Insights from a Writer
by Tammy Van Gils
The morning started with me feeling like a combination of the Lone Ranger, Pig Pen from Charlie Brown, and Eeyore.
Well, this writing thing’s done alone. So the results of every post feel like a direct result of our effort. We launch a blog post with incredible hope of it spreading like the common cold. And then it barely budges. The Lone Ranger.
And Pig Pen has this close connection to dirt. Lots of writers have a close connection to the dirt of self-doubt. About what you ask? Lacking skills. Writing about a relevant subject. Or if our posts are reaching anyone at all.
The whiny, woe-is-me attitude of Eeyore is the constant voice in my brain. Why don’t people share my post? Why aren’t folks subscribing to my blog? And no comments…again. Now read that again and whine, drawing out each word in a southern Alabama accent. Yep, that’s Eeyore in my head.
Then I had lunch with my dear writer friend, Mary Beth. We can almost finish each other sentences about our struggles as writers. And then the epiphany hit–Guess what? I’m not the Lone Ranger after all. There are lots of peas in the struggling writer pod. It saddens me that others are struggling, but I confess it does make me feel more normal and less like the Lone Ranger, Pig Pen and Eeyore.
Now if you’ve read this far, you may be asking how you can possibly help a struggling writer.
Writers need readers like peanut butter needs jelly. I’m grateful you shared your valuable time.
Signing off with greetings from the Lone Ranger, Pig Pen and Eeyore.
Tammy Van Gils is a writer, blogger, and small business owner. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Word Weavers International. In the Richmond area, she is a member of The Christian Writers Hub and Word Weavers Richmond. Visit her Facebook Page,Pinterest and Twitter @Tammyvangils.