by Neva Bodin
What word or phrase will I cling to this year in my writing journey? It must be inspirational (to get me going), motivational (to keep me going), and strengthening (to not let me bog down with discouragement from helpful and not-so-helpful critiques).
I came up with the above question after reading on the website: http://heartswithapurpose.com/four-powerful-questions-you-need-to-ask-at-years-end/
Since I didn’t formally ask or answer those four questions at years end, (which you can read at that website), I thought perhaps it wasn’t too late to ask myself one at the first quarter of this year. It takes some thought. Perhaps it will answer my personal mission statement as far as writing: I write to tell the stories racing around in my brain, and to create entertainment and insight for my readers.
I think what I should repeat to myself is, just believe in my calling and do it! Along with that I have to face my fears of putting it out there and having a negative review. Which should be expected, at least with a negative review, someone had enough passion (albeit not the reason for passion I would want) to write a review!
How would I handle being a politician! The answer is of course, I wouldn’t. But hopefully I could handle a bad review.
As with most writers, real and present life issues interrupt. And help me support any other issues I have with putting off writing.
So I have two questions for readers today: 1) How do you handle your fear of putting your writing out there? 2) And on a different note, how do you handle inner thoughts on your characters, with or without italics?