Have you every jumped into something before and you really didn't know what you were doing? Things just didn't feel right? I kind of felt like that last January when I returned to writing after a 20 year absence. The urge to write was still there, but everything else was so new and confusing to me that I felt like I was about to jump into unknown waters. I tried to do what I had done years before but like that poor polar bear, I got stuck.
Sometimes a writer steps out on a solitary journey to see where the characters of their story take them. Other times that writer is given a friendly push to take that first of leap of faith into unknown waters. My first story last year was a fledgling attempt to call myself a writer. I floundered, barely kept myself afloat and had many doubts about whether I could come back to my writing. Then I met so many wonderful friends through the November PiBoIdMo challenge. Writers like myself who pushed me further into those unknown waters and even swam with me when my courage weakened.
Because of the wisdom and continual support of my new writer colleagues, I have learned to navigate those unknown waters. Expectations and requirements of writers these days have changed, but I took the advice of many experienced authors who came before me and who were willing to coach me. I learned quickly. Now my leaps of faith into those waters come from a higher, stronger place inside me. A place where I swim with the confidence of knowing I DO have the ability to become a good writer. That I DO have it within me to create something that one day might encourage others to test the writing waters themselves.
Won't you take that leap of faith in yourself? To go where you have never gone before? To test the waters of your own writing experiences and to allow that voice inside you to come out and play? Come on...take that leap...the water feels great!