When I was a senior in high school, I was the editor of my school paper. I took great pride in making sure I produced the best paper I could and thought I was a winner at that task.

That is, until the day I lost my position on the paper.

Call it a conflict of viewpoints or even a difference in artistic perceptions, but when the teacher overseeing the paper decided one day it was okay to completely “rewrite” a submitted poem because he didn’t like author’s interpretation of the subject matter, I walked away from my position in protest.

I felt like a loser that day. I wasn’t strong enough to stand up to someone demeaning someone else’s creative words. If I could have sent the ME I am today back in time to the ME I was back then, I would tell that insecure, introverted teenager that words are worth fighting for.
There are even some words in the English language that just seem to get a bad rap and loser is one of them. It used to be if someone called me a loser, I would hang my head in shame. My spirit would be shaken and my self-esteem would deflate like a pricked balloon. 

But words can be a powerful ally when used in the right way. I should know because one of my dual careers is in the writing field. As an author of inspirational essays, picture books, young adult fantasy, and historical fiction chapter books, I can confidently state I know a thing or two about words. 

Take a word like that mean, little ol’ word loser.

All I have to do is shine it up a bit, give it some lovin’, and before you know it, it’s a word I’m proud to claim as my own! For example: 

Today I’m a LOSER of negative self-talk. 

Today I’m a LOSER of “haters” who try to get between me and my writing goals. 

Today I’m a LOSER of low self-esteem and zero self-confidence in my writing ability. 

You see, all it takes is looking at certain words from a different perspective. I love this writing community and I proudly stand up for all the beautiful LOSERS I see here! 

How about YOU? Are you a LOSER too? 

Have an awesome day today because you deserve it!



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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 chapter book series is called HISTORY’S MYSTERIES. Book One, Ship of Dreams, is available in eBook and print form from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, and other online retailers. Also, coming to the Titanic Museums in Branson, Missouri, and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Book Two, A Chocolate Train Wreck, will be released in November.

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.

One thought on “THOUGHTFUL THURSDAY: Proud To Be A Loser

  • October 24, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    I’m proud to know you, you amazing ‘loser’.


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