Last week I posted this disclaimer at the bottom of my Monday column:
I am an amateur writer and not qualified to advise anyone on anything. Take these ideas as just that, ideas. If they work for you then that is wonderful. If they do not work, keep trying until you find something that does.
I apologize, I misspoke.
What I wrote is not completely true. I am fully qualified to do two things: pass along advice that works for me and share my experiences as an amateur writer.
This group has a lot of talent. We have editors. We have accomplished poets. We have authors, many of whom have published dozens of novels. We also have writers who make a living at it.
And then there are the amateurs – like myself.
Today... let's hear from the amateurs!
Let's hear from all the beginners who are taking their first wobbly steps at writing and need all the support they can get.
Let's hear from the novices who have landed hard on their rear and need a hand up.
Let's hear from the amateurs who believing they are better than that are headed for a stumble, for they are the ones who will hurt the most.
The reason I make this challenge is that I recently read a couple of my old Gather posts.
Those posts were so dreadful that I had to slam the lid of my laptop shut least anyone catch a sideways glance at the dreck I once wrote.
But you know what? As bad as it was, I doubt I have since had as much pride as I did when I posted those first articles.
And I know that is what holds a lot of writers back, the fear of not being good enough. But it is just something you have to go through because there is nothing so sweet as taking your first timid step from being a reader to being a writer.
And there is nothing so encouraging as your first complement or even your first serious critique.
So this week, let's hear from the beginners, the novices and the amateurs.
But let's also hear from those who encourage and nurture them.
On a typical week, this column has between 200 to 300 readers. Most of you rarely comment or respond to the challenge. Don't get me wrong, that's okay with me because you are here for your own reasons but I wonder how many GWE readers are beginning writers who are too shy to post.
Well, this is your week to join the cacophony that is Gather Writing Essentials.
This week’s writing challenge: write your first GWE post or if you are a regular, try something new.
Post your article to Gather Writing Essentials.
BE SURE TO TAG your submission with MWE. Note: I search for articles using the tag "MWE" If you don't tag it right, I will not find it.
- Include "Monday Writing Essential" in your title.
Here are the responses to last week’s writing challenge: How do you find your way into a stubborn piece of writing?
Weekly reminder: don't forget to recommend an article that you like (to learn why, read Ann Marcaida's article Attract More Writers and Artists to Gather!).. Also try to place a comment on at least one article and say more than you liked the piece. Tell the author what worked and what needs work.