Moving Forward

Sunlit leaves captured with my Nikon

So far, this summer has been an interesting ride. What started out as writing one article has turned into a multi-article gig. During the winter months of the pandemic, I sent along an article to Introvert, Dear, an award winning community site for introverts. At that time, I was also in the midst of writing a potential novel and surrounded in query rejections. I didn’t think too much about the article and when I didn’t hear back, I figured it was just another rejection.

However, life took an exciting turn and after months, I finally heard back from Introvert, Dear. Not only did they like my article about my virtual learners, they wanted three more article ideas. I was finally going to be a published writer! But hold on, being an introvert and writing about it well, seemed a bit uncomfortable. (Introverts out there know what I am talking about.) Here I was, ready to spill the beans about my inner most thoughts and anxieties.

So, what to do. Well, my inner monologue had a long discussion with itself and decided it was fine to go ahead and write about being an introvert. After all, no one would probably read or connect with what I had to say anyway. Wrong! I was completely unprepared and surprised by encouraging emails and comments from those who connected to my words and thoughts. I was even more amazed at the response I received from my piece on creativity and introverts. Connecting with others who understood where I was coming from was very powerful and inspired me to write more. Through my writings, I could help others understand and figure out myself!

Since my last piece on creativity, I have written two more articles to be published in the next few weeks and I have two other writings in the works. I never envisioned writing articles would suit me as I was going for the big one, a novel. But not so fast, I’m still working on two separate potential novel projects, and hope to get them ready to query soon, but I am thankful I have other writing opportunities to focus on while I get the hang of this novel thing.

To my writing friends out there, don’t give up! Opportunities will come in ways you never expected. And to my introverted friends, I totally get you and you are not alone!

Published by manfrejl

I am a graduate of the University of Mary Washington where I received a degree in Studio Art and a Masters Degree in diverse student populations. I hail from Virginia and am a member of the James River Writers. When I am not writing or teaching art, you can find me photographing various things.

2 thoughts on “Moving Forward

  1. That is amazing! I am so happy for you! What an unexpected turn of events, that would hold the key to open the door to a fantastic opportunities. Congratulations on all your hard work and dedication.


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