What I did for fun, became something I had to do and the worst choice I ever made was to try to treat it like work. Setting myself word count deadlines and targeting progression and all the rest of it - that was a bad move for me.
My personal life has also dealt some curve balls that have required attention and have taken me away from the keyboard. I feel bad about abandoning my characters sometimes - Thomas is no closer to finding his sock and Tim has no way of knowing just how close he is to avenging Mercedes. But does it matter? If I was to put away my keyboard, who would care?
Well the only answer, and it is the only one that matters, is me. I want to help Thomas find his sock. I want closure for Tim. I want to write that silly kids book we talked about at Saltwell Park. I want to write 'Ledge' and 'Spare Wheel' and so much more.
I want to write.
So I'm going back to how it started. I'm doing it for fun. I'm doing it for me. You're all welcome to join me, in fact I hope you do.
I saw this video on Facebook today in which Neil Gaiman gives a Graduation speech. It's well worth a view.
I'm off to have fun with words...