In all forms: contests, articles for print and other sources, essays, stories— there is a lot of work involved. That isn’t even counting the illustration work that I have planned this year. Looking at a list of it all made me sit back and re-evaluate my time and where I am spending it.
I used the last year to attend college full time. It was my check and balance to decide if writing really was my thing or not. Funny thing happened during those studies some of my faults and weakness writing were identified but identifying them hasn’t deterred me. It made me realize that I have to work harder to rise to the level I believe I am capable of achieving.
Realizing that I am ready to face the rejection letters and lack of response and still move forward. THAT is when you know you are on the right path. Well, at least that is what I believe. Those negatives are tools to evaluate my progress towards the writer I want to be.
But, something I learned sitting in class, speaking to other students, how to filter through those negatives. Some will be useful and spur you on to better yourself, others are misplaced or checkpoints for whether or not you are using the right means and methods to achieve what you are seeking success in.
POW! There is usefulness in the negatives as well as the positive feedback you receive. Learning how to filter has been and will continue to be a struggle for me.
So, what about the non feedback? Yeah, I have been in that stagnating stage as well. It means you got stuck. You went so far but didn’t finish the path, there are still steps waiting to be taken.
Part of mine was a lack of confidence in myself, and in what I was doing. It took me a year to build that up, to see that it was not only possible (the theme of 2016 for me) but it was, I was, I am a writer and this is what I am supposed to be doing. I gained the confidence to move into being that.
What are you moving into being? Or are you still standing at the doorway waiting to be welcomed in?