Monday, July 11, 2011
Getting Out There
How many of you haven't told anyone you write? I know some of you haven't. Believe me, I've been there.
My question is this.
Why the heck not? Why do we hide our talents from people and when someone does ask what we like to do we say "I like to write," in the smallest tiniest voice imaginable. What is so bad about wanting to be an author? Why are we ashamed of saying those words?
When I first started writing I didn't tell a soul. Yes. Hard to imagine I know. :P I didn't even tell my husband. You know why?
I was scared. Scared of what he would think of me. Scared that he would laugh and tell me I was wasting my time. Well, he didn't do that. He didn't laugh. He told me to try to get my stuff published. And you know what? He's really the one who made me start this crazy roller coaster ride of putting my work out there in a business with so much rejection. And I'm so glad I did.
I'm also glad I had the guts to tell him. I know I'd never be where I am today without his support. Speaking of support, I wanted to thank my poor sister. She has read every single draft of my writing. *shudders* BUT, she's been by my side ever since I started writing my stories down. And she'll always be there. (Don't you shake your head. You WILL read everything I write, Chaleese! Bwah ha ha ha ha!;)
Anyway. My point is, if you love what you're doing and know it's something you're going to continue to do for a very long time, don't be afraid to tell people. Writing is part of you and you're stuck with it, like it or not. ;) I admit I still get scared when I tell people I write books, but they don't really give me the funny looks anymore. They are mostly intrigued. And I revel in that. Until they ask me when my book is coming out and I have to try and explain all the things you really have to go through in order to get someone to even LOOK at your book. But that's a whole other blog post. ;)
So you guys tell me. Have you told people you write? How do they react? Or are you still a closet writer and need a little push to put yourself out there? ;)