I’ve recently hit 200 followers and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for following me, liking my posts and leaving your feedback in the comment section. I can’t tell you how much it means to me and even if you gave me a solitary glance I still appreciate that.
Before I started this blog I was in a very dark place. I wanted to write, I wanted to be heard. I had gone through the traditional route of trying to build up a stream of published work. But for whatever reason, I’ve had very little success in doing so and after a certain point, the rejections started building up. I got so frustrated that at a certain point I pretty much quit trying to submit my work elsewhere. I also, for a short time, gave up on my dream of ever being a writer. However, a couple of my close friends kept on encouraging me to keep on writing. They told me to write without thinking of being published. It was one of the best pieces of advice I have ever received. It freed me up to write for myself and unshackled me from the strictures of writing for a certain market or a genre. It sounds weird, I know, but I wanted to know who I am and what my voice is like.
Eventually, I wanted to see if I was actually any good. I knew that I didn’t want to keep sending my work off to other places hoping for someone to discover me. I wanted to build my own base. This drove me to make my own blog and stick it to anyone that ever said no. I have since then just wrote about being true to myself. Some of the work that I’ve posted here on this blog is rejected work, but I’ve admittedly made it truer to my original vision.
It was important to me, that I would be true to myself. I wanted to write without compromise. I wanted everyone to know that I was good enough to be read. Good enough to be heard.
That’s where all of you come in. Thank you for letting me speak and hearing my voice. I can’t honestly thank you enough for being here. Moving forward I’m going to try to post material more often and staying true to myself and you.
A.R. Minhas (2016)
Way to Go friend!! All the best
Thank you so much! 😃
I enjoy your writing and I’m looking forward to reading more 🙂
Thank you so much for your support. I really appreciate it and yes going to be more regular with my posts. 😃
Thank you 😃
Way to go! The most impotant thing, as you mentioned, to stay true to yourself! 😊
Thank you! 😃 Ha-ha, yes! Will definitely try to do that.
No problem! 😄
Kudos to you and keep it going! Just write what you want to write and when and where! 🙂
Go further being YOU ! Wishes Ahead!
Very nice. Congrats!
No problem! 🙂
Thanks for stopping by and following! I’m liking what I’m reading over here. Nice work.
Thank you! 😃
Yes! Writing becomes so much easier and fun again when you write for yourself. When you don’t try to fit your style and idea (which is an octagon, for example) into a certain genre (which is the square slot your octagon can’t fit into). I’m happy you didn’t give up and I get to read such original and refreshing work. Remember, our minds are so different and let that be more than enough reason to share with us, your view on things 😁
Thank you so much for your thoughts, Anthony. Yeah, I was just tired of it, but this is much better. I can breathe more freely now and I don’t have to contort my work to fit ‘genres’ and I get such great encouragement from people such as yourself. I really appreciate your feedback and I will definitely keep you posted on my views on things. 😃
Write on! 😁
Damn right! 😃
SO GLAD YOU HAVE FOUND YOUR CREATIVE NICHE!
So happy you didn’t quit 🙂 Rejections letters just make things more interesting and perhaps even help you grow – which I can see it’s exactly what happened.
As long as you show up and write, everything will fall into place. Right?
Yup and I have great people like you who give me the confidence to do what I love. 🙂
That was supposed to be a hug. There you go 🤗