If your plan this year is to write more, to start a blog or a journal, this is for you.
2019 was the year I decided to take writing seriously. It was also the year that I posted my worst work. I cringe when I look back.
But I am still writing because nobody cares. These two words changed how I ran this blog and submitted to publications.
You must be into writing because it's a form of expression and understanding.
You use writing as a tool to have a better grasp of your world.
You write to dump all the weight you bear and turn them into compelling stories with the hope that it serves at least one person other than you. I am the same.
Of course there are limits. Written work that's demoralizing, dehumanizing is something that I hope I have never posted and never plan on doing.
You will get rejected. If writing is for the long-term, the time will come when get mean comments online that may dampen your spirits. It might even turn you off from writing entirely. Worse, no one bothers to read what you worked so hard on.
But who cares? Only you do.
You care when your eyes are set tightly on a future that isn't even there yet. Because you think you can't produce good enough work, the future will bring havoc into the world. We're doomed.
Because you have intimate knowledge of the time you put into your craft and the energy you pour into the work is immeasurable, you care. Taking things personally is a natural response.
It's hard to admit but you probably want to get something in return - a magical exchange between you and a reader.
Did you know that when one person says your work is awful, she will most likely forget about it next day? Do comments like these really matter and shape your thoughts about writing?
What would people say about me? We fear too many things: judgment, rejections, smirks, dislikes, whispers.
Show your work with quiet confidence.
Then, do it again. Learn from the brilliant writers of yesterday and now. Never stop seeking. Writing, should you choose to, is a journey to be taken for the rest of your life.
Much of what you hear is noise. Learn to separate the unnecessary from what's vital - feedback from peers, mentors, and editors.
In my short e-book, The Writer's Dilemma, I shared:
I'm planning to stay close to writing for as long as I’m alive. I’ve found no better way to discover myself, my world, and my connection to everything else than doing this. Through it, life becomes a piece of art I can look at and hold.
Nobody cares. Start writing that draft today.