Embracing a Change in Focus

It’s the time of year when I should be setting writing goals… but I haven’t. I’ve scribbled some thoughts down on paper, but nothing is concrete the way I would usually approach the formidable New Years’ resolutions or annual writing goals.

Why not?


Well, you see, I feel a change of direction coming on. I’m not certain, but it might just be there. These past nine weeks, traveling through Southeast Asia has been such an incredible experience. What has elevated it even more is blogging about it. As a kid I used to adore looking through old copies of National Geographic that my parents had kept in the basement. I devoured coffee table travel photography books and to this day I still have dibs on the Australian photography book that is sitting in my parents living room. Sitting without pride of place on top of the coffee table, might I add. And my favourite book? It was called Tales of a Female Nomad.

When I have a faraway look in my eyes, David asks what I’m thinking about. Blogging. Blogging is currently the only answer that comes to mind. Hey, David thinks about coding, so really, it’s a reasonable reply.

Ideas for the blog, particularly the travel pieces, are flowing so naturally that I can’t stop them. And now it’s going beyond the blog a bit. I have an idea for a couple of non-fiction travel eBooks which I think will take pride of place in 2015 writing time.

It feels quite strange to be changing direction, even if temporarily. I thought that this trip would leave me raring to go on Book number 2 in the Girl Tries series. It’s there, the novel, but it’s just not knocking down the doorway of my subconscious the same way that blogging and the eBooks are.

If that’s the case, fellow writers, do you give into the door-knocking? Or, do you stick to your original guns and do the thing that you committed to, even if it’s not fuelling your fire?

I have a feeling I might give into this beast.

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5 Responses to Embracing a Change in Focus

  1. Sarah Kades January 2, 2015 at 3:42 pm #

    Follow your passion. 🙂 Life flows when we work with our current, not against it. There’s a reason you are captivated with travel writing and blogging. Find out where it goes. Have fun! Book 2 will be there. 🙂 Happy 2015!!

    • Victoria Smith January 3, 2015 at 7:55 am #

      Thanks Sarah! Yeah, I’m feeling pretty good about this direction. So many ideas. So much learning to be had. So much energy.

  2. dianacranstoun January 5, 2015 at 6:12 am #

    Sounds exciting. Love the photo!

  3. Franca January 5, 2015 at 9:27 am #

    Just do what you feel is right and what you feel passion about. You seems to be a volcano of ideas right now which is great, keep it that way and simply enjoy every moment of it 🙂

    • Victoria Smith January 5, 2015 at 10:20 am #

      Thanks Franca. You’re right on the flow of ideas part. I can’t help but feel massively energized right now, so I’d better put the energy to good use! Love your eBook by the way. Just finished reading it.

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