You don't have to be published to call yourself a writer. Writing comes in all forms. Each day, I write a quick note in my journal--usually a prayer request or a praise or maybe just a quick update on something significant that happened.
What I've found myself doing during these turbulent economic times is posting a blank sheet on the refrigerator. I call it my Blessing Sheet and no matter what the day brings--I write something good on it that happens. Now it might only be something as simple as I got out of bed that morning without any aches or pains. But it might be as exciting as I heard back from a publisher on an article.
The point of writing things down for myself is to keep focused on the positive--especially with my writing.
It's really easy to listen to the negative and convince yourself that you will never be any good--been there many times. But then one day, you will find your efforts have not been in vain--someone really thinks your work is publishable.
Getting the mail is a big event around here. Yesterday, copies of two of my articles in two separate magazines arrived. Teachers of Vision and Cross and Quill. It's motivating to see your work in print even if you expected it.
This morning I received an email about the yearly contest ACFW holds. I remember a friend of mine placing last year and her success emboldens me to try this year.
That's what this writing journey is all about. Do you have success stories to share to encourage someone else to keep trying?