|Reinvent Yourself - Maria A Smith|
If you want to write something longer than short stories, begin a novel. What about a stage play? Or if you haven't done any flash fiction yet, why not have a go?
Start the journey now, get ready to reinvent yourself.
- Go to your bookcase and throw out anything you've read, and don't think you'll read again. I'm serious. Do the same with old magazines. If you really can't toss your back copies of Writing Magazine and Writers Forum into the recycle bin, then take them along to your writers group, and put them in the middle of the table, tell your buddies to help themselves. In my experience you'll soon see the pile disappear. De-cluttering is good for the soul.
- Throw out anything you were going to use 'one day' but haven't touched in months, possibly years! Anything that doesn't fit into your writing life now - get rid of it! I seem to have lots of old cuttings and software discs, and all other manner of computer stuff. Its languishing in a bag, gathering dust. I also have a cupboard full of things I thought I'd use, like pamphlets, and old documents. I really need to sort those out.
- Get a decent seat, its important for your posture, you're sat at that desk tapping those keys too often not to bother. I use a mesh back support, and have started going for a massage every six weeks too. Look after your back, sit tall.
- Change your writing space, move the furniture about, decorate, put a vase of flowers nearby, or buy yourself something special to announce you are reinventing yourself. I purchased a new laptop bag, and notebook!
Clearing the decks like this, will give you a sense of change, a new beginning.