We’ve all had them. Lessons that were worth more than their weight in gold.
I’m not one to ask for directions. I’d rather fumble around in the dark, stubbing toes and knocking things over before I stop and admit that I need help. Even then I’m unlikely to admit I need help. I’m more likely to poke around and see what someone else is doing and try to extrapolate from that. The advent of the internet has cemented this habit for me. Why ask when I have Google?
I should point out that this is not one of my more endearing qualities and has led to many a wasted hour. I’m working on it. When I do ask for help it is usually so much more helpful than I ever realized it would be. It’s quite rewarding actually.
Today I’m going to help you. I’m going to share one of the most valuable lessons I’ve ever learned so you won’t have to ask anyone for it. (Aren’t I sweet?)
Welcome to the Manic Writer
I’m Ann Shannon (the Stubborn). This is my July edition of the #IWSG (Insecure Writer’s Support Group) Blog Hop. I’m so glad you came by and I hope you find something to help you in your writing journey today. I’d love to know your thoughts on this and your journey as a writer. Drop me a comment and let me know how you’re doing! If my thoughts are helpful to you, or if you have questions after reading my ramblings.
I write romance and erotic romance and I focus my blog efforts on Indie Authors because I love them! Won’t you drop your email in that subscribe box to the right and join me in my mania? Last month I wrote about quitting and why you should take a break instead. Today I want to tell you about one of my valuable lessons.
Let’s Talk About Lessons
Lessons are the heart of life. Without a lesson we’d never learn how to do something. They come from many sources; our own thoughts and attempts, and parents, friends and teachers. They also come with varying degrees of difficulty. It’s likely few of us learned to walk without a few falls, or cook without a few burns. But it’s true that lessons are the heart of our human experience.
Some of those lessons are bigger than others though, life-changing even. That’s the lesson I’d like to talk about today.
My Life-Changing Lesson
I bet you are expecting some huge reveal here. I’m afraid you might be disappointed. My most valuable lesson came from a popular anime called Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto. It taught me that I could write. Fiction.
Yes, that’s right. Up until a few years ago, though I loved telling stories and entertaining people. I never knew that I could write.
OK, let me clarify that. I knew I could write. Research. I mean, I did have a 4.0 throughout college (after returning, my earlier college grades were not so stellar) and most of my college degree was research and writing paper. I wrote an average of 5-7 thousand words a week for school. My fellow students and my professors complimented my work and told me they loved reading it. But it never occurred to me that I could do the same with fiction. I mean after all, it was research! I was simply finding the facts and communicating them in a paper.
Sometime in my Junior year my teenage daughters introduced me to Naruto. It wasn’t too much later I started asking the “what if” questions.
“What if Kakashi did this?”
“What if Sakura did that?”
Thus enter the fanfiction. I read a few (ok, a lot!) and then started writing my own. They’re still up, they’re terrible. Maybe not terrible, but undeveloped. I’ve learned so much since then. Why do I leave them up? Because someday they will be an example of how far I’ve come. Even today they serve to remind me that I’ve improved.
They remind me of the day I learned that I could write fiction. And I’ll always be thankful to them for that.
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