Once you have decided that you will do whatever it takes to become a real poet and/or writer, it is your job to start thinking of yourself that way. I mean, when people ask you what you are, FIRST say ‘poet’ (or ‘writer’ or ‘novelist’,) and only after think to say ‘Walmart clerk’ or ‘Catholic’ or ‘Republican’ or whatever the person was really asking about.
Perhaps because of my Asperger’s Syndrome, my self-image as writer is all too easily crushed. One little hint that I’m only a wannabe and my subconscious mind surrenders and admits that it’s true. Only it isn’t. Determined and persistent people who work at being writers become writers.
You assignment for today: find a touchstone or two in your past life that will help you when you are tempted to demote yourself to ‘wannabe.’ Perhaps it’s a time from your school days when something you wrote was praised. Or perhaps you’ve had a short story or a poem published. Or it may even be that you once got a very nice rejection letter that wished good things for you and your writing even though the editor couldn’t use it….
This will give you something to fall back on when they hard times come and people seem determined to convince you that you can’t write your way out of a paper bag if your life and the fate of the known galaxy depended on it.
And my cat Charybdis had a blessed event yesterday. Four kittens. Then I checked them at bedtime and it was five. Then I checked in the morning and we were up to six. I told Charybdis that she was getting a little too damn blessed.
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