MY CREDO

“i am a writer!”  I read somewhere that I should say that every morning, as a way of validating myself, and that as I came to believe it, I’d have more motivation and success.

 

I used to say it only to myself.  It sounded like bragging, although lots of people say things like “I am a lawyer” or “I am a computer programmer, and no-one thinks that it’s boastful.  But a statement like “I am a writer” evokes a response in people that’s often hard to answer.  “What have you written?” is the automatic response and in the beginning, my truthful answer would have been “Not much”.

 

But today that’s not true.  I’ve been writing for many, many years, ever since I was a child.  I used to have a drawer in my desk absolutely crammed with stuff – essays, half-developed short stories, some novel outlines and opening chapters I hoped to develop later.  In the beginning my published work amounted to some Letters to the Editor and what are known as fillers that I was actually paid for – not big sums, but useful amounts that paid for postage and stationery.  I also was proud to see my name next to these modest submissions.  Success is where preparation and opportunity meet, so I took advantage of whatever writing opportunities came my way, hoping they would lead to bigger things.  Eventually they did.  I’ve published 13 books, one of which – my novel “The Pomegranate Pendant” – was made into a m0vie titled “The Golden Pomegranate.”  I have probably also published 5,000 articles; many poems,  dozens of short stories. It didn’t happen overnight but once I started to believe in myself, I saw inspiration everywhere and the words just flowed.

Writing poetry is wonderful, and I even published a book of poems  called “Woman of Jerusalem”.  Poetry comes when you are feeling highly emotional- when I thought I was in love; when I felt betrayed; when Nature turned on one of its spectacular displays , maybe in Spring – when you walk through your garden or a park and the air is fresh with a gentle breeze, and there are tows of daffodils and tulips in colors  that make you gasp, or there is a border of freesias that perfume the air and send your senses reeling.  Roger White wrote:                           “When life touches us,

Poems appear like bruises”.

Never a truer word has been spoken.

I became a writer when I had enough faith in myself to believe it.  So if you are just starting out, validate yourself by telling yourself every day “I am a writer!”  The Chinese have a beautiful proverb:  “Keep a green tree in your heart, and perhaps the singing bird will come”?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 thoughts on “MY CREDO

  1. Leonie Weiss says:

    Dear Dvorah,

    Loved this “Credo”.

    Best regards to you from Edmund Jonah. He came to talk to us this week, or actually to read excerpts from a book he self – published. He read two wonderful short stories, and later I asked him if he knew you. He said he learned from you on line.

    He is about to launch his first published book, Yeshua!, an exciting prospect for him.

    Hope you are well,

    Love,

    Leonie Weiss Proteah B’har

    On Wed, Mar 2, 2016 at 6:41 PM, From Dvoras Desk wrote:

    > Dvora Waysman posted: “”i am a writer!” I read somewhere that I should > say that every morning, as a way of validating myself, and that as I came > to believe it, I’d have more motivation and success. I used to say it > only to myself. It sounded like bragging, although l” >

  2. Thank you for the reminder, dearest Dvora….Shalom rav!

    On Wednesday, March 2, 2016, From Dvoras Desk wrote:

    > Dvora Waysman posted: “”i am a writer!” I read somewhere that I should > say that every morning, as a way of validating myself, and that as I came > to believe it, I’d have more motivation and success. I used to say it > only to myself. It sounded like bragging, although l” >

  3. Hi Dvora, I went googling for the quote by Robert White “When life touches us…” and it led me to your site. How beautiful you seem! Love the Chinese green tree quote too. Come visit my site sometime…nostalgiapress.com – literary magazine HEART. I have a Chinese quote too…”What is painful to endure today, may be sweet to recall tomorrow” – Have a wonderful spring! Connie Martin, Editor, Nostalgia Press

    • Dear Connie, What a beautiful comment you sent me. I did visit your site and was touched by it. You must be a sensitive, lovely person. Stay in touch. I am old (nearly 85) and I live in Jerusalem, but I think my soul is still young. Warmly, Dvora

      On 15 March 2016 at 01:55, From Dvora's Desk wrote:

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