While those of us who blog here are writers, that isn't all we are. We are mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, grandmothers, daughters-in-law and wives. We're single, divorced, widowed and married. We work both outside the home and inside the home. But the one thing we share is writing, and that's what's brought us together.
Take a picture of us all together, and you'll see the many differences. Young, middle-aged, and older. Blonde hair, brown hair, red hair and gray. Tall, short, round and slim. Yes, we're different, but we share one thing. We are writers.
We're hard on ourselves. Even after being published for 12 years, I still have difficulty telling strangers I'm a writer. Forget about telling them I'm a published author. Sure, in a group it's easy, even on the blog. But on my own? Live and in person? Uh, no. ☺ Why? Most people don't believe it. Some people smirk in a "sure, you are" kind of way. Others, like our own Penny Rader, encourage us to join WARA. (Thank you, Penny!) And even others are excited and ask questions. All of that has an affect on us, on our perceptions of ourselves.
We are who we are, each little part of us.
We look in a mirror and see what we believe is what others see, and even that is skewed by our own perceptions of ourselves. Others see us in different ways. There was a recent video posted to Facebook that was made in conjunction with Dove® soap/beauty products. MSN carried it on their website. Below is the introduction and a link to the video. It's amazing!
Thanks, Dove, for this inspiring social experiment. In the video, various women show up separately to be drawn by a forensic artist who never sees them — the artist sketches them based on each woman's description of herself, then does another sketch based on how strangers describe each woman. Watching these ladies confront their less-attractive views of themselves before glimpsing the very different image of what a stranger sees is enough to bring on the tears. If you've never wished you had a different nose, brighter eyes or a better chin, you belong to an elite group of women who think they're beautiful — a measly 4 percent globally, according to Dove. So watch closely and stop giving yourself such a hard time.http://now.msn.com/dove-real-beauty-video-shows-women-they-are-beautiful
We see what we want to see: the blemishes, the dark circles, the wrinkles, the extra pounds. We see our weaknesses, not only physical but internal, our fears. What we don't see, and what others seem to glimpse, is our strength, humor, passion and love. As writers, those are the things we convey in our words and stories. We give our characters what we see in ourselves and our experiences in life and also the weaknesses we deal with or have dealt with in the past. And then we strive to give our readers the happily-ever-afters that we all hope will be ours.
We are writers, and we've all come to it in different ways at different times for different reasons.
We are women. We are strong, smart, funny and wise.