I’ve challenged myself to take up writing again this year. It has been over 6 years that I took a break. I felt it was about time for me to finally follow my dreams. I decided to take the chance and I contacted one of my favorite authors. To my surprise, she replied back to my email rather quickly. This all happened about 2 weeks ago. I have spent the last 2 weeks really taking in everything she said and finding ways to implement the advice she gave into my very busy lifestyle.
I have become a slave to routine. It’s unfortunate really since that is something that I have always vowed to never happen. I grew up that way and never wanted that for my grown up life or for my kids. Breaking out of a habit is more difficult than it seems. I’m still working on it, but I am optimistic that with patience I can figure it all out. But, with this habit of routine, I have found that I have purposely not allowed myself much free time and, instead, have devoted every second of the day to tending to my children. Not a bad thing for sure, but, as many have said, self care is as important to raising children as actually spending time with the children. So, now is the time for self care.
I think the part of the email I received that has really stuck with me is that she pointed out that some great writers never get published and some bad writers do and that nothing is guaranteed. This has really stuck with me because, as I have pointed out previously, my greatest fear is to fail. I don’t want to be clumped in with the great writers that never see their work in a shelf. My dream of being published has been a dream of mine for such a long time that I am terrified to not make it come true. I took the last 2 weeks contemplating my next move and part wondering what is the point. Obviously nothing in life is guaranteed, I just sometimes would like something’s to be guaranteed. I’ve moved past this point. There’s still the fear and the worry, but unless I try I’ll never know.
Other memorable advice was to set aside time every day to write about a topic that I would be excited to return to each time. I’m working on finding how to change my routines to fit in my time for myself. This is a work in progress.
As I pointed out in a post, great writers read great writers. Reading is such a big influence on writers work. We tend to mimic our favorite pieces.
As we all know, part of the writing process is to get our work published. I am nowhere near this step and probably won’t be for a year or so. She has advised me to not go the self publishing route and to instead seek out an agent. I have not even begun to think about this step because I have to first have a perfect manuscript which is still in the process of being started.
I was so pleased to get a reply that I felt so overwhelmed by the information provided to me. I seek out advice and input from others as part of my writing research, so this advice has helped me tremendously. I am excited and terrified to take on this part of my journey. Having the encouragement and optimism is so great and has helped me get into the right mindset to finally be motivated to take the next step.
Thank you all for your input that you have provided. It has been most helpful.