This is the cover of my poetry book. I published it on Amazon/Kindle last June. It has only sold about six copies. Writing is a very, very lonely endeavor. I am beginning to doubt that it is worth the effort to write at all. I wonder who I am writing for. I have written poems, short stories and two full length novels. One of the full length novels I wrote years ago got rejection letter after rejection letter. Interestingly, I seriously doubt if anyone really took the time to actually read it. The rejection letters were all form letters. I am beginning to doubt that anyone is actually out there. It is as if this modern life is a black hole in the universe; nobody is really out there. This is a desperately lonely planet. I did occasionally get a few poems published. That is something that I feel proud of. Writing has been my therapy, you could say. I have written a memoir that I doubt if I will ever have the courage to share. It is just too personal; it is just too painful. I might just keep that pain to myself and then maybe it will be as if it never existed at all.
I earned a Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing a few years ago. I thought it would help me to sharpen my writing skills. I thought it would help me make contacts with other writers. Well, it didn’t. All the university did was take my money and my time. I would suggest everyone steer clear of colleges and universities. Get a library card; it is more economical.
Anyway, my poetry book is still available on Amazon/Kindle for around $2.99. That’s not terribly much. I am considering pulling it from Amazon/Kindle because it is just sitting there. I do want to thank anyone who has purchased my book.
I write because I enjoy expressing myself. I enjoy writing about the human condition-love, hate, happiness, sadness, despair, hope, etc. It has always been my intent as a writer to contribute something to the world through my insights-to give my readers something to ponder about the human condition. Thing is, I don’t have many readers at all. I don’t know how to change that, either.
Life is short. Life hurts. Life disappoints. I wish it weren’t so, but it is. That is just the truth.
Anyway, thank you all for reading my blog here in WordPress. I will probably continue writing just because it is something that I truly do love to do. I love the beauty of words. I just do. I have written since I was a little girl. I am not sure how to reach people with my words though. Like I said, it is as if this life is just a black hole into which everything sinks. Lonely planet, it truly is.
Thanks for reading.
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This is just a brief note to let you know you’ve been nominated for The Blogger Recognition Award. There is a post live now on Speaking Bipolar.
Thank you so much for letting me know.
Don’t stop writing! Don’t give up! Keep honing your craft, keep reading and adapting your work. Write for you, not anyone else. Have you ever used or heard of the app, Meetup? Maybe there is a group of local writers near you you get connected with for feedback and encouragement?
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I have gone to a local writer’s group, but sometimes people can be heavy handed with negative criticism rather than constructive. I have found a new writer’s group and I think I will enjoy this one. Thank you for the encouragement.
Awesome! Yeah I haven’t gone to a writing group before… maybe someday
It can be difficult to find a constructive group. I think it is important to remember that we have our own creative vision and we have to respect our own instincts when it comes to our writing. Everybody has an opinion; the important thing is that people be kind and constructive. That is what I am looking for. Thanks again for your encouragement.
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Thanks Jenny… I totally agree
Hi Jenny I some how staple on this post and I hope its not too late to comment.
Please don’t stop writing,you are an inspiration to many of us.Sometimes when I write I think about what will Jenny Say,will it meet her standard of writing as in a way I aspire to write just beautifully as you do.
Somehow we kinda have similar situations but hey that’s life;the ups and downs neatly fitted.
Below are my humble suggestion to get more reader
1.Add many tags to your post and incoming post.
2.Connect all your social media accounts like LinkedIn ,Facebook and Instagram to your blog.
3.Share yours links
Thank you so much for your encouragement. I really needed to hear your words today. It is so easy to get discouraged. I am trying to get back to writing and I want to promote my writing. I will definitely use your suggestions. I would be honored if you would read my poetry book and leave a review on Amazon. Thank you in advance.
Have a blessed week.