Originally I thought I'd write about first drafts, and then because I'm in the thick of a horrid second draft I thought I might pen a few words on the subject. But I got to thinking about the title of this blog, and why I called it the First Draft Cafe.
At the outset, when I wanted to get into blogging, I thought it would help me to write regularly, and I wanted to share my hopes, and ideas and network with other writers. Setting up a blog seemed the ideal, so I took the plunge. Choosing a name was important, I wanted something to reflect the aim of what I was trying to achieve.
At the time, I was writing my first attempt at a novel, after many years writing short stories. So 'first draft' was at the forefront of my mind.
I enjoy writing in cafe's, drinking tea, and eating cake is par for the course when you're a writer isn't it? It's thirsty work! I drew a mind map, I circled lots of words that were important to me as a writer, and eventually came up with the name First Draft Cafe.
Its served me well. Probably, all of my followers are connected with writing in some way, shape and form, and its nice when people find time to stop by and comment on something I've observed or written. The blog has evolved, its not just about writing these days, I also write about yoga, walking, and cake! I think it's called giving something of myself away, but I don't mind. I enjoy reading about the everyday life of the bloggers I follow, it makes them more real.
Its great to look back, and recall what I was doing at a given date, or month. I can reflect on how far I've come, and how much I feel I've grown as a writer. And of course I've made some great writing buddies along the way, who have inspired me, and helped me when I've needed a friendly ear.
If you're reading this, and you're maybe thinking about taking the plunge, and setting up your own blog, let me give you a push. Its definitely worth it!