Being the person I am and now being a writer, I have to strive to improve myself everyday. I want to so the best job I can at what ever I am attempting to do. As far as writing goes, I have found myself learning from my writing friends and continuing to read. The daily learning keeps me going and also keeps writing for me very interesting.
I also know the longer you do something, the better it becomes because you have the experience it takes to do the job. I know in a year I will be in a different spot than I am today, as far as my writing abilities and understanding of the process.
Perseverance seems to be the name of the game. You can accomplish what ever you strive for if you don’t give up. I can see where giving up would be very easy. Writing is work, and you certainly don’t get quick results. I’ll just keep plugging along and eventually I will get to where I want to be. That’s life isn’t it?
I have been doing a lot of reading about other writers and how they struggle to put words on paper, or how to start the book they want to write. I compare them to myself and I wonder why…..I decided I wanted to write one day and I started writing. I did not make an outline, I did not struggle with what should be there. My struggle was, and is with grammar. All of those wonderful grammar rules. It has been a long time since I was in school and there is a lot I do not remember.
Am I less a writer than they are? I don’t think so. I have come to believe that each of us have our stories inside and how we put them on paper doesn’t really matter. It may matter to the people who publish my work, but bottom line to me is you have the words on the paper. Everything else can be adjusted or rearranged to my liking. I have never thought of myself as a writer before, but I guess I am. I put words on paper and it’s been published. That makes me a writer….yeah me….
If you write a short story, you are a writer. That college papers I worked so hard on, long ago and printed out for the instructor, I was a writer. I may not have been a well-known writer but I still qualified.
A lot has changed over the years, just not the fact that I am unknown to most of the world. For me I think that is just fine. I am having fun just doing what I am doing, and that is writing.