My fellow bloggers, avid readers, and wordies – I’ve been working on a body of short stories to publish this fall. I’m so excited, but terrified! There are things I have no clue how to do and yet I know somehow I’m going to figure it out. I’ve had great support from some of my writer friends, and many of you have given advice, encouragement and references to help me along the way. And that’s the point of this post.
I’ve been involved in community projects before, I’ve worked as a leader in a church group and participated in work projects that required a group effort but never have I found a more supportive bunch of folks than I have found in the writing community. Never have I felt more proud to be amongst a group of people than my fellow writers. And I’ll admit to something on this point – It took me a while to call myself a ‘writer.’ I knew it in my heart and my head but to say it out loud, to proclaim it publicly has been a big deal for me.
I’ve taken a little scorn over some of my writing and all of it has come from the people I care about the most, but I am the writer I am. I will not apologize for my writing anymore to anyone. I’ve struggled for years with suppressing my writing voice, for fear of what others might think or how some people might react. I’m over it.
I worked with a wonderful woman years ago that wasn’t always fond of the women her son dated and she used to say this to him: “If you can sleep with it, I can walk beside it.” I love this because it doesn’t mean she has to embrace the women in her son’s life but she’ll support her son no matter what. So my twisted writer’s take on this for my family and friends who have ‘difficulty’ with some of my subject matter, I have a suggested motto for you to adopt and say to me: “If you can write it, I can read it.” Or at the very least, buy my book and pretend you read it.
Scott Morgan over at WriteHook gives the advice to “write for the jugular.” He’s also editing my body of short stories before I publish them and has been very influential in my new-found confidence to be fearless with my writing. In no uncertain terms via his blog, online classes and in general discussion I’ve heard his message loud and clear: Grow a pair! Many thanks to you Scott.
How about you guys? Do you ever struggle over the material you write? Does anyone give you grief over it? Do you have some new work coming out soon you’d like everyone to know about? Please share…
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