Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Worm Squealer to Worm Hero!
I'd never dreamed of the day that I would rescue worms.
They terrify me. They are squishy and spineless and gross. Spiders? Now spiders I can handle. But never worms. Bleh!
Today (Monday) is a beautiful morning--the clouds are lingering as they peek into the pools of rain they left behind. I was on my way back from dropping my kidlet at school and spotted a super long earth worm gasping for breath.
I hesitated. My teen girl would be so proud of me if I told her I rescued it. I sighed, then tried to rationalize my way out. Wouldn't it look weird to see an adult crouching at the curb?
I thought so.
I walked on. Then I stopped and looked back. My girl would be proud . . .
I went back and did something I NEVER do. I touched it! Ew! But it was too slippery. I found a leaf, scooped it up, and flung it to the nearest yard.
"There," I said, doing the colly-wobble dance.
My sister happened to stop by in her van. She was shocked to see how brave I was. "You deserve a gold medal!"
I felt good about that, so I saved every worm after that, flinging them to the grass.
I think this is very much like writing. It starts off as a thought. A brave choice, considering the fears and challenges we must face. What is your motivation? It could be for the joy of it. It could be for money, fame--prestige? It could be as a powerful example for your loved ones--become your dreams.
The first step is always the scariest because there's so much to learn and apply and grow from. Becoming an author is a journey--especially if you want to be published. I found that the more I surround myself with writers groups, writing friends, and all writerly things, it's gotten easier. Its a rough journey, I must admit. But the knowledge I've gained . . . !
I've finally faced my fears and dared to rescue the poor little worms from drowning. What were your fears as you took on the writing challenge of becoming an author, aspiring or otherwise?