The importance of saying no has been a recurring topic of conversation in many circles. Exercising our right to say no is without a doubt one of the highest forms of self-care. But on the other end of that, you have someone like Shonda Rhimes who wrote an amazing book called “Year of Yes,” where seemingly everything changed the moment she decided to stop saying no to everything. So where exactly should our efforts lie? Well, I believe it’s all about learning how to evaluate your yes.
In a Forbes article from 2013, it was estimated that somewhere between 600,000 to one million books are published each year. Each year. When you decide to pour your heart and soul into a book, it does not mean that anyone will care. Unfortunately. That’s not to discourage you, it’s to first just help you to be realistic. Now with that out of the way, I want to get you to truly realize that building your concept is hella important.
A writing workshop. It’s easy to wonder exactly what that means. Is it weird? Can I go if I don’t write all the time, but I write sometimes? What will it help me with? Do I even need help if I am an established writer? These, I am sure are the many questions one might ask when faced with something entitled a writing workshop. So I wanted to take some time on the blog to talk about what exactly to expect in a writing workshop environment.
You get the idea. You’re excited about it. You start doing the research. You’re writing things down, you’re making moves and a few months in people are asking you, “What happened to that thing you were doing?” You have no idea. It’s just another idea that never had the opportunity to be seen through.
Monthly I participate in a Mastermind Call with some of the most phenomenal women that I have met on the interwebs. Getting close to a year in, it has already yielded some amazing results not just in things that we have accomplished but in the sense of community and support it has created. Many, if not all of us are writers, and this idea of self-publishing came up in which one of the women said something that we all had to nod profusely to. “I am not a self-published author but an author that’s self-published.”
If you’re anything like me, you probably started blogging as a vehicle to get your words out to the world. Very quickly though, you realize there is a lot more work to make that happen then just writing a great blog post and hitting publish online. Actually building an audience and community has taken participating in the community I want to have through Twitter Chats, attending events, writing challenges, guest blog posts and so much more. It has meant building a business around my blog that includes in-person events, online initiatives and much more. But at the crux of the important writing that we do will always be authenticity.
Thinking that you have something to offer the world is one of the most vulnerable places to be. Yet, I just can’t seem to stop. I can’t help but think, “what else is there if I don’t try?” And so I hosted my 3rd session of The Writer’s Muse workshop because I’m crazy enough to believe that I can help other writers learn to be inspired by everything in their writing. That I can help them expand the boundaries of their creativity, improve their storytelling and discover new dimensions of themselves through writing.
There may come a time when your blog is no longer your life. I know, sounds kind of nuts right, but go with me here. When I started out, all I did was blog. I would just write something, throw it up, and share it on whatever channels were available to me at the time. If we’re talking my Blogspot days, I really only shared it on Facebook and had like one faithful reader. Now I have like five at least, but I digress. NOW … I cannot even tell you how hard it is to fit writing actual blogs into my schedule. But it’s okay because everything evolves and changes and your relationship with your blog may just do the same.