My 300th Blog Post

This morning, I woke up to check my blog stats and realized that I am hitting a blog milestone today. This is my 300th post. I thought this would be an excellent opportunity to take you behind the scenes of my writing life.

Who First Inspired Me?

In the fourth grade, my teacher assigned the class a writing project – tell a story about an inanimate object and give it human qualities, characteristics, and behaviors. This writing style is called personification or anthropomorphism. I composed an end-of-life story of a pair of sneakers sitting on top of a trash can, reflecting on the past and awaiting their fate. In my teacher’s opinion, the best line of the story was “I saw my life flash before my shoelaces.”

I got an A, and a writer was born.

Who Nearly Killed My Writing Dreams?

For the longest time, I let my 12th-grade journalism teacher live inside my head and feed a severe case of imposter syndrome. For years, I thought she was right when she told me I didn’t have what it takes to be a writer. Not too long ago, I wrote her a letter that evicted her from my mind. Obviously, I still think about her, but instead of letting her words sink in, I laugh at them because I proved her wrong.

What is My Book About?

If you have been following my blog for a while, you know I’ve been working on a book about Parkinson’s Disease (PD). I know way too much about this disease. While PD is not a death sentence, it is a progressive neurological disorder. My maternal grandmother was diagnosed in the 1980s and passed away from complications. Thirty years later, my father was diagnosed. He is doing well now and will continue to live life to the fullest and fight until there is a cure.

With close relatives on both sides of my family affected by PD, I am uniquely positioned to raise awareness and share my story. I also wonder if I have a predisposition to PD later in life. I’m planning on consulting a genetic counselor to find out more. But, to be honest, I’m not sure I want to know too much about my future. What would I do with that information? Would I live differently? Exercise more? Participate in research studies?

Do I really want to know? My curiosity says yes, but the hypochondriac in me says, “HELL NO!”Β  Regardless, through their stories and mine, I hope I can make a difference.

What Does My Writing Community Look Like?

I am fortunate to have found several ways to be a good literary citizen. Years ago, I walked into the Philadelphia Writers Workshop, which convened once a week near my home. I met my writing coach and workshop facilitator, Rachel, who has been a huge part of my writing life ever since. I was also introduced to other local writers with big dreams like my own. A lot of us have stayed in touch over the years supporting each other and celebrating our work.

Before COVID-19 hit, I attended writing workshops and conferences, book fairs, and author signings whenever I had the chance. Last summer, I masked up and attended HippoCamp for nonfiction writers like me, which gave me another huge boost – and more literary citizens to commiserate – I mean bond – with.

This year, I want to submit more articles for publication. First, I need to develop a daily writing habit – this is where the Ultimate Blog Challenge community and you – my readers – come in. I already feel the love from my fellow writers, family, and friends. And with every comment and like that you are generous enough to offer me, I get that extra dose of confidence. So, thank you. It means a lot to me.

What Writing Advice Can I Give You?

Never give up on your writing dreams – whether it is to write a fantastic blog that goes virtual and feeds into your business or creative passions, or you want to be a published author, you belong in the writing community just as I do. You do. You belong. Don’t give up.

In the words of Toni Morrison, “If there’s a book you really want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”

XO,

Elisa

14 comments on My 300th Blog Post

  1. Glenda Cates
    January 5, 2022 at 5:57 pm (3 weeks ago)

    I would love to read the story of the Sneakers and you gave me an ideal for a new Lesson Plan for my son to do in his Homeschool Writing Class. I would like to thank you because being a teacher at times I draw a blank on what to do and reading a post like you wrote helps me plan new lessons.

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    • Elisa
      January 6, 2022 at 9:13 am (3 weeks ago)

      Glenda – I’m so glad I could help. I think about this assignment all the time when I look back on when I knew I wanted to be a writer. I hope it works out. Keep me posted!

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  2. Marcie Hardy
    January 4, 2022 at 5:26 pm (3 weeks ago)

    Aaawwww Congratulations Elisa! You’re an inspiration for sure. We must NEVER give up!

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    • Elisa
      January 6, 2022 at 9:21 am (3 weeks ago)

      Thanks, Marcie!

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  3. Tamara
    January 4, 2022 at 1:38 pm (3 weeks ago)

    β€œI saw my life flash before my shoelaces.” Good one πŸ˜‰
    Congratulations on your blogversary!
    Teachers who tell their students they’re not good enough and will never make it need to be slapped. They have no idea what they’re doing to these kids.Good for you to prove her wrong! Keep it up πŸ™‚

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    • Elisa
      January 6, 2022 at 9:22 am (3 weeks ago)

      Thanks, Tamara! I wish I was strong enough back then to tell her off. But now I do it every time I have a good writing day. LOL!

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  4. Lily Leung
    January 4, 2022 at 8:39 am (3 weeks ago)

    Congratulations on your 300th post! I love the line – I saw my life flash before my shoelace, too. I think we are all writers and artists of different sorts. It’s not for teachers or anyone else to tell us who we are.

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    • Elisa
      January 6, 2022 at 9:23 am (3 weeks ago)

      Thanks, Lily! My thoughts exactly.

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  5. Lynn
    January 3, 2022 at 11:29 pm (3 weeks ago)

    Congratulations on your 300th blog post. Such a great way to celebrate that milestone by sharing your story. So interesting to be reminded of the influencers we have in our lives.
    Wishing you continued success on your writing future.

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    • Elisa
      January 6, 2022 at 9:23 am (3 weeks ago)

      Thank you!

      Reply
  6. Kebba Buckley Button
    January 3, 2022 at 10:25 pm (3 weeks ago)

    Elisa, I love that you wrote in your story, “saw my life pass before my shoelaces!” I will be chuckling over that one for awhile. Also, the Toni Morrison quote is really great. Congratulations on crossing the 300 mark! Keep on keeping on!

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    • Elisa
      January 6, 2022 at 9:25 am (3 weeks ago)

      Thanks, Kebba! Love your writing too. We got this! Have a great day!

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  7. Angel Lewis
    January 3, 2022 at 9:32 pm (3 weeks ago)

    Congrats!

    And thanks for the writing advice. There are days I’m just not sure if I can do it.

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    • Elisa
      January 6, 2022 at 9:26 am (3 weeks ago)

      I have so many days where the imposter syndrome rears its ugly head. But then, I have a good day or I write a post that people like or just a few words in my journal, and things start turning around. You can do it!

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