Jumping Off the Deep End – My Writing Journey
The Writing Journey Begins at the Beginning
And so it begins. Up until now my writing journey has consisted of book reviews and the occasional blog article. I am at the beginning of my journey. And, in contrast to my usual impatient, I-know-what-I-want-and-I-want-it-now attitude, I am fine with this. This is where I need to be – reading, writing, learning from those who’ve gone before me, taking courses (the most recent being Susanna Leonard Hill’s “Making Picture Book Magic”), absorbing information, and practicing. I am fine with all of it. Or rather, I was fine with it all, until a recent incident, which I share below.
Anyhow, just looking over my now 2-week old blog, I realize I have already accomplished a lot. I put my name and my intentions “out there” for the world to see. Just stating that I am an aspiring author is a huge step for me – I am a private person, shy until you get to know me, and this is out of my comfort zone to say the least. I didn’t even share with my husband yet – he kinda found my blog by accident (or rather, by looking over my shoulder at my iPhone), exclaiming, “Sheri Hoyte Books, what’s that?”
The Secret is Out
GROAN… I wasn’t ready to share with my family yet. The only person that knew up until now is my business partner. I wanted to start building my platform, get several hundred picture book reviews under my belt, maybe a few concrete story ideas and then announce it to my family. Why am I so shy about sharing with my family? How can I share such intimate details about my goals with total strangers yet be so wary of those closest to me?
And, now that my secret is out, I do feel a bit more pressure to perform and that hampers my plans more than anything else. But, I have to get over this (or over myself)? I’m in this for the long run. I want this journey to be fun. I’m doing this for me (and my future grandkids, let’s be real 😊).
There’s No Time Like Now
So, the timing is perfect. The circumstances are ideal. I have a job in a related field with flexible hours and access to a variety of tools. I couldn’t ask for more. To find my voice, to act on my passions, to discover who I am – I feel like I am in for an exciting ride – I just have to get past my insecurities. Can anyone else relate to this – I’d love to hear more about you and your experiences. Are you new to the writing world or do you have years of experience to share? Drop me a note with a link to your blog or website so I can follow you on your writing journey. Happy writing everyone!