Is this another post about a super cool software? No guys, it is not. There are more to come, don’t worry. Constantly I read blogs telling you how long it takes to became a publishable writer — that you should write 10 novels before start querying — so consider this an exercise of patience; you will need it after all.
Today it is the day to write that inspirational post.
About one month ago I was sad and alone. I had given up everything to became a writer, and yet I was unable to write — my own insecurity paralyzed me. At the beginning I denied that fact. No, I was not insecure… I was reading writing books to improve my skills, and reading good books to analyze their styles (only reinstating that I would never be that superb).
One day, after I spent the whole day reading a self published hit, my husband told me the true: You are insecure. You are just afraid to fail.
After all I gave up? Hell yeah I was. Still am. Aren’t we all?
I decided to create a twitter account. Honestly, I don’t have any idea how that came to be my conclusion; I knew nothing about using social media to create a platform and didn’t even knew what to do with twitter.
And you know what I learned in this one month? That we writers are all the same. Same fears, same dreams. Especially: same crazy little things.
We all writers…
- Paralyze when we are insecure. Just like I did. Nathan wrote a great post covering this topic: “Separating Confidence from Self-Doubt”.
- Are bipolar and fear to query. One day we love our writing: this is going to be the masterpiece of the century! The next day we hate it: I’m the worst writer in the world! As well stated (and amazing illustrated) in Shallee post “The Ups and Downs of Querying”.
- Procrastinate. This most be the word most twitted by writers, and God knows how many posts out there covers this topic. However, I want to draw particular attention to “Time Management for Writers—Getting More Done in Less Time” by the esteemed Kristen Lamb.
- Need chocolate. Because we are anxious little creatures! Lisa Gail Green comes to this ultimate conclusion in her post “Are you Prepared??”
- Have all sort of weird addictions, from office supplies to Febreze. Reading the comments in “Strange Addictions & Habits—Do They All Have to Have Meaning?”, also by Kristen Lamb, was a lot of fun.
- Peek on other people. Writers are nosy! Well exemplified by Leona in her post “Eavesdropping”.
- Consider every single thing as a source of research. MuseInks talks about the difference between the real writer and an aspiring writer in “Real Writers Aren’t “Aspiring”".
- Are somehow in between, always waiting for some outcome. “Writers and the In Between” , beautiful post by Julie Musil.
So no, we are not alone: we are all in this together.
And I want to thank you all for being there for me, not even knowing how much you were helping me.
Now it is time to share! How is this social media thing working out for you? Do you agree that our similarities bring us together? Truly, I want to hear from you guys. Let’s hug!