Have I mentioned that I love the 52-week series (Qualities of Prosperous Writers) that Chrsitina Katz sends out every week? Having a focused topic related to writing each week is really wonderful. This week’s topic was self-producing. You might ask, “What does that mean?”Think Oprah. Think President Obama. Think Benjamin Franklin.
The basic gist, as Christina said is:
Take the power you have as a writer and leverage it for bigger and better plans. Inspire yourself first, and then you will inspire everyone whom you encounter.
I couldn’t agree more. I’ve had a bit of an awakening this week. I realized that as a writer I have a lot more opportunity to self-produce than I might in other professional arenas. It’s up to me to take a hold of these opportunities and make the most of them.
Yes, it can be scary…who is going to tell me what to do? What if I make a mistake? What if I fail?
At the same time, it is extremely exciting to be in a place where I can make choices about what I want to do. I can write fiction or non-fiction. I can pitch to magazines or enter contests or seek out an agent. I can create stories for adults or for children. I can study, I can teach, I can network. What I do and who I become as a writer is up to me.
Inspiring? I’d say so.