Fear: Love Wine, Hate to Write
I’m not a writer. I don’t have a novel inside. I’m not compelled to write. I started my wine/food blog as a way to explore social media, but writing always has been and continues to be a challenge. Food and cooking? Great. Wine? Love it. Photography? Great way to hone my eye and expand my skill. Writing? Ugh.
Along comes the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge. I was happy to participate in the first few sessions. I incorporated food, wine & photos into the story. I thought I had a shot with a photo essay in #MWWC7 Devotion. Nothing, nada. Discouraged, I let #MWWC8 pass without an entry.
Then I started to think about fear. What am I afraid of? Not winning? Really? I have a new group of friends with a common interest. I’ve met other photographers, cooks, bloggers and winemakers. I’ve entered a food/wine/photography competition in Italy as the only English speaker (didn’t win there either, but I received a black truffle out of the blue!). Secret wine Santa, what a treat!
Is it any different than photography? The end result looks good.
But what about the real story behind the presentation?
Put in the effort. Write, create, edit. It’s not about winning. It’s about participating in a community of friends, sharing, learning and growing. Win or lose, I’m in!