I took the writing class last night!

Y’all. I took the writing class last night, “Show & Tell: How to Write Captivating Nonfiction” with published author, Brad Wetzler! It went so well! The whole time I was sitting and listening, I wanted to cry, I was so excited! I was excited to be doing something FOR ME and to make myself better…that had nothing to do with dance.

(If you’re late to the party, I’m a dance studio owner and teacher, and it has really consumed me lately. I love it, but it’s not all who I am, it’s a part of who I am, and it’s my job. Recovery, self care, and learning to put myself first have been key in the last few weeks.)

Anyway…I learned so much, took copious notes, and even had the opportunity to write given a prompt and be offered feedback from Brad. We were given about 20 minutes to write, then could voluntarily read our piece and ask for evaluation. Truly, I was terrified to read my piece for this author and in front of all the folks on the Zoom call, but I did it. I stepped WAY out of my comfort zone and read it. The feedback I received was positive, supportive, and encouraging. I was so glad I put fear aside and did it!

I’ll be looking forward to more writing workshops, meet ups, and making other connections to help me grow and get my work out there. Fear and the daunting “blank page” are real, but I think with continued practice, more opportunities to learn, and ongoing support from all of you and the writing community, I’ll be able to put words on a page that turn into a worthwhile, publishable read one day. I have hope…and goals!

I am so thankful for all your kind comments, how you participate on the blog, and for all your shares. And I graciously ask that you consider following on Instagram and Twitter, too, if you have those. Sharing to your social media pages and stories helps so much, and your believing in me keeps me pushing forward.

I have a lot to learn but a lot to share, and I hope I can help, motivate, and inspire others…and just connect our humanity. We may not be in the same boat always, but we’re all on the same sea, rowing furiously sometimes but occasionally drifting aimlessly along trying to stay afloat.

Love to you from me!

Published by Amanda Herring, Writer

Practical wisdom, joys and pains, motivation and tough love, from the perspective of a Mississippi mom, traveler, business owner, goal crusher, substance seeker, and full-time dreamer

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