The Self-Isolation Diaries #9: Sudden epiphanies & 5k runs

Yes yes, that’s right – me, Livi Crawford, ran 5k in 33 minutes without stopping for the first time since 2017.

I’ve actually not run for longer than approx 2.5k – often stopping for a bit throughout – since 2017, either. I did it for the Run for Heroes campaign as I was nominated on Instagram, but I’m trying to get in some big workouts here and there anyway. I’m trying to get a better exercise & treat-eating balance overall whilst in lockdown, however I’d be lying if I said it was going perfectly.

But I still did 5k in a pretty good time for a non-runner, so I’ll take that and run (excuse the pun).

I have another 3 day weekend coming up this weekend, following last weekend’s 4 day weekend, so hopefully I’ll get a fair amount of productive-ness in with some workouts – balanced out with baking & cocktail making, obvs.

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The second part of this blog post’s title about the whole epiphany thing might sound a bit ~out there~ and, I don’t know if its because I’m at the stage of my menstrual cycle where the world seems bright and I feel like I could conquer the world in between 5k runs whilst riding a uni-cycle, or if its a genuine epiphany. But in the last few days, I feel like I’ve identified my actual, real life, passion.

Ground-breaking, I know.

If you’ve been regularly reading my self-isolation diary series, you’ll know I’ve been doing a fiction writing course (courtesy of Groupon for £19, who was I to say no?). As you progress through the course, students basically write a book alongside it – with each module fleshing out another element of the novel.

At the start of the course, I knew I wanted to write a novel (because why else would I do the course) but I had no idea of genre, plot or how to even go about deciding these things. But as I’ve progressed through the modules, I’ve learned way more than I thought I would – like how someone goes about writing a book, finding out useful tips and tricks to get inspired, and how to choose a topic that will work for you and will be fun to write. There are so many details and process that go into it that I’d never even thought about so far.

Not like when I was an early teenage and I’d plonk myself down in front of my family computer and start writing dramatic teenage things like ‘She really thought she could trust him’ or ‘He was her hero’. Classic.

But, 3 modules in, I now have a little story with characters being created in my brain and on paper, and I’m a bit obsessed. I’m starting to love my characters and I’m loving the process.

It’s made me realise that this is something I could genuinely pursue seriously at some point in my life.

Obviously writing a book is just the start – getting an agent and publishers and people who want to actually read the book is a whole other story, but we’ll cross that bridge when we (hopefully) get to it.

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If anyone is interested in my reading ventures, you can find me on Goodreads here and also my recent review of my honeymoon reads here.

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