With writing, the hardest part is always the beginning. A blank piece of paper, whether physical or virtual, can be cripplingly intimidating. For every writer, putting those first words down is a crucial step. For me, the launch of this blog signals that step.
From my About page, you’ll see that I’m well-versed with writing. It’s what I do, day in, day out. But I want to try something different.
As my next post will show, I’ve recently experienced a major life event, which is significant to the launch of this blog. The death of my father has had a massive impact on my life, in so many ways. In time, as I truly come to terms with this loss, I’m sure I will find ways to articulate the now seemingly indescribable feeling of losing one of the most important people in my life. Who knows, perhaps writing will help.
Dad was ever the proud parent when it came to my writing; he kept clippings from the paper with my byline and boasted to his friends about my interviews with celebrities and sports stars. Back then I was embarrassed but now it’s a memory I hold dear.
I made a New Year’s Resolution to get back to writing and attended an excellent two day workshop by Northern Irish author, Colin Bateman in Bangor in January. As an avid reader, dad instantly got excited, thinking I would one day pen a novel. Since then, life, with its unexpected twists and turns, has gotten in the way and I’ve made little time to write outside of everyday work tasks. In light of recent events however, I’ve found truth in the hackneyed saying ‘Life is too short’ and feel a renewed impetus to get back to it – to make time to do something I love so much. I know my dad would like that. So, here goes…