What a lovely thought!
Do you treasure yourself?
Do you treasure your writing and your writing skill?
Think about it. You’ve probably got at least some writing skill or it wouldn’t have even occurred to you to become a freelance writer. Do you realize how few people have any facility at all with writing?
I know I was surprised when I realized that somehow, even in the beginning of my career, I was a better writer than many of the people I worked with in a real estate office. That’s how I ended up doing all the marketing writing – for free! I was a long way from learning to treasure myself and my writing skill, although I was beginning to understand I had a real skill.
It wasn’t too long after that realization that I left real estate and stumbled into a poorly paid but exciting magazine editing opportunity. With the publication of the first issue, I was hooked!
I fell in love with the whole process of getting words onto paper and helping others with some ability to do the same thing.
It was during that magazine gig that I had the opportunity work with a then famous writer. She agreed to do an article for me for free. Yes, there are times when it works for a writer to write for free.
When it came in I was horrified. Here was a writer with a well-known name, several books published by trade publisher and who knows how many magazine articles and the article she gave me didn’t hang together, had grammar errors and was, by any description, a mess. I didn’t dare ask her to rewrite (I probably would today); I wanted her name on the cover of the magazine so ever so gently at first and then with firmness I made major edits. I didn’t show it to her prior to publication and wondered if I was in trouble.
Once again I was astounded when she came to my office and told me she’d never had such a loving editing job done for her. As you can imagine, my confidence increased.
I began to query magazines and other publishers and get accepted. Gradually I realized that somehow I had been given a talent and it was my job to steward it well. Over time I truly learned to treasure both myself and, most importantly, my writing.
It turns out learning to treasure ourselves and our skills is a learnable skill. Who knew!
Your turn: How are you learning to treasure yourself and your writing? How can you let go of whatever might be getting in your way? Let’s talk about it in comments.