My online course instructor says, “A writer needs to write every day.” So, here I am writing.
I got into my craft late; well, not really. I wrote poetry as a teen. I should have kept at it. When I stopped, I wasn’t in a good place. I suffered from depression, and my writing reflected my moods. It was very dark. Still, in hindsight, I should have continued my writing; it would have been therapeutic.
About fifteen years ago, I took my writing more seriously. I have been making notes and writing stuff down ever since I returned to the craft.
I wrote a Young Adult Fantasy book and started its sequel; I have begun a political thriller; I have written short stories, poetry, and other types of verse, and I maintain a blog.
I enjoy reading in my spare time; I don’t read as much as I believe I should. It isn’t easy finding time to do everything I want to do.
I work full-time. I am a clerk in an office, and I have a long commute, so my work week is work-related. I am exhausted by the end of each day. By the end of the day, I only want to veg out and go to bed early.
I have time on transit in the workday mornings to write. I have commented in the past; I get a lot of writing done while on the bus. So, it’s an excellent time to get that writing done which my instructor suggested.
I retire in a few months. The plan is to take up writing full-time, so I might as well get into the habit of daily writing.
I have gotten better at this art over the years. I could only guess how much better I could have been if I had kept writing as a teen.
—Robert Confiant 14 October 2021