Hello, I’ve returned.
Today, I wanted to address a certain problem that I’ve heard a lot of writers struggle with, something I had to overcome as well. The fear of putting your writing out there. Out into the real world.
It’s a common problem really, something that has held us all back at one point or another. You love something, something you created, and you want to protect it, make sure it doesn’t get hurt.
Dare I call art the child of its creator?
My ideas, or brain-babies as I secretly call them in my head, are very central to my writing, and even closer to my heart. So how does one get over the fear of sharing them with the all too cynical world?
I’ll admit, it’s going to be hard. But if you care enough about your work, and you’re fully dedicated to doing it justice, you won’t keep it to yourself. Stories are meant to be told, and as Maya Angelou said, “there is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
The best advice I ever read on this topic was in a book titled Bird by Bird, written by Anne Lamott. In her book, she recommends writing like your parents will never read it. Writing like anyone whose opinion will make or break your feelings on your own piece will never set eyes on it.
(Sorry, Parental Units that will inevitably see this … this is how I got through sharing my writing with people.)
(Ironically, my parents were the first to see my writing, but that’s neither here nor there.) 🙂
I also want any writer that sees this, to know that the reception they get to their story will be better than they expect. Start local, go to a poetry reading or join a writer’s group. Force your friends to read it. Trick your significant other into editing it.
You get the idea. Build up slowly, that’s how all empires start.
And remember: your fear is only as strong as you let it be.
You can do it, I promise. You’re stronger than you give yourself credit for.
This was kind of an off-the-cuff ramble, but I hope it was helpful regardless. When I was starting out on my writing journey all those years ago, I wish I had heard these things. It was only last year that I began to branch out and start interacting with the other writers in my area.
Anyways, thanks for reading this. You’re lovely and I believe in you.