I recently joined Brooke Warner's Mightybell Experience focusing on six steps to build my writing platform. And? It's a blast. One of the first exercises I participated in was making my I AM FABULOUS list, with the premise being about learning to talk myself up honestly and passionately because, and let's be honest, as writers we are selling ourselves and our words as our product.
That being said, it's not always easy to do it. Talk someone else up? No problem. I've got a mile-long list of writing friends with accomplishments totally worth writing home about. If you are a writer reading this post, I'm assuming you do, too. But what about yourself? When's the last time you caught your reflection as you passed a mirror or a store window and told yourself how awesome you are?
Brooke's suggestion was to get the pretty glitter markers and stickers and just have fun creating our I AM FABULOUS lists. (And yes, I smile every time I type that, so thank you, Brooke. Mne and my glittery list are certainly in a happy place right now.) So I did. Buttercup asked me to help her make a list, too, but I'll share that with you another time.
For now, it's show and tell. Here's what I came up with:
*I have the power to make my words speak on paper
*I've written for The Detroit News, Crain's Detroit Business, & been published on Hippocampus Magazine.
*I'm not afraid to make fun of myself for the benefit of my reader's experience.
*I'm sarcastic. No, really.
*I'm relatable even if spellcheck feels its necessary to argue with me about relatable even being a word every time I type it
*I'm also modest. Maybe.
*I once queried an agent with the phrase "my mama muffin top" in the first sentence, only it came out "muff top" & I didn't throw myself in front of a bus after sending.
*That means I'm stubborn and am not afraid to keep trying after making colossal mistakes.
*I maintain this blog, relaunched my other blog for something to do in my spare time (insert laughter here), write for bookieboo, review books for Hippocampus, write for An Army of Ermas, and still have time to pretend I'm not crazy. I know...it's a gift.
*I embrace my flaws and celebrate my strengths. Translation? Typos in this blog post are meant as visual aids to illustrate this point and are not to be confused with me being a horrible typist. Because I am.
*I sacrifice sleep and television for the chance to play with words and I do it gladly every chance I get.
*I'm better than I was yesterday, as good as I can be today, and confident I'll be able to say the same thing tomorrow.
*I wrote a book. A whole book. And I'm still working on making it the best it can be because I believe in it and in myself.
Did I mention how much fun I had writing this?
Now grab your markers and construction paper, people. It's your turn. Tell me...why are you FABULOUS?