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January's question: What's the one thing about your writing career that you regret the most? Were you able to overcome it?
I think my nephew said it best this NYE when he said, "I'm going to trust myself more."
My biggest regret of my "writing career" is that it took me a very long time to trust my own writing. I had some successes scattered throughout the years, getting a couple poems and an article into print but rejection after rejection of my longer works got to me. It wasn't really a career at all.
Especially when my girls were little, it seemed like I was wasting precious time on something that was fruitless. So, I gave up trying to be published and I simply wrote for myself by journaling, blogging, or collecting thoughts that appeared out of nowhere.
Finally, in 2021 I took the leap to get back into the publishing world and my first book, One Year on Broadway, was published! It took me about twenty-five years to trust that my writing was good enough to persist. Now, I feel that I can say my writing career has truly begun and I trust myself and my writing more-though I need to keep working on that.
So trust yourself and who knows what you will accomplish!
We've made it to 2022, which seems like a huge accomplishment after all that 2020/2021 threw at us!
Happy New Year!
Love to all!