Posts tagged ‘Writing’

The Small Steps Lead to Big Ones

My first article that I submitted for publication was finally published.

After going through the publishing process of pitching an idea, submitting, having editors review the submission and make changes, someone decided that what I had created has quality.

This isn’t a paid article. Millions of people didn’t read it. Thousands didn’t share it.

But none of that matters.

What matter is someone else validating my work. It’s affirmation that the stuff I’m putting out in the world isn’t fruitless. I’m not a narcissist that doesn’t have a clue about life. There are others that can relate and want to read what I’m putting out there.

It’s a humbling and grateful experience.

I can’t wait to have more good news. Every small step is a step towards the ultimate goal.

Once my name’s out then I can start giving the voiceless a voice.

Here’s to the first step in speaking for the unspoken!

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Self Sabotage: The Perfectionist Defense

I’m an introspective person and love to learn my strengths and weaknesses. Awareness is how you grow into the person you’re supposed to be.

Which is why, after 2 days of uncharacteristic laziness, I started to search inwardly.

I am supposed to be writing seriously and sending books off to publishers. I have the time, the tools, everything is in order, so what’s the hold-up?

The road block is me.

I’m the person who’s the motivator. No one else is going to do the research for me. No one else is going to print the manuscripts. No one else is going to send the queries.

I’ve put in all of the work. This is the moment, I’ve been looking forward to. This is the easy part. So why can’t I find the energy?

I’m a self-sabotager.

We all have a tendency to run from things that scare us. Some of us are scared of failure, so we never start anything. Some of us are scared of rejection, so we never seek other opinions. Some of us are scared of change, so we stay in our comfortable bubble.

I’m scared of success.

I don’t know why but the idea of actually making it is my fear. Not because I don’t think I’m deserving. Rather, the perfectionist in me is scared that the product isn’t good enough. It’s the reason I’ve re-written the children’s books over ten times. It’s the reason I have received ten different critiques.

I secretly don’t want to submit something that isn’t perfect.

Which is irrational, because perfection is not an ideal. Especially when it’s your first time. Inexperience is the reason you make mistakes and why you are able to do better the next time. I’m not going to let myself sabotage the opportunities and gifts I’ve been given. All I can do is be aware of my faults, change my habits, and push forward.

That’s all anyone can do.

So I submitted my book and I’m starting a new one. One does not simply wait, instead, one is productive.

Keep Reaching

It’s been a few days since I returned from the Writer’s conference and I’m still on cloud nine.

There was so much information, my brain was going to explode! Desperate need for some introverted time to let it absorb.

I met so many amazing people and handed out my business card (which I’m secretly proud of since I made it) to anyone who would take it. I whole-heartedly believe that these will be friends and connections will be in my world for a long time.

Despite the amazing fun to be had, there was also work to do.

I had a critique with an established author, who had a few revision ideas, agreed to re-read my stories, then gave me a list of potential publishers.

This is the best news, cherry on top, kind of day!

Now I just have to revise, resubmit, and for real submit.

Voices will be heard.

We will stand up for the bullied children.

We will start changing the world.

Keep reaching for those goals, because dreams are possible.

Chance Meeting

Isn’t it amazing how sometimes things happen that appear merely by chance?

I decided to attend a last-minute writer’s group because they were in need of writing to critique, but couldn’t stay long due to a prior engagement. As I’m sneaking out for my alternative plans, I run into an established illustrator that loves to create the kind of images needed for my books.

Coincidence? Fate?

He shows me some of his work and we engage in conversation. Instant connection made! I’m still on the fence whether I want to have the book professionally illustrated or if I want child-like illustrations. I think that a blended version could make for a big impact. We’ll see what he thinks after he reviews my material.

I’m not a coincidence kind of girl. God puts people in your life that you’re supposed to meet. They sometimes come when you least expect them, but always for a reason.

There are still 2 weeks before the writer’s conference, but I believe this opportunity will be for good things. Fingers crossed things will start happening next month!