Sunday, March 30, 2014

As others have done for me, I hope to do for others

I’ve always had a desire to learn, a willingness to grow from the knowledge that there’s so much more to discover and the expectation that there is a never-ending wealth of resources to gain wisdom from others who are already paving the path before me.

Some people will run headfirst into a project, tackle the challenges as they arise and learn from their mistakes before finally reaching their goals or possibly even failing completely.  Others will painstakingly conduct research, patiently watch the masses and eventually learn what they can from the mistakes of others before finally jumping feet first into the unknown waters they’ve decided to test out for themselves.

Which one are you? 

Which one am I?

I guess I’d have to say I’m a mix of the two.  I’ve never been good with change so before I finally decide to do something that will change my routine or my mindset with regard to my goals, I like to take time to think about what I’m really getting myself in to.  But I also love to learn so when I decide to try something new or I have a new vision with regard to my goals, I do whatever I can to learn what I need to know. 

That may seem obvious, considering what I’ve done so far to write and publish two novels and one short story in two years.  As I write the third novel in my mystery series, I continue to accept the fact that I still have a lot to learn.  I will hope to remain humble in my thoughts as a writer so that even after the tenth or the twentieth book, I will never lose the desire to research and learn more about the craft or to take into consideration what others have so kindly offered to share with regard to their own experiences. 

And while I continue to learn as I experience this wonderful life of being a writer, I will continue to share my thoughts and experiences for anyone else who may possibly use what I’ve learned to make their own path toward their own goals just a little bit smoother. 

As others have done for me, I hope to do for others.

But what if you’re not a writer? 

I don’t believe that matters one bit.  I aim to motivate.  Whether you’re into the arts or not, everyone has goals, dreams and a belief in themselves that maybe, just maybe, they’ll get to finally do what brings out the true passion in them.  Everyone is entitled to that and I hope my experiences as I continue to move towards my goals as a writer give you whatever permission you need to tell yourself you deserve to reach your personal goals as well. 

As I look back over the past two years, I see I’ve written a number of posts in hopes of motivating others so I’d like to share a few of my favorites with you now:

Here’s one last quote and for those who have an interest in something other than writing, you can just replace the word “writing” with whatever speaks to your heart:

“If we had to say what writing is, we would define it essentially as an act of courage.”

~Cynthia Ozick~

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