Writing and Blogging for New Authors
I think beginning a blog is one of the most frightening things a writer can do. I know that although I had been told by many teachers, friends, and family members that I was a good writer for many years, I was still hesitant to put my thoughts onto the World Wide Web for anyone and everyone to see. What if someone didn’t appreciate my writing style? What if my opinions did not correspond to my reader’s opinions? What if—gasp—my writing did not click with what others think? I was terrified to put that first sentence into words.
What Do I Really Want?
Then I thought to myself, “Do I want everyone to like me, or do I want people to read what I write in order to gain a different perspective than what they think?” I guess it is imbedded in each of us to want to be liked, that’s just human nature, isn’t it? Yes, I crave affirmation as much as anyone, but do I want to be liked more than I want to be read? My goal has always been to produce works such as the likes of some of my favorite iconic writers: Nathaniel Hawthorn, John Keats, Sylvia Plath and some of the more contemporary writers as well.
I have dreamed of seeing my name on the spine of a book since I was young, wandering around my county library, trying to find a book to occupy my time until summer ended. I valued the sounds and smells of the Clark County Library so much, that it was practically a reverent experience for me each time I opened the doors to the library.
Walking Softly in Sneakers
I never dared to speak above a whisper, even if there were no other patrons present. The floors creaked loudly under my sneakers at each timid step as I tiptoed from fiction to romance to mystery. I would gather in my arms the maximum number of books allowed to check out, sometimes having to choose between two very promising titles as I approached the check-out desk and the wonderful lady with the most awesome job I could imagine opened each book carefully to stamp a due date for three weeks in the future. I couldn’t imagine a better profession for a book lover such as myself, to be surrounded by the words of so many authors on a daily basis.
The Name on the Spine Is Mine
Now that my first book is in the process of being published and I can actually walk into the library and find my name on the spine of a book, I may just do that very thing this summer, and possibly find some new books along the way! The following link is a site that encourages new writers in their blogging efforts. Please take a moment to read through these tips, and leave a comment telling which ones were most helpful to you. In a search for great websites for new writers that are developing their first blogs to promote their accomplishments and tips to creating a blog I found Grammarly Blog. This site has many tips and trends that will assist any writer in their pursuit of writing an “epic blog”. Finally I would like to include two other icons that have been a great source of inspiration to the pursuit of one’s dreams.
When it comes to the pursuit of your dreams who has been a source of inspiration in your life?