I guess there are several ways I could’ve picked my Top 6 Blog Posts. Is it my top 6 most viewed? The most liked? The ones that were easiest to write? The ones hardest to write? The ones that stood out the most to me when I had a quick flick through my published posts? I’m not telling you how I chose though!
And I know 6 is a weird number.
In no particular order –
It’s me, Woeful Writes!
I was so proud, chuffed, overwhelmed and happy that Annika Spalding gave me a shout out on her website.
That my words had made enough of an impact on her that she thought I could share some wisdom with others.
I feel like quite the novice in the pack of writers that she chose to highlight but I will forever be grateful for my little moment in the spotlight. And also, I had another author notice me!
2. Swept Up
I remember seeing Toby Stephens in Black Sails and I thought wow. I’ve seen things with him in before but I don’t think he registered with me until I saw Captain Flint.
But it wasn’t just the character, it was him. I started watching other things he’s been in and he has something so special. That X Factor. Hence me using him as a muse on several occasions for my “Toby & Rae” stories. I could’ve been more imaginative with his name, I know!
When I was part of Annika Spalding’s writing group on Facebook, we used to get regular writing prompts. One of my favourite ones ever was the idea of writing a short story from a random headline in the paper.
The headline I chose was about fines for overfilling your bins. I know, it’s truly riveting stuff. And I didn’t know what I was going to write when I first started, I just knew that was the one. It’s not perfect, I’m sure the flaws in it are visible for all, but I’m really proud of this piece.
I don’t normally write anything that is so easily traceable to my real life, I tend to hide my insecurities or experiences inside other stories.
But here, I feel a little exposed. I always have some form of apprehension when I go out on a girls night with my friends. I always feel like I must be spoiling the pictures, that I’m dragging everyone else down. It usually fades after a few vodka and cokes but I haven’t got to the point where it’s not there at all.
Getting there though.
I think this is possibly a bit of a cheat as it’s 3 posts and even though they’re linked, they are very different to each other.
I guess, whether it is objectively good or bad, wasn’t really the point. I was trying something different and I’m proud of it, like the other posts I am artfully signposting you to!
I was gushing about these 3 shows, Fleabag, Insecure and Russian Doll because they’re so, so, just, ugh words fail me.
But they didn’t when I wrote this piece, so go check it out because I said everything I needed to say there.
Watch these shows…now!
Have a look around my little old blog and discover what I’m all about.
xx woeful writes xx