Have you ever thought, “I love to write, but I don’t know what to write about,” or “I love to write, but I’m scared people won’t like what I write about?” If you have, this post isn’t meant to be some sort of self-help guide to make those fears and concerns go away. BUT, this post is here to say, “You can do it. Just write.”
I am terrified. Jittery knees, twitchy-left-eye, hair-flopping-every-which-way terrified and anxious. I love to write, but sometimes I don’t know what to write about and I am definitely scared of what people will think of what I write.
But, let me tell you something about this year of my life: I am proud of myself.
I have accomplished more than I ever thought I would in six months. Some days, it feels like I’ve accomplished more than I have since I graduated high school.
You see, I’ve just been kind of meandering. With the exception of last year, in which I up and left my humble little town to become an au pair in France, I just sort of gave up after high school. At that point, college hadn’t worked out. It felt like my family was falling apart every time I turned around. And I was sick and tired of my own little bubble, of being afraid to leave that bubble. Of spiraling into debt, self-doubt, and unhealthy eating like you wouldn’t believe.
Talk about a case for depression and anxiety, huh?
What’s worse? I had these AMAZING friends and my family did still love me regardless of what was happening. And I had this insane love of the written word. I am lose-your-marbles passionate about storytelling, and writing is my favorite form to take on when I want to do just that.
But I needed to heal. I needed to show myself what I was really capable of.
So I went to France. I traveled as much as I could, mostly on my own. I did my best by my friends and family. And now I’m on the mend.
So far in 2017, 6 really amazing things happened to me:
- I went back to college and achieved a 4.0 gpa
- I entered and won a couple of honorable mentions in short fiction contests
- I got to go back and visit my French fam
- My family is doing better
- I applied to a university and wasn’t rejected–in fact, I received a substantial annual scholarship!!
- I started writing again and completed some short fiction I’m really proud of
Because of that short fiction, I became inspired to shut down my website and relaunch it. I wanted to refurbish a place that was designed with my writing in mind and how best to showcase it.
You guys, I really just want to write.
And because money is important, I decided an experiment was in order. I’m virtually peddling that short fiction to and for you, dear readers.
Which brings me to a HUGE THANK YOU. Seriously, thank you so much. Thank you for taking the time to visit. Thank you for reading this post. Thank you for expressing interest in my work by signing up for my newsletter.
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With that said, have a look around. I’ve got some blog posts ready for you, and there will be more steadily coming in. I will be releasing another short fiction piece very soon–you can expect me to continually add work as I come up with stories and my sister comes up with cover art concepts.
In fact, have you seen her amazing work yet?
Little Sib Gab is currently working on a cover for Oddly Enchanted, hence the unannounced publication date. But it’s coming soon! In the meantime, you can purchase The Wood That Never Sleeps and Beyond Her Windows. Keep in mind, all downloads come in .zip files, which you can unpack in either Windows, Mac, or even your iPhone (with an app like this one). Inside these .zip files, you will find ebook formats for Kindle, Nook/iBooks, and PDF.
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