Many new and aspiring writers are self-conscience. They are more critical about the words they write than the toughest, meanest book reviewer. To be honest, many seasoned writers are still apprehensive about their work, but they’ve managed to get past it or work through it.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with being overly analytical about your work. It keeps you on your toes. However, being finicky shouldn’t paralyze you to the point you never share your work with the rest of the world. That would be a disservice to you and anyone out there who would benefit from your voice.
Of course there will be people who just downright, hands down don’t like your work. But you know, SO WHAT!!!!
Constructive criticism is to help you grow to be a better writer. If a person is being mean about it, ignore their tone and take something positive out of the experience. If they are just a complete A**hole, keep it moving. As long as you’re being positive there will always be someone with something negative to say.
It takes a lot of guts to share your work, but that’s what writing is all about. You’re lending your voice and allowing someone to gain access to who you are.
When on social media, I use the hashtag #SharingIsCaring when re-tweeting or re-posting something. The reason being because you never know what amount of courage it took for the person who originally shared the tweet or post to write the words within the article, blog, etc..
On a personal note, it is VERY difficult for me to share…..well….anything. I always question whether it’s good enough, will people like it, does it make sense and so on and so forth. Many times I’ve talked myself out of a few post, scaring myself so bad that I couldn’t possibly allow anyone to read what I wrote. But that frame of mind disabled me and almost destroyed the career I was trying to create.
I realized the more I shared with the rest of the world, the more the rest of the world got to know me. And the more the world knows you, the more ready they are to give your work a fighting chance to be something great. If I focused on what possible positive could happen and not what possible negative could happen, things would be okay.
It is not easy to open yourself up and put yourself out on front street. It takes a lot of mental coaxing. However, the more you do it, the less scary it becomes. You’d be surprised how many folks out there are just like you. Allow the world to get to know you.
Share something, anything. It’ll make your day and possibly someone else’s too.
QUESTION: Is it hard for you to share your work? Why or why not?
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