The only way I would truly see myself as a writer was to believe it, versus believing it when I saw it.
When I created this blog, I took a step toward supporting my declaration. I didn’t know where my steps would take me.
Along my journey, I learned alot. I read books on the craft of writing. I learned how to use WordPress for managing this blog. I created a Twitter account and fumbled with my Tweets. I created a Facebook Fan Page for me, as a writer. I joined an online community of fellow writers. I read other bloggers and saved their “how to” articles in my Favorite Places. I followed their formulas for success.
I wrote everyday. I posted to my blog twice a week. My work helped me discover my writing voice. This discovery led me to have confidence in publishing my book, I’M IN, for Amazon Kindle. I was a self-published author! I considered myself a professional writer.
And then it happened… NOTHING…
Nobody commented on my blog posts. I have a handful of subscribers on my mailing list. I have a few Fans on my Facebook page. I sold a handful of books. Where was the fame and fortune that the books and bloggers promised if I followed their keys to success?
I built a platform and no one came to hear me. I tried to do too much, too soon, and my expectations were too high.
I lost my passion. My creativity vanished without warning. Words escaped me.
I was the hare who was beaten by the tortoise. I sprinted at the start, before warming up and I wore myself out. In effect, I “pulled a hammy” and injured myself.
I quit writing. I quit the race.
After a few months of blaming my injury on “Writer’s Block” and “Mitigating Circumstances” I have stopped making excuses.
I am a writer. I have a voice that has healed. I am ready to speak and to be heard again.
No more Twitter! No more Fan Page! No more resistance disguised in lame excuses! No more seeking success, as defined by others!
I will be the tortoise and not the hare.
I will write for my love of writing. I will continue to be authentic and honest. I will be successful each time I have the courage to hit “publish” and send my words out to the world.
Thank you, family, friends, followers, and supporters for your patience.
Be Kind. Be Thankful. Be Significant