Okay, your first attempt at creative writing is finished. In your journal or notebook or in a password-protected file on your laptop your first story awaits you. Now what are you going to do with it? You can’t possibly let anyone read it! What if they laugh and it’s not a comedy? What if there’s poorly hidden scorn? Or when they read the last page, what if they look up, their eyes filled with pity…for you.
Sorry, but you’ve just entered the world of writing. You must brave the experience of having someone actually read your work. That is if you intend to go any further.
Here’s the good news: pick people you trust who will give you constructive criticism. If you ask a family member make certain that they aren’t threatened by your new passion of writing. They might sense that if you pursue your writing, it will take you away from them (and it will). Or, worse, they tell you it’s wonderful, perfect….which, you and I both know it isn’t at this point.
Keep writing! Don’t let anyone or anything stop you. And I can keep this promise: if you keep writing, you will get better.
“Writing is a lonely business. You pour your heart and guts into the written word, often exposing what you’ve experienced in your own life. You nurture it, feed it, trim its toe-nails, wash its hair, dress it up and send it out into traffic.” Trisha Sugarek
“Planning to write is not writing. Outlining a book is not writing. Researching is not writing. Talking to people about what you’re doing is not writing. None of that is writing. Writing is writing.” ~~ E.L. Doctorow
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