In order to make a big splash, you've got to take a few belly flops.
This is me at age six. I can remember how proud and fearless I felt diving into the pool. Chin down, hands cupped, toes pointed, I was certain I would slice the water like a knife. Obviously, you can see my form is far from perfect. Hitting the water must have hurt, but when I came up for air, the smile on my face told another story.
In my child's mind, I was thrilled. I had dived. Maybe it wasn't perfect, but the next one surely would be. What's this got to do with writing and why, you might ask, am I sharing this story on the home page of my website? Because writing is like diving.
If you want to write, you just have to go for it. Don't worry if your manuscript is perfect. It won't be, at least not the first draft. Keep practicing your craft, push through the belly flops otherwise known as rejection, and don't give up until you come up for air smiling.
Photo Credit: Bud Heller