For years I have been a closet writer, it was something I wanted to do but I never seemed to have the time, or that was the excuse I told myself. The real reason was that I was scared of what people would say about my writing, that they wouldn’t like it, that I wouldn’t be good enough or worse still that my friends and family would say they liked it because they didn’t want to hurt my feelings.
20 days ago I decided to begin this Blog, I needed a reason to write every day and I hoped that as I became part of the blogging community I would be encouraged to write more and more. My biggest supporter is my Fiancé who nags me if he doesn’t receive a blog notification on his phone each day.
Well today I did it, I entered my first writing competition, I threw caution to the wind and sent my entry off via email before the mid-day deadline. As I am not adept at writing flash fiction I’m sure I have made lots of rookie mistakes, but do you know what, at this moment in time I don’t care, because I am incredibly proud of myself. I will learn the craft with each new piece that I write. I will find my voice and that of my characters and I will let them shout from the rooftops in future, rather than suppressing them and locking them away.
I am motivated and what’s even better is that I already have another competition entry ready to submit to another magazine and I am going to spend the rest of today (it’s the last day of my holiday) drafting another one.
So today is a day of celebration, it’s my day to step out of the closet and tell people that I am a Writer, it’s what I do, it’s what I enjoy.
Here’s to all the writers out there who have stories to tell and a voice to be heard…