No, not “I love you” but “I’m a writer“.
Ok, I cheated a bit there 🙂 But actually to say the words out loud that you’re a writer can be just as scary and significant. When I started this blog almost a year ago, I kept it anonymous, I even had a cartoon profile pic and I was scared to put my writing ambitions out into the universe. So much has changed since then. This blog has given me a great opportunity to write frequently and to build up an amazing support network. It has also given me the confidence to tell people in the “real” world about my writing goals.
I think the fear of failure meant I was scared to tell people I was writing a book. I didn’t want to feel stupid if it never got published. But what I’ve realised is I have already achieved something pretty amazing – I have written a book. And to add to that, I’ve now written two books. Actually saying the words out loud that I have written these books and I am trying to get them published has spurred me on more.
I have been amazed at the support I’ve received since I “came out” as a writer. Not only from you guys reading this but family and friends and other writers, yes even published ones. I was touched by an email from a close friend only this week encouraging me. I have just had the best rejection email so far – it might have been a rejection but it was encouraging and gave me hope that another agent might feel differently and it validated my hope that one day I will strike that gold and make my dreams a reality.
So I suppose what I’ve learn this past year is that it’s okay to have dream but more than that, it’s exciting and motivating to share them with people you trust. I have no need to fear anymore. All I need to do is keep trying and keep building support around me because with all this positive attitude, something good must be on the horizon.
Thank you to everyone who has given me encouragement lately. I really do appreciate it. And I promise to name check you in my future bestseller 🙂
Who else wants to “come out” and say they’re a writer too?!