There are lots of great writing community initiatives on social media to raise awareness, support writers through the process and help to provide structure to the writing year. One that I discovered on Instagram this year was Preptober from @rachelbatemanbooks.
I'm in awe of writers who participate in these events, especially those who manage to follow and update diligently everyday. I am not one of those writers.
But, sometimes, even if you don't have time to respond to every prompt, or time to answer any of them, you can still find value in these events. Reading the posts every day and thinking about the answers can be worthwhile. It helps you hone your thoughts, your direction and your writing ... even if you never put pen to paper or fingers to keys.
One of the preptober prompts that I did manage to fulfil was providing ten facts about me. Here they are:
(10) The age I was when I first had something published & how much I was paid £10
(9) The number of people in my family growing up- mum, dad, 6 siblings & me
(8) The age I created my first magazine
(7) The time I would get up to deliver the local newspaper because everyone from journalists to editors had to help deliver it
(6) the number of wards I used to visit when I was a presenter on hospital radio
(5) the number of people I interviewed in my first news piece to camera
(4) the current number of book projects I'm juggling
(3) the number of favourite pens I alternate between when writing
(2) the number of versions of my crime manuscript
(1) poem I'm considering submitting
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