We are our biggest critics. This is something I have learned throughout the years whether it’s when writing an essay for class or a piece for my blog or just one of the little stories I make up in my head whilst bored… The difficulty of writing is something which is overlooked by many because many take it for granted. As a reader, you are presented with the final piece and whether you critique it or not that piece is never going to change. However, that is merely the process with completed works undergo… Before the piece is complete it embarks on a much more perilous journey.
As writers, we are faced with a series of difficult challenges which force us to expand our knowledge, imagination and all other boundaries which come with the act of writing. We must create something which is unique and our own, making sure not to plagiarise the works of others, whilst also making sure that our work remains something which will still appeal to the masses and/or our target audience.
And so the self-criticism begins and draft after draft of the same piece of work is created. Paper is crumpled and binned, text on screen is deleted and re-typed… The cycle is an endlessly tiresome one which leaves many wondering why they were even thinking about writing in the first place, wondering if it is worth all the stress and anxiety being put upon them as they sit there staring – yet again – at a blank sheet of paper or screen…
Yes. Yes it is. Let me tell you my own personal opinion. Many would say that perfection takes time and therefore the writings which take longer to write are better, more perfected than those written in the space of five minutes. I don’t agree. Perfection, in my opinion, does not exist…
So, readers and writers, if you find yourself in the position of thinking such a thing as mentioned on this tweet, know this… Whatever you write will be enjoyed by at least someone out there in the world and if at least one person enjoys reading it and you enjoyed writing it then it is worth it all.
And you’d be surprised at how many people want to listen.