Posted by: nancyisanders | November 30, 2009

Kudos from Humphrey

Hi! My name is Humphrey. I’m a cat. I’m also a writer. You probably know that by now. But what you may not know is that I think it’s important to get encouragement as a writer.

For instance, not too long ago, flowers arrived at our front door. After I ran and hid under the bed for awhile (you never know what might happen if you stick around when they open that door!) I came out and discovered the most beautiful flowers sitting on the table where I love to stretch out in the sunshine and brainstorm for new plot twists.

I just KNEW these flowers were for me! I nibbled on the green ferns and tasted the yellow daisies. Yep! Those flowers were the purrfect treat I needed to remind myself that I am a writer.

You see, too often, I get nasty messages in my e-mail or in my mail box that go something like this:

Rejected! Never send another manuscript our way.

(Secretly, I think the neighbor’s two chihuahuas send me these messages.) Cocoa and Buttercup know I’m writing a middle-grade novel about cats and dogs, and I’ve decided to make those little yappers the bad guys.

And it’s not just the rejections! Some cats say you’re not a writer unless you’re published. Other cats say you’re not a writer unless you get paid.

Well, hey! I know I’m a writer. Because I write. And because I have the heart of a writer.

So that’s why I give myself little perks now and then. A little extra pat on the back. Flowers or a kitty treat or a lunch with one of my fellow cats from my writer group. And I say to myself, “Yes! I am a writer.”

You are a writer, too. I just know you are! So how about it? Go out there today and make yourself a beautiful bouquet to sit on your table. (You might not want to nibble it like I nibbled on mine.) Make yourself a little card that says, “To the writer.”

Then do a happy dance. Celebrate! Because YOU are a writer.

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