We all had to begin somewhere. Young wide-eyed writers with dreams and pen and ink and the courage to change the world. We had much to learn. . .but we have no idea the journey that laid before us.
I asked my writer friends what they wished their younger self knew about writing:
“. . .Organize, organize, organize.” —Krystle Kwiatkowski
“. . .Don’t let life get in the way of your passion.” —C. D. O’Dell
“. . .Persistence is more important than talent. Also, you don’t know everything, so be open to learning!”—Wynn Bishop
“. . .Start early. Don’t let anything stop you.” – T. N. Wilaro
“…it’s not a straight trajectory toward complete fulfillment. Sometimes you’re good, sometimes people don’t want to know. Remember Herman Melville.” —Cassandra Clark
“. . .waiting to start until you are ‘ready’ is a trap. You are always learning and growing and becoming better — or at least, that is the hope, and everyone has to start somewhere. I would tell my younger self to believe in herself much sooner.and not let doubt eat up so many years.” —Ruth Keyes
“I wish I had enough confidence to just sit and write. I always knew I wanted to write, but I thought a college degree was necessary to write something worthwhile.” —Sara Baysinger
“I was certain ‘success’ would happen quickly for me. I would tell my younger self to plan for a much longer wait.” —Ben Wolf
“. . .it will take a while to write anything decent, and that’s okay.” —Laurie Lucking
What about you? What do you wish your younger self knew about writing? Comment below!