While it has also been a difficult year for so many, it has certainly been a different year for others - depending on how 2020 has affected you, personally, of course.
However, this year, surprisingly, has been a rather good year, for me, personally, to at last get some serious wiring done!
Yet, who would have thought, it would take a global pandemic, for me to be able to eventually write my second book?
Faced with the prospect of dealing with the inevitable busy year of endless business emails, paperwork, meetings, appointments and not much time for me to write, I immediately seized an opportunity, when in late March 2020, the entire world, as we once knew it, suddenly came to a grinding halt.
As businesses, schools, restaurants, cafes, pubs and clubs, the aviation and cruise ship industry, including the entire entertainment industry, of musicians and actors, shut down and everyone was forced to remain at home, unless they were an essential service, such as: supermarkets, hospitals, transport and delivery services.
Yet, while several disability services were also forced to close their doors, and people, such as my special need's son, were left without their much-needed daily routine of essential disability services, there was a small glimmer of light, shinning brightly, from the other end of that darkened tunnel of despair.
Therefore, despite limited or no services; my young adult son, was still able to physically access his daily program, for most of the first half of this year, which became fully centre-based, with social distancing practices, of course. While all outdoor activities, such as, going to the park, swimming or going to the movies, as well as special outings were cancelled, until the foreseeable future. It was better than being stuck at home and going stir crazy, each day.
In the meantime, while I remained at home, with little or no business emails, phone calls or paperwork to deal with, let alone no meetings to attend, or coffee catch ups with friends, I realised then; I could at last make a start on writing my second book manuscript, with little to no interruptions - most days.
In fact, I not only typed the first draft, I'd also completed the first and second edit - all within the first five months of the global pandemic shutdown. Which when you put it into perspective: was an amazing achievement, considering it took me five years - just to write the first draft of my first book, which then took me a further six years before I would eventually have it successfully published in 2016.
Yet, what a difference those four years have had on my writing style, which has not only improved: it has become more fluent, yet more importantly - confident, which clearly shows in the words, which appear in each paragraph and in each chapter of my current work in progress - my second book: "Autism: Beyond The Frontline ~ Through A Mother's Eyes - The Teenage Years"
You could say, my writing has matured - as have I.
Let's hope that my writing journey, will continue to flourish into the New Year of 2021 - and beyond.
Happy Writing, everyone...
Copyright (c) Heather Golding - Author
31 December 2020