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Releasing the Bats

I’m not a great writer, but I love to write.

Starting or continuing a piece of writing can be daunting, and if you’re anything like me, you’ll find any reason to put it off. During this life of isolation we’re currently living in, I decided to finally have a legitimate attempt at writing something. Originally, I’d planned on just writing a short story of approximately 2,000 words. By the end of the day, I’d written 2,500. However, I found the vital issue was the continuation of this work. Every evening, I promised myself that ‘tomorrow will be the day’, and then every morning, I found distractions.

The advice nearly every author seems to give is ‘just write‘. Whether you are in the mood or not does not matter. You shouldn’t pressure yourself, nor should you sit down with the prospect of writing x amount of words. Just sit down and write and see what happens. Usually, something will come.

My aim in starting this blog page is to encourage myself, and hopefully other writers, to do this: just write. It doesn’t matter if it’s not great, or if you’re not completely happy with the outcome, but it’s a great way of getting that inner creative out and maybe finding something out about yourself you never knew. I’ve found these current times testing on my mental state, but writing is something that, without doubt, improves the situation. Therefore I would encourage anyone to contribute, whether you’ve written all your life, or whether you’ve never done it before. Short-stories, poems, song lyrics, reviews or even an opinion will be gratefully and happily accepted. I also encourage anyone who reads these pieces to give feedback and to share their views.

Remember, never to keep it all in. Everyone has a great story, but not everyone writes it down.

Robert Honour