I don’t believe in tooting your own horn – I consider it the epitome of boastfulness. For this reason, there are times when I avoid talking about a subject that even hints at the fact I think I’ve done well at something. If asked, I will talk about it – but even then I’m uncomfortable discussing anything that may be self-beneficial or even deserving of an ‘atta girl’. Not that there’s much in this area to discuss anyway, even if I wanted to.
See? I’m doing it already. To even write that paragraph was hard as hell, and for whatever reason it still doesn’t read right to me.
Now that that’s been said and out of the way– I received a very touching email from a friend the other night. She had caught up on a couple of my blogs and wrote to give me the most sincere compliments on my writing. I answered her with the most humble of thank-yous that I could muster up, though truth be told, I felt very undeserving. One thing I do know, and shared with her – is that writing is most definitely my passion. I realize that no one is perfect at any one thing they do, and categories exist for a reason. There are professionals, there are novices and there are amateurs – with me falling into the latter.
I won’t say this is the first time I’ve heard such a compliment, because it’s not. I will say it always makes me smile. What I’ve done is form a little folder inside my brain that houses these sweet little admirations, which I revisit and peruse every so often when I’m feeling less confident in myself. Truth is, I just love to write – and currently this blog is my outlet. It quenches, for the time being, my thirst to write on a daily basis. To all persons out there who have this same passion, I think you’ll agree with me – it is truly a ‘thirst’. Having a career in writing (getting paid) has always been a dream of mine, it’s just always seemed a little far past my reach. Of course, I realize that one must possess dreams in order to ever achieve.
One of my very favorite books is called On Writing – A Memoir of the Craft, written by none other than Stephen King. The book is special to me in that it not only details specific formulas/dos and don’ts for writing in itself, but also provides an early biography of King’s childhood. Once finished, I will never forget that omnificent feeling of I could do this… I really could do this. Now I don’t care who ya are… that’s powerful stuff – from an awesomely powerful book.
“A little talent is a good thing to have if you want to be a writer. But the only real requirement is the ability to remember every scar.” ~Stephen King