Writing is a socially acceptable form of getting naked in public ~ Paulo Coelho

Sedona, Arizona

This quote sums up exactly how I feel about writing. I feel vulnerable every time I publish a post. It’s much easier now than when I started but I still have to take a deep breath before I click the “Publish” button.

It is a strange concept that I’m not quite used to yet. There are people reading my posts who I don’t speak to on a regular basis. They know what’s going on with me but I have no idea what’s going on with them. In fact, there are people reading my posts who I don’t even know!

As I have been enjoying writing, I decided to take a course (something I haven’t done in about 15 years!) I found a Travel Writing Course online. Travel. Writing. I think I might like this.

My last writing course was Grade 4 Creative Writing so I had no idea what to expect. My first assignment was due last week. I am hard on myself and I don’t take criticism very well (I’m working on it). So before I submitted the assignment I told myself that this course was just for fun. I know nothing about writing really, so I should expect constructive feedback. The mark doesn’t matter. This is what I told myself in preparation for a really bad mark and the instructor laughing at me.

I was very pleasantly surprised when I got my mark for the first assignment. 83! There were a lot of comments, which I am very appreciative for. I’m growing, I now want to know how to do better rather than being defensive. Big win!

I did a planning session with my coach a couple of years ago. I remember saying out loud, which in itself scared me, that I wanted to write. I had no idea what that meant. What was I going to write, where was I going to write? I had never really thought about it, but those words came out of my mouth “I want to write”. It was on the whiteboard and he circled it. He said – I like this. I didn’t take any action on this from the planning session. But a couple of years later, here we are. Now, not only am I on blog post #25 but I am also learning the ins and outs of travel writing. (And with one of the highest marks I’ve ever received…I wasn’t a very good student!)

I haven’t received a call from Travel + Leisure yet, but I am only on the first assignment!

What have you been wanting to do? What crazy idea do you have that you’ve been sitting on? Go out and do it!

My nephew was asked recently what he thought about the idea of going to camp for 9 days this summer. His response “Well, I might not like it. But I might like it so why not try?” Pretty smart for an 8 year old.

You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

8 thoughts on “Writing is a socially acceptable form of getting naked in public ~ Paulo Coelho

  1. I was just shutting down for the night and your blog popped up. Of course I had to read it because I knew it would be inspiring. I have a journalism degree and you have an amazing skill with your writing – someone could study for years and not achieve what you are able to naturally. You have a gift honey! Keep doing what you’re doing!

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  2. Again your blog is inspiring! Thanks! But you know what left me wondering was your comment about not being a very good student. I really can’t believe that. Perhaps you were just so busy thinking creatively to fit into the education mold. I think you would feel differently as a student today because it is becoming more responsive to learning styles. We all are unique and learn in our own way. It is good to hear that you are feeling successful because you have many of us following you who believe you are teaching us. You are sharing your wisdom and experiences. You challenge me to continue to self-reflect. That is a evidence of a great motivator…influencing one person at a time. Good job Lisa!

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    • Wow, thanks Lynn! I’m happy to hear that you are getting something out of this blog. It’s true though, I wasn’t a good student (my mom will attest to this). I had a really hard sitting through class and concentrating… and never wanted to do homework! I made it through high school and university somehow! I’m much better at working than I am at learning.


  3. Tia, you are an excellent writer, bringing your blogs and your thoughts to life!
    You are truly a wonderful storyteller.
    You inspire me while I am reading your posts but you also leave me with insight and motivation to live life to the fullest.
    Thanks for encouraging us to go out on a limb, and reaching the fruit!
    Love you and I love what you do for all of us. xxoo

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