When I discovered my post on the Indie E blog was set for March 12th, I knew I had to do something related to the birthday of the Girl Scouts / Girl Guides organization (https://www.girlguides.ca). Here I am getting “sworn in” as a Brownie way back in the 70s:
Besides my enduring love of the cookies, I’d have to say my time in the Canadian Girl Guides as a Brownie, Guide, and Pathfinder – has impacted my writing life. Through Girl Guides I was able to try numerous creative, physical, and mentally challenging activities. To volunteer, to survive winter and summer campouts, to fundraise, to perform, to sing - to fail and allow myself to try again.
That’s right, my friends, when you embark on a writing career it’s best to have a few merit badges under your belt. Ones perhaps along the lines of:
Thick Skin Badge,
Show Don’t Tell Badge
I Wrote a Query and Then I Wrote 100 More Badge
There’s No Such Thing as a New Story Badge
But That Was My Idea Badge
My Book Was Optioned But There’s Still No Movie Badge
I Self-Published My Rejected Novels as EBooks Badge
I Have Seventeen Social Media Sites to Maintain Badge
My Ass Gets Bigger With Each Book I Write Badge
But, seriously? Yes, I’d say my time selling cookies door-to-door and in malls around town has influenced my writing today. Girl Guides introduced me to the thrill of a good campfire ghost story, taught me tragic songs about the Titanic and so I understood the power of a sad ending, but mostly I absorbed their motto: Be Prepared.
That’s really it. Writing life will challenge you, scare you, thrill / astonish / uplift you and just as easily break your heart. So read all the manuals. Learn from your fellow writers. Lend a hand and be kind to each other along the journey.
And be prepared for the ride of your life.
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