I didn’t try my hand at writing again for decades. When I did, I was met with immediate encouragement and started winning small prizes with ease. Oh how I regret the years I wasted because of that bully.
If you are young and out there trying to write, be careful who you associate with in the beginning. Grow your craft and your confidence from a delicate seedling to a tree with real roots before you invite the monkeys in for a swing.
That said, sooner or later you must face the monkeys.
– post draft for One Little Elephant