Hello, reader. Welcome to The Writing Struggle.
I’m Jack Edward Tuttle, a solicitor and project manager from London who has taken the rather unconventional decision to become a writer in the most public way possible: by starting a website about managing personal projects. Boom! I’m now a writer.
So, at what point does a solicitor who has also become a project manager decide to also become a writer?
I’ve gone into more detail about why I want to be a writer, and why The Writing Struggle, and what writing projects I’m working on, in other articles. Here, I’ll just give a quick overview.
The ideas in my head have been brewing for years; fiction, non-fiction, stop and start and start and stop. Writing is a passion but it has also been a considerable struggle to allow myself time to focus on my projects while having a busy day job and an active life. Not having any deadlines or accountability meant writing was a nice, non-essential hobby; something I never seemed to devote enough time to.
And then, it clicked. I realised I could kill lots of birds with the same stone.
To take writing seriously, I need to be doing it as frequently as possible (daily, ideally). And, to ensure this happens, I need accountability. It’s hardly the most profound observation ever but treating writing like a job, rather than a luxury (or, worse, something to just talk about but never do), will result in progress.
And thus, The Writing Struggle was born from my desire to write, and my struggle to do so.
The Writing Struggle will enable me to:
- Develop my writing habit;
- Build a portfolio of work; and
- Grow an audience.
It is my way of sharing my successes and failures. It will be my accountability forum, my marketing, my way of showing I’m working towards something and I can execute; I’m not just an ideas man. All of this, I hope, means my writing will improve and, most importantly, is out there.
The Writing Struggle will chart as much of the process of becoming, and being, a writer as possible. I want it to be useful for aspiring writers, for people who, like me, have struggled to write but who want to put pen to paper and get their work out there.
Let’s get this right: I’m a busy professional who has long-held aspirations of making a living as a writer but who has consistently failed to do anything about it. I know there are people like me out there, and I want to prove that making it is possible. I want to show, step-by-step-by-step-by-step, what it takes to get from nowhere to somewhere.
There are lots of good books and websites out there teaching you about writing. I’ll be recommending some right here. The unique angle The Writing Struggle is coming from is charting the progress of a writer from the start of their journey as they make real changes to grow their ability and record what works and what doesn’t. That, I hope, means I ultimately have to get somewhere myself and, in doing so, show others how I’ve done it.
Maybe The Writing Struggle will motivate someone else to strive for more. Or maybe it will come to nothing. I don’t know. What I do know is I’ve got an exciting vision and, over the coming weeks and months, I plan to post lots of articles and information about what I’m working on and how I am developing my craft as a writer.
I’ll share what I have done every step of the way and it’d be great to welcome you back here regularly. You might even fancy signing up to the newsletter at the top of the page so you get the latest articles straight to your inbox. If you want to get in touch, check out the About page for more information. Otherwise, see you soon.
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