by Melissa Kline
It doesn't matter how many books you’ve written, which articles you’ve had published, how many literary awards you've won or what you current “status” is as a writer – we all feel insecure and uncertain when it comes to our writing.
The above is a spin on a quote that has always stuck with me – because it’s so very true! I am on the verge of publishing a third novel and my insides are wiggling and jiggling with nerves. Will whoever read it like it? Is it written good enough? Does it make sense? Will others “get” it? What if there’s a typo? Or God forbid a ton of mistakes?
I could go all day with the ridiculous thoughts that run through my mind at the thought of sharing a piece of myself with the world. But at the heart of it all, I simply want to be accepted, understood, validated and celebrated – just like the rest of us!
I had no idea I wanted to be a professional writer for most of my life. Writing to me was fun, entertaining and a form of escape. It wasn't until after the completion of my fifth novel that I realized I wanted to share my writing with the world. I had been writing my entire life, but up to that point all of my novels were private. There was something that occurred while writing that fifth book - a metamorphosis. Since then, I have been very passionate about sharing my writing with others…but that still doesn't mean it is easy!
|Melissa's book Storm was a finalist in the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards|
Regardless of all of these complicated nerves, feelings and emotions, it is so very important to stay positive, keep pushing on and believe in you. Try not to take criticism from publishers, editors, peers and family so personally. Everyone is going to have a different opinion and advice on what you should or shouldn't do. Stay true to yourself and your own ideals. Most importantly don't ever give up! You never know whom you might inspire or impress.
There is nothing in the world more humbling than writing. Stay strong, my friends and carry on!