So, after much hemming and hawing, on my part of course, I have been working steadily on my first book or anthology submission. I am still thinking on whether I want it to just be a short story or if I should really jump in with a full length novel. It is really a hard decision to come to, but I think I am going to just write until my fingers fall off and then go from there. If it ends within 10,000 words, then short story it is, but if it keeps going, then full-length here I come.
I am new to the world of writing, and I don't profess to know very much about it. I know that personally the idea of sharing what essentially is my baby with the world is a terrifying concept. I am preparing myself to one day set my child free, letting them loose in a world full of critics, hoping, like any parent, that they learn to fly and not fall flat on their face. I imagine that every one has experienced this feeling when they write. It bursts forth from deep inside you, no longer remaining chained inside one's head. It's a heady feeling, I won't lie, but it so scary as well. While you know that you can't live with it inside anymore, the idea that someone may read and reject your work, is a slimy worm that works through the mind. So, to say that I am a bundle of nerves at this point is a gross understatement.
Like I mentioned in my first post, I want this blog to be about my journey, not so much the end result. Whether I succeed or fall on my face, well, that is all on me, but maybe there is someone out there just like me who is scared of taking that first step, and maybe by sharing my journey they will find the courage and inner-strength to write themselves.
I can honestly say, I am a heck of a lot better at encouraging everyone else in reaching for and achieving their goals than I am at following the same advice. Hypocritical of me, I know, but hey, at least I am honest about my hypocrisy. Anyhow, my muse is twisting my ear at the moment, and if I would like to keep that particular appendage, then I need to get back to work.
Thank you for reading this and may you find your inspiration! No matter what your dream is, follow it!
"The purpose of life is to discover your gift. The meaning of life is to give your gift away."
- David Viscott