It was an off-the-cuff remark. I wasn't expecting to say it, and it is certainly true that I believe my current work does not reflect the depth or spark that I feel when I visualize a story. Still, there was something about the conversation, and my knee-jerk statement, that bothered me. It still irks me, and I just discovered what it is.
I suspect that I am afraid not of my ability to feel that a work is complete, but that it might be the old writer's nemesis, rejection. Could it be that simple? Am I just afraid that my work won't be well received?
Magic or no, I intend to use this blog to work through these fears. I will share what magic I have achieved.
Writing that I am not afraid of:
- Essays and other Academic writing (after 7 years in college no one should be afraid of these?)
- Lesson plans, quizzes, assignments, etc.
- Emails, memos, tutorials, instructions, things technical
- Texts, social media posts, friendly communique
Writing that I am afraid of:
- Anything requiring both creativity and honesty
- Everything else