This post is brought to you by a more excellent than usual post from Susan Bischoff: Respect For The Gifts. The highest of high recommendations for this one. Here’s the part that jumped out at me:
When someone writes to me about writing, I’ve got to find a way to be positive, no matter what kind of grammar I’m looking at. That’s part of my job. And no matter how bad the mechanics are in the letter, the most important part to me is that someone wanted to be a writer enough to write and ask for advice. I respect that.
And I respect her.
As artists we can be very sensitive about our art. We’re sensitive to begin with and to let eyes on our work, particularly to critique it, is quite a step. I think it’s harder than sharing with the masses because by then it should be polished. But before that . . . it’s far from.
When I went after my author dream in earnest I eventually came to a Ready To Go To The Next Level, um, level. And I had an image of the talent I had. Then came the hard truth that there was more work to do.
So now the task was to improve in areas I didn’t know existed and in my case improvement didn’t come in one shot. It didn’t come in ten shots.
They asked me some questions and if I did have an answer, it was wrong.
But I kept asking and they kept answering. They might’ve been getting a little frustrated. I know I was. It felt like I was becoming an expert at being wrong at things.
Until I said something right. It was just once, but the fun thing about saying something right is once is all you need. Once you’re right you get to keep that win and add it to
The Trophy Shelf of Rightitute!
Don’t be afraid to suck. Suck hard, suck long, suck until you don’t think it’s possible for you to suck any more than you’re sucking. Because you never know, your moment to not suck could be right around the corner. The suckage isn’t fun at the time, but I think that makes eventual “right” moment all the better. It’s earned. It’s a cool war story to tell your friends or others in the same boat you were.
And it’s part of learning.
Now get out there and SUCK!