I want to say, sorry for being MIA for the past month. Life isn’t easy for me right now, and I want to tell you what’s going on. For starters, I’m working on the following:
- Still switching careers. This hasn’t been easy, but I’m determined to get there.
- I started a new writing venture, so I’ll be busy with that =)
- Clash of Tides is still going through beta! I got some great feedback, so I’m making notes for the rewrite and hoping to start that soon.
- 9/Nine Realms isn’t dead! I’m changing the first few chapters, and I want to continue writing the story soon.
- I want to self-publish a book of horror short stories, so I’m also working on that.
- I’m still learning web development and graphic design.
- As always, I’m practicing the craft of writing to be the best writer I can.
Yeah…it’s a lot, but I’m determined to make 2018 the year of change. For a while now, I’ve felt stagnant, and I want the upcoming year to be better. I want to leave behind my old thinking process and move to a year of growth.
If you haven’t already noticed, I’ve left some of my social media profiles behind, but don’t worry, I plan to use them again soon. I know it’s essential to grow our platform, and once I get my new venture done, I will return to the world of social media.
As for my stories, they are being uploaded in bulk to Tapas. So if you’ve been waiting to read the end of Clash of Tides, it will be posted soon. I will not post the rewrite online, as things will be changed and edited for submission.
Now, for today’s topic, I want to talk about Perfection and a Safe Space. As writers, especially beginning writers, we want to think our work is good, but sometimes reality is different. Everyone who reads this blog knows my writing journey has been full of ups and downs and all around. I’ve been writing for almost four years now, but I still haven’t published a book. To be fair, for the first two years, I mostly wrote fanfiction, but I was still writing and working on my craft.
Today, I wished I was further along on my writing journey. I don’t want to just be a good writer, I want to be a great one, to be a perfect…and that’s when I stopped myself. In this world, there is no such thing as perfect. We all know the dream is to be a best seller, but more than likely, that won’t be the case.
So, before we even submit our work to agents or post online, we need to remind ourselves, “I am not perfect; I am going to make mistakes.”
Remember, when you post your stories online or submit to agents, nothing is going to be perfect. The best thing to do is forgive yourself. All you can do is keep working on your craft and improving your skills. You won’t reach perfection, but you will keep growing your skills. In the end, all you can do is read, practice, and keep writing.
If you find posting on websites where you’re ranked against other writers is too much, then find yourself a Safe Space. You’re probably wondering what I mean by Safe Space. Well, a space where you can post your writing, not feel overly judged, and not question your own writing worth. To me, a Safe Space is a place where you can write and not have your self-doubt grow over your confidence.
There’s nothing wrong if you want a Safe Space while you’re perfecting your craft. The important thing is you find betas you trust, who you can work with without having drama.