So, I inadvertently went on another hiatus last week. I’m going to be honest with you, this is what’s going on with me…
When I started this blog three almost four years ago, I started it without a clue as to what I wanted my “niche” to be. I really just wanted to write about my family and have a place to write in general because I wasn’t working on any project at the time.
A lot has changed since then in terms of where I am in life, where I am as a writer and the kinds of things I want to focus on.
Fast forward to now. Today and for the foreseeable future, Nicolette Elzie (yep, talking in third person here, bear with me for a sec) is passionate about inspiring other writers, living a more intentional & creative life, talking about how great books help her grow as a writer, and how bullet journaling helps her set & slay weekly & monthly goals.
Something a lot of you might not know is that I work for a university and teach college students how to improve their writing. So teaching people about writing is literally what I do for a living. When I say that I eat, sleep and breathe writing, I’m not kidding you. It really is my passion. When I wake up in the morning, I write. When I go to work, I teach. When I come home and after the kids go to bed, I write. Writing is my life.
Over the years I’ve learned and grown in my own writing in many ways, through attaining my degree in Creative Writing, through my profession, through my experiences (never underestimate the value of trial and error), and through being mentored by other more experienced and seasoned writers who have shared their wisdom with me.
Suffice to say it’s thanks to that collective knowledge and experience, that I have a lot that I can speak on when it comes to writing; be it about the process, characterization, stumbling blocks, overcoming those blocks, craft, etc.
However the biggest thing that has always held me back from pursuing this on the blog is that talking about writing is actually one of my biggest fears. The main reason for this is because I never want to come off to readers as being some kind of hoity toity expert that’s full of herself. And then, of course, the doubt monster settles in and I think to myself, “someone else out there knows more than me” and “someone else can say this better”. And while both are true, I’m starting to realize “why not me?” Why not share my knowledge and the way I do things?
My aim at my job is to encourage and facilitate growth. To correct and suggest ways to improve. So why not do that here?
I want to encourage writers like me to grow in their writing. I want to inspire writers to write more and take risks. I want to help writers be better.
At the end of the day, writing shouldn’t be a solitary endeavor, though it sometimes can be. I want to be a resource and a support system for other writers who need words of encouragement, a little bit of humor, and a dash of the harsh truth every now and then.
So that’s precisely what I’m going to do. Even though it scares me, even though people will probably think I’m a dick. It’s time to come out of my comfort zone and share the knowledge I’ve acquired and the experiences I’ve had and help others because I can, because I’m equipped to so do, and because I should.
To my followers, I love you all! You’re amazing and I thank you in advance for your patience as nicoletteelzie.com moves in a new direction!
Keep Reading and Keep Writing,