Things you learn from writing – Part 3
Art is tough. Anyone who has attempted their art knows this to be true. And it’s hard for a long time before you start to get good at it.
Logically, it makes sense. You don’t pick up an instrument and sound good right away. You don’t study a foreign language for a week and speak conversationally. You don’t go to the gym Tuesday and expect to see the difference in the mirror Wednesday.
So it is with art, whichever artistic endeavor you’ve chosen to pursue. It takes a long time to achieve success, no matter how you choose to define success. And art exacts a hefty price from you.
Art demands a price and it accepts payment in the form of embarrassment, exhaustion, ridicule, perseverance, anxiety, vulnerability and long stretches of uncertainty.
Long, long stretches.
Before, during and after those long stretches, you will encounter naysayers. People will sneer at your output. Ridicule your effort. They will NOT understand what drives you. In most cases, they will not be doing anything to better their own lives or better their world.
Take a risk. Put yourself out there. Make failure your friend. Then learn from it. Get better. Submit your next story. Prove the naysayers wrong.
You have one thing to do with those negative people–ignore them. It’s your dream. Chase it. You don’t have to justify it to anyone. And you should never let someone who gave up on their dream keep you from pursuing yours.
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You can check out the first two pieces in this series, Allow Yourself to Fail and Do the Difficult Thing, if you so desire. Lemme know your thoughts in the comments if you choose. Thanks for stopping by.
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Here’s the thing about writing though. Out of all artistic endeavors, it seems to attract the least empathy, understanding or patience for development than any other art form. People understand when you start playing an instrument, you might not sound great. I would bet dollars to doughnuts they say “Keep practicing, you’ll get better!” Or, “practice makes perfect!” In other words: encouragement. Same with learning to play a sport.
And what about drawing/painting??? Think about it. In my very humble opinion, there’s a LOT of flexibility when it comes to that. I saw these pictures of birds drawn by an artist. I mean, I’m sorry but…??????????????
Here’s the link, so you can see for yourself. https://bsgeneralstore.com/collections/prints/products/birds-of-the-south-giclee
It’s all a matter of taste, I’m sure. And go to any art museum and look about and if you’re like me, you are truly puzzled by some of the “art” that made it onto the walls.
I don’t know what it IS about writing! Writing is no different than any other art form in that, as you’ve said, it takes practice. But for whatever reason, people tend to be harsh about critiquing a fledgling writer’s work.
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I agree, it is a peculiarity. And unfortunately, I have no satisfactory answer. But I will say this in favor of a writer who can produce the backbone: you’ll be better for the criticism. So hang in there, y’all.
Thanks for stopping by, Donna.
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Love this series, but especially this post. With your permission (actually, without it), I copied part of the text in my notebook, under the tag “food for thought”. Thanks.
And only now I have realised the picture on your post. How coincidental!
(With this: https://mailadventures.blogspot.com/2017/10/fearless-cats.html)
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