Welcome to As We Write, my pandemic panic room.
If you don’t like something, change it.
If you can’t change it, change your attitude.
– Maya Angelou, American Author
A CHANGE OF PLANS
So, I started 2020 excited to embark on another adventure. I had worked hard to get ready, and I knew exactly what I had to do get my Post-Brexit wheels in motion.
And then Covid-19 happened… 🙄
I will try to explain what it has meant to me in a later post, but suffice to say it brought about massive changes. And not of the kind I had anticipated.
On the 16th of March 2020, on the UK Government’s orders, I went into lockdown mode together with a huge chunk of the Spoonieverse. We were told to stay indoors for 12 weeks, and that we would be provided for by the powers that be. Somehow.
Well, I guess Boris and I have very different ideas of what that means.
It was hard. Unbelievably hard. And there were so many factors that kept making it worse. In November, 2020, something inside me broke and I had the second biggest meltdown of my life. It was so bad that I cut off all contact with the world outside.
So, what did I do? Well, I changed the plan. I stopped working on Plan A and dove headfirst into what was supposed to be my reward for getting Plan A off the ground. The same day we closed the door to the outside world, I started working on my creative writing blog, As We Write (AWW).
My crafty alter ego, Lïnnéa Lucifer, was given free reins to start working on a writing project, and I decided to look for a new way to approach storytelling. I studied English Literature at uni. It gave me a certain skill set, and a number of tools and lenses to use when dissecting a text. They have served me well, but now I wanted to step away from the academic way of looking at literature.
I wanted to get to the heart of the story.
What makes a good story good? What makes a bad story bad? And what can we learn by listening, really listening, to the storyteller? These were some of the questions I wrote down that first day.
To narrow the scope, I decided to primarily focus on fantasy, sci-fi and genre fiction. Looking through typical themes and tropes, there was one thing in particular that I knew I had to explore.
I have never understood what’s so attractive about a guy with kohl eyeliner and lace frills, so that was it. I had a blog space and an objective: Write stories, research vampires and review popular stories.
To date, I have written over 300 blog posts for AWW, and just under 200 of them have been published so far. I have a mix of practical writing tips, story(telling) reviews, general musings, and a slowly growing wiki of terms and concepts.
I’m also publishing the first drafts of my WIPs in there, as I’m hoping we can use them to discuss the process of writing. And maybe, just maybe, give someone else enough courage and confidence to start telling their own story.
This year, I’m opting for extra everything. The hard background work is largely done, so I can finally focus more on content creation. There will be more book chapters, more poetry, storytelling in music, films and games, and more crafts articles. I will also start making more videos for my newly started YouTube channel.
Just a few words of warning…
I have labelled the AWW blog NSFW (not safe for work). I have a potty mouth, and I both write, edit and discuss smut (sexual material) and erotica. Not exclusively, mind you, and I don’t post any pornographic pictures. But there are and will continue to be themes and discussions that are not suitable for children or, perhaps, for most workspaces. Other than sex, these include, but are not limited to, graphic violence, eating disorders, mental and physical illness, self-harm, and attempted suicide.
Having said that, we now live in a world where Game of Thrones and Fifty Shades of Grey are mainstream, so for all I know you may find my blog rather tame all things considered.
Anyway, now you know it’s there and you are cordially invited to pop in for a look around and a (fictional) cuppa.
See you there?
© Evalena Styf, 2022