Post by Kerrie
Looking back at my 14-year writing career, I would say these are some of the same reasons I have stuck with writing for this long and why I look forward to continuing with it.
When I first started out I had no idea what I was doing or where I was going (just like with our video game). I had come up with an idea for a children's picture book and wanted to get it published. I tried the traditional route and when that became a dead end, I went the self-publishing route. I collected many "gold coins" along the way by meeting lots of people and gaining new knowledge of this area of publishing.
Once I reached a certain level of understanding, another door opened and I was introduced to a critique group (which I am still a part of). This multi-genre group of writers opened my eyes to many new aspects of writing, but the one that grabbed a hold was writing for magazines. This new door opened and I ventured in to explore. I felt like I was in a foreign land and everyone spoke a foreign language. But I hung out there, collected more "gold coins" and eventually enjoyed the success of publishing articles in a variety of different magazines.
My success here, led to more doors opening and new levels to the "game" and throughout my 14 years it has worked out this way. I enter into an area I know nothing about, collect the knowledge I need through classes, books and conferences. I meet new people along the way and then find another new area to explore. This is what keeps me in the game; the idea that there is always something new to learn.
What "level" are you exploring now with your writing (essays, mystery writing, marketing...)? How is it going so far?