by Eris Marriott
Over the recent weekend, I attended a writer’s conference; from this event I earned a great amount of insight, understanding, and gained connections in a way that I never had before. For the first time in my life, I was surrounded by peers who *got it*. They understood what it meant to be eaten alive by stories held trapped within them and the desire to get that story into print—out into the world. Why? Well… not all of us quite understand. Writing is not exactly a money-maker, so that incentive isn’t exactly a clear one when it comes to what pushes a person to put their writing into print and into public view.
From this conference, there were many panels that offered me information to walk away with and utilize in my everyday life for the rest of my life; the most important thing, I think, for writers to remember is that you are strong, you are wise, and you are a creator. Writing takes dedication, and it takes even more-so to finish something real, whole, and impactful.
Whether you’re self-publishing, going the route of traditional or sharing via critique groups solely, one thing remains the same: writing is a process, but a writer—a real writer—must have the belief in themselves and their work before they can flourish. If you discredit everything that you do and say and never give creed to the words you weave, you will never understand the passion behind the work that you have given life to.
Beginners and experts both can find solace in knowing this: believing in yourself and your ability to grow in the process is a necessity. Writing is not something that you can perfect overnight. Writing is something that requires drive and soulful will to keep pushing ahead. And you can’t do that if you don’t believe in yourself. Among those other writers, it was encouraging to know that I am not alone, talent is subjective in this business and I have it regardless of the perception it is faced with, and that talent always has room to grow, better itself, and take us to new heights.
Tiffany Heiser is the owner of Tiffany Heiser Graphics & Fyre and Brimestone Publishing. She is a self-taught graphic artist, an author, publisher, & a loving mom.