One of the things that really pushes me along in my writing is any type of positive recognition. So, after I post something new on my blog, I’ll check back once in a while to see how many people have read it. If someone comments, I’m thrilled and if I get positive feedback, I’m in seventh heaven.
But, from experience, these sources of writing strength are extremely short-lived. It wears off and you’re left with your unsureness that is really much stronger a part of you than the positive feedback from others.
Also, we seem to internalize negative feedback much more than positive. Positive, is a nice experience. Negative is shattering. And lack of feedback often feels like negative feedback.
Basically, if we depend on outside sources to build up our writing confidence, we’re screwed.
We have to move beyond writing in order to get recognition to a place where we’re writing in order to write, because we’re compelled to write. Right?
The problem is, though, that that is sure expecting a lot from us little mortals. We’re so used to looking for recognition and, at least I believe, that if you get recognition, you know that what you’re doing is worthwhile to someone.
And then I think of all the world-class artists who never got recognition in their own lifetime. If you are going to depend just on recognition from your contemporaries, you might be truly missing the boat.
Am I right? Or am I right?