I have been a bad girl. My writing took a back seat to all the lovely distractions in the real world. I began to believe the inner editor in my head who told me evil things like:
1. No one wants to read what you are writing.
2. You’ll never finish the story so why start?
3. It’s too late. You’ve missed the boat and you are too old to become an author now.
4. You’re writing will never be as good as (insert your favorite author’s name here).
I let my self-doubt destroy my energy, my enthusiasm and my will to write. I stopped working on my novel. I quit writing this blog. Then Sunday, sitting in church – a place I hadn’t been in a long, long time – something the pastor said resonated in my head. It rolled around inside my head setting off sparks. Sparks that relit the fires of my desire to create, to write, to make digital art. These aren’t his exact words but they are what I heard:
Belief gives words strength. Choose carefully the words you believe!
I believe I can write. I believe someone, somewhere, will want to read what I have written. I believe I will finish my novel … and the one after that and the one after that. My writing may never be as good as (insert your favorite author’s name here) BUT my writing will get better every day and my writing will be as good as I can make it.
You know why? Because I believe and because I believe, I will put the work into doing what needs to be done.
Watch out world, I’m back!