Since November I have worked on several stories where the main character or characters decide to reinvent themselves.
They have all battled their way through:
– something they wanted to happen, or,
– something that happens to them, that maybe they did not expect.
During my stories all these characters consciously or unconsciously pressed the ‘life reset’ button.
Reinventing themselves has not been easy. In most cases the process has been messy and riddled with setbacks. Okay, so I am a fiction writer and characters are never going to get an easy time but real life is never simple.
Mikey, one of my main characters, in my soon-to-be published novel, Instructions For Falling In Love Again, reinvents himself after a family tragedy. He realises his mother and young niece desperately need a new version of him if they are going to survive what life has thrown at them.
In one of my new stories, Stella realises she has to change after taking temporary ownership of her friend’s business. She soon realises the old Stella could in fact damage the business her friend has spent years working on.
So, I have been happily writing all these stories about people reinventing themselves, blissfully unaware that a great deal of change has been happening in my own life.
I have said this before and I am going to say it again – weird stuff happens when you become a writer.
Last week I got offered a new day job, which I accepted. It doesn’t sound that dramatic so I will give you some background. I have been in my current job for EIGHT long years. Not only that but I have done the same type of job for sixteen years. Me and my comfort zone have been the best of friends for a long time.
This new job is exactly that. New. It is in a different department and a different part of the organisation. I will have to learn new skills and get to grips with new processes. After a lot of soul searching I have come to realise the old version of me is not going to work in this new role, so I need to…reinvent myself.
Actually I believe transformation is already happening inside of me. It started when I realised how unhappy I had become and how I wasn’t growing anymore.
An area of my life which is in change is travel. I am a little embarrased to say this but it has never been high on my life agenda. Kids, animals, work, a U.K. caravan holiday habit and laziness on my part are all to blame. At the start of the year I made a conscious decision to change. I am now due to go to Dubrovnik in June and Majorca in August.
Making the decision at the start of the year to self-publish my novel has also been part of my personal transformation. This reinvention has been messy, as you all know. It arrived after a lot of soul searching, dark times, feelings of frustration, stagnation, ignoring my story (which at times has felt like a stalker as it refuses to leave my mind three years on), research, lengthy chats with writer friends and munching my way through many chocolate selection boxes.
Once you start writing all sorts of weird stuff happens.
Writing is not just about producing books, short stories and blog posts, it is also about discovering new versions of you hidden within the pages of your stories.
If you want to change your life, get writing!
I salute all of my readers currently reinventing themselves!
Have a great day 🙂
Harry & Po will be back next week. Po has been put on a healthy eating plan so has spent all week glued to my side. This is him at midday questioning why his lunch time ‘Meaty Balls’ have disappeared.