“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
Confession: I don’t interact as much as I should. Let’s call a spade a spade, here: I am shy. I try not to show it, but it rears its ugly head more often than I’d like to admit.
Over the last few days, I’ve spent a sizeable chunk of my free time procrastinating on my own work. Allow me to pretty it up and say I’ve been stewing over some changes I’m making. So, while stewing, I’ve been basically stalking the Twitter feeds and blogs of my fellow writers, and tonight I’m just compelled to tell you how proud I am of each of you!
You’re all in different places in your writing careers, some just starting to get the very first words of your very first first draft down, others are in the final stretch of another novel in your collection.
Some of you are struggling, sharing your pains and insecurities with the rest of us to help put our own worrying minds at ease, letting us know we are not alone in our writing woes. Thank you for your brave honesty and selflessness.
Some of you are pounding out the pages nearly effortlessly, and that gives me such a thrill, especially when you take a pause to give a word of encouragement to the rest of us, reminding us that writing isn’t something that happens overnight and that with an open mind and hard work, we too can look forward to reaping those emotional rewards.
I am so anxious to see you each achieve your dreams. You’re all amazing people, and I am unbelievably glad and thankful to have met so many people from which I draw inspiration, encouragement, and wisdom.