Why we write is more important than what we write. We were born to express ourselves. The desire to write is connected to the desire to evolve, to resolve something we seek to understand. If you are writing to please someone other than yourself, you are writing for the wrong reason. If we are not delighting and surprising ourselves first, then it is unlikely our work will do that for others.
If we don’t surrender to the truth that we have no control, that the thrill of creation must be its own reward, we will forever be taking the temperature of our work and find ourselves lost in that no man’s land of ego and mediocrity where what others think matters more than the thrilling and courageous story that lies within.
How do you overcome self-doubt and criticism? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.
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