On Writing

I write, but I don’t know if I’m a writer.  Not yet.

I don’t pretend to know more than anyone else about everything involving writing, but I am trying to learn.  Some of you have already been published, so you already are ahead of me.  So these “Writing” posts are not supposed to be educational.  They are supposed to be supportive.

There are thousands, maybe millions out there who are just like me – trying, wanting, working to be a writer.  I don’t know everything there is to do, not yet, but I’m working on it.  And I’m sharing because maybe you are in my position too, or maybe you are thinking about it.  If anything, these posts might just be a way to let you know what’s ahead of you.  They might be something that let’s you know that if an idiot like me can do it, then you can do it too.  However, I haven’t really done anything yet.  But I’m working on it.

I guess you can say that I have done things.  Sure.  I wrote four books that range from 60,000 words up to 92,000 words.  No, they haven’t been published, but that’s what this is all about.  Trying to get published and learning along the way.

One of the things that helps is all of you who have asked, “Why aren’t you published yet?”  In their minds, I write well enough that I should be on bookshelves somewhere.  After all the times I’ve been asked why I’m not published, the main reason is rather embarrassing.  It’s because I have not tried due to a fear of failure.

I was recently talking about writing with one of my writer friends who has already been accepted by a publisher and is currently working with an editor.  She also had a fear of failure, but she took a shot, she hit it, and she’s on her way.  I’m not, but I have at least gotten past the fear of failure.  I would rather fail than not try because failing to try is worse than failing.  I had been saying, “If I don’t pull the trigger, I can’t possibly miss the target.”  Until I realized that, although I won’t miss the target, I won’t hit it either.

So – go ahead – take a shot.

6 thoughts on “On Writing

  1. Good attitude. I recently came to the same conclusion about not being afraid of failure (but sometimes I still am). I admire you for having finished four books. I’m at the stage where I’m terrified that I’ll never finish any of the various short stories and novels I’ve started. I’m glad I found your blog. I shall be returning to read more. Best,
    Magdalena of Migratory Habits

    • that’s how i felt too. afraid of failure. we have to get past that. i had a friend who was in the same boat and was about to self publish. i talked her out of it and pitching to a publisher. she now has a contract for two books. okay, so it was her success and not mine, but it happens when we keep trying. thanks for reading.

  2. This is a really interested post. I too am trying to get into writing, (I’ve given up saying I’m trying to be a writer as it often gets responces of rolling eyes and smirks)! I’m still at the very early stages of planning my first book and am a little scared to actually sit down and start writing incase I discover I’m not up to the mark. It’s interesting to read about someone elses experiences and fears with writing and becoming “a writer”.
    Mia

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