I have spent such a long time being so immersed in putting my novel together I kind of forgot how important it is to write and do other things as well. Flash fiction, competitions, projects for writers etc.
This all adds to your CV. I really must make a conscious effort to diversify. Sticking to one book, editing and trying to make it work is fine, but you do need to read more on how to write and get published and learn from it. A publisher or an agent will probably feel you are making an effort if you can show you won a writing competition or are presently working to write straplines for an advertising agency. When you apply for a job I am sure you always state on your CV everything you have done to make it look impressive. I think now I have to start writing for other means instead of only working on my novel. My CV needs to have more writing experiences. I think it’s because I am retired and don’t need to work any more. Being self-employed for twenty five years hasn’t made me feel I want to go back to earn money. My time is done. I am on a pension now and I don’t feel that sense of urgency and commitment I used to enjoy so much.
BUT… I think now is the time for me to start afresh. I am too young to retire completely. My own mother never retired. She was 89 when she passed away in November 2010 and was a lesser known actress on TV, but she had a never ending amount of energy right up until she had her stroke. She was still doing TV programmes and tap dancing until a year before she died. It’s sad to think that one day you are fine and enjoying life and in an instant it is all snatched away.
So my plan is to start again. Life begins at 62. My father gave up on life at the age of 62 and died at 72. He was a prisoner of war and I don’t think he ever recovered. He smoked and then it was too late.
I am reasonably fit but I do find life in Holland to be rather – dare I say it – boring. It’s lovely in the summer (despite all this rain) but in the winter it’s as though it all shuts down for five months and it’s in those months I need to feel needed. The point I am making here is that if I don’t get out there and do something about it, I’ll fade away. So this is my new plan for 2012 and I shall start a new business in the field of writing, I mean writing is a business once you start looking for publishers. Perhaps do some reviews for people needing help on their first three chapters. There are so many people out there who need help with writing. I am all for those who want to learn how to write, it is so rewarding. Not everyone can afford to pay someone for critique. I do reviews and critique but it’s supportive and gratis.
My time is my own and that’s a great position to be in but sometimes I feel like a dog in a forest. Which way do I go? I am sure something good is about to happen, I can feel it.