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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Believing in Myself as a Writer By S. E. Smith


Believing in Myself as a Writer


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This blog takes a look at the journey I have taken over the past two years as I navigated the winding road as an Indie author. It has taken a while before I could actually begin to believe in myself as a writer. The lessons learned can apply to anyone and any situation. I hope they help you as well.
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I have found the art of writing to be many things. First and foremost, it is a part of who I am. It is a passion, a belief and a very real piece of what makes up the whole person. Over the past two years I have continuously reflected on a number of things pertaining to my writing. As always there is the self-doubt, the feelings of inadequacy and the nervousness of what others think of my stories. Before I let all of these feelings take hold and overwhelm me, I replace them with more positive thoughts. That is a major key to success; be positive and don’t be afraid to believe in yourself.
 
My stories may not be perfect but then, neither am I. That is what makes me interesting and special. Once I accepted this, life made more sense. I recently read a blog that helped me understand that it is okay to not be the perfect writer. Kristine Kathryn Rusch's blog, The Business Rusch: Perfection at http://kriswrites.com/2012/06/27/the-business-rusch-perfection/, does a much better job of explaining why it is okay not to be the perfect writer. Her description of Bill Shakespeare as an example was just what I needed when I was feeling low. This was the perfect example of how something written by another can have such a positive influence on others. I like to think that my writing has done that.

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Whenever I have those feelings of self-doubt I get an email, a post on Facebook or a comment left on my website Guestbook to boost my flagging self-esteem. I think it is part of the curse of being artistic. At least that is what my hero always tells me when I start stressing. He claims that all great writers go through periods of self-doubt. Being the kind-hearted person that I am, I believe him. Of course, I ignore the fact that he has never read one of my stories, probably never will and is just slightly biased. That is perfectly alright, I’ll focus on the ‘great writers’ part of his observation.

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Have you ever had a moment when you wondered what in the heck you were doing? Yep, been there, done that… more than once. When feelings of inadequacy attack me, I fight back. Becoming a writer didn’t happen overnight. It is much like learning to ride a bike or learning to swim. I have to remind myself that I am a good storyteller and my stories are not just good, they take me and many others away to another world. I can’t help but think that other writers must have felt the same way at one time or other times in their life. One way I fight the feelings of inadequacy is to watch different TED Talks. These short talks on a wide range of topics are not only interesting, they inspire me to believe in myself and to understand that it is alright to make mistakes, face the challenges, to not give up but most of all to believe in myself. After all, if I don’t, who will?

I have accepted that I will always be nervous before a book release. It is a part of who I am. When I write, I am giving a piece of myself to the world to tear apart, place under a microscope and then post a review of what they think of the findings. I have to laugh as I wonder if Bill Shakespeare was thinking all these grand psychological thoughts when he was writing his stories or if he just sat down and wrote what the characters were telling him to write. Did Ernest Hemingway or Mark Twain think of how their stories would one day be torn apart for college students and their professors to analyze or did they just want to share a journey to another world? Regardless, I’m sure they were nervous at one or more times in their life.

What I remind myself is did I enjoy the story? If I did, then it came out right. I am my own worst critic and my characters number one fan. As long as I remember I will never be able to please everyone all the time, I will survive. The important thing is to listen to the characters and let them guide me. As long as I do that, they will continue to take me to amazing new worlds.

This blog shares with you the personal journey I have made over the last two years. It has been one of learning, growing, believing in my stories and myself but most of all one of hope and strength. I have learned I am someone who has a dream and I’m willing to fight for it. I have a courage I never knew I was capable of and a determination to reach for the stars and soar to new worlds. It is an amazing journey of self-discovery and I invite everyone to not be afraid to take their own journey.

http://sesmithfl.com/Dragon_Lords_of_Valdier.htmlS. E. Smith is a USA Today and #1 International Best Selling Author. She has always been a romantic and a dreamer. An avid writer, she has spent years writing, although it has usually been technical papers for college. Now, she spends her evenings and weekends writing and her nights dreaming up new stories. An affirmed “geek,” she spends her days working on computers and other peripherals. She enjoys camping and traveling when she is not out on a date with her favorite romantic guy. Fans can reach her at SESmithFL@gmail.com or visit her web site at: http://sesmithfl.com. Join me for additional information about the books at http://pinterest.com/sesmithfl/s-e-smith/, http://twitter.com/sesmithfl, http://facebook.com/se.smith.5 and at my new book discussion forum at http://www.sesmithromance.com
 

 


 

6 comments:

Jessica Hale said...

i look forward to many more stories by you to enjoy :) you have become my top favourite author :)

Maggie Steele said...

My very favorite author!!! I have been known to stalk Amazon a day before a book releases in hope of an early one-click!!

Zosh said...

Read it - loved it! Whens the next one out?

S. E. Smith said...

Thank you! You have made coming back to work (I don't consider writing as work) so much better with your awesome posts!

Linda Andrews said...

Welcome aboard SE. I can't wait to read your stories.

S. E. Smith said...

Thanks Linda. I'm happy to be with such a wonderful group!

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