2011 in review

Hiya Freshman Writers! Hope this finds you well and celebrating with your loved ones. Just wanted to share the success you’ve brought me in the last year with your support. Thank you for helping me do it! Happy New Year!



Heiddi Zalamar


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,300 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 38 trips to carry that many people.

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Writing & Self Confidence

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Freshman Writers, self-confidence makes a difference. Writing is hard enough without us writers being down on ourselves and/or our writing.

I recently confessed to a couple of writer pals my aversion to entering contests. I don’t want to be measured against other writers and found lacking in someway. Logically, I know that every time I apply for a writing job, I am measured against other writers or at least a writing standard.

But, I find it challenging to enter a contest, because there is a first, second, and third place in it. There may or may not be a cash prize or a prize at all except knowing that one’s writing has come out on top against so many others who entered.

I’ve entered a couple of contests sporadically in my writing life. Two as a matter of fact. But, to constantly push myself to enter so much, no way.

What I do focus on is writing that I know will help others in someway. To me that is the purpose of my writing. I want to be able to help others gain insight, set/accomplish goals, or even make the decision to let the writing come out.

I also focus on my accomplishments as a writer. I’ve been writing consistently for several years now; I’m complimented on my writing style at the day job and I’ve been blogging for a few years about various issues. Reader comments and compliments are also a big help to boosting my self-confidence.

I guess I wanted to share this with you Freshman Writers so that you know you’re not alone in dealing with self-confidence issues and writing. And to let you know that sometimes a kick in the rear end from a great pal is enough to get you started again.

Happy Writing!

PS – Thanks to Gary and Abielle for your encouragement and support today. You’re amazing friends and writers!

Keep those bridges intact

Hiya Freshman Writers! Hope this finds you well and writing. Ever hear the expression, “don’t burn your bridges?”

I worked for seven years at an electrical company and for the last two years there, I worked with one supervisor who taught me about working hard. She helped me  be dedicated and disciplined to get the job done. There was a ton of paperwork that had to be organized and checks that had to be printed (I was in the Accounts Payable Department.). Very tedious work, but it had to be done.

I decided to call her and when I did, I told her about  a recent conversation with my current director who spoke of the person that helped her grow professionally. I was moved by that conversation because I recognized that my current position relied heavily on the training I received in the previous job. I thanked my former supervisor and told her how much her training helps me today. I couldn’t do the work that I do without having first been trained and put through the paces.

Freshman Writers, any work that you’ve done in the past has taught you something. Old jobs prepare us for future writing work. Not only that, but you can possibly get new writing projects by keeping in touch with previous employers. Take the chance to thank that old boss for what you’ve learned, do it. That person may not know what you really think of them and how they have made an impact in your life.

Happy writing!

Notable Quotable

Hiya Freshman Writers! Hope this finds you well and writing. This week’s quote comes from Galileo and it comes close to why I started The Freshman Writer in the first place.

“You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself.” – Galileo

I didn’t start this site to teach, but to encourage beginning writers the way I have been encouraged to write. I have been lucky enough to participate in online groups and organizations where other writers have embraced me. When I’ve asked questions, someone was there to answer it and give me some advice. So, I wanted a place to share the things I’ve learned as well as to help beginning writers move forward in the writing world. Even if it’s just by posting encouraging quotes here.

You Freshman Writers already have what it takes to get your work out there and published. All you have to do is let it out. 🙂 I hope Galileo’s words will remind you that you already have the tools to succeed and I hope that The Freshman Writer will be the place where you find encouragement and support to do it.

Happy writing!

A Belated Thanksgiving Note

Hiya Freshman Writers! Hope this finds you well and writing. I just wanted to touch base with you since I haven’t posted this week. I just wanted to express my gratitude to all of you faithful Freshman Writers who come by to read up on the goodies here. I hope you all continue to stick by me here at The Freshman Writer into 2010 and beyond. Thanks again so much!

Happy New Year’s

Hey Freshman Writers! I know we’re about thisclose to the new year, but have you looked back on 2008 yet?

Make a list of your accomplishments and celebrate them! Whether you wrote five minutes a day or your article was published, give yourself a pat on the back for pursuing your goal of being published writers! Remember that writing is about dedication and hard work, not about how much money you earn or where your name is printed. Writers are what writers do!

I’d like to express my gratitude to all of you Freshman Writers out there and all of my friends and family who have supported me in this new adventure. Thanks so much for coming to visit and I wish you all the best for 2009!

Happy New Year’s and God bless all of you!