Well, here goes.

My name is Alicia and I am a writer.

That’s how affirmations work, right? We state what we are and then work towards becoming it, or at least believing in our own potential? I don’t have a lot of practice with this, being a gifted self-doubter. Whoops, that’s telling, not showing. Off to a great start.

I have spent the past five years doing, I suspect, what many others do: Googling every (free) writing course, possibly even doing one or two of them, reading every blog post, every Reddit thread on How To Be A Writer or, more specifically, How…