Sunday, October 19, 2008
Writing is a noble act
Sometimes I envy the English major or the published author. They have proof of their accomplishments. A framed diploma. A hardcover book. What does a hobbyist have to show for their writing? What is a blog worth?
At least I'm trying. Even now I'm working on a short piece of fiction. I would be glad to share it with you when it's ready - whenever that is. Writing, like most good things, comes slowly for me. I have to work hard at it and most often I find myself tapping away at the backspace key. I am all too well known for my harsh criticism of others, something I should be working on. My criticism grows tenfold in intensity when judging my own work. Underneath the high standard I keep for myself sits a tiny little monster called insecurity. It likes to manifest itself in a deep, pervasive fear of criticism, in a worry that someone's unfavorable opinion will invalidate what I do.
I must eventually overcome this obstacle. I will learn one day to digest other's opinions and accept harsh criticisms. I will have confidence in myself through my writings. And even just the noble of act of writing these things down have provided me a stepping stone on the path to that goal.