I am a writer.
I am a storyteller, poet, essayist and one who uses art to speak truth to power.
I am a teacher. An encourager.
I am a support and a push.
I do my work, as Baldwin said, so when I am needed, I’ll be there.
I am here to entertain, encourage, impart and remind.
My hope for this series was to bring light and support to all of you. My hope is something would be said (or written) to encourage you all not to quit.
If no one told you over this 30 days that they were proud of you, I am proud of you.
Writing is a process that is demanding, constructive, which requires love and focus.
Yet, for the want of telling our stories, you must commit to saying what needs to be said.
Sometimes, it is you whom can tell the story.
It has to be you.
Writers are nosy!
There has to be a curiosity that pushes parts (or all) of what we do.
For certain topics or subject matter, be aware of the sensitivity needed to proceed.
Be aware of just what may be required to start (or finish) a work.
Balance your the skill between your head and heart.
It is the most marvelous thing to discover how expansive your talent can be and how it can be developed.
Take your time and discover just how much depth and breath of your talent.
Revisions are the best friend of a writer.
We are able to take an idea and reshape it. To reform it—change it as you see fit.
Don’t fight the edits!
Your abandoned drafts are worthy of a second look. They are worthy of attention and to rework them.
You can do it.
Look again—you’ll be surprised at what you’ll create. Or recreate.
The first draft is raw material.
The final draft is as BEST you can make a work.
Perfect is a moving target for writers!
The work is as best we can make it.
Sometimes—we can revisit it and add!
But is a work perfect?
Every writer needs a community!
Community helps to network, offer support, brainstorm, and collaborate.
The most crucial of this is support.
The best way to save a writer is to tell them they can before they tell themselves they can’t.
Writers have to get used to chatter. We have to get used to people talking about our work without doubt creeping in to say they are speaking ill of your work.
People commenting is just that. Not all conversation is criticism.