What do you think about the above quote? Do you believe your thoughts will shape who you will become? I do.
I've always wanted to be a writer. I started as a young child writing stories to my stuffed animals and imaginary friends. (Come on, don't lie - you had them too!) As I grew into my teens I played with poetry. You know, the... dark, my life sucks, oh what a weary world... sort of stuff. (Admit it.) Then I became an adult, a wife, a mother, a career woman. Life wasn't easy (whose is), and as a result of my trials and tribulations, many stories developed. Guess what - I wrote them down. And, if I do say so myself, some of them are rather good. :)
But I had a problem. A big one. I never showed my writing to anyone. Why, you ask? Fear. Of what? Many things: rejection, ridicule, embarrassment, mediocrity, criticism, commitment, exposure of my feelings, fear of failure... fear of success.
Another big problem: not feeling good enough. By this I mean, not eloquent, literary, seasoned, or intelligent enough to pull off a really good book that would sell. Guess what - I am. That's right, in my own way, I have each and every quality necessary to write a book, and so do you. How can I say this? How do I know what I'm even talking about? Simple. I'm a person like the rest of us. That means my thoughts and feelings and impressions are one of two things: the same, or different than someone else. Meaning? Someone out there is going to relate to, like, enjoy, and feel for something I've written.
So, the above quote relates to my life. I believe in my heart and mind that I am a writer. I build my life by it, I live, eat, and breathe it. I write - therefore I am a writer.
Here's a question for you: Do you feel that if you don't get your writings published, then you have failed?
Answer: Not by a long shot. You have SUCCEEDED! How many people can say they wrote a book, or a piece of poetry, or a short story, or... well, anything for that matter?
Write for yourself. the rest is just icing on the cake.
Don't believe me? Here's my challenge to you. Write something. Send it out to the world and see if people respond. I believe you'll be pleasantly surprised. :)
Check out the links below to help you along your winding road.
All my best for your hopes and dreams,
Parents - Writers Block
Overcome Your Fear of Writing