You’ve probably all heard the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.” I’d like to suggest that it takes a village to learn to love your words. Within a circle of support you experience sharing what you’ve written. In a group where everyone is committed to listening for what is strong in each piece of writing, you discover your authentic voice.
It was within such a circle of support that I developed the manuscript for my book, The Chocolate Pilgrim. When my inner critic started screaming that my writing was no good; that no one would ever read what I wrote, that there are already too many words in the world, my supportive “village” of dream-enablers - other writers who could hear the beauty in my words when I couldn’t - kept me moving towards my goal.
There were times that family members and friends did not understand my desire to write, and were skeptical about my ability to see this project through to the end. My “writing family”, fellow writing group members with listening skills and knowledge, provided encouraging feedback and supported me every step of the way.
Who are your dream-enablers? How do they support your writing goals and dreams? Who do you reach out to for support with next steps? Is it time to begin creating your village, that community of writers that is the foundation for your writing journey?
If you’ve been thinking that it’s time to tell your story, why not start now? A writing guide can be a crucial ingredient for your success.
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