Like most people whose blog goes dormant, it happened one day at a time. Looking back, I see I haven’t run anything but contest ads since my son almost burned to death in a race car, my cousin who was once like a sister was found dead, and Mom died – all within six weeks of each other. To be honest, life has been little more than a blur since then. I wondered if my son would live. (He did, and is doing fine.) I wondered if my cousin laid there for days, crying and praying someone would come. (They didn’t.) I wondered how I would live without my dear mother. (I made it.) But I couldn’t cope under the triple tragedy. Two years of illness and doing what I absolutely must have brought me to this point.
It’s been 2 and 1/2 years. How can that be? It’s time to wake up and force myself into the living mode. Thanks for being with me as I start a new journey.
I just came across a letter I sent to a writing student who has had it tough for a long time and I want to share it because it tells who I am and what I am willing to do for you under the right set of circumstances. Here it is:
I gave up my career to help new writers, thinking they would succeed if only they had the right kind of help. I was so wrong, but I had to learn that for myself. Most of them are darling people, but they are failures when it comes to writing because of one reason. They are quitters. You don’t have to be a good writer to make writing a full-time job. That isn’t the secret. The secret is that even a mediocre writer can succeed if they don’t give up. If they will just keep learning and be willing to do entry-level jobs, they will make it.
Time is a precious commodity. When it’s gone, you can’t bring it back, so now I give most of my time to the few writers who are really trying or really having a tough time. It has become a ministry. So, when I come across someone like you, it’s like a breath of spring air and I don’t feel like I’m wasting my efforts. I will give you anything you need: prayer, love, encouragement, emails, texts, phone calls, Skype, information, my personal files, etc. I am very happy to be of assistance because YOU are my reward. As time passes, remember this and pass it forward.
That’s the end of the letter, and I’ll have to keep indenting since the formatting won’t allow me to double space now.
So, to bring you up-to-date, lots of things are popping right now. Creative Writing Institute has a free Flash Fiction contest coming up September 15 – October 31, and we’re celebrating our 10th anniversary by opening a brand new site at www.CreativeWritingInstitute.org
. Very exciting!
Thanks for taking your precious time to read my thoughts. If you enjoyed it at all, please like it. A comment would bring a delirious smile. 🙂
Have a great evening, day, or whatever it is on your corner of the planet. See you next time.