Last week I attended my first FWA conference and it was like Heaven’s Gates opened. I saw the spirits of my favorite authors hovering about, breathing life and inspiration to a new generation of writers, both young and old.
Would you believe when I sit in front of my computer, I’m blessed to feel the angels on my shoulder giving me encouragement and support?
“It doesn’t have to be perfect,” they chant. “Just write.” Their wings give me a little push and sometimes I get a feathery kiss.
I see my Big Nanna with a book in her hand and a proud smile. She’s reading my book. And whether it’s good or bad, she’ll love it. I feel my mother’s embrace and my characters come to life when they discover that same unconditional love. I hear my mother-in-law softly whisper in my ear, “Keep writing and never give up.” Somewhere in the background, my father is there too. He’s got doubt etched all over his face. He wonders if my book will be a success after all the time I’ve spent on it.
My measurement of success is that I completed a project and did the best I could at that moment in time. Oh, there it is! I see it now! My father is smiling because he admires my perseverance and determination to write another one and one after that.
For those who don’t have spirits or ghosts telling them what to do, the real world of Florida Writers Association, sends out the same messages. Keep Writing. We’re here to help you. What more could any of us want?
So, to all of you writers out there, believe you can do it. Don’t get discouraged no matter how many rejections you get. Your next book will be better than your first. Just keep learning your craft and fine tune it.
In author Elizabeth Sims’ words: “You’ve Got a Book in You.”
In my words: Keep your passion alive and listen to your free spirit.