I want to personally thank Carol for the kind words and compliments she’s given our site. We’re thrilled when we see a writer gain their wings and begin to trudge the happy road of destiny in their own careers. I promise, we didn’t pay her for an advertisement (laughing), these are her words, but, we get many of these types of compliments, which tells us that we are on the right track with regard to collaborating with other writers, authors, and bloggers. We sow the literary seeds, and we have the enormous pleasure of seeing a wonderful harvest emerge. Thanks to all of you from all of us at Two Drops of Ink.
As a novice writer, one of the things I used to struggle and suffer a lot of angst over, was the topic or article I should write about in the first place.
I’d obsess over the type of subject I should write about, the type of publication I should (or could) write for. Whether I, a complete novice, even had anything interesting, or worthwhile to say about a particular topic. Whether once I’d decided on a subject, I’d be able to write with aplomb, bringing a highly creative twist, or an intellectual air to the piece (sadly I was of the mistaken opinion that publishable writing had to be high-brow).
Instead of just going ahead and writing, I’d obsess, obsess, obsess! I’d discard one ‘unsuitable’ idea after the other. I had unrealistic expectations and standards. I wanted to be an overnight success. I wanted to be the next Zadie Smith, or emulate the phenomenal achievements of J K Rowling!
And so, to all aspiring authors, novice writers, potential poets and wannabe memoirists, the existence of resources such as Two Drops of Ink are an incredible godsend. How I wish something like this was around when I began putting my hesitant feet forward in the glossy but elusive world of publication!
As an aspiring author and an intermediate-level writer, I’d encourage those afraid to get their feet wet in the world of publishing, to simply dive in.
A few years ago, I discovered a quote by H. Jackson Brown Jr, which I just love. It is: opportunity dances with those who are already on the dancefloor!
Now, if you are a procrastination queen (like me), or if you have perfectionist leanings (again like me—however, I now consider myself to be a ‘recovering perfectionist’!), then, precious reader, may I encourage you? Dear hesitant, self-conscious, or angst-ridden writer, may I issue a challenge and, much like the famous NIKE advert, urge you to just ‘do it!’?
Do your dream. Act on your deep-down, long-held writing and publication desires. Do it! Feel the fear but do it anyway!
Find an opportunity, or grab the one which Two Drops of Ink are so generously putting out there. Get out on the dancefloor and jive your way to the fulfilment of your writing dreams and publishing endeavors.
Do it! Dance. Write. Publish.
Give yourself the gift of personal achievement and satisfaction. Seek opportunities to showcase your writing. Unwrap the possibilities of literary exposure. Do it!
Whether your audience comprises fellow-bloggers, niche readers or wannabe writers, why not give of yourself and delight others with a window into your world, an insight into your uniqueness? Be an example of courage, inspiration and writing discipline. Do it!
Fellow writers, let’s help to lighten the load and responsibility of producing content. Let’s show our appreciation to the deserving, hard-working editors of Two Drops, for their wonderful contributions and commitment to this literary blog. Let’s increase our involvement and the value of this writer’s resource by making an investment into its literary coffers.
Go on – I dare you! Let’s do it!
Carol Hind (Ladycee)
I’d describe myself as a God-seeker and recovering perfectionist. I’d also like to consider myself as a word-artist, although my husband often refers to me as a word-junkie! Now, as you’ve probably guessed, I love reading and I love words. I’m fascinated by and admire the way skilled writers use them and, I’ve long cherished a desire to join the ranks of prolific published writers, whose words are feted, followed and feasted upon by fans and word connoisseurs.
Prior to me becoming a blogger, I failed to apply myself to the joys of writing and publishing consistently, despite always declaring (to myself anyway) that writing is my passion!
Words are powerful! They have the potential to impart life or orchestrate death. And so my heart’s desire is for the ultimate creator and wordsmith to use my writing gift, infuse my words with his anointing, love, and power. I write to encourage and inspire both myself and others—to maximize our potential and live our best lives.
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