It doesn't matter how many I receive—I am always excited to get acceptance letters. It is so nice to be appreciated for pouring your heart and soul into your craft.
You will never hear me praise myself as talented, though, because I always think there's room for growth. No matter how well I write—I always want to improve myself and my writing.
I get rather turned off personally by writers who claim to be talented. I generally go to read their stuff and am sorely disappointed. I think humility is important. No matter how well you do there's always room to improve one's craft.
I just don't understand why people cannot spend more time producing quality things instead of competing between one another. Comparison is the thief of joy, and you can only be better than the person you were yesterday. I don't worry about what other people are doing. I just do my own thing.
Because when it's all said and done you don't get an award in life for simply showing up.
Dreams take hard work and dedication. You may see me stumble and fall, but you'll never see me quit.
Because I refuse to give up on myself. There may always be someone more talented than me in the universe, but that doesn't mean the world doesn't need what I have to offer. My gift and power in this universe is that I'm the only me in existence. I'll use my voice to help and heal others.
Life's too short not to make my dreams realities.
Linda M. Crate is an author, writer, and poet from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania raised in the rural town of Conneautville. Her writing has been published in a myriad of magazines and anthologies both online and in print and she is the author of the Magic Series. You can find Linda here: https://www.facebook.com/Linda-M-Crate-129813357119547/.