Today we’d like to introduce you to Chasity Wilde Marcus.
Hi Chasity, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
Writing saved me. Yes, I mean to sound dramatic and cliche-ic, because such was my situation about 10 years ago, when the daily duties of this stay-at-home mama didn’t satiate my ego. I was lonely. I turned quiet. But I was listening… so I started handwriting what I heard. Some days produced front-and-back pages of complaints, while others delivered soul-searching insight via melodic verse. Gradually, characters found me, and while I was scared at first to acknowledge all the space they had acquired in my head, writing conjured the okay-I-guess-you’re-here-to-stay introductions, and the getting-to-know-you phase, and the what-do-you-want questions, and most scary, the how-am-I-supposed-to-bring-you-to-life puzzlement. Writing changed my life because its purpose bred with no expectation other than to find solace. And now I utilize the medium of writing to tell stories, fiction and non, proposing readers to relate so loneliness doesn’t befall them, too.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Myself. Like the time I email-yelled at an online author/teacher because she didn’t applaud my work the way I expected and even dared to comment in my favor, which I couldn’t see because the reflection of self-doubt blurs, more so when stirred with red wine. So yeah, get out of your way. You hear people say that but can’t grasp the meaning until you’ve defeated yourself.
And I can edit myself immensely. Professionally, I blame this skillful trait on writing for publications with semi-strict word counts. “Here’s how much room you have, now go.” So, I’m working on allowing myself to write the way I hear the words in my head rather than strike at the first syllable. Personally, I’ve only known how to edit myself, constantly, almost obsessively, so finding inner balance is challenging. The hardest but best lessons I continue to study and practice are: I am in control of me. I choose my thoughts. I make my decisions. I deserve to be heard. I must take action to make my ideas happen.
Basically, I give myself worth.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
Dakota Soulshine brewed for half a dozen years before percolating into social media. I kept reading: Build your audience before you have the product (book), so when you have the product, you’ll have built-in readership, hopefully for life. Hmm, okay, how to do that? I had hemmed and hawed long enough, then finally, March of 2020, the first month of lockdown, I wrote and posted. Family and home time triggered some serious reflection, my fingers barely rested, and once again, the act and art of writing saved me. I posted as Dakota Soulshine then stopped after a couple months, but reared back up a year from the initial launch and have been trotting along since.
Posting daily diligence doesn’t interest me, not sure why others should care either, so I prefer to post reflection pieces, insight I may have deemed somehow someway somewhere, maybe quick thought flashes, but how do you begin just telling stories? I used the National Days Calendar. Still do, gives me direction. As I inch closer to the goal of authorship, my online content morphs hence so do my readers. Someday, hopefully by the end of this year, I will have evolved into the author of a children’s book about two fun animal characters, best friends who can barely exist in the same environment because their estuary home (where freshwater meets seawater) faces urbanization, bulldozing to build condos, so what can this unlikely duo do to preserve the one and only place on Earth where they can hang out together? You can follow their story at Dakota Soulshine on FB & Insta, also found on most other platforms just not as active. And please be patient. Posting and communicating are not my forte, I suck at keeping up. GUILTY. But I’m trying…
Do you have any advice for those just starting out?
Keep taking steps forward. Visualize every day what you want and can work to achieve. Remember, nothing happens when you do nothing, so you must always be doing something, meaning, for example, as a writer, I call reading any single piece of literature as work, even smut. What?! I’m conducting research, analyzing the data, running the syllables, punching plots. I’m working. Always. In my mind.
Stay connected. Establish your grounding. YOUR story is exactly what makes you unique, so share your story. Tastefully.
And remember the lessons:
I am in control of me.
I choose my thoughts.
I make my decisions.
I deserve to be heard.
I must take action to make my ideas happen.
Thanks for staying ’til the end, may you have a day full of fresh thoughts!
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