On Apologizing For Writing by Julie
TODAY’S BREW: Chocolate Milk Shake. Thank you, Target.
“Remember, this is only a first draft.”
“I should have gone over it one more time before giving it to anyone.”
“I can’t believe I wrote that.”
“Reading my first book is so embarrassing.”
These are just a few of the things I hear writers say every single day. I’m guilty, too, but then I shut my damn face because every once in a while something like this happens:
“I followed you on Twitter because you remind me of the character I just wrote in my book, THE WIND BETWEEN WORLDS.”
“You wrote a book??? That’s awesome!”
She didn’t say:
- “WHO IS YOUR AGENT?”
- “WHAT PUBLISHING HOUSE PICKED YOU UP?”
- “IS IT A NY TIMES BEST SELLER?”
- “IS THERE EVEN ONE TYPO IN IT?”
- “ARE YOUR CHARACTERS ONE DIMENSIONAL?”
- “WELL, DOES ANYONE ELSE LIKE IT?”
None of these things came up. She just said “you wrote a book? That’s awesome!”
You know what? The book could be about frigging cats that sell hot dogs to the Taliban, and if I wrote it from beginning to end, if I committed to completing it and stuck to that idea enough to make it real, even if it was just for my own eyes, THAT IS AWESOME.
*slaps you* GODDAMMIT YOU LISTEN TO ME.
DO NOT APOLOGIZE FOR THE THING YOU CREATED.
YOU BROUGHT A THING TO LIFE.
A THING THAT DIDN’T EXIST EVEN IN THEORY BEFORE YOU DID IT.
DO NOT APOLOGIZE FOR MAKING THINGS.
DO NOT APOLOGIZE FOR NOT BEING BETTER.
YOU’RE A CREATOR. FEEL AWESOME ABOUT IT.