This week I responded to a request for comments on Facebook about a new e-book that’s come out by Jeff Goins. As I mentioned in last week’s blog, What Makes a Writer a Writer, I found his blog post last week very helpful and encouraging. Naturally I was happy to make a favorable comment!

My comment contained part of my blog post which I quickly copied into the comment box. I added a couple of quick rearranged sentences in the opening and pressed “share.” Only after hitting the button did I think that perhaps I should have edited it…

“Naw, I didn’t write much. It’s fine,” I thought.

Besides, I was in such a hurry.

Later that evening I received a text from a friend: “You might want to change a word you wrote on Facebook.”


I raced to open my Facebook page with dread in my stomach. The sinking feeling was warranted.

“Last year, I decided to take righting seriously…” the glaring misspelling pointed all of my Facebook world to how seriously I’d been taking writing!

I laughed so hard.

A year ago I would have melted in a puddle of mortified embarrassment, but after seeing my error, I posted another comment about my silly mistake with an “lol.”

I hope that means I’ve grown as a writer. Fear of failure, not being good enough, insecurity and fear of rejection have been constant companions over the years of picking up and putting down my literary projects. The other night I bid them farewell with a shake of my bemused head.

Mistakes, frustration, critique and rejection mark the life of a writer so I expect all of those including hours of writing and re-writing to populate my days. But, hopefully my attitude becomes more gracious and professional as the days pass. Write?







What Makes a Writer a Writer?

I just read a blog post by Jeff Goins that challenged writers to believe we are a writer when we say we are. I love that!

Last April I attended Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference for the first time. I was terrified, but I wanted to write since I was a kid. Attending the conference made a statement to myself; you will take writing seriously. I set some goals and worked to learn the craft of writing. This blog confesses my amateur status, but when I read Jeff’s blog, I realized he’s right. Our confidence and professionalism begins when we decide to be a confident professional. The change may be gradual, as it has been for me this year, or it may come as an instantaneous choice to think differently.

A professional mindset will lead to success. If we work like a pro, we’ll be a pro.

This year I attended the conference again. At first, fear and insecurity ruled my thoughts, but eventually the surroundings felt familiar. Surrounded by professionals, I began to think like them, and act like them.

No, nothing is published…yet. But I’m having a blast being a writer,  and not many people can say that about their profession.

So, when did you decide you were a writer?