Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Writer in Me

I am never happier than when i am writing. It is the one thing i can do for hours on end, it is the one thing i can for hours on end and lose all sense of time.
It is the one thing i do that gives me energy, not takes energy away from me. After the hours on end i am left so energized, i could start a whole new day.
I have always wanted to be a writer, i have always wanted to be published. First it was poetry, then it was prose, then it was short pieces, and then came blogging.
Blogging for me was so beneficial, on so many levels. Blogging was my first venture into receiving feedback on my writing. Every positive comment i got was elevating and self assuring, my favorites coming from insomniac, Juka and faisal :) The reassurance that i actually could write, was the most rewarding i have ever received.
Blogging was as well to me a self exploration process. If you have been a follower of this blog you would know just how personal it can get. I was not always so readily expressive. I used to be tied up in taboos and self denial. Maxxed out could attest to that, the one that got me try out blogging to begin with. I was very very closed up and defensive. This blog offered me a medium where i could talk about love, sex, death, religion and so much more...

Back in feb, when i realized i hated every aspect of my job, i thought the time had finally came for me to find a way to write for a living, or get into an industry where i could get closer to writing. I shortlisted all the publishing companies and bookstore chains and targeted them all.
There was no room there for an established manager with relatively high salary expectations. I had to ask myself just how willing i was to take a pay cut... I wasn't very willing, with marriage and kids and mortgages on the horizon, it would not have been very smart of me.
So i resigned myself to doing something i loved, but was not necessarily in love with, and started looking into working with houses - a love i realized when i was making up my own house.
So Sunday i start my new career in something i am very excited in working with.
But now remains the writing issue. I must write. I was born to write, and as i hit 30, i must start realizing that dream as well.

A lot of you bloggers write as well, do you have ideas how i could start this journey?
Have any of you written books and published them? Do share your experiences in this safe haven of a space, i really would love to get started...

Thank you in advance....

N

11 comments:

insomniac said...

for whatever it's worth, yours is one of my favorite blogs...

as in when my reader alerts me, i keep the new post aside until i am in the mood to just read... i love how you use words, you definitely know what you're doing, instinctively...

i have only keeping my feedback to myself for a while now for the fear of being too cliche :)

keep on writing, i am sure i am not the only one who reads :)

Juka said...

Hey there! Happy you are back to blogging. This space was missed. Will send you my publisher's contacts on FB. She's amazing, you'll really hit it off.

N said...

Insomniac, as always, sweet :)

how've you been girl?

Will E. said...

You can try going for short story competitions, and once you get on that track publishing will be simpler. Alternatively you can just send what you write to publishers, but you need to write.

Right now I'm trying a few publishers, but I'm still learning. Will share with you my findings.

Anyway, there's a competition called Sea of Words that you can participate in. I'll send you the details if you're interested.

poshlemon said...

I always say that I would like to have my blog rearranged and edited to be suitable for publishing as a book. You know, like with Belle de Jour. I am not sure the substance of my blog is as interesting as hers, but what the heck. I also think of publishing some of my 'strange' poetry because I have a knack for that and have written some strange things that would attract attention for not being too mainstream.

Why I wrote all the above is to say that you could start with the same ideas. You have a great blog with interesting material. I remember when I first discovered your blog it was like discovering a goldmine. It's so easy to find new blogs but it's quite rare to find new blogs with a lot of substance. I scoured your blog from start to end and I was still hungry for me. So I guess you could start from your blog, from the place where you had the chance to write in abundance...


:)

poshlemon said...

*hungry for more.

Lol. Not for me.

mille feuille said...

:) welcome back!

Many books have started out as just blogs...keep writing and it will happen!

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Maxxed`ouT said...

ennaharda 3amalt fatta lebnany and i thought of you!
i miss you FASHKH

N said...

:-)

i miss you too!

mateegy teftar 3andena?

Daysleeper said...

you've probably heard of malamih publishing house, but i thought i'd tell you just in case.

i can't say i'm a fan of all of their works-- but they did publish my friend hani sami (he wrote akras al mosaken)

and i'm certainly a fan of yours, check them out --

http://www.malamih.com/ar/index.php?option=com_contact&Itemid=3

good luck