My weekly report #8 consists of the following: there is no weekly report today. Instead, I thought it would be a better use of your time and mine to have me change things up this Monday. So, instead of wasting this blog post on reporting about the small list of things I managed to accomplish in week #8 (November 17 – 22, 2019), I’ll save that report for next week and combine it with week #9’s info, which should be meatier. Therefore, I’m going to reserve this blog post for a very special subject indeed. I want to address the newbie writer’s writing journey. Calling ALL newbie writers (whether a writer-to-be, a writer-in-progress, or a newly-published writer for the very first time): I want to hear from YOU!
I’ve been pretty open about sharing my writer ups and downs for my debut book, Playground Instruction for the Growing Adult, as well as providing a weekly report-in for the second book (currently in progress). And yes, I did fudge a little this week as I’m not providing a report per the weekly Monday routine, but I’ll get myself back on track for next week. I just thought I’d take this opportunity to express how important it is for us, as human beings, to share our human experiences with one another. You never know how your willingness to be transparent about the reality of your journey can help your fellow traveler on his or hers.
And since I’m currently finding my way through the book writing process for the second time, I find that a lot of my focus is going toward absorbing as much information as I can about book writing/author advice, self-publishing tips and suggestions, and the mindset of a content creator. So, it would only make sense that I’d be interested in others’ writing journeys, along with my very own. In my personal experience, I’ve found it reassuring to listen to experienced writers share the do’s and don’ts of the whole book writing and blogging journey from the writing and editing to the publishing and marketing of the content. The gurus have been there and done that and, oftentimes, have great information to relay to us, newbies, to help us have smoother experiences, hopefully avoiding some of the pitfalls they faced during their writing processes.
However, what I’ve found to be extremely helpful, in my growth as a content creator, is meeting other content creators who are currently going through a similar place in their writing journeys as myself. There’s something comforting in knowing that you’re not alone in your writing efforts and that some of the same life experiences you’re muddling through are being muddled through by others out there. I’m all for the “sharing is caring” mentality when making my way through life lessons that might be a valuable teachable moment to someone else.
While no two writer journeys are exactly the same, I do believe that we may share some commonalities relatable to one another. And, the differences in our journeys make them unique to us as individuals and allow for rich learning opportunities that others can benefit from. If it wasn’t for all the wonderful people out there that have been willing to freely share their knowledge, wisdom, growing pains, and warnings with me, I don’t think I’d be where I currently reside in my writing journey right now. And the place where I currently reside is in a more comfortable and knowledgeable place than I was six months ago. (I’m continually riding that learning curve.)
So, can I hear from my fellow writers out there that may be new to the blogging and book writing scenes? I would be very interested in following your journeys and would enjoy having you follow mine. I think connecting with one another is a surefire way to learn, grow, and encourage one another on our paths of writing self-discovery. If you consider yourself a newbie, don’t sell yourself short. You, most definitely, have knowledge you can share that just may resonate with someone else out there. I’m one of those people. Feel free to contact me some time and make yourself known. I’d like to learn from your knowledge as well as cheerlead you on throughout the progress you’re making on your journey. Writers supporting writers. That’s what the Writing Community is all about.