Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Hello, My Name Is Alecia...And I Am A Writer
I've decided to do the 15 day challenge to be a better writer series by Jeff Goins. I placed the badge in the sidebar if you want to click over and join in.
Today is day one and the challenge...declare I Am A Writer. To anyone and everyone. Especially to those that it would be most uncomfortable doing it to. Why? Because most of us are afraid to. By declaring it boldly we will start believing it. If you have ever written then you are a writer.
Well, for me saying it here on the blog, facebook , or to my husband feels awkward. And I wonder if I can say it with a straight face :) Because for so long I've only ever been a stay at home mom and writing is something I stumbled upon. I never thought about writing as anything more than something I would do in my journal during my private times.
In college I hated writing papers mainly because they were so structured and had to be done a certain way.
I wanted to read a book and then just write about it, but in the confines of a class you did it the professors way or risked getting an F. Seeing all that red ink on something that I put my heart into was, well, disheartening.
I know they were trying to make us better and I don't fault them for it. But all that red ink made me feel defeated and of course not good enough. So a writer I was never going to be.
One day that is exactly what I started doing. I felt compelled. The words would come from a place I didn't know existed. I had a voice. So, somehow the one thing I never thought I would do has become the one thing that I LOVE to do.
I wanted to do this challenge as more of a personal challenge than anything. Declaring something is bold and scary. And I'm tired of being scared. I want to put myself out there regardless if I fail. At least I can say I tried and that's better than sitting on my hands pretending I wanted to do something but was too fearful to go after it.
I'm good at hiding behind excuses if it'll get me out of something that puts me out of my comfort zone.
No more. I am going to convince myself through this challenge that I have a right to pick up the pen. Today I want to introduce myself to you.
Hello, my name is Alecia, and I am a WRITER!
Linked with: Soli Deo Gloria and On Your Heart Tuesday
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