Writing

Why I Have A Hard Time Sharing My Creative Writing

Sharing my creative writing with others is a challenge to say the least.

The other day I was trying to pick a story to send to two strangers for their feedback. I had the hardest time emailing a copy of my work to them.

There's something personal about openly sharing your stories with someone else. To an extent, some of my blog posts are personal, and I don't have a problem posting those for the world to see. With creative writing however, I feel as though I'm exposing more of myself.

As I've said, these two are strangers. I think I'd be more comfortable with sharing if I knew them longer, trusted them more. I'm sure they're wonderful human beings. It's still tough to open up and feel vulnerable in front of people you hardly know.

If I had a penny for every times I've said I wanted to get better, I'd be one wealthy woman. Even though I do hope to improve, I'm not the best at asking for feedback. Ditto for applying any feedback I receive.

I'm stubborn. Worse, I have a gigantic ego that loves to get in the way. On a good day, I'm able to shove it aside for the sake of my art.

Every time I've put my art first before my ego, the former benefits greatly.

I say the following not to brag, but to make it clear that I had a different, unusual path when I started out as a writer and blogger. I found success early on in both endeavours. In some ways, I was even more successful a few years ago than I have been recently.

So, for many reasons, my ego was inflated in high school. A part of me thought I always knew what was best, what was right.

Of course, that's not always the case.

Over time, my ego has taken a good beating.

I'm at a point now where I feel confident, not cocky in my abilities. After all, I've come a long way, but I still have plenty of room for improvement.

I can identify strengths and weaknesses in my own work. But having an outside perspective point out certain problems can make all the difference.

What I want to say ultimately boils down to these points:

Sharing your writing with strangers isn't easy. It can be a vulnerable experience. That's okay, though. So long as you don't let your ego stop you from improving your art in every way possible. And sometimes the best thing you can do is to put your ego aside and listen to others.

I think I've reaffirmed what I knew all along. Egos suck.

Blogging

Publishing 1,458 Posts

April 2, 2013: I published my first blog post.

April 2, 2017: I’m publishing my one thousand four hundred fifty eighth post.

That’s a lot of posts.

I know many of them are bad, imperfect, etc.

They’re short.

They aren’t life-changing or mind-blowing.

But that’s okay.

I still remember the days I had zero posts to my name. At one point, I had no followers and no views on this blog. Even though numbers don’t matter, I still can’t wrap my head around any of this.

It feels like I just started blogging yesterday but also like I’ve been blogging ever since I was born.

It’s insane to think I’ve had so many ideas. What’s even more insane is the fact that I’ve published a great number of them.

As for those 500+ drafts I have lying around, some will never see the light of day. Others, with a lot of tinkering, just might.

I can’t say it enough—thank you for reading, commenting, and sharing. I hope you continue to.

Writing

7 Famous Literary Bars You Should Visit

You know I love a good infographic. So can I possibly not post a graphic about literary bars?

Are you are fan of literature who also feels compelled to travel the world and experience as many different places and cultures as you can? If so, have you ever considered combing your two passions to go on the journey of a lifetime and indulge in a spot of literary tourism? The concept of literary tourism has become a much larger industry over the last decade, and we have just the thing for anybody who likes the sound of following in the footsteps of their writing icons and heroes.

This splendid infographic is your treasure map to the favourite drinking holes and resting stops for some of the worlds most beloved and acclaimed writers, and with alcoholic libations being connected to high profile authors on a regular basis throughout history, there is certainly a wide spectrum of genres and styles to choose from on your potential visits!

Spanning from the bustling streets of Manhattan, New York to the far away feeling depths of Russia, our infographic will give you details and insights, including exact location and fun trivia, of bars and pubs that were frequented by the likes of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Dylan Thomas, Lord Byron, Dostoevsky, Jack Kerouac and Goethe, all giants of the literary world whose passion for drinking was nearly as big as their talent for writing!

Please enjoy reading through the list, which one looks like your favourite kind of place? There is no time to waste; search out the favourite spots of your favourite authors!

Thank you Linda Craig at Assignment Masters for allowing me to share it.

If you want me to share something on this blog, don’t ever hesitate to let me know!

Writing

To Post Or Not To Post

I’m not sure if I want to publish my Writing 101 stuff or not.

Granted it won’t be any good.

Then again, the feedback would help me improve.

I’ll leave the to-post-or-not-to-post decision to my mood. So if future me wants to post, I shall. If I don’t feel like sharing on that particular day, I’ll keep what I’ve written to myself. Or until I fix, revise, and edit the thing to perfection.

Are you participating in Writing 101? Camp NaNoWriMo? Both?

Obviously I wish you the best of luck with your writing regardless.