Sometimes it takes the right messenger for the words to sink in. Right now I'm listening to Rolf Potts.
His recent posts on Vagablogging.net are more than inspiring. Rolf is a living example of how to be a successful travel writer.
People, he’s handing out free advice. All you have to do is have an open ear.
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So, where’s my open ear? I don’t know. I’ve been under considerable scrutiny for not writing more. Or at all. For leaving my ideas as just ideas. For namebuilding when I should be writing. For helping others when I should be helping myself.
Though my posse means well, I end up hearing that I’m not good enough, before I register that their nudging is out of love.
Earlier this year someone suggested that maybe I wasn’t meant to be a writer. This was in the context of my abilities and inclination to marketing being greater than my desire and ability to write. At first I was offended, but maybe there is some truth in it…
Do I have the ability to practice what I preach to other writers? Do I have the discipline to read 20 let alone 5 books while preparing to write my book? Do I really care about writing that much? I know that I care about people far more than the written word. Whether it is coming from my pen or someone else’s. I know that I would much rather spend an hour laughing and talking with a friend than I would writing in a journal.
These questions won’t get resolved over night. Following my own advice, and that of Rolf’s won’t happen over night. The only thing I do know is that the ideas will keep coming. Incessantly like they always have. I have more than I can handle, and I will continue to share them. Bear with me.