I can’t say I’ve written much, or anything “good” in 2020. I did try to read some more though. I always thought that once I finished postgrad, my desire to read would return. And maybe it would have if I hadn’t had fatigue related medical issues then and since? Either way, I wasn’t reading much and I wanted to fix that.
Thankfully I finally “bit the bullet” and bought myself a cheap tablet (one that wasn’t 9 years old and barely working like my ancient iPad). I found out that while I can’t read books on my phone, reading them on a 8” tablet isn’t so bad. And so, in 2020, I finally became the person who not only sold eBooks, but actually read them too.
The awkward part is when I started reading a big series (and I’m not naming it, because this is about me, not them, and taste in books is subjective), and didn’t really get into it. But I loved the concept. I did end up reading the series (though I’ll have to admit, I skipped one prequel and skimmed the other), purely because of the concept. But a brilliant concept wasn’t really enough for me. The pacing wasn’t my style. I stuck with the series though, because I was curious how it all played out. And this is where the awkward part started. I started feeling like I had written things like this. And as I wasn’t really enjoying the series, what did it say about my own writing? Yes, this was a commercially successful series, by far! You’d think I would have felt pleased to recognise my own writing in it. But it wasn’t where I mentally saw my writing, so it felt awkward.
Does it mean the book is crap? Nope. There’s rarely such a thing as a crap book, just a book that doesn’t match your preferences. Does it mean my writing is crap? Well, kinda. I’m not exactly writing myself off for life or saying I’m brilliant, but insofar as I mostly have drafts and despise editing, yeah, some it is crap right now, for sure! I think it’s a polishable turd though. There is a lot to polish though.
Psst, I’m looking at putting together some short courses this year on getting a book written. Make sure you sign up to my newsletter if you want to hear about them. I’m thinking one specifically for small biz owners, and one along the lines of “get your first draft done”. Probably $50.
PS I’m sorry my formatting is annoying recently. I don’t know what has happened to a bunch of my blog posts – they don’t accept or remember breaks, no matter what I do. I know it happens from time to time in wordpress but I haven’t been able to fix it recently and I’ve mostly given up in frustration. Or some views it looks fine and others it doesn’t *shrugs*