Don’t you just love it when a door opens up? In the writing world, it seems like we knock on doors daily, and most never open. It’s part of our occupation to be professional door knockers. There are a variety of doors that we are faced with in a writing career. Every once in a while they open for us.
Locked doors: We knock and knock. We know there are people inside, we can hear them see the evidence, yet the door never opens and the handle will not turn. Yet, we are a persistent lot and like the velociraptor, we keep checking the doors. Some day, some one will have to open the door. Eventually.
Closed Doors: Again, we knock. And knock. As a matter of etiquette we wait outside the door waiting for someone to open it. After a while, through impatience we test the knob and it turns. In the business world, it’s common to keep the doors closed, yet not locked so customers can come in to the front counter. Are you going to the front counter? Or are you waiting for someone to open the door? At someone’s home it’s poor manners to open the door and just walk on in, unless you’re family or good friends. But, in a business – ie – publishing, are you crossing the threshold and stepping to the counter where someone can actually assist you? Or are you pounding a business door, and they are inside wondering why you don’t just come on in? Are you even checking to see if the knob turns? sometimes we give up too easily.
Cracked Doors: They are standing slightly ajar, just a crack. It’s enough to slip your foot in. Sometimes it’s all the access you need to get in there and make your sales pitch. Take a clue from the Kirby salesmen here – pimp yourself baby! If you don’t believe in the goods you’re selling, ain’t nobody else will! Yes, around these parts ain’t is a word.
*secret huddle here – I’m not the most confident person. Why do you think I listen to motivational things, read encouraging things? I don’t get the Monday morning pep talk from the district manager. We’ve got to be our own pep squad, encouraging ourselves. Even if you’re wondering if your “goods” are good enough, sell them like they are the greatest thing since The Odyssey! *
Open Doors: Open doors come in different varieties.
- Opening: These are the ones that open to you, maybe as you walk up to them, when you knock. Sometimes you’re not even looking to knock on THAT door, but someone opens it and invites you inside.
- Standing Open: It says come on In Y’all! In the southern states and increasingly in St. Louis area, it is common practice in fair weather for cafe’s to leave their door open inviting customers to walk in. It gives such a sense of welcome, and acceptance. Many regional and local markets are like this, seeking a writer that knows the area. This is how I got my OPinion Column. It was an open invitation that I submitted sample writing to. I was shocked and stunned when they accepted me and asked me to continue past the first year. Sad to say though, that door has been closed. The newspaper business is tough, and the readership just wasn’t there to sustain the business. I enjoyed the ride while I was there though!
- Flapping In the Breeze: YOu know the ones, they are dusty, dingy. Makes you think of old abandoned buildings. The kind that if it were a movie you’d be yelling at the screen telling the star “Don’t go In there!” Yet, as writer’s what do we do? “Hello? Anyone in here?” We poke around, edging closer to that fluttering tarp in the center of the room, curiosity getting the better of us.
I have a door of opportunity that is a new venture. I will be sharing a story over the summer, in a weekly installment on Storytime Trysts. I’m looking at this as a challenge, something new to try. this will be far steamier than anything I’ve ever written before. I know for a certainty that flash fiction isn’t my thing. As much as I like poetry, I don’t have the knack for that. Always willing to try new things though. I’m also participating in a summer project on RCGale on a summer series entitled Bereshit bara. It’s a collection of creatives thoughts on and what motivates, challenges us in our craft. Here’s his intro for his series:
I’ve asked 13 incredibly talented Creatives to share with us what gives them the courage to create. They are writers, authors, teachers, professors, doctors, waitresses, pastors, painters, musicians, editors, mothers, fathers, wives, husbands. I just like to call them Creatives.
Creating is a daunting task. But it’s also full of joy and meaning and mystery.
How do Creatives make the first move, write the first word, fling the first brush stroke, peel back the first layer of clay?
What inspires them, what moves them, what drives them?
As if this wasn’t enough of a challenge, I’ve been given the green light from the doctor to add some low impact cardio back into my routine. Good news, even while I’ve been limited to aqua aerobics class I’ve lost a bit of weight! Yeah! I intend to challenge myself physically over the summer. The goal is to get back to the level of fitness I was at, and possibly beyond. the goal – is to do 45 minutes of cardio nonstop. We are making it a family affair by training daily. Cycling daily on various trails and parks over the summer. Maybe I’ll even get brave and share some photos. Well, ok, I”m not quite that brave yet. The one in my bio is bad enough! *facepalm*.
It’s shaping up to be a fantastic summer! I Love a challenge! So, here’s the deal: I’m expecting my readers to keep me accountable, give me feedback, You’ve been wonderful already. I’ve gotten way more feedback than I ever expected. I’ll take quality over quantity every time! You guys (and gals) rock!!