Writing is my strength.
Maybe you’re like me. Maybe writing is your passion, but your quality just isn’t quite there yet. Don’t give up. The world needs more writers dedicated to becoming one of the best.
I was never the best in my class, or the most witty, or the one who could turn a phrase and awe my readers. My early attempts were awkward at best. My characters were shallow. My conversations were stilted. My descriptions left the reader wondering what I was describing. I had no sense of humor whatsoever. My grades were a solid B, rarely an A.
But I learned. Talent, I was told, was only ten present. The rest was hard work. So I worked hard to learn my craft. I wrote horrid poems and lousy stories. But I wrote. I kept a journal even when I wasn’t working on a novel. I turned out a few short stories, one of which actually won an award.
During the process I sent out the occasional book or short story to various publishers. I pity those who had to read my stuff. Like I said, I was far from the best.
Rejection floored me. When I read that a writer needed a tough hide, I worked on that too. I told myself they were not rejecting me, or possibly not even my work (although thinking back, I’m now sure they were rejecting my work), but that they simply couldn’t use what I had presented.
I did get the occasional personal note: “Think of us in the future,” “Try another topic,” “Don’t give up, you show promise,” and so on. When I learned that those notes were golden, I appreciated them even more.
I never considered myself a journalist. I was a novelist. But where I began to get regularly published was through a local monthly newspaper. I still write human interest articles for them. I’ve been told that I’m one of their best. I don’t know about that. The inside child who still considers herself a failure looks with suspicion at such compliments.
I’m still learning. Now it’s writing articles (posts) for my various websites where I apply my craft. But because I make very little money by doing these posts, I am leaning internet marketing. Being a techno-dunce, I’m finding the learning curve a very broad one. I seem to be getting nowhere.
The getting nowhere part is not quite true. I stretch myself a bit each day. I haven’t gotten to videos yet, but I plan to.
This website is very new. The changes will be slow, because of my inability to grasp essential skills quickly. But I refuse to give up.
Join me in my journey.