baby steps


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Firsts can be a scary thing. A baby’s first steps. A teenager’s first time behind the wheel all by themselves. A homeowner’s first time signing that paper that links them to a mortgage for the next 30 years 

Writers have many firsts. I had one of my “firsts” when I wrote my first poem at age 10. A Man Like Dan was what you would imagine a fledgling attempt at being a writer would be. Corny. Sappy. The type of verse that would cause any seasoned writer to cringe at how immature and unpolished one piece of work could be.

But at the time I didn’t care. I had gone from looking at a scary blank piece of paper to actually creating something that had never existed before, and I was pretty darn proud of the fact that I was the one who had done such a thing! A first for me. I actually kept that first poem, tucked away with other writings gathered over the years. If I laid them all out in chronological order, one could look at them and see my maturity as a writer develop from then until now.

This year I began another “first”. I’ve stepped out into the great unknown of indie publishing. I’ve even taken the bold step of creating my own publishing house…a challenging adventure all by itself.

Do I think I will mistakes in this year of firsts?

Of course.

But if I’m lucky enough…and with a lot of hard work put into the process, by this time next year I will be a more seasoned indie author with hopefully one or more books under my publishing belt. Who knows what other “firsts” may come my way in the upcoming years?

As I mentioned before, we writers experience many “firsts” in our lifetimes. Maybe this is how we can remain fresh in how we approach our talent…with fresh eyes and an eagerness to meet that next “first” head on!

I wonder what “first” will you create today?


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International best selling, award winning author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host providing the latest book reviews on all genres of children’s books, and the host of WRITERLY WISDOM, a resource series for writers. Donna is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and Children’s Book Insider. She is a lover of dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection. Donna’s latest book, My Journey, My Journal, is scheduled to be released by Expert Insights Publishing in the Fall 2018.

Donna L

Hybrid award winning author; aspiring sketch artist; and 4th Degree Senior Certified Taekwondo Instructor. Host of BOOK NOOK REVIEWS. Member of SCBWI. Mom to fabulous son and adventurer delving into the tricky world of indie-publishing.

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