. Yes, get on with the novel 😉 But you’re right – it is good to look back and reflect on how far you’ve come. I think that it’s a way of gearing up for another bout of hard work, so give yourself a big pat on the back, and a hug, and feel really proud of what you’ve achieved.
    Jo x

  2. Lindsay says:

    Thanks, Jo – and you are an inspiration in terms of achievement!

  3. Debbie Young says:

    What a great idea, Lindsay – so good to remind yourself of what you have achieved, and you have achieved a lot! Writing is a long-haul operation – anathema to the instant gratification society that we hear so much about these days – but results like yours are definitely worth the wait!
    Funnily enough, I started my blog in January 2010 also – and I’m just going to check it out now to remind myself of my starting point. ..

  4. Christine Steenfeldt says:

    How interesting to be able to look back over the four years of posting and see your aspirations and achievements spelled out like this. It’s all too easy, I suspect, to forget how it felt starting out and to lose sight of how much you’ve learned and been changed by the whole process. Do you think that it’s sometimes easier to write when you’ve not achieved anything yet because you are maybe not expecting (or expected) to.?Then when you do achieve a measure of success, you have the added pressure of having to replicate it or do even better.

  5. Lindsay says:

    Thanks, Debbie. It is good to remind yourself, isn’t it? Otherwise it can seem like constant striving with little success. Interesting that we started our blogs at the same time – I’ll check out your post!

  6. Lindsay says:

    That’s right, Christine – I was really pleased today when I read that first blog to see my ‘journey’. I think you might be right that some success makes it harder in a way. Expectations – your own and other people’s are so much greater.So, I’m pleased I paused to look back today.

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