AND NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE
IN YOUR CAREER, WHETHER YOU'RE
PUBLISHED, UNPUBLISHED, OR
JUST STARTING OUT,
WALK THROUGH THE WORLD AS A WRITER.
THAT'S WHO YOU ARE, AND
THAT'S WHO YOU WANT TO BE, AND
DON'T TAKE ANY GUFF OFF ANYBODY.
The majority of the people I know in "real life" are not all that interested in my writing. They rarely, if ever, check the blog. They might read one of my published stories...months after it's already been out. If I'm asked a question about my writing, it's not usually specific or a follow up to anything I had going on the last time we talked. And I'm pretty sure hardly any of them read or bought my flash fiction collection.
I'd be lying if I said all of that didn't bother me. It does.
It bothers me a whole let less than it used to. Why? Because I've gotten much more comfortable in my writer's skin. I've gained some skills and some confidence in the craft. I have support and encouragement from people like my wonderful husband and all of you amazing people out there in the blogging community. Like the above quote says, I now "walk through the world as a writer."
Let's not "take any guff off anybody" this week - or ever! Be proud of going after dreams - whether they're writing-related or something else. Let's keep growing - in skills, in confidence, in strength, in passion.