It’s that ego-deflating moment when you turn something you’ve written in to your writing instructor. You’re beaming with pride and a sense of self-satisfaction. You anticipate what your classmates will say about it and what your instructor will say. Then, you get your feedback and you discover what you’ve written isn’t as awesome as first thought.
This is what getting kicked in the nut sack feels like.
This post relates to an earlier post on revision which you can find by clicking the link. In my never-ending quest to become a better writer, I knew going in that there would be bumps on the road. What I’m discovering is that I’m being challenged in a way that I wasn’t in my two previous courses, Intro to Fiction and Novel Writing I.
But as Frederick Douglass stated, “Without struggle, there is no progress.” Fuck if that isn’t true. One of the things we learn as writers is that the process is hard, really hard and there will be many times in which we will struggle to find the right way to express our ideas. There will be times when we show the world what we think is great, only to be told to go back to the drawing board.
But a hero takes these slings and arrows as lessons. He or she (no sexism in these parts, youngster) gathers tenacity and starts again.
So this is my promise to myself, I will never give up. I will work hard to make my writing worthy, even if there is no one around to appreciate it. I will take the lessons I learn from my instructors, and I will appreciate the feedback they give me. Without lifting that weight, one never becomes stronger.
RONIN STAND UP!