One of the goals I set myself when I decided to start journaling again was to write more fiction, be it fanfic or original, and actually be brave enough to post some of it. Kind of a silly thing to have anxiety about seeing as I self-published several short erotic fiction stories a few years ago and made money off them, but anxiety and mental illness is like that, isn't it? In the distant past, writing also helped a lot with my depression - back when I was 18-19, a friend and I co-wrote (half of) a bizarre epic called Love In The Jaws Of Cthulhu, which did me a lot of good as I was on antidepressants that weren't doing me any good at that time and so I could pour out my angst on the pages. (Today the only thing of all that that I'm still proud of is probably the title.) So, mindful of this goal, this week I started writing down character notes and worldbuilding stuff for a potential originalfic universe I've wanted to get down on paper for a while.
Of course, I also started playing Dragon Age: Inquisition this week as well. And after a day or so of that, new little muses started jumping up and down as well, clamouring to be heard. Gradually, they got louder and louder, and more and more difficult to ignore. So I guess I'm now writing a totally different universe - supernatural fantasy world, set in a Renaissance-esque period and following the younger members of one of the ruling families of that world, and their friends, confidents and lovers. There's going to be mages, vampires, ghosts and more. And a poly het relationship, a lesbian relationship and (eventually) a male gay relationship, because apparently I like to cover all my bases.
What I've also done, which is pretty brave of me considering my anxiety levels when it comes to interacting sometimes, is join some prompt and bingo communities, for both the prompts and the impetus to actually write, finish and post stuff. In another post I'm going to put the prompt lists and bingo cards for reference and so I can fill them in as I finish things, but I've also got to try to limit myself from not just picking every list, table or card that vaguely appeals to me because I just can't decide what I want to do.
I may also employ a couple of friends to periodically poke me about how the writing is going, because the best the cats do is sit on the writing pads I use or try to eat the pen.