Obstacles to putting pen to paper — why we don't write
Obstacles to putting pen to paper — why we don't writewriting and images
- "I'm not smart enough/qualified enough."
- "I don't have anything worth saying or what I have to say doesn't matter."
- "I may suffer in some way from what I create."
I'm not smart enough/qualified enough
The process for acquiring mastery in any given field goes approximately like so:
- Become aware of the field in question, either by hearing, reading about it, or seeing it.
- Discover an interest in the area due to some inexplicable curiosity or affinity for it.
- Continue exploring into that area by either jumping right in, or observing those that do.
- Decide to make some dedicated effort to participate in this area. (major turning point)
- Realize, as we continue, that this field is becoming part of how we view ourself as a being.
- Become suprised to find that we are now surpassing our own expectations of what this field might offer us.
- Make a major contribution, breakthrough, or achievement that alters the course of this field fundamentally, even if no one else realizes it.
- (sometimes) Become a mentor, figurehead, inspirational leader in this area of human thought and a catalyst for others to begin down this road.
Their passion for the meaningfulness of the field of study is the fuel that multiplied their aptitude, however low or high it may have been to begin with. Then, it became a fundamental part of self-identity, almost a kind of perpetual motion machine. If we find that kind of passion for anything in life, that is a precious resource not to be underestimated. With courage, we will pursue what we love, whether considered a novice, intermediate, or advanced learner in the area. We will be willing to fall short in order to become greater. We will even be happy to fail if it allows us to improve ourselves.
I don't have anything worth saying,
or no one will read it, or no one will care
There are periods that may be experienced as relatively tiresome and repetive, yet many surprising things still happen along the way, and the hero of the story (ourselves) always makes it out somehow. I maintain that all creative outlets function as a form of therapy by which we process the overwhelm of our hero's path. So even if no one ever reads what we write — even in the case of a confidential diary — it is worth expressing ourselves in order to come to a greater acceptance and even appreciation for our lot in life, both good and bad.
Some people may not care, but if we even impact one single person (which may be ourself!) it creates a quantum ripple effect that goes on to effect everything else in existence.
I may be criticized, attacked,
or otherwise suffer as a result of what I create
To quote part of Quill's response:
In this day and age, there's simply nothing you can write that won't offend someone as there is an army of people out there just looking to be offended. The only way to "not offend anyone" is to say nothing. It's a decision we all have to make for ourselves.
He goes on to say
So, before I open my mouth, I try to at least ensure that I'm not the one being absurd. "Could I convincingly defend what I've written WITHOUT resorting to logical fallacies and rhetorical tricks?" If the answer is not a resounding "yes," I don't press "post." I've actually deleted (prior to posting) some pretty long and elaborate articles because of this.
created for STEEM
and published on March 15, 2020.