| To all the new members of WDC: This is the place you come to to make your dreams of being a published writer come true! Had I never joined this site, I wouldn't have even considered that it was actually possible to achieve this. Upon joining, I was primarily a poet, and felt that this was my forte'. I then began entering contests, whose writing prompts forced me to think outside of my comfort zone, and really start using my imagination - not just my emotions. |
I had written a couple of short stories in the past, and didn't feel I was good enough in this area to ever share them with others. So, I decided to enter said contests, and timidly began submitting entries. Guess what? I won some of those contests! This is such a confidence booster, you have no idea. Once I realized that I could actually write shorts, I entered a few items in a contest called "The Dialogue 500," which is where you write a story, using ONLY dialogue, and it must be exactly 500 words. Guess what? I won one of those. I also got a lot of great reviews on my ability to write believable dialogue.
This got me writing more, longer short stories. But I never, ever thought I could write a novel - this was just not feasible to me. Other people were book authors; that would never be me - I'm not good enough. Guess what? I have a self-published novel out right now, and it is a hometown hit! I've been told, "This is one of my favorite books!" "I read it in TWO days! Couldn't put it down!" and my favorite, "I read half of your book, then bought the latest Nicholas Sparks novel. I wound up putting his book down, because I couldn't stop thinking about the characters in yours, so I finished it first!" How's THAT for a confidence booster?? It's been requested by a local library, and I'm working on another one as we speak.
My point is, if I can do it, so can you! Get out there and explore WDC! Make new friends, join in the activities, and most definitely check out the contests, use the writing prompts, and enter your work...because, GUESS WHAT? Your stories are just as good or perhaps better than anyone else's, and you CAN win - but you have to escape your comfort zone, shake off that self-doubt, and show them the best that you've got...because your best is what readers are out there waiting for - you just don't know it yet!
Best of luck in all that you do...and, KEEP WRITING!!