Before I direct you to a great post by Lori Hatcher about the power of positive words, I want to tell you about some thoughts I have for the direction of this blog.
As you can see from my recent posts, I’ve gotten negligent in my posting. When I think about it, the reason is simple, I’ve lost my focus.
I know many other bloggers run into this. I’ve had this blog going since 2013. The ideas I started with have run out, and my life and many of my goals have changed. When I started, the purpose of this blog was to help people find jobs and grow in their careers. Although that’s important, it’s no longer my priority.
But not only did my focus change, I was trying to write as the mood hit. It’s hard to continue when you don’t have a goal, a destination.
The process of writing amazes me. There is so much involved in making it look simple, natural. Being a part of the process is humbling. To feel the birth of an idea intrude in your thoughts, whether you’re looking for it or not. Then to see it become something that entertains or delights someone else. We talk about the craft of writing, and we try to get people to believe that it’s hard work, but often the hardest thing to do is to sit quietly and let the story develop in our minds, or come to us from. . . wherever.
I attended a writers’ conference for the third year recently. At the dinner table, a newer writer began asking me questions about what I’ve written and what had been my experience in submitting to magazines and where to go to learn the skills she wanted.
I have a hard time giving writing advice. First, there are always exceptions. Second, I have a long way to go to reach my dreams. But I have started.
I was told years ago that no matter where you are in your journey, there will be people ahead of you, and behind you. You can always find someone who can benefit from what you had learned.