Tuesday, May 20, 2014

How I found the WRITE path Blogfest!!

Carrie "Carizzle" Butler is creating a wonderful e-book of an idea to give back! Who doesn't love a give back feeling? All we have to do is sign up here and write a letter to ourselves when we first started our writing journey towards publication. To find out more and what to include, click here.

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Dear Little-Freckled-Faced-Red-Hair-Braided-8-year-old-self,

     I love you. You...are...amazing. Remember that always. Sometimes you'll forget that along the way, but today, I miss you immensely. The spark in your brown eyes, wonder in your imagination, go-getter attitude, no cares in the world, and just pure ignorant bliss. How I wish I were you all over again!
     I see you now, sitting there in the big red van, waiting for Dad to pitch the green canvas over it so we can start "camp" and eat. You have your notebook out, the one where you're writing your first poem ever about "The Tent" with picture in all. It makes me teary-eyed seeing you so innocent and about to dive into a whole other side of talents God gifted you.
     From then, you'll fill those pages with a gazillion other poems, showing your emotions in black and white, or rhyming about things you see. You'll release yourself through them, some attempts at stories, and through the countless songs you compose. And when you sing/read them for people, they'll smile! Don't lose that feeling. It's called appreciation for your efforts and talent. It becomes scarce and maybe too competitive for smiles the older you get.
    Come the end of H.S., you'll take a creative writing class that'll rock your world, and you begin your first real novel. But sadly you'll lose it. It's okay though. Lose it. Trust me. You'll write other things in the meantime of that lost novel. Newspaper articles, more poems, more songs, magazine articles, and then suddenly...you'll remember that book 14yrs later! When you do...it's going to be amazing because that's the exact same time you delve into the hidden world of blogging!
    Don't ever give up on blogging! These are the friends and fans of your work and you of theirs. These wonderful people will guide, answer, and cheer for your writing when no one else seems to. And on top of that, you'll gain stellar, genuine friends. You'll learn about the gold of beta readers, too. They'll make you want to scream, cry, kill kittens, and all at the same time, grow bigger then the biggest tree ever. They tediously prune your work over and over again, but only to make it stronger and stronger. But you won't know it till you break down your stubborn walls. Besides, you only think you know what you're doing. Wait till you start reading some of their amazing stuff!
   And now my warning to you little 8-yr-old-self, behind every writer's window, they may be crying out for help in some way. And sometimes that person is you. Never turn your back on anyone, including yourself. When others are falling, pick them up. When you're falling, ask for a virtual hand. Forgive yourself often because you're not going to be able to do all that you wish. And never let anyone make you feel like you don't deserve to chase your writing dream clouds. Avoid those stormy rains, and just pray for sun!
   I love you, and together...we WILL make it in the writing "world".

                                                                             Love your crazy self many many moons later,
                                                                                                            -T-

CREDIT:
Tammy Theriault
tammybr2.blogspot.com
"I give permission for my entry to be included in the e-book compilation without royalties and/or separate compensation."
 

54 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

When that first story comes back to you, write it again! Just don't lose it again. You don't want to get so upset you kill kittens.
And I completely agree about the blogging world.

Elephant's Child said...

What a lovely, heart-warming letter to write to your younger but no less creative self.
Thank you.

Suzi said...

Ahhh. I can picture that Little-Freckled-Faced-Red-Hair-Braided-8-year-old-you. She's so cute.

My hair was never good enough for braids. It sucked. :)

T. Drecker said...

How sweet - a great letter to yourself. I could totally picture her, and want her to hold on to all of it. Yes, the blogging world is supportive. What would us writers do without it?

Murees Dupé said...

What wonderful words to yourself. Some good solid advice as well.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

You're so smart! We do need to keep in touch with that inner child- the one who wrote and dreamed and didn't consider it work.

Pat Hatt said...

The blogging world is grand all across the land

J.L. Campbell said...

Love that, Tammy. Encouragement is something we writers need in buckets and buckets. We tend to want to do everything and we simply can't manage. It's good to know that we have friend around who will pick up when we falter. Reading this has cheered me up. Thanks!

Chrys Fey said...

You're letter is so sweet and heart-warming. I love how you opened and closed it, too. :)

klahanie said...

Hi Tam-bare,

Great post! Thanks for sharing! Well done and heartfelt thoughts. Before I go, argghhhhh!!!! not another blogfest!

ilima said...

Tammy...you've picked up this crying writer a couple of times and I'm so grateful for it. What a sweet, sweet girl you must have been. What happened? lol

Carrie Butler said...

This is so sweet, Tamizzle! I absolutely love it. :)

Thank you for participating!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Wow! I love this letter! It's so sweet and encouraging! and you are right, we need to lift each other up.

I'll be posting my letter either tonight or tomorrow.
Thanks for sharing, Tammy!

Emma Adams said...

Really nice letter! I'm enjoying reading these. I don't know what we'd do without the online writing community!

Cortney Pearson said...

Lovely letter. Very encouraging and I'm so jealous that you write/wrote poems! That's something I've never been good at but still LOVE to read!

Michelle Wallace said...

That freckled-faced-8-year-old-cherub has evolved into a crazy, yet smart & highly creative adult...
Lovely letter Tammy!

DAVID WALSTON said...

Nice.
I don't think I would trust my older self...What do you know old man!

Michael Di Gesu said...

Well, you forgot how INCREDIBLY FUNNY you are...

ZEST FOR LIFE< SPARKS FLYING IN EVERY DIRECTION>>> AND WHAT ABOUT THE CHASING OF MEN IN RUNNING SHORTS!!!!

