The above is a repeat of a post I did for the ROW 80 challenge. Be nice to yourselves, peeps, or I’ll send my friend after you!
Until about a couple of years ago I pretty much existed in a writing vacuum. I didn’t know hardly any other writers. I hid anything I did write behind a ridiculous pseudonym and refused to put myself ‘out there’ for fear of ridicule and rejection. But I finally realized that if I were going to actually write and get published, then that was going to be part of the game and I could either get in and play, or continue to ride the bench.
So I cautiously edged out of my comfort zone, took a few online classes, actually stopped using that fake name as my email address, and edged my way into the community of writers.
What do you know…no one sent me packing and told me to go back home where I belong!
I learned that the doubt, insecurity, fear and fragile optimism that I felt, nearly…
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