The title of this post is a quote from the BBC show Merlin.
This quote says a lot to me as a writer. It links back to my previous post about how a writer has to have courage in order to get their work out to the general public and not be afraid of the response they get.
Anyways, this blog update will not be a repeat of my other posts. Because that will be a massive waste of both of our times won't it? I mean, I have much work to do for uni and I’m putting it off to write this. I probably shouldn't, please don’t rat me out to my lecturers! Pretty please?
At this exact moment, I'm sitting in a university owned coffee shop with two friends. I'm not really making much conversation, just the odd bit here and there. I'm concentrating on my laptop and writing. My friends understand this as they are both university students on my course. Well I hope they understand. Not that I really mind.
Back to the point at hand.
As a writer, this profession is a solitary one. I have to spend a lot of time on my own writing, editing, drafting and proof reading. At times like this, where I am sat with my friends in a cute coffee shop, I can still write. I have to be adaptable as to where and when I can do work. For me, this is nearly anywhere. I prefer to do work at home, in my study with music on in the background and cup of tea by my elbow.
But I can also write in social places. I like writing, editing ect in coffee shops. Sometimes I need the busyness, I need noise, the hustle and bustle of people around me. It is also a fantastic opportunity to people watch and take inspiration from my surroundings. Sometimes, I put my earphones in and drown out the noise to give my head some space, especially if I am writing the first draft. I do tend to do more editing and proof reading when I'm out and about. I can do a couple of pages at a time, I can edit as much or as little as I want and not feel guilty about it. It’s my choice and mine only.
On a Sunday, I tend to work my Guide Dog Yashka to my local Costa and edit my manuscript for my first novel. I can tuck myself in a corner with a sleeping dog at my feet, a little treat and cup of tea in front of me and edit my work. It’s very rare I get interrupted. Most of the time it’s by a member of the general public who want to stroke Yashka and find out more about her. I'm happy to tell anyone who asks, don't get me wrong. But it’s nice to go back to my writing and forget about the humans around me. All that matters is the writing in front of me. The people, the conversation, the noise of the machines, it just fades into the background so I can barely hear it.
I look out the window,
I take in the grey, the gloom.
The hurrying pedestrians,
The gangs of teenagers and youths,
Intimidating the older population.
The cars, the busses, the lorries,
They rush past in a colourful blur.
That's what life is.
One big blur.
Blink and you'll miss it.
I've previously said that I can't write poetry. To me, I would class the above as a stream of consciousness. The window that I'm sat next to has a great view of one of the main roads in Derby. The coffee shop is right next to a student accommodation so students pass by very regularly. I used these events in order to write the piece above.
People are forever moving, always on their phones and on social media. We never really stop. Even at night, many of us use our phones in bed, checking on the latest posts, YouTube videos before we go to sleep.
9 times out of 10, our phones are the first thing we check when we wake up and the last thing we check before we go to sleep. That stream of information, of photos and news bullions is consistent, it is very rarely interrupted. Just like our conscious.
I've realised I’ve gone off on a tangent. Sorry about that. But these posts are simply my musings and rambles about everyday life. They're not really meant to make sense!
The point is, you shouldn't feel like you can't do something.
You shouldn't feel intimated or frightened. Be that posting a story online for the first ever time or going on a first date with someone you've never met.
Seize the opportunity, take the risk and jump.
Send that story to a publishers.
Put your poems on social media.
Start a blog and see where it takes you.
I want to inspire you. I want to inspire whoever has decided to read this because the sheer fact you've clicked on this post and read all the way down here shows that you're interested in what I have to say. And I never thought that would be possible.
So come on.
Damn the consequences and be selfish for once.
Cancel that night out if you can't be bothered to go. Indulge yourself. Turn your phone off and get off social media for a few hours so you can catch up with that show you've missed. (I need to catch up with the BBC show Class. And I will get round to watching it. I've promised myself.)
There is no shame in wanting to do something for ourselves.
You are your own person. It’s your life. Do whatever the hell you want to do. Don’t do something just because a friend is, just because you might not know anyone.
Do something scary, do something terrifying and wonderful and brilliant and everything in between.
Life is too short to worry, to stress and to panic.
Do something because you want to.
And don't let anyone stand in your way.
I'll end with this quote,
“You don’t just give up. You don’t just let things happen. You make a stand! You say no! You have the guts to do what’s right, even when everyone else just runs away.” -Rose Tyler, The Parting of the Ways, Doctor Who.
Until the next time.