"He that tooteth not his own horn, the same shall not be tooted." --from Sandi, a Wildfire Writer.As a writing coach, I am constantly asking others to celebrate their accomplishments, not diminish them. I nudge and encourage writers to speak up, to read, to stop diminishing what they've done. Yet when it comes to my own work, I don't say a lot.
Some years ago, I gave up seeking the approval of friends and family and let my approach to writing be one of quiet simplicity and solitude. I still find this freeing and necessary. Yet it doesn't mean clamming up. I'm beginning to change my tendency to withhold, thanks to the prodding of my friend, the accomplished poet Sage Cohen, author of Writing the Life Poetic.
I began listing links here on my blog. I pushed myself to volunteer at readings, to share poems and stories. Even though it takes me out of my comfort zone, being vocal and visible is an important practice. It opens new doors of service. It's a way of building community.
Tooting one's horn makes a joyful sound, just right for starting a party. C'mon and toot with me.
Tell someone about a recent accomplishment.