Last year, I celebrated ten years of writing. Yes, I’ve been on this journey a while. I had written before 2011 but that year was when I became serious about honing my craft. I became passionate about publishing my writings and joined Figment (ha, Figment! I will always miss what you were).
The Figment Era
It was on Figment that I compiled my first chapbook, my first novella, my first fan fiction collection. It was on Figment that I started Doctrine, my first full length manuscript and received my first critique.
So, you see why I start my count in 2011.
It was during my Figment era that I edited Doctrine, submitted it, and got my first few rejections. As Figment came to a close, so did the time I had to write but never my dedication.
I was baffled and more than a little scared about what teenaged me thought.
In 2020, I took a BIG leap. On Oct 1st, I submitted to PitchWars (ha, PitchWars! Twas the best of time and the end of an era). What was I even thinking? I was no where near ready! But this act brought me closer to the writing community and I learned a lot.
So, I took my leap to the next level: applying to a writing program. It has made a world of difference! I met people whose insights changed my mindset. It also forced me on a path of deep re-evaluation.
A few nights ago, I was decluttering my room and I came across writings from as long ago as high school. I laughed. I cried. I was baffled and more than a little scared about what teenaged me thought.
I fell in love with writing all over again.
I fell in love with my writing.
I wanted to know “what happens next” in all these pieces scattered across the carpet.
Which brings me to now.
I realized that I set goals but do not have systems in place to achieve these goals. So, over the next few months, that's the foundation I will be building.
It's been years...and here you still are. Thank you! Ready to take this leap with me?
You may have experienced hardships and jubilation but there is always renewal.
Forgive yourself for not living up to your standards. Each day is a chance to fulfill that promise.
chasing that creative spark that sets everything in motion...