I have been Wrestling the Muse for 1 year…It’s my Blogoversary!


It’s my first Blogoversary on Wrestling the Muse!

It’s also my Anniversary on quitting the day job and going full time writing!

It is a double anniversary for this writer!!

So how would I sum up this first year of full time writing…

  • A journey…this first year is only the first step on the ladder to success.
  • I held my first published fiction under my own name in my hands – my first short story.
  • I finished the full first draft of my manuscript and I am submitting my novel this month.
  • I took the bull by the horns, gathered my nerves and pitched my novel in a face-to-face session with a top agent. (Though nerve-wracking I realised that agents are just people like you and I and this particular agent was lovely and very encouraging as well as giving me some great advice.)
  • I plotted out Book 2 and Book 3 in The Cursed trilogy.
  • I plotted out the second trilogy and am busy working on the first draft.
  • I strengthened many friendships with other writers and started new friendships…too numerous to mention everyone by name but you all know who you are.
  • I have learnt a lot about the publishing process, and the options we writers have available to us.
  • I found and commissioned a brilliant cover artist.
  • I was asked to host a weekly writing chat on twitter – #storycraft

What have I learnt or found challenging this year?

  • I have learnt that writing is a marathon not a race and we set our own pace.
  • I have learnt that although I thought I would be able to write a full 8 hours a day, it is more like 4-5 hours a day in practice.
  • I have learnt that there is no absolute right choice when looking at publishing options, there is only the right choice for me.
  • I miss a steady paycheque but am also happier than ever.
  • I work 7 days a week every week and there are no weekends for me but because this is the path I CHOOSE, it enriches me and fulfills me.
  • I feel constantly challenged and never bored.

All in all this first year has been a huge learning curve as I found my feet in the world of full-time writing. I realised that I am hardest on myself. This is something that has always been an issue in my day job but in writing it has become a monster that I am slowly learning to cage. I have found support and encouragement in people who believe in me. I have also come across the naysayers and the scoffers who wonder when I will get a whack from the reality stick and stop this “hobby” of writing.

Well in response to my friends, supporters and encouragers: Thank you and please continue in your encouraging because this is one year and counting. I will still need your support and your encouragement. You don’t know how much it has meant to me and how much it has bolstered me on those days or weeks when my writing was fighting me.

In response to the naysayers and the scoffers: This is not a hobby, this is my career. I don’t need a whack from the reality stick because for the first time I am being ME by following and committing to my goals and dreams. I don’t plan on stopping because this is the path that feels most right to me. I don’t need your permission to do what I need and what I want to do with my life. I am happy and I am in control of my own future, how many people can say that. I am my own boss and I work harder at this role of full time writer than I have ever done in any day job. 

I cannot wait for Year 2 of this adventure I am on. I know I am on the right track and I am ready to take the next rungs on the ladder to my success. This first year I took a slower beat because I believe I needed to know more about the publishing industry and also more about where I wanted to truly go in my writing. I also took this first year to learn about author branding and online presence. I don’t regret anything from this first year and feel that my life is the richer for taking the plunge into the adventure of full-time writing. 

So thank you to my 170 blog followers, my 1155 twitter followers and my 669 facebook friends. Each one of you has been there through this first year and have cheered and supported me. You all ROCK!

Now Raise your glass with me and let’s drink to fighting for your dreams and living life with no regrets because at the end of the day we have one life to lead – I am not wasting mine.

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35 Comments

  1. Congratulations on your first Bloganniversary! I just started my blog about two months ago and it’s a lot of work!!! I respect the journey you’re taking, and wish you the very best in your writing. I am a strong believer that the more you read and write, the better your writing will become. I’ve been one of the lucky ones – I’ve been a professional screenwriter for over twenty years. It was terrifying at first because I thought, what happens on days when I just don’t feel like writing? Well, an amazing thing happens to you when you have to make your living from writing: you learn how to write every day. And every night. And on the weekends, holidays too, if you are in the middle of a story that needs to be finished. People won’t understand what you do, they will try to talk you out of it, or make you feel like a hermit at times – telling you that you are missing out on life. But none of that will matter when you are deep inside of a story and doing what you love most – writing. May your computer be always running smoothly, and you never run out of paper (or ink if you use a pen).

  2. Right on. I am just about a month from my blogoversary. And I’m in the works of trying to make next year at this time an anniversary of one year being at home full-time (although I’ll still be working, just at a different job that will allow me to telecommute… keep your fingers crossed for me).

    And I like your lessons. Amazing how so many of us ride the same roads. I’ve struggled with naysayers who have been frustratingly close to me emotionally. It’s hardest to hear from someone who is supposed to love you. You just wonder how it is that they don’t understand.

    But we persevere! Keep fighting the good fight.

