Talent is cheaper than table salt.
What separates the talented individual
from the successful one is a lot of hard work.
I got a call Saturday from my writer-friend Sue: "Let's get together, I want to bully you."
Turns out, she apparently thinks I have some talent worth honing. So, with that kind of opening argument, it was relatively easy for her to convince me (with no bruising involved) to join a writers' forum.
I have always been intrigued by the idea of becoming a published author, but it's been more of a idle daydream than a serious goal. I write when I feel compelled to write. I share the results with a few and bask in whatever limited praise the work might elicit. In contrast, the forum is a place where I can post my work for critique - with the intent of helping improve my writing.
So with her encouragement, I applied to the forum and was accepted.** Stay tuned for slow'n'steady: new'n'improved!
*The title of a book by John Maxwell. Read an intriguing summary here.
**Thankfully, the application process didn't require me to submit any work. They seem more interested in character.***
***Which makes me think it might be a safe place.