I Never Want to Be a One-Hit Wonder

But one hit would be wonderful

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We are doing the hard work. And we just cannot stop.

As poetry and short-form writing are my main genres (I am working on it Xavier Van Holde!), I would be shocked to see one of my poems actually “go viral.” I do not know if that is even possible on this platform. But really readers, why aren’t you reading more poetry?

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Usually momentum does not happen like that.

Keep your passion for writing.

When self-doubt creeps in, and oh, does it ever, you have to remember why you started. You have to remember that writing is your passion. It has to be. Otherwise, why would we spend hours putting words together for a dollar or two? For me, writing is what keeps me going. I notice more about the world. I stay more awake to my aliveness. Yes, I wish I could have one original thought in my head, but at least I can write down the thoughts I have. The collective unconsciousness of this time in our world is worth exploring, from every perspective. And in that way we are all unique in our art.

Gather your strength for the long haul.

There will be downs and many ups as well. Focus on the positivity and the rest will follow. Writing on Medium is not for the faint of heart. We just have to be strong and keep the faith. We must believe what we are saying and share that with the world. We must be prepared to fail. We also must be willing to write anyway.

Gather your patience.

This is not a get rich quick gig. What is? I mean really? Put in the work. Put in more work. Do not be satisfied with one big hit, if and when it comes. Be ready to be bored. Be ready to be inspired. Get comfortable, because we are all going to be here a long time.

If nothing else, keep going because you love writing and writers, and you want to give!

You will learn a lot about yourself if you stretch in the direction of goodness, of bigness, of kindness, of forgiveness, of emotional bravery. Be a warrior for love. — Cheryl Strayed

I believe we all are here to share with each other. Language is a gift. Our connection to each other should be a viral success. There is no pricetag on that. Keep writing. Share the love!

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Poetry, fiction, and essays in celebration of being a Mom, Wife, Educator, Writer, & Lover of Life.

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