    Paul D. Dail
    http://www.pauldail.com- A horror writer’s not necessarily horrific blog

  3. Congrats Kim, on your first year blogoversary. Your blog has become one of my favourite hangouts. There is a surprise for you on my blog 🙂

    • Ah Thank you my lovely friend! You just made my day 🙂 MWAH

  4. Congratulations, Kim. Well done! Chase those dreams! I apologize for not having been by as often as I would like. I hope to improve there. Here’s wishing the next year is even bigger and better for all of us!

    -Jimmy

    • Hey Jimmy 🙂 Thanks for your lovely words. Life gets so busy sometimes…I have heaps of blogs I need to catch up on including yours. 🙂

  5. Congrats on your anniversary!

    Following your dreams takes real courage–and the writer’s life is not for the faint of heart. But that first paycheck is so amazing, because it solidifies the fact that this is a JOB.

    So I raise a glass to you for making it yours!

    • Hanging out for that first paycheque 🙂 I think I am going to have to frame it!

  6. Congrats! It takes real courage to follow your dreams, and the writer’s life is not for the faint of heart. Good for you for pursuing it!

  7. Congrats on your 1-year anniversary. And congrats too on taking your dreams and making them a reality. That is the hardest part!

    • Thank you Deb 🙂 Life should always be about chasing dreams and making them a reality.

    • Lovely Aniko 🙂 Your words make my heart smile. Thank you my friend xx

  8. Congratulations on your blogoversary, good lady! I’m happy to drink to fighting for your dreams this morning (though alas, it’s coffee, and not mimosas). Cheers!

    • Thank you Simon 🙂 I never complain about coffee…writers can never have enough coffee 😉 Cheers to you!

  9. I hope I am one of your new friendships. 😉

    I am so proud of what you’ve done. It’s much harder to have a schedule to write when you have the time then when you don’t. And you’re a model example of how to do it fantastically.

    Yes, I’m raising my glass to you.

    • Hi Honey – Yes you definitely are one of those amazing new friendships 🙂 Thank you for your lovely words my dear friend! They warm my heart and push me on to day one of year 2 🙂 x

  10. Congrats 🙂 I am in that process right now, though my blog has been online much longer then a year. However, I didn’t really start taking my writing career seriously until this year… I think in January of 2013 I will do something similar to this.

    Enough about me… *Raises a glass*

    • Hi Warren 🙂 Yay for going for gold and pursuing your dream too. Isn’t it the best to know what path you need to take? I wish you nothing but the best and may your and your writing be all the more richer for it. Thank you for stopping by.

      • Thanks! I did it the ackbassward way, unlike you. Someday I can tell people what not to do when starting a career as a writer, heh.

      • Sometimes assbackward still means moving forward…and sometimes you have to figure out the wrongs before you figure out the rights. 😉

  11. Happy anniversary. I’m so pleased it’s going so well for you. I am a beginner where writing is concerned, but I can truly say I’ve found my passion. I am a fulltime carer for my mother and every free moment is now spent on following my dream. Love and blessings from Izzy.

    • Hi Izzy! Thank you so much for your lovely words…a person can never have enough love or enough blessings in life 🙂 Yay! It is truly something to be celebrated to know you have found your passion. I understand what a toll being a full time carer can be through my own experience but the wonderful thing I find about writing and creativity is fills me up when I am running on empty. It is my magic water well. I wish you all the best in your writing and encourage you to continue fighting for your dream. It is worth it!

  12. Congrats!!! What an amazing year it’s been, I’m so pleased you are learning and growing and feeling happier than ever for it. I hope year 2 is twice as amazing 🙂

    • Hey hun 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by. It has been a ball, every minute of it! Even on the tough days, I have been happier doing this then any other job. That tells me I made the right decision. Thanks for being part of that supportive net of people who have always encouraged me. x

  13. Congratulations! I wish I could just write full time. Having a minimum wage day job sucks 😛 How do you make your money to live on, if you don’t mind my asking? Do you make enough by selling short stories and novels?

    • Thanks Joanna! 🙂 I didn’t make the decision lightly: I prepared for it over two years. I saved and saved until I had enough to be able to support myself. I knew the first year would be bare bones and I made sure I prepared for that. Thankfully I also have the support of an amazing family who have helped me out with treats every now and again. But Year 2 of this adventure is about earning money from my writing…It is going to be the year of novels and short stories. Full time writing is difficult in many ways but I would not trade it for anything. So I don’t have as many dinners out or takeaway coffees but really considering how happy writing makes me those are small sacrifices. I think any great dream and any great goal entails making sacrifices and risking a lot. In the end great reward comes with great risk. I believe as long as you step into it with your eyes open and are aware of most of the pitfalls then even the risks and sacrifices are worth it in the long run. Thanks for stopping by….And keep on fighting for your dream! Don’t let anyone, least of all yourself, stop you. 🙂

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