The Light at the End of the Tunnel . . . is Becoming A Little Bit Brighter

The focus of this blog is becoming clearer.  I can see categories, widgets, links, posts, pics, book reviews (mine and others).

Each week I’m learning more: what to do and what not to do.  Now I need to begin applying it.  Easy to say, a little more tricky to do.  It’s that <bleeping> thing called time.  It’s so very precious.  For those who never have to count your minutes, count your blessings my friends!

Until I can get this blog looking the way I want it to (which translates into having the blog “cooperate”, as some days it appears to have a mind of its own), I will share little snippets of info/advice.

My first snippet:

If you’re into writing, there are a lot of great writers groups to connect with.  One I’ve recently joined and recommend is best-selling author Mark Dawson’s SPF Community on Facebook.  They’re wonderful, helpful, and very supportive!  Just so you know, there are “house rules”, and I’m sure Mark won’t mind if I provide some here:

* No promotion, ever.  Promotional is anything that you stand to make a financial benefit from in your own capacity.  If you post promo, it’ll be removed without notice and you might be taken out of the group.

* Please do not solicit clients.

* Please don’t try and build a mailing list.

* Be kind. Be polite. Be supportive.

Mark also reminds us that this is a group where anyone can join; if you don’t want something shared publicly, however, it might be best you don’t share.

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A Tisket, A Tasket

While concepts for this new blog flow like bubbles from a five-gallon champagne fountain, its focus is as clear as a quart of stout beer.

There are so many potential forks in the road to take—should I:

  • do book reviews
  • offer editing services
  • share learning gleaned from fellow writers and bloggers, and/or
  • present positive support?

The blog world is my oyster; it’s merely a matter of prying it open and indulging.  So-o, maybe the best thing to do is dive right in.

As such, today’s post is about keeping the faith.

An authors’ forum recently revolved around a negative review.  The writer was dejected, understandably so.  Constructive criticism is good; cruel criticism is not.

Every writer must start somewhere.  Some will demonstrate an immediate flair—gift—for producing entertaining stories or providing enlightening facts, while others will require time to hone talents and perfect craftsmanship.  Quite a few will be lauded early in their careers and a number will need to wait, wait, wait.

It doesn’t matter if you’re the tortoise or the hare.  Don’t rush—honor the process and yourself.  Above all, keep that faith.

Never, ever, allow anyone to mock or deride.  You’ve got it in you to succeed.  It may not happen overnight, but it will happen.  Just keep believing.