Someone didn’t like what I wrote and I didn’t die
To live a creative life we must first lose the fear of being wrong.
Joseph Chilron Pearce
This week I received my most helpful comment on my writing, “This is the stupidest thing I have ever read.”
There it was. And I didn’t die. I survived. The fear of someone not liking my writing is now gone. I am eternally grateful someone took the time to tell me how stupid they thought my writing was.
I just read the above paragraph to my husband.
He said, “Don’t take this the wrong way. You’ve come a long way. Five years ago that would have really bothered you.”
Last year I would have been bothered by the negative comment. My first blog post on January 1st, 2012, was tentative. I hesitated to write what I thought in case someone disagreed with me. My desire to seek approval meant I didn’t have an opinion. In the desire to please everyone, I pleased no one. I didn’t have a personality because I was afraid to offend.
Last October I signed up for an on-line writing course, Tribe Writers, taught by Jeff Goins, an author and popular writing blogger.
The eight week course on writing, publishing and building an audience, helped me develop confidence in my writing.
The class is opening again.
If you are interested you can sign up here to be notified when the Tribe Writer course opens.
Have you ever wanted to write a book?
I am writing a book, called “The Artist’s Manifesto.” It will be free when you subscribe to my blog.
If you subscribe I will send you the book when it is finished. Just finishing up the illustrations now. September 1st is the Publication date. If I don’t give myself deadlines, the dishes would never get washed, and my book would never get written.
P.S. I am an affiliate for this course. The course won’t cost you any more if you sign up through my affiliate link. The money Mr. Goins pays me will help pay for kitty litter. I have four cats and seven litter boxes.
About Pamela Hodges
My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.