When I first started Raggie Writes, I was worried that I would run out of things to write about. Now look at me! I have actually managed to write 100 blog posts and you can’t shut me the hell up!
In the beginning, I worked difficult jobs with awkward hours and the one thing that I looked forward to was coming home to write or take pictures for my blog. I have loved every minute of having Raggie Writes and what may just be a website for most, is a wonderful little world that I can lose myself in (and I hope perhaps a few others can too).
When I began, I never imagined that a year later my blog would have built me the foundations of a freelance writing career and I have since, learned so much about writing, the world and myself. Here are nine things that having Raggie Writes has taught me…
1. I really bloody love to write
When I worked full time in a hotel, my hours were all over the place and as much as I couldn’t wait to sit in front of my laptop or with my trusty notebook and pen, my shifts didn’t give me much of a chance to do so. There were so many things I wanted to write about but so little time to write.
There were occasions where I would fall behind on keeping up with blog posts and my “30 Day Writing Challenge” laughably turned into one writing prompt a week…
However, I kept going through it all. Some nights coming home from work at 12am, writing until 4am and heading back to work for 7am. I love writing and this confirmed that even more.
I know there will be so many other bloggers who are in the same position. Let’s keep going. We will get there soon!
2. I love the #bookstagram community
One of the first things I did when I began Raggie Writes was set up an Instagram account. It began as a secondary account to my personal one, however, it quickly took over and became my primary Instagram account.
The bookish world comes alive on Instagram under the hashtag #bookstagram and it is here that I have found some of the most beautiful pages and most wonderful people. “Bookstagram” is a great place to find inspiration, worlds to escape into and your next favourite read.
There are so many incredible “bookstagram” accounts on Instagram, one for every kind of book lover. Some of my favourites are in the picture above and many also have awesome blogs too.
Stuck in The Book is a bookish blogger from Manchester (just a few miles from me! I love having a fellow northerner on my feed). Jessica posts all things book related to her Instagram and although she is a newbie, she is storming ahead!
I have followed The Bibliophilic Ferret on Instagram since I first opened my account! Brooke’s feed includes the cutest bookish pictures you will ever see. She is the owner of 4 stunning little ferrets and I can honestly say that their presence on my feed makes my day!
The taste in books over at I Wish I Brought A Book is impeccable.
3. I am most creative at night
I can totally relate to that saying, “2ams were made for poets. Writers. Visionaries. Photographers. Painters. Overthinkers. Silent seekers. These are my favourite hours.”
No matter what time I go to sleep the night before or what time I wake up, my brain always wants to be creating something when it should be sleeping. This is fine when I want to write for myself but when I have to wake up and work with clients at 9am – the brain fog can get a little much sometimes.
There are a lot of us creative types who work best when everyone else is asleep. There is something about the night which inspires us.
4. My fiction is always much darker than what I read
It would be logical to assume that the genre of books which you enjoy reading would be the genre that you enjoy writing. However, logical thinking and I seem to lock horns on most occasions.
Most of my reading is historical fiction, fantasy or romantic classics. I love to be swept away into a magical world of fantasy or love, a place where things are not as gloomy as they can sometimes be in reality. Whilst in my own fiction writing, it is the harshness of reality that I tend to focus on.
5. I can’t listen to songs with lyrics in them whilst I write
There are so many writing playlists on Spotify and so many of them seem to have songs with lyrics in. I do not understand how people do this. I get so easily distracted that if I listen to a song with lyrics in it whilst I am writing, I will end up writing the lyrics instead.
I have put together my own playlist of purely instrumental songs that I can listen to whilst I type away. Does anyone else seem to have this problem?!
6. I am a sucker for romantic novels
Not the super cheesy office romance crap or romantic storylines with no depth. But raw, real, tear-inducing, lump-in-throat causing, hopeless love stories. Something Borrowed is a gorgeous example of a more modern love story which I adore.
I always used to just read fantasy and thought that romantic novels would all be a little too soppy for me… Pride and Prejudice was a game-changer for me!
7. Flatlay photography is harder than it looks
The way that I have taken my photos for Raggie Writes has changed a few times as I constantly learn new ways to improve my photography (if you can call it that). I used to look at flat lays and think that you just need to lay a few items on a table, snap away and it would look great. Turns out, it doesn’t really work like that…
There is lighting, framing, maintaining themes and colour palettes, etc… and I still have way more to learn. Both Instagram and Pinterest provide great inspiration for your own flat lays, so whenever you are struggling, have a scroll!
8. My writing is constantly improving
I have already started to look back on my writing from last year and cringe. I imagine that in a years time I will do the exact same to my writing now. Whilst I might find it cringeworthy, I love having my blog to be able to look back through and see how much I ave learned.
My grammar and punctuation are far from perfect and sometimes I get so passionate and excited about the point that I am trying to get across, my sentences become incoherent nonsense to the reader. However, as I write every day, I improve every day.
9. I am a book hoarder
The owner of my local bookshop knows full well that I buy more books than what I actually read. It is partly because I struggle to divide my time between freelance writing, personal writing and reading and partly because I buy more books than any normal human could keep up with reading.
However, this is one addiction I do not want any help with. I will keep building this library and I refuse to part with any of my books, no matter how many different editions I may have of it.
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