I realised that in my haste to publish my first blog post I failed to introduce myself.
And now I am sitting at my inadequate desk trying to figure out how to do just that.
Who am I? And why should anyone care? Isn’t that what my “About” page is for?
Well… To put it simply I am Dee, a 22 year old, freshly graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelors in English Literature and Film and Television Studies.
What does that mean?
It means I have a fancy degree to my name, in which case one would assume it would be easier for me to get a decent job. However, it has occurred to me that this may not be so. Studying in faculty of Humanities only sets you up to study some more and I find myself continuously contemplating my future.
What am I going to do for the rest of my life?
What is my ideal job?
How do I get said ideal job?
Should I study further?
I don’t know the right answers to any of these questions but what I do know is that no matter which path I choose I keep coming back to the same point. It is like an inevitable loop. That little voice in my head whispering, “Write”.
I love writing. I love getting lost within my thoughts, exploring the deepest and darkest caves of my imagination. The only problem is I can’t help but fuel the embers of doubt. “Becoming a full time writer is not a realistic career path,” says the other voice. For the most part he is silent, I try my best to ignore that monster – that fear filled, pathetic whimpering creature – but he is always present, if not vocal.
And then finally I made a decision. There is nothing more that I want than to be able to write. Every day. For the rest of my life.
It is impossible for my mind to ever stop wandering. And I highly doubt I’ll ever run out things to say. Whether those things are interesting and relevant, who knows?
So who am I? I am Dee, a student of life, trying to figure out this writing thing-a-ma-jig. Chances are I mostly like will continue studying English Literature come summer and there after perhaps I’ll head on to doing my MA in Creative Writing.
But right now my focus is on developing my skills as a writer. And FINISHING THE STORIES I BEGIN. (Yes, in capital letters)
With that in mind I have decided to take part in a challenge called A Round of Words in 80 Days. I am a few weeks late to the party but rather late than never.
This challenge requires me to set goals for myself. For the past few days I’ve been thinking about what would be a realistic goal. I want to start out small, 100 words a day for that first week. That is excluding these “Midnight Musings” as I like to call them. Thereafter the word count will increase depending on how well I do with the 100 word count this week. 100 word is really not much – this particular post is already 532, still counting – but the point is to start small and see how I manage.
Week 1 – 100 words p/d, 700 words p/w
That is one flash fiction story a week. Reasonable don’t you think?
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