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|Norelle Done & Me, Louisa’s Cafe|
Anyway, I often meet people who are afraid to claim that artist part of their soul as part of their identity. It’s tough to say “I am a writer” when the world then says prove it; what do you have published, how much money do you make? I come from a money industry (real estate & mortgage lending) where you’re only as good as your last deal or how many production plaques you have on the wall… and I had plenty. The problem became; with none of that, how then do I to value myself? This took some soul searching. I had to cleanse my ego’s value system and start anew (still under construction).
I am a writer – though seldom paid much for my work, I feel more successful and fulfilled today than I ever did earning the big bucks. It took some soul searching to end up here where I can say without hesitation and without whispering, “I am a writer” loud and clear. Money is no longer a thing that defines me –granted, it often concerns me, but it no longer defines me. The ‘work’ I do now is souly to sustain my writing habit when before it was my career and writing, my hobby – It’s all flip-flopped and I couldn’t be happier.
Now, I want to be done with writing what I knew then and move on to writing what I want to know now; the art of fiction. But writing what I knew then certainly gave me a start.
So, write what you know to get started, and then move on to fiction or whatever makes your heart sing. In the interview which Norelle titled ‘The Value of Validation’ it comes off as if I need validation all the time which couldn’t be further from the truth, I work in a vacuum these days and seldom know if what I’m writing makes any sense. However, in the beginning being encouraged by things like supportive writers groups, published credits, and other things that made me feel like ‘hey, I’m a writer’ did go a long way in encouraging me to move forward in pursuit of my goals. Cherish those moments – they are few and far between. The right validation can be as invigorating as five smokin’ nuns on a train.
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