Sweet, poignant, and real. Lovely letter, Tams...

You are a great part of our community!

S.P. Bowers said...

Hey now, if your beta readers are making you kill kittens you might want to look around for another set. Just saying. Cause that's scary. :)

Thanks for sharing this!

Al Diaz said...

You forgot to warn yourself about the D&D (Dwarves and Dragons) stalkers in your future.
That's such a beautiful letter. Yeah, together you will make it in the writing world. It's a blessing that you love yourself, because sometimes, we grow to be our worst enemy.
Dragon Hugs!

Lexa Cain said...

Hahaha! Loved your letter! Sometimes I think the best thing I could do would be "lose" some of my writing. Starting fresh has a certain appeal. Have a great week!

Kyra Lennon said...

I particularly love the end of this letter - the part about picking people up and never being afraid to ask for help. These things are SO important!

Melissa said...

Ha! I was laughing over 'killing kittens,' then you had me all mushy and sentimental by the end.

Awesome entry, Tammy! :D
When do we get to see you in pigtails? :P

P.S. I'm posting twice today - once to announce the winners of my giveaway, and a second time with some tips on autographs and book signings.

Liz Blocker said...

This is such a lovely post - it's so sweet, and encouraging, and loving! We all can learn something from how kind, loving, and gentle you are with your young self, here. I really mean that; I think we often are hard on the part of ourselves that need the most love! Oh and I love this: "Dear Little-Freckled-Faced-Red-Hair-Braided-8-year-old-self" :)

Crystal Collier said...

Hee hee hee. I love the freckles. I love the "forgive yourself" aspect. I think we forget that one too often in going forward.

Nick Wilford said...

What a lovely cute letter, I love that you addressed your 8-year-old self. It's important not to lose that sense of wonder, even though things get more complicated!

Loni Townsend said...

This was such a sweet letter. Made me go "awwww" many times. It's fantastic that you were able to pursue a passion you've had since you were 8, and with such encouragement too.

Leigh Covington said...

You are awesome! And we really do make such fantastic friends through the blogging and writing world. I love it!

Stephanie Faris said...

Great job! I started with poetry, too...although I think I was 12 or 13 when I started writing poetry in notebooks. We've come a long way!

Christine Rains said...

Love this letter! <3

Tammy Theriault said...

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS TAKEN THE TIME TO READ MY LETTER!! HUGS AND JUICY KISSES FOR EVERYONE!

Tammy Theriault said...

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS TAKEN THE TIME TO READ MY LETTER!! HUGS AND JUICY KISSES FOR EVERYONE!

Theresa Milstein said...

How sweet that you remember so much about your writer self from when you were little.

Yep, revising is like pruning trees!

debi o'neille said...

Yes, the blogging world is a strong support group, and I'm so glad we now follow each other's blogs. Your letter is great, Tammy. I remember being a freckled-faced, brown-eyed, redheaded 8 year old, too, and I too had a notebook on my lap and a head full of dreams and stories. :-)
Deb@ http://debioneille.blogspot.com

Christine Danek said...

Support is so important. The blogging world is full of such support. So glad you kept with it. Best wishes!

Sarah Brentyn said...

Sweet. I love the visual of the "tent" set up with Dad and little, freckled you writing about it.

Blogging... Yes, that was a tough one for me. But, then again, I get to meet all sorts of people (like you). So, cool.

Meradeth Houston said...

What a wonderful letter! I can just "see" your 8 year old self :)

Lynda R Young said...

Ah, it would be nice to get that ignorant bliss back again... added to every good thing we've learnt so far. Yes, I want it all!

Neurotic Workaholic said...

What a great letter! I started writing at about that age too; I wish I'd kept the stories that I wrote. Somehow it was easier to write when I was a child, because I was less self-conscious about what i wrote.

Morgan said...

Ohhhh… I'm hugging this post!!!! Totally made me all teary-eyed. I absolutely LOVED this, Tammy. <3

Denise Covey said...

Hey Tammy. I'm glad you love the blogging world too. I'd be lost without it! I love your story. That little red-headed girl was certainly focused on her writing!

Annalisa Crawford said...

I'm so glad I started blogging. I don't even remember the moment I made the decision, but I can't imagine my life without it... I'd probably get more housework done :-)

Vanessa Morgan said...

This is the most positive entry so far in the blogfest. Sweet and inspiring.

Heather Holden said...

Aw, this is so sweet! :)

Elizabeth Hein said...

I bet that eight year old girl was awesome. I hope you still have that poem about the tent.
Elizabeth Hein - Scribbling in the Storage Room

D Biswas said...

This is the cutest entry do far :)

Mark Koopmans said...

Nice sharing on not giving UP :)

Way to go, TT :)

shelly said...

Loved your letter! Yes. Never throw away the gift God gave you.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the follow.

Hugs and chocolate!
Shelly

Tammy Theriault said...

You guys are AMAZING!!!! Love to all!!!

klahanie said...

YAY AND GOSH, TAM-BARE! THANKS FOR ALL THE LURVE, Y'ALL :)

Medeia Sharif said...

Love this letter. Your enthusiasm and kindness shine through.

I lost some manuscripts and ideas and hope to regain/rewrite them in the future.

VR Barkowski said...

Love your letter, Tammy, it's sweet and wise. And you're right, the blogging community is awesome. It doesn't matter what genre you write or how long you've been at the game, you will find support here. That's a rare and wondrous thing.

VR Barkowski

Nas said...

Its a lovely, heart-warming letter to write to your younger but no less creative self.

Botanist said...

I love the closing paragraph, the call to arms for writers everywhere to help each other. 'Cos that's what we do.