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“With confidence, you have won before you have started.”
~Marcus Garvey

There is an emotional attachment to everything we do so it’s ok if others are not connected to what you do, so it’s ok if other’s don’t share your passion. I remember years ago, sitting in a session of my monthly book club. Each session consisted of everyone in the group taking their turn of reading a chapter or a few pages of your book, whichever took less time, while other members follow along with their copies of the same text. At the end of each reading, everyone got a chance to critique your work. One critique that stuck for me most and stayed with me for a long time was the fact that some members did not get my story or understood some of the terms I used because it was written in dialect or the term itself was unfamiliar to them.

I told by many in the group that people were going to be confused by my storyline because they did not know what I was writing about. The feedback was sincere but I must say, I was a bit taken back by it and was encouraged to do a rewrite to include terminology people were more familiar with. I was also challenged on research. However, after careful consideration, I decided to stay true to myself by staying true to my writing. The research was not needed because though my characters were fiction, my story was based on island life, a place I was born and raised.

I’m an avid reader. My interest is broad, from Stephen King to Alice Walker! My favourite Caribbean writers are Austin Clarke and Jamaican Kincaid because they write unapologetically about Caribbean Life, something I hope to capture in my books. No, I don’t expect anyone outside of that circle to understand what a ‘Blue Hole’ is or what it means to ‘make a ghost move’ or the term ‘Gussiemae.’ But before reading Harry Potter did anyone know what Dementors were or seen a Quidditch match?`

 

This is my submission to Debbie’s Forgiving Friday   series, where she writes about and invite others to share their thoughts on  Forgiveness, Self-Love and Personal Growth.

~Happy Friday

@Etta  D. Richards

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